ONS: 09 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visited Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC called for hostage-prisoner exchange
  • ASIA: Suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed at least six
  • EUROPE:  European leaders failed to reach an agreement to revise EU treaty
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian opposition warned the government is prepraring for assault on Homs
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter revamped its user interface

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Crashed US spy drone shown on TV
    • Iranian authorities aired a video of what they claimed was the crashed US drone on national television.
    • Iranian officials stated the drone had crossed over 250 miles into Iran, and called for UN condemnation of the violation of its airspace.
    • US officials declined to confirm or deny the aircraft in the video was genuine.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, NYT, APP

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN reported at least five million people across the Sahel are facing severe food shortages. (AFP)
  • Region: A spokesman for the South Sudan army stated the fighting along the disputed border with Sudan was escalating into a “war situation.” (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Authorities delayed releasing election results for a second time. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Ki-Moon made an unexpected visit to Somalia and called for an end to Al Shabab’s violence. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC repeated a call for exchanging hostages for guerrillas jailed by the government. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities seized 226 tons of drug precursor chemicals in Lazaro Cardenas. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police in Michoacan state discovered the body of a missing peace activist. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani officials stated they may deploy air defense systems to the Afghan border. (AP)
  • Region: At least 2,000 Afghans rallied in Kabul to condemn Pakistan for this week’s suicide attacks against Shiites. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing killed six in Kunar province. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing killed three soldiers and wounded four in Karachi. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A senior Pakistani military officer alleged the US airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers was “pre-planned.” (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone leaders failed to reach an agreement on a tighter fiscal policy under a revised EU treaty. (WSJ)
  • Croatia: Croatia signed the EU accession treaty to become a member in 2013. (AP)
  • Russia: PM Putin accused the US of fueling protests against the Russian government and financially supporting the opposition. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Authorities approved plans by the opposition to hold a large protest on Saturday. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: An Israeli airstrike killed three in Gaza. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Five UN peacekeepers were injured in a bombing near Tyre. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Opposition activists alleged that government forces are preparing for a large raid on Homs. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Government and opposition tribal forces were observed retreating from Taiz. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter simplified its user interface in a bid to attract more users. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Alenda
    • Location: 640 NM W of Learmouth, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10DEC)

  • Global: World Human Rights Day.
  • Russia: Opposition protests held in Moscow.

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