ONS: 01 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 1, 2010


  • AFRICA: Ethnic group targeted after Guinea election
  • ASIA: China blocks UN action against N Korea
  • EUROPE: Russia creates world’s first nuclear fuel bank: Rosatom
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombia, Ecuador discuss refugee issue
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq monthly toll lowest in a year
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyber-crime: bigger than the drugs trade, and growing


  • Lead Stories Regarding WikiLeaks
    • Documents revealed that in 2009 the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, had severe reservations of whether loose nuclear fuel that Pakistan pledged to protect was indeed being protected.
    • In 2008, the U.S. expressed opposition to the release of Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan.
    • Today, Clinton criticized the leaks, saying they endangered lives, though she did support transparency in countries like Kazakhstan.
    • Coverage: NYT, NYT, NYT


  • Guinea: Guinea’s armed forces aligned themselves with the Malinke group, of which the new president comes from.  It is against the Peul, of which ex-President Diallo belonged. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Troops redeployed to secure the capital, Abidjan, amid fears of unrest as allies of President Gbagbo blocked the announcement of election results. (AFP)


  • Korea, North: China is blocking attempts to issue a UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea over its attack on South Korea or its new nuclear activities. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and Clinton agreed the stalled six-party talks should not resume until the DPRK shows a ” responsible attitude” towards its recent provocation. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Mismanagement and misuse of cash are hampering relief efforts for Pakistan’s flood victims with nearly $60 million of the prime minister’s fund still unspent. (AFP)


  • Region: Moldova may unite with Romania after its accession to the EU, according to Romanian President Basescu. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Belarus: The country will eliminate its stocks of highly enriched uranium by the next Nuclear Security Summit in 2012. (Bloomberg)
  • Russia: The Rosatom state atomic energy corporation said the world’s first international nuclear fuel bank has been created in accordance with the IAEA. (AFP)


  • Region: Ecuador and Colombia discussed, in Quito, how to solve the problem of more than 50,000 Colombian refugees in Ecuador. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Protesters demanding cancellation of Haiti’s election clashed with UN peacekeepers north of Port-au-Prince and injured 15 people. (AP)
  • Mexico: Federal police arrested, on Monday, Jose Alfredo Landa Torres, head of La Familia’s operations in Michoacan’s capital, Morelia. (LAT)


  • Iran: Ahmadinejad and atomic energy chief Salehi said that Western powers were to blame for the murder of nuclear scientist, Majid Shahriari, on Monday. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Figures compiled by the ministries of Interior and Health showed that 171 people — 105 civilians, 23 soldiers, and 43 policemen — died in attacks in November, the lowest monthly tally in a year. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: PM Fayyad said that Palestinians would be ready for statehood by August. (WaPo)


  • World: Sixty-five percent of the world’s two billion estimated Internet users have fallen victim to cyber crime, making it a more lucrative criminal activity than drug trafficking. (AFP)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Three) Warning #04
    • Location: 675 NM WSW of Cocos Island, Australia.
    • Movement: SSE at 7 knots over the past 6 hours.
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:  Nothing to report.

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