ONS: 04 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: DR Congo army forces returned to Goma; M23 rebels vowed to recapture the city if the government failed to negotiate.
  • AMERICAS: The US reiterated its call on Havana to release American Alan Gross.
  • ASIA: Typhoon Bopha struck the Philippines, killing at least six and displacing at least 41,000.
  • EUROPE: NATO FMs meeting in Brussels were expected to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot missile defense systems.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran claimed to have captured a US “ScanEagle” reconnaissance drone; a US navy spokesman denied the report.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is conducting a user vote on whether or not its governance polices should incorporate user voting.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fighting continued, UN pulled staff, widespread international concern over chemical weapons
    • Activists reported heavy shelling by the regime in the outskirts of Damascus.
    • US President Obama and NATO SG Rasmussen warned the country against the use of chemical weapons.
      • The White House reported it had reason for “increased concern” due to indications that such weapons were being prepared.
    • Rebel forces claimed to have encircled a military base outside Aleppo, trapping government forces and offering them a chance to defect.
    • A spokesman for the Assad government’s foreign ministry reportedly fled the country.
    • The UN stated it was pulling staff from the country due to deteriorating conditions.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT-1, NYT-2, Al Jazeera-1, Al Jazeera-2, Reuters-1, AP, AFP, Reuters-2. AP-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Independent and opposition newspapers refused to print, in protest against President Morsi. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Army forces returned to Goma; M23 rebels vowed to recapture the city if the government failed to negotiate. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mali: US General Carter Ham issued an assessment of Al Qaeda’s strength in the northern part of the country, and called for an international effort to address it. (NYT)
  • Sierra Leone: The opposition conceded election defeat to President Koroma. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Nicaraguan fishermen reported that Colombian ships were harassing them in waters awarded to Nicaragua by an international court. (AP)
  • Cuba: The US reiterated its call on Havana to release American Alan Gross. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A march was held in Mexico City to demand the release of 70 people being held following violent protests during President Nieto’s inauguration. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan reported a Chinese ship entered disputed waters in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A bomb blast in the southern part of the country killed two NATO soldiers. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The US government launched an initiative to restart peace talks with the Taliban. (WaPo)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s main nuclear envoy was dispatched to Washington for talks on North Korea’s planned rocket launch. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide truck bombing targeting a police station injured eight. (AP)
  • Philippines: Typhoon Bopha killed six forced the evacuation of 41,000. (Al Jazeera)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country offered to buy-back nearly half the debt it owed to private creditors, as part of a series of initiatives to handle its debt crisis. (WSJ)
  • Russia: US President Obama called for a renewal of a nuclear arms control treaty with Moscow. (LA Times)
  • Turkey: NATO FMs meeting in Brussels were expected to approve the country’s request for Patriot missile defense systems. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country claimed to have captured a US “ScanEagle” reconnaissance drone; a US navy spokesman denied the report. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed six members of a family in eastern Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The UN called on the country to open its nuclear program for inspection. (AP)
  • Israel: The country announced it will move forward with two major settlement projects in East Jerusalem. (AP)
  • Yemen: Amnesty International reported “horrific human rights abuses” in the country’s southern province of Abyan. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook conducted a user vote on whether or not its governance polices should incorporate user voting. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Bopha
    • Location: 155 NM NE of Zamboanga, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05DEC)

  • Global: Transparency International releases its Corruption Perceptions Index.
  • Asia: Chinese host talks between Japan and North Korea.
  • Germany: Israeli PM Netanyahu visits Chancellor Merkel.
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas Leader Meshaal, and possibly Turkish PM Erdogan, visit the Gaza Strip.

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