ONS: 01 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian Islamists expected to do well in elections  
  • AMERICAS: Elaborate drug-smuggling tunnel discovered under Mexico/US border
  • ASIA: Secretary Clinton met with Burmese President Sein
  • EUROPE: General strike in Greece protested austerity measures
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Attacks in Iraq’s Diyala killed 17
  • TECHNOLOGY: Key-logging software discovered on Android, Nokia and Blackberry phones

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Diplomatic isolation intensified
    • A meeting of European leaders today is expected to call for increased sanctions on the Iranian government.
    • The UK government expelled Iranian diplomats and closed its embassy in Tehran.
    • Coverage: LA Times, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: The East African Community rejected Sudan’s bid for membership. (DPA)
  • Egypt: According to parliamentary election forecasts, the hardline Islamist Salafi party will likely win up to 20% of the vote, while the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood will win 40%. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Pirates released a captured Singapore chemical tanker and most of its crew, but kept four Korean sailors. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican authorities discovered a large drug trafficking tunnel and captured 32 tons of marijuana. (AFP)
  • Cuba: A delegation of US clergy visited imprisoned American citizen Alan Gross. (AP)
  • Guyana: Vote-counting continued from Monday’s elections amid high tension between opposition and ruling parties over alleged irregularities. (AP)
  • United States: Police dismantled OWS protest camps in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. (Al Jazeera)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three policemen were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb in Baghlan district of Baghlan province. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Secretary Clinton met with President Sein, promising improved diplomatic relations should reforms continue. (WaPo)
  • Pakistan: President Obama declined to offer a formal apology for the strike that killed 25 Pakistani soldiers. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Unions launched a general strike against austerity measures. (AFP)
  • South Ossetia: Protests continued over disputed presidential elections. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Public sector workers went on a one-day strike against austerity measures, shutting down many government offices. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey intensified economic sanctions on the Syria’s Assad regime. (NYT)
  • Iraq: A marketplace bombing and an assault on the home of an anti-al-Qaeda leader in Diyala province killed at least 17. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Clashes between loyalist and dissident forces killed at least eight in Taez. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Secret key-logging software was discovered on Android, Blackberry and Nokia phones. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles SSE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador
    • Eruption continued. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)

  • Europe: Tibetan PM in exile completes trip to Europe.

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