ONS: 08 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 8, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese rebels claim to destroy  a government Antonov military aircraft after it bombed targets in the Nuba mountains.
  • AMERICAS: The majority of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of a referendum that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state of the United States; the certified results will be sent to the White House to begin the process of admitting Puerto Rico to the Union if the US congress gives its consent.
  • ASIA: A suicide truck bomb exploded outside of the Pakistani Rangers’ Headquarters in Karachi’s North Nazimbad, killing two Rangers personnel and wounding at least 26 others.
  • EUROPE: The Greek Parliament approved the austerity package demanded by the EU and the IMF creditors in order to receive loans that would keep the country afloat, while anti-austerity protests degenerated into violence in clashes with police outside.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence published an analysis assessing the threat of a military confrontation over the country’s nuclear program, highlighting the benefits of negotiations to avert a crisis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Summly, a new iPhone app, collects and condenses news stories to around 350-400 words, allowing users to quickly read the pertinent content of a story as opposed to simply skimming the headlines.

TOP STORY

  • Ongoing Syrian Crisis
    • President Bashar Assad rejected exile in an interview with Russia TV rejected exile, saying “I am Syrian, made in Syria, and I will live and die in Syria.”
    • The Syrian National Council failed to elect a female representative despite its bid to elect a more diverse group that can represent the Syrian opposition movement.
    • Heavy fighting broke out in the northeast corner of Syria a few hundred meters away from the Turkish border.
    • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey reserves the right to defend itself against any threat from Syria amid discussions about the possible deployment of US Patriot missiles.
    • British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Syrian opposition groups to unite to stop extremists from gaining influence amid growing concern that Syria will turn into another Somalia.
    • Three mortar shells hit the al-Midan district of Damascus today with no reports of casualties.
    • Israel’s military claimed that three mortar rounds fired from Syria have landed inside Israeli-held Golan Heights.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Reuters, XIN

AFRICA

  • Region: West African heads of state plan to meet in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday to discuss plans to send troops into Mali. (AFP)
  • Benin: A bodyguard of President Thomas Boni Yani has been detained for questioning regarding his involvement in an alleged plot to poison the president. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Moroccan authorities expelled Twenty-five European activists from the Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara without explanation. (EFE)
  • Sudan: An ambush by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in South Kordofan  left eight people dead and twelve injured. (XIN)
  • Sudan: Sudanese rebels claim to have downed  a government Antonov military aircraft after it bombed targets in the Nuba mountains. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valeria Amos dispersed more relief funds to Cuba and Haiti to assist people adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. (XIN)
  • Argentina: Thousands of Argentinians are planning to march against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner tonight in what they hope will be the largest anti-government protest in more than a decade. (AP)
  • Guatemala: A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck roughly 163 km WSW of Guatemala City and has killed at least 41 people and injured around 160 others. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: The majority of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of a referendum that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state of the United States; the certified results will be sent to the White House to begin the process of admitting Puerto Rico to the Union if given US congressional consent. (AP)
  • United States: The man behind the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims”, Mark Basseley Youssef, has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating parole. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A car bomb killed ten civilians heading to a wedding in Helmand province. (AFP)
  • Australia: Police broke up an international cocaine syndicate that was smuggling drugs into the country from Mexico, arresting a senior member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and his accomplice following a 16-month investigation. (AFP)
  • China: The Communist Party opened its 18th congress to discuss new policies and unveil a new slate of leaders to oversee the country for the next decade. (AFP)
    • Hu Jintao stated that China will “hold high the great banner of socialism” and that the overall approach to the modernization drive would emphasize economics, politics, culture, society, and ecology. (XIN)
  • Korea: South Korea floated propaganda leaflets and condoms into North Korea despite threats from Pyongyang of military strikes. (AFP)
  • Tibet: Four Tibetans self-immolated on Wednesday in the largest number of self-immolations protesting Chinese rule in a single day. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and lawmakers from ethnic minority parties called on the government to deploy more troops to quell violence, as well as to restore peace and stability in the Rakhine state. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide truck bomb exploded outside of the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi’s North Nazimbad, killing two Rangers personnel and wounding at least 26 others. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel urged UK British PM Cameron support an integration program that would give more money and authority the EU headquarters in Brussels. (AP)
  • Greece: Parliament approved the austerity package demanded by the EU and the IMF creditors in order to receive loans that would keep the country afloat, while anti-austerity protests degenerated into violence in clashes with police outside.  (WSJ)
  • Russia: A senior Russian cabinet member said that Moscow expects President Obama to be more flexible in an ongoing dispute over plans for a US-led NATO missile defense in Europe. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A home-made bomb exploded in the Manama district of Gudaibiya. (DPA)
  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad has labelled the US elections as a “battleground for the capitalists” pointing to the record-breaking campaign finances that went into the election. (AFP)
  • Iran: Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence published an analysis assessing the threat of a military confrontation over the country’s nuclear program, highlighting the benefits of negotiations to avert a crisis. (WaPo)
  • Iran: General Farzad Esmaili, head of Iran’s air defense headquarters, said that the military will hold an air defense drill in the country’s east on Sunday. (AP)
  • Iraq: A car-bomb in Hilla, a predominently Shiite city, has killed four people and wounded 11 others. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkey’s foreign ministry made public the Turkish government’s intention idea to station Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, which would effectively create a no-fly zone that could help safeguard refugees and help rebel fighters without fear of airstrikes by Syrian forces. (XIN)
  • Turkey: A Syria-bound plane from Armenia was grounded in eastern Turkey for a cargo inspection. (AP)
  • Yemen: Three Al-Qaeda members, including a militant wanted for the attack on the US embassy in Sanaa, were killed in a drone strike near the village of Beit al-Ahmar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Summly, a new iPhone app, collects and condenses news stories to around 350-400 words, allowing users to quickly read the pertinent content of a story as opposed to simply skimming the headlines.

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 7.4 Magnitude – Guatemala
    • Location: 163 km WSW of Guatemala City
    • Depth: 41.6 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 6.3 Magnitude – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
    • Location: ~200 km WSW of Port Hardy
    • Depth: 16.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Cambodia: Independence day celebrated – 1953.
  • Germany: Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 1989.
  • Jordan: Anniversary of hotel bombing in Amman – 2005.
  • Peru: Human rights organizations march against amnesty of President Fujimori in Lima.
  • Turks and Caicos: Parliamentary elections held.

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