ONS: 06 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSC increased sanctions on Eritrea for its support of Al Shabaab  
  • AMERICAS: Nicaraguan authorities captured 700 kilos of cocaine
  • ASIA: Karzai stated Pakistan had important role in Afghan peace process
  • EUROPE: Moscow police arrested hundreds of opposition protesters
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least sixty dead found in Syria
  • TECHNOLOGY:  India vowed to ban offensive Internet material

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Series of bombings targeted Shiites
    • A suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in Kabul killed at least 48 and injured over 100.
    • A suicide bombing in Mazar-I-Sharif killed at least four and wounded over 20.
    • A bicycle bomb in Kandahar wounded five.
    • The Taliban denied responsibility.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, AFP

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Clashes between security forces and protesters erupted in Kinshasa ahead of contentious election results. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Election monitors called for tighter scrutiny for the ongoing run-off parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • Eritrea: The UNSC expanded sanctions due to Eritrea’s continued support of Al Shabaab. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: A group of political parties formerly allied to ousted President Gbagbo rescinded a call to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Police confiscated 159 kilos of cocaine off the southern coast. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities announced that in 2011, over 11,500 people were arrested for drug crimes, and destroyed 192 drug laboratories. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: Authorities raided a criminal group in Grenada, and confiscated 700 kilos of cocaine. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: President Karzai stated Pakistan has an important role to play in any negotiations with the Taliban. (Reuters)
  • India: Maoist rebels continued a series of attacks, destroying a police station and a school in Bihar state. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Military personnel were “temporarily” recalled from border posts used to liaise with NATO forces in Afghanistan. (AP)
  • South Korea: Officials resumed talks with the US on a revised nuclear energy treaty. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy called for other Eurozone countries to enter into a stricter fiscal policy arrangement. (WSJ)
  • Belarus: Secretary Clinton condemned the persecution of democracy activists and called for the release of political prisoners. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Police arrested hundreds of opposition activists in Moscow protesting the parliamentary election results. (Al Jazeera)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least 20 were killed by multiple bomb blasts targeting Shiites celebrating Ashura in and around Baghdad. (NYT)
  • Kuwait: Opposition lawmakers stated that a decision to dissolve parliament would likely be made today. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported more than 60 dead found in Homs, many believed to be victims of kidnapping. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • India: Government officials stated their intention to censor “offensive” material on the Internet, including social media sites like Facebook. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Alenda
    • Location: 560 NM W of the Cocos Islands
    • Movement: SSW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07DEC)

  • Global: UNHCR holds two-day conference in Geneva on “state-less” people.
  • Global: UN General Assembly two-day meeting in New York on financing for development.
  • North America: Canadian PM Harper visits President Obama in Washington, DC.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of President Karzai being sworn in – 2004.
  • Haiti: Anniversary of election results released, sparking riots – 2010.
  • United States: Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks – 1941.

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