ONS: 06 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan Information Minister Rugunda maintained Uganda’s threat to withdraw its UN peacekeeping troops after UN allegations that Uganda has backed rebels in the DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, five people, including three police officers, one gang member and one civilian, were killed in a gun battle between police and gang members in Medellin.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman dismissed remarks made by a North Korean diplomat that war could break out on the Korean Peninsula at any time.
  • EUROPE: President Putin fired DM Serdyukov, replacing him with Moscow Governor Shoigu, so that an investigation into Serdyukov’s involvement with a suspected property scam can proceed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a car bomb exploded near a military base in northern Baghdad killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 40.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NYT is planning on expanding its mobile and tablet apps beyond just providing news stories, but also to have the apps utilize more live video, interactive graphics and other forms.

TOP STORY

  • Ongoing Syrian Crisis
    • Six civilians were killed by artillery fire in the northern province of Aleppo.
    • Russian PM Medvedev stated Syria’s future must be in the hands of the Syrian people rather than international forces.
    • The SNC agreed to a restructuring plan to create a more cohesive leadership for the opposition.
    • A car bomb exploded near Damascus causing multiple injuries.
    • UN-AL Envoy Brahimi warned Syria is at risk of turning into another Somalia, unless the issues it faces are properly addressed.
    • The Syrian government sealed Hamas’ offices in Damascus after Hamas openly switched sides to support the armed rebellion against the Assad regime.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said he met with Riad Hijab, the former Syrian PM who defected in August.
    • The brother of Syria’s parliament speaker Jihad Laham was killed in Damascus.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, ITASS, Reuters, UPI, XIN

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Two people were wounded when a bomb was set off in Nairobi. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Members of Ansar Dine agreed to meet mediator Burkinabe President Compaore in an effort by the mediation group to convince Ansar Dine to break ties with its Jihadist allies. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The US donated an automatic maritime detecting system to aid Mozambique in the fight against illegal immigration and piracy. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Four people were killed in a bomb blast near an airport in the Somali port city of Kismayo. (UPI)
  • Somalia: Russian PM Medvedev has called for emergency help to aid in the fight against pirates in Somalia, saying the “mechanism of the international community is not working.” (Interfax)
  • Uganda: Information Minister Rugunda maintained Uganda’s threat to withdraw its UN peacekeeping troops after UN allegations that Uganda has backed rebels in the DR Congo. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Pinera reshuffled his cabinet allowing ministers in his cabinet who intend to run for president in next year’s election to leave. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Five people, including three police officers, one gang member and one civilian, were killed in a gun battle between police and gang members in Medellin. (UPI)
  • Peru: One ton of cocaine was seized and four alleged drug traffickers arrested in separate operations across Peru. (XIN)

ASIA

  • Region: The joint Japan-US military exercises near Okinawa have commenced, despite claims to the contrary on behalf of the Japanese Defense Minister. (UPI)
  • China: DM Guanglie stated Japan is attempting to negate the outcome of WWII by allowing its officials to visit the Yasukuni Shrine. (XIN)
  • Korea, South: The foreign ministry spokesman dismissed remarks made by a North Korean diplomat that war could break out on the Korean Peninsula at any time. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The EU’s economy chief said EU is “on track” to make a decision on the vital Greek bailout loan next week. (AFP)
  • Greece: Unions are holding a 48 hour general strike that will shut down schools, halt transportation and reduce hospital staff in an effort to convince politicians not to back a new austerity program. (AP)
  • Russia: US and Italian inspectors will make aerial surveillance flights over Russia over the course of the next four days as part of the Treaty on Open Skies to monitor compliance with existing and future arms control agreements. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: President Putin fired DM Serdyukov, replacing him with Moscow Governor Shoigu, so that an investigation into Serdyukov’s involvement with a suspected property scam can proceed. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government opened the trial in absentia of four Israeli ex-military chiefs over a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound ship, a trial that Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor called a “show trial and has nothing to do with law and justice. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: PM Netanyahu pledged to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons even if it means striking Iran’s nuclear facilities. (RIA Novosti)
  • Iran: The UK is considering a move to send troops to the Persian Gulf to counter the Iranian nuclear threat. (UPI)
  • Iraq: A car bomb exploded near a military base in northern Baghdad killing at least 27 people and wounded more than 40. (AP)
  • Israel: The country is moving forward with the construction of more than 1,200 new homes in Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An explosion along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel injured three Israeli soldiers. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Militiamen backing the Yemeni government besieged the residence of Tarek al-Fadhli, a tribal chief suspected of having links with al Qaeda, giving him 24 hours to turn himself in before gunmen storm his house. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • NY Times: The paper is planning on expanding its mobile and tablet apps beyond just providing news stories, but instead to have the apps utilize more live video, interactive graphics and other forms. (Nieman Journalism Lab)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07NOV)

  • Global: International renewable energies conference held in Berlin.
  • Global: International corruption conference held in Brasilia.
  • Europe: German Chancellor Merkel travels to Brussels to give speech on Economic Monetary Union.
  • Pakistan: Armed forces exposition held in Karachi.
  • United Kingdom: German Chancellor Merkel meets with English PM Cameron on EU budget.

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