ONS: 04 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 4, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese forces have captured the key rebel stronghold of Kurmuk.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran police officers have been arrested for corruption.
  • ASIA: CIA made secret concessions in its drone campaign.
  • EUROPE:  Greece called off a referendum on the new debt deal.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Renewed violent clashes in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: U.S. has accused China of economic spying.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Tanks continue to bombard neighborhood of Homs.
    • Protestors have continued to demand the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.
    • Activists report at least 20 people dead.
    • Continued violence defies the peace deal proposed by the Arab League.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The military released a video clip showing the apparent sinking of an al Shabaab boat in the Indian Ocean. (DPA)
  • Somalia: Islamist militants mounted weapons on roofs, dug trenches and armed students in the port of Kismayu. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Pirates hijacked a chemical tanker with 21 Filipino crew members near the Gulf of Aiden. (Washington Post)
  • Sudan: Forces captured the key rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in the border state of Blue Nile. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico’s ambassador to the US, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, said the NAFTA region’s trade has “lost our percentage of global trade flows,” and urged a stronger trilateral approach to regain momentum. (AFP)
  • Cuba: A new property law announced promises to allow citizens and permanent residents to buy and sell real estate. (NYT)
  • Honduras: 176 police officers were arrested in a purge against corruption and organized crime. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan has put on hold its plan to grant India most favored nation status. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The U.S. plans to reduce the amount spent on development assistance as it withdraws troops. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Central Intelligence Agency has made a series of secret concessions in its drone campaign. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Papandreou called off a referendum on the new debt deal with the euro zone after garnering enough support from the opposition to move forward. (NYT)
  • Ireland: Diplomatic posts to the Vatican, Iran, and Timor Leste will be closed in response to continued economic pressure. (NYT)
  • Italy: IMF and EU will strictly monitor Italy’s progress in reducing its budget deficit. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Security forces used tear gas and armored vehicles to drive back protestors. (NYT)
  • Israel: Construction accelerated in two locations in east Jerusalem and nearby West Bank settlements with the plans for 2,000 new apartments. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Israel staged a mass drill, simulating a missile attack in the center of the country at a time of intense speculation that it could launch strikes on Iran. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: At least 12 people have been killed in renewed clashes between government forces and protesters. (Al Jazeera)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: The U.S. government accused the Chinese of being the world’s “most active and persistent” perpetrators of economic spying. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05NOV)

  • Nothing to report

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