ONS: 29 November 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast’s election marred by accusations of voter intimidation.
  • ASIA: North Korea claims it has “cutting-edge” nuclear fusion technology.
  • EUROPE: Pro-Europe parties narrowly ahead in Moldova’s parliamentary elections.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti rules out possibility of annulling election results.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian nuclear scientist killed by car bomb.
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks victim of distributed-denial-of-service attack.

TOP STORY

  • US condemns WikiLeaks diplomatic cables release
    • WikiLeaks’ release of confidential American diplomatic cables contain blunt appraisals of diplomats’ host governments, and unflattering portraits of world leaders.
    • The White House calls the disclosure “reckless” and states it puts the lives of diplomats and others at risk.
    • The Department of Defense plans to secure its computer systems to prevent future leaks.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: Hundreds of people from Sierra Leone are stranded on Guinea’s side of the border after Guinean authorities closed its borders. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: In the aftermath of the presidential runoff election, the opposition party accused President Laurent Gbagbo’s allies of voter intimidation. (BBC, Reuters, Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The country is boycotting the upcoming African Union-European Union summit in protest of EU pressure on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Police arrested more than 1,000 opposition officials and supporters as part of a nationwide crackdown ahead of a planned protest strike. (AFP)
  • Japan: Voters on Okinawa re-elected a governor who campaigned for the removal of the American Marine base on the island. (NYT)
  • Korea, North: Pyongyang says it has “cutting-edge” nuclear fusion, bio-engineering, and nano-technology. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan is seeking talks this week with his US, Russian, and Japanese counterparts on North Korea’s attacks and China’s response to the crisis. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Moldova: With almost a third of votes from the parliamentary election counted, liberal parties aligned with the ruling Alliance for European Integration are slightly ahead of the Communist opposition. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Convergencia Union, a moderate nationalist party, won the parliamentary elections in autonomous Catalonia. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Leaked diplomatic cables show that US diplomats believe Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ill-informed and being poorly advised by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (DPA)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Police seized 40 tons of marijuana in a crackdown on drug trafficking gangs in the Alemao favela in northern Rio de Janeiro. (AFP, BBC)
  • Dominican Republic: As the country reports its seventh cholera case, Dominican doctors will stage a second intervention in “Little Haiti,” a Santo Domingo slum, to prevent the disease from spreading further. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: The Provisional Electoral Council ruled out any possibility of annulling the nation’s general elections despite fraud accusations. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Hundreds protested in Alexandria and Cairo over suspected fraud and voter intimidation in the nation’s parliamentary elections. (BBC, NYT)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s leading opposition party, said it won no seats in the first round of voting. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Twin blasts in Tehran killed a top nuclear scientist and wounded another. (AFP, BBC, NYT)
    • Iranian media is accusing Israeli agents targeted the scientists with car bombs.

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • World: WikiLeaks blamed the temporary outage of its website on Sunday on a “mass” distributed-denial-of-service attack by unknown hackers trying to prevent its release of classified US documents. (AP)

WORLD

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

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