ONS: 02 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria said it is open to talks to end the Boko Haram insurgency after Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, who identified himself as a senior Boko Haram leader, declared they were open to talks.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian drug traffickers in Sao Paolo have been using a tunnel to transport drugs to the University of Sao Paolo from a cocaine dealer’s house.
  • ASIA: Chinese and Japanese diplomatic sources announced plans to discuss joint management of waters surrounding the disputed islands.
  • EUROPE: Serbian Deputy PM Vucic accused police of illegally wiretapping him and other top Serbian officials claiming that organized crime groups have infiltrated law enforcement authorities.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Iranians gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran, burning American and Israeli flags and chanting anti-American slogans.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The DOD decided to allow Apple and Android-based smartphones to access the department’s secure and non-secure communication networks.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: SNC claims it received USD40.4 million in aid; Russia warns West on imposing leadership change; Opposition seize strategic northwest area; SNC rebuts Secretary Clinton’s comments; YouTube video of opposition executions stirs controversy.
    • The SNC said it received USD40.4 million in international aid since its foundation one year ago.
    • Russian Deputy FM Gatilov warned against Western attempts to impose leadership in Syria, saying it contradicts the Geneva agreements.
    • Rebels seized a strategic crossroads in the town of Saraqeb in northwest Syria, further limiting the government’s ability to send reinforcements to the area.
    • The SNC accused Washington of undermining the revolution after Secretary Clinton voiced frustration with the group this week.
    • A YouTube video stirred controversy over what appears to be Syrian rebels executing people including Syrian soldiers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, ITASS, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: A squadron of the Russian Pacific Fleet left for an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. (Interfax)
  • Algeria: Security forces solicited the help of the country’s Berber population in driving out the al Qaeda network from their Algerian stronghold leading to the capture of a military commander and many other militants over the last month. (AP)
  • Libya: Dozens of gunmen occupied parliament demanding ministers be removed due to their association with the former Gaddafi regime. (BBC)
  • Morocco: The Interior Ministry claims police dismantled a terrorist cell which had plans to set up a training camp in the Rif Mountains. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The country said it is open to talks to end the Boko Haram insurgency after Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, who identified himself as a senior Boko Haram leader, declared they were open to talks. (AFP)
  • Somalia: During a major security operation AU troops arrested roughly 400 people believed to have connections with al Shebab in the port city of Kismayo. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Drug traffickers in Sao Paolo have been using a tunnel to transport drugs to the University of Sao Paolo from a cocaine dealer’s house. (RIA Novosti)
  • Canada: Police arrested over 100 people and seized explosives, illicit narcotics and prohibited firearms in connection with a major drug ring in Quebec. (AFP)
  • Haiti: More than a million people are facing food insecurity as a result of the wreckage caused by Hurricane Sandy. (XIN)
  • Mexico: Troops arrested an alleged drug cartel member suspected of killing the son of former Coahuila Governor Moreira. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia pledged USD104 million to help fight malaria in the Asia-Pacific region. (XIN)
  • Region: Chinese government surveillance ships were seen entering the territorial waters around one of the East China Sea islands currently controlled by Japan. (AFP)
  • Region: Chinese and Japanese diplomatic sources announced plans to discuss joint management of waters surrounding the disputed islands. (Kyodo).
  • Burma: The World Bank approved an USD80 million grant to aid Burma’s rural poor. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: A private South Korean aid group plans to send food to the DPRK’s northwestern city of Shinuiju in three months. (XIN)
  • Nepal: The finance secretary said the caretaker government may not have enough money to fund the government unless a budget is approved by mid-November. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey and Moldova agreed to sign a visa exemption between the two countries. (XIN)
  • Azerbaijan: Police broke up an attempt by opposition members to rally in Baku against new legislation that would increase fines for participation in unsanctioned protests. (Guardian)
  • Serbia: Deputy PM Vucic accused police of illegally wiretapping him and other top Serbian officials claiming organized crime groups have infiltrated law enforcement authorities. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A car blast near the Syrian border injured four people. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The UN warned Bahrain that a protest ban may only aggravate tensions between the government and opposition. (AFP)
  • Iran: Law enforcement officials reported the country’s illicit drug trafficking rates have increased causing a flood of high-quality Iranian-made methamphetamines to reach international markets. (WaPo)
  • Iran: Thousands of Iranians gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran, burning American and Israeli flags and chanting anti-American slogans. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The tourist sector is suffering after the sanctions placed on Iran have reduced the number of Iranian pilgrims visiting holy sites has decreased. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Israeli tank fired across the border into Gaza injuring one Palestinian. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The DOD decided to allow Apple and Android-based smartphones to access the department’s secure and non-secure communication networks. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rosa
    • Location: Several hundred miles SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: Slowly NNW
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Burma: EC President Barroso visits Burma.
  • Panama: Independence Day celebrated – 1903.

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