ONS: 05 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi returned to the presidential palace, after having been forced to leave due to violent protests.
  • AMERICAS: Peace talks between Colombia and the FARC are scheduled to resume.
  • ASIA: North Korea completed the installation of a rocket on its launch pad, preparing for a planned test later this month.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Security forces reported 13 PKK members killed during a major operation in the southern part of the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran told the US to “recount” its drones, a day after the country claimed to have captured one, a claim the US denies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FCC won a significant court victory over data network use.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Continued international concern over chemical weapon use; continued military offensive on Damascus suburbs; conflict bled into Lebanon
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon joined in warning the Assad regime against the use of chemical weapons, promising “huge consequences.”
    • Activists reported continued bombardment of Damascus suburbs by government warplanes and heavy fighting around the city between rebel and government forces.
    • Clashes in Lebanon linked to the country’s civil war left at least five dead and 45 wounded.
    • Coverage: AFPAPReutersAP-2Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi returned to the presidential palace, after having been forced to leave due to violent protests. (AP)
  • Mali: Ivory Coast President Ouattara called for an armed intervention in the Islamist-controlled northern part of the country in 2013. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A bomb and gun attack targeted a police station in the northern city of Kano; at least two were killed. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram reportedly increased its violence and capability in 2012. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities arrested 59 police officers accused of ties to drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Peace talks between the FARC and the government are scheduled to resume in Cuba on Wednesday. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto stated the army and navy would continue to combat drug cartels as a new strategy was developed. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea completed the installation of a rocket on its launch pad, preparing for a planned test later this month. (AFP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Russia announced $25 million in planned aid to the country. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Pakistan: A suicide truck bombing in the northern part of the country killed three soldiers and wounded at least 20. (AP)
  • Philippines: The death toll of Typhoon Bopha rose to over 270. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A report by Transparency International rated the country as the most corrupt EU member. (BBC)
  • Ireland: The government is expected to present a new austerity budget Wednesday. (BBC)
  • Serbia: The country’s NATO envoy committed suicide in Brussels. (AP)
  • Spain: The ESM announced the release of its first assistance funds for the support of debt-stricken banks in the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Security forces reported 13 PKK members killed during a major operation in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A Revolutionary Guard general told the US to “recount” its drones, a day after the country claimed to have captured one, a claim the US denies. (Telegraph)
  • Israel: The country announced a planned test of the Arrow III missile interceptor system. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The UN made an urgent call for dialog between political factions in the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FCC won a significant court victory over data network use, requiring carriers to allow customers of competing networks access to voice, e-mail and other messaging services when outside of their home territory. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Bopha
    • Location: 270 NM SSW of Manila
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 95 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06DEC)

  • Europe: OSCE FMs meet in Dublin.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Pakistan severing ties with India – 1971.
  • Russia: PM Medvedev hosts Chinese PM Wen for meetings.


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