ONS: 02 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 2, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Tensions mount in the Ivory Coast
  • ASIA: US/Japan to launch large wargame Friday
  • EUROPE: Winter weather grounds flights
  • LATIN AMERICA: Floods strike Venezuela
  • MIDDLE EAST: Muslim Brotherhood pulls out of Egyptian elections
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google tweaks its algorithms

TOP STORY

  • Russia: President Putin has encouraged the US to sign the NEW START Treaty
    • Putin stated it is dumb for Americans to ignore their own interests by not signing the new START treaty.
    • He added that if the US does not sign a new arms control treaty then Russia will have no choice but to start an arms buildup.
    • President Obama has been trying to convince Republican’s to vote for the arms control treaty which would allow inspections of Russian nuclear weapons.
    • Coverage: (CBS/AP, Politico, Bloomberg)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast:  An attack on the office of an opposition candidate killed four as tensions increased today after the Ivory Coast electoral commission missed its deadlines to release results of the presidential election (Washington Post, NYT).
  • Nigeria: The country’s military is pursuing a militant group through the country’s Niger River Delta that is led by a man named John Togo and has been accused of piracy, robbery and rape. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Voter registration has kicked up in anticipation of South Sudan’s independence referendum. (VOA, CSM)

ASIA

  • Japan: The military, with the US, will conduct its largest ever wargame, Keen Sword, starting on Friday and for the first time will have ROK observers. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Admiral Mullen encouraged to China use its influence with the DPRK to calm the situation in the Korean peninsula. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Wikileaks documents reveal that in the event of assignation, President Zadari plans for his sister to succeed him. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Winter weather caused havoc throughout Europe though particularly in the UK where half a dozen airports, including Gatwick and Edinbourough where shut down due to heavy snow. (Telegraph)
  • Belarus: The government announced it will give up its stockpile of roughly 500 lbs of highly enriched uranium. (Washington Post)
  • Serbia: Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes after massive flooding in areas of Serbia and Montenegro. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Peru: Wiretaps revealed cooperation between Peruvian coca growing organizations and the Shining Path guerilla movement. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Heavy flooding has killed over two dozen in Venezuela and left thousands homeless. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood announced it will pull out of the upcoming run-off elections, which have been marred by accusations of corruption and forgery. (BBC)
  • Iran: Experts doubt Wikileaks documents that Iran possesses advanced DPRK missiles. (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Google announced it made changes to its search algorithms to take into account negative reviews of merchants. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Abele (~750 miles SW of Jakarta)
    • Wind: ~60 knots
    • Movement: SE at 11 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Papua New Guinea
    • Mag: 6.7
    • Depth: 34 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

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