ONS: 07 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won most seats in run-off elections
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC announced it would release some hostages
  • ASIA: Bombing in Afghanistan killed 19
  • EUROPE: Greek lawmakers approved austerity package
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Rival Yemeni groups traded artillery fire in Sanaa
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Apple lost iPad trademark in China

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Aftermath of attacks on Shiites
    • President Karzai held an emergency meeting with security advisers in response to yesterday’s deadly attacks.
    • The Afghan government accused the Taliban of being responsible for the attacks.
    • Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claimed responsibility.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Al Jazeera, WaPo
  • Syria: Government continues to resist demands for reform
    • Opposition groups reported clashes with security forces and army defectors in the north.
    • President Assad denied responsibility for civilian deaths connected with the crackdown on protests.
    • US Secretary of State Clinton met with opposition representatives in Geneva.
    • Coverage: VoA, CNN, NYT, Bloomberg

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood claimed to have won most seats open during run-off parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: PM Ganzouri announced the army planned to grant him additional governing powers. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Officials delayed releasing the results of the presidential elections for 48 hours. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A bombing in Kaduna killed at least six. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: In response to widespread public protests, the FARC announced it would release some of the captive security force personnel. (Al Jazeera)
  • Colombia: A truck bombing in Maicao killed two and injured 14. (EFE)
  • Honduras: A journalist was shot and killed by suspected cartel gunmen in Tegucigalpa. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Helmand killed at least 19. (AP)
  • China: A joint program with the US to stop the smuggling of nuclear materials was launched in Shanghai. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari suffered a mild heart attack and was flown to treatment in Dubai. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Finance Minister Dyankov announced his country was abandoning a pipeline project to carry Russian oil to Greece. (AP)
  • Greece: Lawmakers passed an expanded set of austerity measures. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: Anti-Putin protesters clashed with police in Moscow and St. Petersburg. (Telegraph)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials stated the downed US drone was deep within Iranian airspace, contradicting US claims it “strayed” from Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Israel: An airstrike on the Gaza Strip killed at least one suspected militant and injured two. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Pro-government and tribal forces exchanged artillery fire in Sanaa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Apple lost a trademark lawsuit in China over the “iPad” name. (SlashGear)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Alenda
    • Location: 415 NM WSW of Cocos Islands
    • Movement: ESE at 18 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08DEC)

  • Americas: Anniversary of President Clinton signing NAFTA into law – 1993.
  • Europe: Russian and EU FMs meet in Moscow on missile defense issues.
  • Europe: Anniversary of Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine declaring the end of the Soviet government – 1991.
  • Czech Republic: Russian President Medvedev meets with Czech President in Prague.
  • Gibraltar: Parliamentary elections held.
  • South Korea: US special envoy on North Korea Glyn Davies to visit.

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