ONS: 06 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast army reopens borders
  • ASIA: Afghan government arrested four election officials
  • EUROPE: Greek police say they foiled an immenent terrorist attack
  • LATIN AMERICA: Hatian protesters clashed with police
  • MIDDLE EAST: High level international talks regarding Iranian nuclear program began
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook gets a facelift

TOP STORY

  • Asia: South Korean military conducted artillery firing drills near disputed territory
    • A government official confirmed firing drills were taking place in multiple locations along the Korean coastline, but not near the disputed island Yeongpyeong
    • North Korea decried the exercises, saying that Seoul was “set to orchestrate the second Yeonpyeong Island incident at any cost and ignite a war.”
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The army re-opened the country’s international borders on Monday. (Xinhua, AFP, Rueters)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Liberation Force militant group said in a statement that it ruptured a major pipeline in the Delta state. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government arrested four officials on an election panel. (NYT)
  • Australia: Thousands have evacuted and are stranded by floods in New South Wales. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A blast at a Peshawar government compound killed dozens; government officials were to meet with a volunteer militia group there. (AP, BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Medvedev to discuss European missile defense with Polish leaders during his official visit to Poland. (AFP)
  • Albania: Thousands were evacuated from the “worst floods in living memory” in the north-west region of Albania. (BBC)
  • Greece: Police say that an imminent terrorist attack was foiled with the arrests of six people linked to a domestic terror group. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Wikileaks cables revealed the government hid anti-terrorism cooperation with the US from public view, denying Islamists lived in the country. (Guardian, Bloomberg)
  • Colombia: About 200 people are feared buried in a landslide in Medellin. (Guardian)
  • Haiti: Over 1,500 protesters demanding annullment of the results of the latest election clashed with police who fired tear gas. (BBC, Al Jazeera)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: High-level talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program began between Iran and six major world powers in Geneva. (AP)
  • Iraq: The US military is concerned about a lack of coordination in the arrests of dozens of Al-Qaeda-linked militants by Iraqi security forces. (CSM)
  • Oman: Sultan Qaboos held talks with US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates over a variety of issues including Iran, Afghanistan, and the Middle East peace process. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook: Zuckerberg announced a redesign of Facbook profile pages, where a life summary will now preceed the status bar. (Washington Post, SJ Mercury News)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcano: Tungurahua, Ecuador
  • Volcano: Sarychev, Kurilles
    • Unrest.
KEY STORYLINES:
AFRICA: Ivory Coast Army reopens borders
ASIA: Afghan government arrests four election officials
EUROPE: Greek police say they foiled an immenent terrorist attack
LATIN AMERICA: Hatian protesters clash with police
MIDDLE EAST: High level international talks regarding Iranian nuclear program begin
TECHNOLOGY: Facebook gets a facelift

TOP STORY
Region: South Korean military conducts artillery firing drills near disputed territory

  • A government official confirmed that the firing drills were taking place in multiple locations along the Korean coastline, but not near the disputed island Yeongpyeong
  • North Korea decried the exercises, saying that Seoul was “set to orchestrate the second Yeonpyeong Island incident at any cost and ignite a war.”
  • Coverage: (NYT; AFP)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The army re-opened the country’s international borders on Monday. (Xinhua; AFP; Rueters)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Liberation Force militant group said in a statement that it had ruptured a major pipeline in Delta state. (Retuers)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Government arrests four officials on election panel. (NYT)
  • Australia: Thousands have evacuted and are stranded by floods in New South Wales. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A blast at Peshawar government compound where government officials were to meet with a volunteer militia group kills dozens. (AP; BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Medvedev to discuss European missile defense with Polish leaders during his official visit to Poland. (AFP)
  • Albania: Thousands have been evacuated from the “worst floods in living memory” in the north-west region of Albania. (BBC)
  • Greece: Police say that an imenent terrorist attack was foiled with the arrests of six people linked to a domestic terror group. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Wikileaks cables reveal that the government hid anti-terrorism cooperation with the US from public view, denying Islamists lived in the country. (Guardian; Bloomberg)
  • Colombia: About 200 people are feared buried in a landslide in Medellin. (Guardian)
  • Haiti: Over 1,500 protesters demanding annullment of the results of the latest election clashed with police who fired tear gas. (BBC; Al Jazeera)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: High-level talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program began between Iran and six major world powers in Geneva on Monday. (AP)
  • Iraq: US military is concerned about lack of coordination in the arrests of dozens of Al-Qaeda-linked militants by Iraqi Security Forces. (CSM)
  • Oman: Sultan Qaboos held talks with US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates over a variety of issues including Iran, Afghanistan, and the Middle East Peace process. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook: Zuckerberg announces redesign of Facbook profile pages, where a life summary will now preceed the status bar. (Washington Post; SJ Mercury News)

WORLD
Hurricanes:  Nothing to report.
Volcano: Tungurahua, Ecuador
Sarychev, Kurilles

  • Unrest.

Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

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