ONS: 06 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi will deliver a televised address in the wake of overnight clashes that killed five protesters.
  • AMERICAS: Peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC resumed in Havana.
  • ASIA: The commander of American troops in Japan said the situation ahead of the DPRK’s planned launch of a long-range rocket is “very dangerous.”
  • EUROPE: NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen said Georgia must respect the law in its arrests of former state officials.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to visit Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Abbas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US officials took down a global cyberfraud ring and charged six Romanians and one Albanian in a scheme selling non-existent goods on the Web.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US Secretary Clinton to hold talks with Russian FM on Syria; Military loaded sarin gas in aerial bombs.
    • US Secretary Clinton will meet with Russian FM Lavrov and UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for talks on the conflict in Syria.
    • NBC News reported the Syrian military loaded precursor chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs and is awaiting final orders from President Assad.
    • German’s Cabinet approved sending German Patriot air defense missiles to Turkey.
    • US Secretary Clinton will attend a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People in Morocco slated for 11DEC-13DEC.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, NBC News

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN said conditions in the country remain fragile despite the gradual removal of rebel group M23 forces. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: President Morsi will deliver a televised address in the wake of overnight clashes that killed five protesters. (AFP)
  • Ghana: Thousands converged on the capital as the country’s two main political parties held final rallies ahead of presidential polls. (AFP)
  • Mali: A State Department official said the US has sent military planners to help a group of African nations launch an offensive to take back northern Mali. (AP)
  • Mali: The UNSC ordered sanctions against an al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The authorities busted a human-smuggling ring that brought 85 Romanian nationals into the country in waves over the past year. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC resumed in Havana. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega said Nicaragua would not grant oil drilling licenses in ecologically sensitive Caribbean waters that belonged until recently to Colombia. (Reuters)
  • Panama: One person was killed and three arrested when a semi-submersible craft loaded with cocaine sank off the coast. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Norway said it will close its embassy in Venezuela due to rampant crime in the country. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The commander of American troops in Japan said the situation ahead of the DPRK’s planned launch of a long-range rocket is “very dangerous.” (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Several Taliban insurgents, including a local insurgent leader, were killed in an operation in Kunar. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The military dispatched three destroyers to waters over which the DPRK said its satellite-bearing rocket will travel. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US and ROK are to begin a tabletop exercise in nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A US drone killed three suspected militants. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov said the formation of a single and indivisible “security community” will be the main issue at a two-day meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (Itar-Tass)
  • Czech Republic: The Parliament’s upper house rejected unpopular austerity measures. (AP)
  • Georgia: NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen said Georgia must respect the law in its arrests of former state officials. (Reuters)
  • Greece: A new global survey by Transparency International indicates Greece is the EU’s most corrupt country. (The Independent)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The exiled opposition launched a campaign to have France and the EU grant it the same recognition they have accorded to the Syrian coalition. (AFP)
  • Israel: Thieves stole several US-made engines for F-16 warplanes from an airbase in central Israel. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrated in several areas of the country for the third consecutive night to demand that a new parliament be scrapped. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Snipers killed eight people in Tripoli during three days of violence linked to the conflict in Syria. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to visit Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Abbas. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US officials took down a global cyberfraud ring and charged six Romanians and one Albanian in a scheme selling non-existent goods on the Web. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 26W (Bopha)
    • Location: 295 NM WSW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07DEC)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of President Karzai being sworn in – 2004.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the Taliban abandoning their posts in Kandahar – 2001.
  • Ghana: Presidential and legislative elections held.
  • Sudan: Iranian warships return for port visit.
  • United States: Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack – 1941.

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