ONS: 08 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 8, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Sudan and South Sudan forces clashed along border
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities arrested three Zetas cartel members tied to November’s Guadalajara slayings
  • ASIA:  Afghanistan pressed Pakistan on suicide bombings
  • EUROPE: NATO criticized Russian policy on missile defense program
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian oil pipeline damaged by bombing
  • TECHNOLOGY:  South Korea increased monitoring of social media for North Korean propaganda

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Tensions high over disputed election
    • PM Putin accused Secretary Clinton of encouraging opposition activists to protest the recent elections.
    • Former President Gorbachev called for an annulment of the election results, and urged that a second round of elections be held.
    • Election monitors reported serious irregularities.
    • Al Jazeera, BBC, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese and South Sudanese forces clashed along a disputed border region. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The military government appointed a council to oversea the drafting a new constitution. (Telegraph)
  • Ivory Coast: A rocket attack killed three at an election rally in Grand-Lahou. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Heavy fighting took place in Mogadishu between Al Shabab militants and AU and Somali forces. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Ex-Paramilitary Jorge Victoria turned himself in to authorities. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Survivors and activists accused the government of covering up ties between politicians and the deadly casino fire that killed 52 in August. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested three suspected Zetas cartel members for ties to the killing of 26 people in Guadalajara in November. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Karzai stated he would pressure the Pakistani government over the recent suicide attacks on Shiites. (NYT)
  • China: US officials gave reassurances to Beijing that US policy is not attempting to contain China. (AP)
  • Korea, South: US and South Korean officials met in Seoul to discuss resuming the six-party talks. (VoA)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen criticized the Russian reaction to the planned missile defense system. (CNN)
  • Russia: Four militants were killed by security forces in the North Caucasus. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: Authorities killed one and captured seven PKK rebels in eastern Turkey. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials stated the US “virtual embassy” initiative would fail. (AP)
  • Syria: A bombing damaged an oil pipeline near Homs. (AP)
  • Yemen: Vice-President Mansour announced plans to form a unity government to set up elections as fighting continued in Sanaa. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: One soldier and nine Al-Qaeda linked fighters were killed in clashes near Zinjibar. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korea, South: Authorities announced the tightening of social media and Internet monitoring due to increasing amounts of North Korean propaganda. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The Al Shabab militant group began tweeting under the user name @HSMPress. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Alenda
    • Location: 285 NM SSW of the Cocos Islands
    • Movement: ESE at 25 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Atacama, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 15.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Gamalama, Indonesia
    • Eruption; thousands evacuated. (SkyNews)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09DEC)

  • Global: International Anti-Corruption Day.
  • Croatia: Scheduled to sign EU Accession Treaty.
  • Serbia: Scheduled to sign EU Accession Treaty.

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