ONS: 02 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported at least 18 killed in DR Congo election violence
  • AMERICAS: Mexican army targeted cartel communications centers
  • ASIA: Suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed at least three, wounded dozens
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel called for EU fiscal union to deal with debt crisis
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN HRC condemned Syrian crackdown
  • TECHNOLOGY: Carriers denied using “Carrier IQ” software to gather user data

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Diplomatic crisis with US continued
    • The US stated it received clearance from Pakistani officials for the airstrike that killed 24 soldiers.
    • Observers reported widespread public outrage across Pakistan.
    • Pakistani officials stated their aircraft would have engaged NATO planes during the attack if not for a communications breakdown.
    • Coverage: WSJ, LA Times, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to memorialize the 42 people killed in clashes during the previous month. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: The HRW reported at least 18 people were killed during election violence, and over 100 wounded. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Two US citizens abducted last month by pirates were released. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Marches are planned for next week to protest the killing of hostages by the FARC. (LA Times)
  • Mexico: The army dismantled telecommunications facilities established by drug cartels across four northern states. (AP)
  • United States: Military officials called for the slower production of F-35 aircraft until airframe problems can be resolved. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed at least three and wounded dozens outside a US military base in Mohammad Agha District in Logar province. (NYT)
  • Kyrgyzstan: The ruling political coalition collapsed over disagreements on judicial, political, and economic reforms. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi met with Secretary Clinton and praised US efforts to encourage reform. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel called for establishing a fiscal union to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis. (WSJ)
  • Region: The EU official mediating negotiations in Brussels between Serbia and Kosovo stated no progress was made after talks. (DPA)
  • Region: The Greek government initiated negotiations with creditors for a debt rollover plan. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The Camp Victory military base in Baghdad was formally transferred to Iraqi government control. (AP)
  • Iraq: At least eight people were killed and 12 wounded in gun and bomb attacks near Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: The head of the opposition stated his intention to cut off ties with Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah once in power. (WSJ)
  • Syria: The UN HRC condemned the crackdown on protests and reported the death toll now exceeded 4,000. (Telegraph)
  • Yemen: The head of the proposed interim government said transition plans might be delayed in the wake of continued violence by security forces. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Carriers whose phones have the “Carrier IQ” keylogging software denied it was being used to gather personal data. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Katla Volcano, Iceland
    • Signs of imminent eruption.
    • 500 tremors in and around the caldera of Katla in the last month. (BBC)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03DEC)

  • Nothing to report

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