ONS: 01 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes in Sudan’s South Kordofan killed hundreds
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities disrupted major drug smuggling ring
  • ASIA: Kyrgyz President-Elect announced closure of Manas Air Base in 2014
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov threatened “technically military” action over missile defense
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNESCO granted Palestine full membership
  • TECHNOLOGY: “Nitro” hack stole US industrial and defense secrets

TOP STORY

  • Global Issues: Eurozone debt crisis continues
    • Greek PM Papandreou announced a referendum on his country’s acceptance of the bailout deal.
    • The Greek public is very likely to reject the measures.
    • Market shares fell sharply across the Eurozone due to the announcement by Greece that a public referendum on the austerity package would be held.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya and Somalia called for greater international support for operations against the Al Shabab and humanitarian relief. (NYT)
  • Libya: Abdurrahim El Keib was named interim prime minister. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Army officials stated that hundreds of SPLM fighters were killed in clashes in South Kordofan. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos dissolved the DAS, Colombia’s domestic intelligence service. (AP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers dismantled a communications network used by drug smugglers in Reynosa. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Officials disrupted a large drug smuggling operation believed run by the Sinaloa cartel, arresting 76. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials in Kandahar stated they were not ready to assume responsibility for security in the area from NATO. (AP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President-Elect Atambayev stated he intended to close the Manas air base in 2014. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed four suspected militants near the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov stated his country could take steps of a “technically military nature” if NATO did not heed its objections to the missile defense system. (AFP)
  • Region: Estonian and Latvian officials stated they want NATO’s air defense mission to continue. (Interfax)
  • Ukraine: Protesters angry with proposed cuts to social spending disrupted a session of parliament. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The military announced it would establish a command to defend against cyberattacks. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Egyptian officials stated Israel agreed to delay expanding military operations in Gaza. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The US ceased payments to UNESCO after the agency accepted Palestine as a full member. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: UN investigators stated they found new signs of nuclear research in Syria. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Symantec revealed that a cyberattack called “Nitro” stole industrial and defense industry secrets from over 48 US companies. (SlashGear)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02NOV)

  • Global: CEOs and major industry leaders meet in Cannes, France ahead of G-20 summit.

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