ONS: 07 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to support the al-Shebab against the Western-backed government and AU troops.
  • AMERICAS: President Barack Obama was reelected for a second term.
  • ASIA: A Peshawar suicide attack killed at least five people, including a senior police officer, and wounded at least 32 others.
  • EUROPE: The Georgian government detained the armed forces chief of staff on allegations of abuse of power, with the opposition decrying the move as part of the political persecution of President Saakashvili’s allies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahraini authorities have revoked the citizenships of 31 Shiite activists, including two former members of parliament, for undermining state security.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nate Silver’s election statistics blog accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election for each of the 50 states using an algorithm that aggregated polls and accounts for their historical accuracy.

TOP STORY

  • Ongoing Syrian Crisis
    • Armed groups blew up an oil pipeline in the northern province of Raqqa.
    • Hungary’s FM issued a statement denying claims that Hungarian companies may have supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition.
    • British PM David Cameron visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to speak with UN officials based at the camp.
    • The UK will begin talks with armed opposition groups as part of a political dialogue to end the violence.
    • Rebel commander Colonel Kassem Saadeddine claims to have escaped an assassination attempt by forces loyal to Assad.
    • A car bomb exploded in the Damascus neighborhood of Qadam, killing one, and mortar fire in the Mazzeh district killed three civilians and wounded 12 others.
    • The Syrian National Council has begun electing new leaders following criticism from international supporters.
    • The Turkish FM said that Turkey and its allies, including the US, have considered the use of Patriot missiles as one of a number of scenarios to end regime attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians.
    • Chinese FM spokesman Lei said that the international community has welcomed its four-point proposal to solve the Syrian conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Two police officers were wounded after chasing down a suspect in a car explosion in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Libya: Abdelbasset bin Naama, a member of Libya’s transitional government, was killed and an investigation was launched to bring the perpetrators to justice. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to support the al-Shebab against the Western-backed government and AU troops. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A blast outside of the parliament has left one person dead. (AFP)
  • Sudan: HRW urged Sudanese authorities to grant UN peacekeepers access to a site in Sigili village where 13 civilians were killed. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Six gunmen were killed in separate shootouts with the army troops and police officers in Piedras Negras. (EFE)
  • United States: President Barack Obama was reelected for a second term. (AP)
  • United States: Colorado voters approved a proposal to legalize marijuana, including recreational use, becoming the first state to legalize the drug beyond medical uses. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan FM proposed to Japan a jointly controlled area be drawn in the waters off the East China Sea so that both sides could fish in the overlapping exclusive economic zones. (Kyodo)
  • Region: Chinese FM Lei rejected Japan’s “actual control” of the Diaoyu Islands and the waters surrounding them after media reports alleged that China had proposed joint management of the islands with Japan. (AFP)
  • Region: Vietnam and Russia will start negotiations over a free trade agreement in the new year. (ITASS)
  • Pakistan: A suicide attack in Peshawar killed at least five people, including a senior police officer, and wounded at least 32 others. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The UN lauded efforts by the Philippines to protect refugees and stateless peoples after the country’s Justice Department published guidelines to enhance methods of determining refugee status and uniting refugees with extended family members. (UPI)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Government spokesman Stefanou said in a written statement that Cyprus will resume talks with creditors on forging a bailout agreement this Thursday, ending uncertainty over when negotiations would restart. (AP)
  • Georgia: The government detained the armed forces chief of staff on allegations of abuse of power, with the opposition decrying the move as part of the political persecution of President Saakashvili’s allies. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Lawmakers are prepared to vote on new austerity measures today that, if approved, will enable the country to receive the international aid required to pull the country out of bankruptcy. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: PM Hashim Thaci said that the talks with Serbia today will focus on taking action on already agreed upon deals such as the mutual recognition of University degrees, returning property records, and the joint management of border crossings. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities revoked the citizenships of 31 Shiite activists, including two former members of parliament, for undermining state security. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraq has expelled the Turkish energy firm TPAO from an exploration deal in the southern part of the country, giving the Turkish share to Kuwait Energy. (Reuters)
  • Israel: An Israeli official has said that Israel will consider taking actions against Palestinians, such as the cancellation of the Paris Protocol, if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status in the UN. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Opposition groups plan to stage a protest against new voting rules on Sunday, despite clashes with police during protests last week. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Gunmen on motorbikes shot and killed a police commander who was working with counter-terrorism forces in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Nate Silver’s election statistics blog accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election for each of the 50 states using an algorithm that aggregates polls and accounts for their historical accuracy. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08 NOV)

  • China: Communist Party assembly held to choose leadership of the country for the next 10 years.
  • Ireland: German Chancellor Merkel meets with Irish PM Kenny on the EU budget.
  • Russia: Israeli President Peres meets with President Putin on the Middle East peace process.
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of al-Qaeda attack on foreign housing complex in Riyadh – 2003.

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