ONS: 23 November 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: The French Defense Minister said France is in contact with Mali hostage takers.
  • ASIA: Karzai reaffirmed his opposition to coalition night raids.
  • EUROPE: The German army announced it will suspend conscription starting in 2011.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Nicaragua announced it will send more dredging ships to an area that Costa Rica has claimed as its own territory.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A former IAEA Deputy, Olli Heinonen, stated that the Stuxnet virus hurt Iran’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Israeli military used Facebook to catch draft dodgers..

TOP STORY

Korea: Fires burn out of control on S.Korean island

  • North Korea bombarded a South Korean island near their disputed western border.
  • Two marines were killed and dozens injured in the attack.
  • The North claimed it did not fire first.
  • South Korea is on its highest peacetime alert.
  • Coverage: CNN, Washington Post, NY Times

AFRICA

  • Mali: The French Defense Minister said France is in contact with Mali hostage takers. (Reuters)
  • Mauritania: Security officials say 28 members of the Al Qaeda in North Africa surrendered to army officials. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Political leaders from northern Nigeria picked a candidate to run against Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential elections. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai reaffirmed his opposition to coalition night raids against insurgent leaders. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The secret peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban leaders weren’t actually taking place because the lead Taliban ‘negotiator’ was an imposter. (Time, Guardian)
  • India: India deployed 36,000 extra troops next to a disputed section of their border with China. (BBC)
  • Thailand: About 1000 “yellow shirt” protesters gathered outside the Thai parliament to protest attempts to amend the constitution. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: OSCE officials will conduct an inspection of the cease-fire zone in Nagorny Karabakh today. (RIA Novosti)
  • Germany: The German army has announced that it will suspend conscription starting in 2011. (Spiegel)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Nicaragua announced it will send more dredging ships to an area that Costa Rica has claimed as its own territory. (AFP)
  • Region: Secretary Gates stated he backs the creation of crisis cells in Latin America to respond to natural disasters. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Colombian officials say they are searching for the body of FARC leader Fabian Ramirez, who may have been killed in a bombing on Saturday. (Bloomberg)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A former IAEA deputy, Olli Heinonen, stated the Stuxnet virus may have been responsible for setbacks at Iran’s Nantanz enrichment center. (BBC)
  • Israel: The Knesset passed a bill requiring a two-thirds majority for any bill authorizing the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Golan Heights. (BBC)
  • Lebanon: A report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stated the UN inquiry into the Hariri assassination has found strong evidence that Hezbollah was behind the assassination. (CBC)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Israel: The Israeli military used Facebook to catch 1,000 draft dodgers who claimed religious exemptions to military service. (AP)

WORLD

  • Earthquakes:
    • Papua New Guinea
      • Mag: 6.1
      • Depth: 22 km
      • Map
  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

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