ONS: 05 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian FM Coulibaly denied meeting representatives of Ansar Dine in his visit to Burkina Faso.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Army arrested a lieutenant to Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
  • ASIA: The US and Japan are to start a joint military drill in seas near the southern island of Okinawa.
  • EUROPE: Greek public transport and media workers opened a week of strikes in protest of proposed fresh austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli news program claimed Israel’s premier told the military to prepare for a strike on Iranian nuclear sites in 2010, but it was not ready.
  • GLOBAL: In Laos, dozens of European and Asian leaders gathered for a major summit dominated by the eurozone debt crisis and growing territorial tensions in Asia.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter changed its policy to withholding tweets that contain or link to copyright-infringing material rather than deleting them.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Opposition votes to expand membership as violence continues in Damascus and Aleppo
    • An organizer said the SNC voted to broaden its membership to include more activists and political groups from inside the country.
    • Opposition forces in Syria criticized the SNC as being out of touch.
    • Heavy clashes continued between Syrian troops and rebels in Damascus and Aleppo, with a Red Crescent warehouse burned amid fighting.
    • The Syrian army bombarded rebel strongholds in southern Damascus with artillery and warplanes, with at least eight people killed and dozens wounded.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: One soldier was killed in a border skirmish with Rwandan troops. (Reuters)
  • Mali: FM Coulibaly denied meeting representatives of Ansar Dine in his visit to Burkina Faso. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: As many as 25 suspected gunmen were arrested in connection with the killing of a policeman in Kano State. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram denied murdering a retired army general in Maiduguri. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The country unveiled its new cabinet. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The government called on other countries and international organizations to provide emergency humanitarian aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Army arrested a lieutenant to Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP)
  • Peru: Ambassador to Argentina Lynch submitted his resignation to President Humala in the wake of his meeting with supporters of the Shining Path. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: National Guard troops seized a shipment of 1.4 metric tons of cocaine stashed in a compartment in a cargo truck. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir said they would travel to Pakistan for their first talks with officials in nearly four years, a move that could revive cross-border tensions. (AFP)
  • Region: China said it finished another round of meetings with Japan about a dispute over islands in the East China Sea, which has hurt bilateral trade and deepened tensions. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Police discovered seven tons of explosive material in Kunduz province that had been imported from Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The government accused the think-tank the International Crisis Group of bias in its reporting on the country. (AFP)
  • Japan: The US and Japan are to start a joint military drill in seas near the southern island of Okinawa. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: The leader of Pakistan’s largest religious political party cast doubt on the Taliban shooting of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousufzai, saying he did not believe she was hit in the head. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military said communist rebels killed four unarmed soldiers in an ambush. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Police identified about 60 suspected “private armies” that could use violence to influence national elections next year. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The government ordered dozens of military officers serving abroad to return home for lie detector tests to stem a wave of espionage cases. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel is to head to London on 07NOV for talks with PM Cameron. (AFP)
  • Greece: Public transport and media workers opened a week of strikes in protest of proposed fresh austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Russia: Thousands of nationalists marched through Moscow chanting slogans such as “Russia for the Russians” to protest President Putin’s government, which they accuse of lavishing privileges on migrants and minorities while ignoring ethnic Russians. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Opposition parties protested alleged election fraud in the recent parliamentary election as election officials are still trying to finalize election results. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British PM Cameron is visiting Saudi Arabia and the UAE to expand military and trade links. (AP)
  • Bahrain: One person was killed and another injured in two separate bomb blasts in Manama. (DPA)
  • Israel: A news program claimed Israel’s premier told the military to prepare for a strike on Iranian nuclear sites in 2010, but it was not ready. (AP)
  • Israel: The Air Force successfully tested an upgraded version of its “Iron Dome” missile defense system. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian at the border with the Gaza Strip. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: Suspected al Qaeda militants, attempting to cross into the country from Yemen, killed two Saudi border guards. (AFP)

GLOBAL

  • Asia-Europe Meeting: Dozens of European and Asian leaders gathered in Vientiane, Laos for a major summit dominated by the eurozone debt crisis and growing territorial tensions in Asia. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Twitter changed its policy to withholding tweets that contain or link to copyright-infringing material rather than deleting them. (ZDNet)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06NOV)

  • Egypt: Former PM Shafiq goes on trial along with four others.
  • Greece: Unions protest against austerity measures.
  • Palau: Presidential and legislative elections held.
  • United States: Presidential, federal, state, and local elections held.

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