ONS: 03 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s top court went on strike in protest against President Morsi.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military reported 20 FARC guerillas were killed by a bombing raid in Narino province.
  • ASIA: Japan readied missile defense systems ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Greece announced a bond-buyback program through a Dutch auction, in a bid to control its debt crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s settlement plan in East Jerusalem warned as an “almost fatal blow” to peace by UNSG Ban Ki-Moon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: UN internet regulation talks began in Dubai.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government continued offensive around Damascus; bombings in Homs; US warns Assad regime over chemical weapons.
    • Opposition activists reported government forces launched air raids on rebel-held suburbs outside Damascus.
    • Syrian forces bombed a security building captured by rebels near the Turkish border as violence was reported spilling out of the country into both Turkey and Lebanon.
    • Two car bombs in Homs killed at least 12.
    • US Secretary of State Clinton reiterated warnings to the Assad regime against the use of chemical weapons following reported movement at chemical weapon sites.
    • Reuters, Al Jazeera, WaPo, NYT, AP-1, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Parliamentary and municipal elections were held for the first time since anti-government protests in 2011. (VoA)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels who withdrew from Goma over the weekend are waiting for a 48-hour deadline to expire, before deciding if they will take back the city. (AP)
  • Egypt: The country’s top court went on strike in protest against President Morsi. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A Boko Haram leader and two subordinate commanders were killed in a raid in Maidaguri. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 in an attack on Christians in the country’s northeast. (Al Jazeera)
  • South Sudan: A southern official stated the country may resume oil exports through the north by the end of the year. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Police reported killing two Islamic militants and arresting 20 in the country’s south. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military reported 20 FARC guerillas were killed by a bombing raid in Narino province. (Al Jazeera)
  • Colombia: President Santos issued a one-year deadline on peace agreement to FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Costa Rica: Authorities seized 1,081 kg of cocaine hidden in a fishing vessel captured in the country’s southern region. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Seven dismembered bodies were found in the northern state of Coahuila. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan readied missile defense systems ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan forces arrested senior Taliban leader Juma Khan in Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A motorcycle bombing killed at least 5 in the southern part of the country. (AFP)
  • China: The country’s foreign ministry criticized a US-Japan security treaty that reaffirmed US support of Japan in the dispute over the Senkaku islands. (AFP)
  • India: Local media reported the country’s army plans to raise an air wing by the end of the year. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bombing in the northwestern part of the country killed two and wounded two. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country announced a bond-buyback program through a Dutch auction, in a bid to control its debt crisis. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The country’s center-left Democratic party selected Pier Bersani as its nominee for PM. (Al Jazeera)
  • Slovenia: Former PM Pahor won the presidential election, calling for unity where discontent has been mounting due to government budget cuts and other austerity measures designed to avoid a bailout. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The presidency announced it had accepted the resignation of PM Azarov and his government. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US reportedly increased surveillance of the Bushehr nuclear reactor over the last two months. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Counter-terrorist authorities reportedly arrested the chief of al Qaeda in the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Israel: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon warned the country’s settlement plan in East Jerusalem could be an “almost fatal blow” to peace. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Security officials say two tribesmen have been killed in intense government shelling east of the capital against locals suspected of attacks on a main oil pipeline and power lines. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: UN internet regulation talks began in Dubai. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:  Typhoon Bopha
    • Location: 250 NM W of Palau
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 135 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles SW of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 15 to 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04DEC)

  • Global: International Trust Women Conference beings in London.
  • Europe: NATO ministerial meetings held in Brussels.
  • Colombia: Government and FARC talks resume in Cuba.

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