ONS: 30 November 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Somali pirates said to hold 627 captives
  • ASIA: North Korea boasts advances in nuclear program
  • EUROPE: Medvedev sees arms race if missile shield not agreed
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ecuador offers WikiLeaks founder residency
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egypt’s ruling party poised for re-election: reports
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Earth Pushes Boundaries Between Real and Virtual

TOP STORY

  • U.S.: Cables Depict U.S. Haggling to Find Takers for Detainees
    • American diplomats went looking for countries that were not only willing to take in former prisoners but also could be trusted to keep them under close watch.
    • The U.S. used the abroad detention centers as a manner of diplomatic leverage with countries like Slovenia and the Maldives, saying they could have better relations with the U.S. if they allowed Guantanamo detainees to be held there.
    • Coverage: NYT

AFRICA

  • D.R. Congo: A UN report on violations of the arms embargo said it found the CNDP and the FNL were recruiting fighters and amassing arms in South Kivu. The government denied the increased recruitment. (BBC)
  • Ivory Coast: President Gbagbo’s campaign spokesman says he’ll contest votes in three rebel-held northern regions because opposition supporters tried to steal ballot boxes and take Gbagbo supporters hostage. (AP)
  • Somalia: ECOTERRA International said Somali pirates hold at least 627 captives and 34 vessels. (UPI)

ASIA

  • Region: China and India concluded their 14th round of border talks, pledging to seek a fair resolution for both sides. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: American troops are combing through Kandahar to disarm bombs in order to win support of local Afghanis. (NYT)
  • Korea, North: The government claimed it has thousands of centrifuges. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU will tighten security rules for air-cargo arriving from outside the bloc. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Medvedev said a new arms race could begin in the next decade if NATO and Moscow fail to agree on a joint missile shield. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: Colombian drug enforcement officials worked with the DEA and arrested 12 to break up a heroin ring that was active in the US. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The government offered Julian Assange residency, saying he could release the rest of the documents and speak in public forums. (AFP)
  • Haiti: International election monitors declared Haiti’s vital post-quake elections valid. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The ruling National Democratic Party is headed for a convincing win in parliamentary elections, with preliminary results showing the party taking more than 200 out of 508 seats up for grabs. (DPA)
  • Iran: The government will discuss its nuclear program next week in Geneva but will not make concessions, according to Ahmadinejad. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • World: Google took its “third half” concept to another level with its Google Earth software, creating a more realistic world that blurs the line between virtual life and reality. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S Warning #02
    • Location: 740 NM West of Cocos Island, Australia.
    • Movement: 06 knots SW over the past six hours.
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Centered north of the coast of Panama.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Bonin Islands, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 478.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:  Nothing to report.


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