ONS: 03 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 3, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalis prepared for imminent Kenyan airstrikes  
  • AMERICAS: Mexican mayor shot and killed while campaigning
  • ASIA: Pakistan normalized trade with India
  • EUROPE: Russian officials announced they would seek the extradition of Viktor Bout from the US
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces continued violent crackdown in Homs
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon launched digital lending library

TOP STORY

  • Global Issues: Eurozone contemplates Greek exclusion
    • Leaders of France and Germany issued Greece an ultimatum, stating it would not receive bailout funds unless it decided whether it would remain in the Eurozone.
    • Eurozone leaders openly contemplated the prospect of Greece leaving the Euro.
    • The Greek government was forced into crisis over the issue of a public referendum, with Finance Minister Venizeos opposing the measure.
    • Presidents Sarkozy and Obama issued a joint statement emphasizing the importance of resolving the Eurozone debt crisis swiftly.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, AP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: Somali civilians fled areas targeted for strikes by the Kenyan military. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Official campaigning for upcoming elections began. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The ICC reported Saif al-Islam may be attempting to flee the country with the help of mercenaries. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Security forces conducted door-to-door searches for Boko Haram weapon stocks in Borno after an arms amnesty expired. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities announced the arrest of a FARC rebel leader responsible for the kidnapping of four Chinese contractors in June. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A mayor of a Michoacan town was shot and killed while campaigning for Felipe Calderon. (AP)
  • United States: “Occupy Wall Street” protests in Oakland, California disrupted shipping activity and resulted in clashes with police. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan normalized trade relations with India. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the office of an Afghan NATO contractor in Herat province. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed three suspected militants in North Waziristan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Officials held emergency meetings on the prospect of a debt crisis. (NYT)
  • Russia: The Russian Space Forces test-launched the RS-12M Topol ICBM from the Plesetsk Space Center and hit a designated target on the Kamchatka Peninsula.. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: Officials stated they would seek the extradition of arms dealer Victor Bout from the US. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least 10 people were killed and over 25 wounded by suicide bomb attacks in Diyala province. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The military declared it would prevent two pro-Palestinian relief ships from breaching the Gaza blockade. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Activists and residents reported security forces using heavy weaponry on residential areas in Homs, killing at least four. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Security forces killed at least nine opposition fighters and civilians in Taiz. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Media: Amazon announced the launch of an e-book lending library for users of the Kindle and Kindle Fire. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Keila
    • Location: 55 NM ENE of Salalah, Oman
    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Pacific Antarctic Ridge
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 1.1km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04NOV)

  • Iran: Anniversary of the American Embassy attacked in Tehran – 1979.

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