ONS: 03 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 3, 2010


  • AFRICA:  Turmoil continues in Ivory Coast
  • ASIA: US gives Kyrgyzstan fuel contract
  • EUROPE: Snowstorm continues to wreak havoc across Europe
  • LATIN AMERICA:  China to invest $40 billion in Venezuelan energy
  • MIDDLE EAST:  40 dead in Israeli forest fire
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Japan approves Google and Yahoo!Japan merger


  • Wikileaks: Documentation of corruption in Afghanistan
    • Wikileak documents highlighted corruption at all levels of the Afghan government.
    • Only the Afghan Agricultural minister was not accused of corruption.
    • Some officials who tried to stop corruption, like the former mayor of Kabul, ended up being convicted of it by kangaroo courts.
    • Coverage: (NYT, AP, CNN)


  • Ivory Coast: The country sealed its borders after the independent election commission announced that former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara defeated the incumbent president.
    • Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Court declared the election results invalids because they were announced after the country’s Wednesday deadline. (CNN)


  • Region: China denounced a large US/Japan war-game because it destabilizes the situation in the Korean Peninsula. (Washington Post)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK deployed more MLRS systems, which are capable of hitting Seoul.  Yonhap news agency was quoted as saying the DPRK increased the number of deployed MLRS systems by 100 pieces to about 5,200. (AFP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Secretary Clinton announced that Kyrgyzstan will receive a lucrative fuel contract in exchange for maintaining continued American access to the Manas Transit Center. (Washington Post )


  • Region: Heavy snow continued to disrupt transportation across Europe for a fifth day. (Bloomberg)


  • Venezuela: The country’s Energy Minister announced that China plans to invest $40 billion in the country’s energy infrastructure. (Reuters)


  • Iran: Secretary Clinton announced her hopes that Iran will signify its peaceful intentions next week during talks on its nuclear program. (AP)
  • Israel: 40 prison guards were killed when an out of control forest fire swept over the bus they were riding in. (NYT)


  • USA: According to documents obtained by the ACLU, intelligence agencies repeatedly breached the limits of spying on US citizens. (Washington Post)


  • Japan: The government  announced a proposed merger between Google and Yahoo! Japan would not violate the country’s anti-monopoly laws. (Japan Times)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

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