ONS: 09 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 9, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected al Shabaab gunmen launched attacks in Kenya
  • AMERICAS: US official stated drug trafficking may return to Caribbean
  • ASIA: At least 70 insurgents killed in attack on Afghan military base
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Berlusconi announced resignation plan  
  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab League to meet with Syrian opposition in Cairo
  • TECHNOLOGY: Adobe abandoned Flash development on mobile devices

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Leaked IAEA report indicated continuing nuclear weapons research
    • The IAEA report indicated Iran moved its nuclear development projects to deep underground bunkers and continued to stockpile nuclear material.
    • The French government called for greatly expanded sanctions on Iran if it did not cease its nuclear program.
    • President Ahmadinejad stated his country would not “budge one iota” from its plans to develop nuclear technology.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Suspected al Shabaab gunmen attacked a police station and government vehicle in northern Kenya.  (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Authorities arrested suspected Boko Haram militants with ties to a series of attacks that killed 65 last week. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Suspected al Shabaab grenade attacks killed two in Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Gunmen killed one UN peacekeeper and wounded two in Darfur. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US State Department official Brownfield stated that due to the increased pressure on Mexican smuggling routes, drug traffic to the US might shift to the Caribbean. (AP)
  • Cuba: Angolan war veteran General Leopoldo Frias was named defense secretary. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The dismembered bodies of two men were found on a street in Ciudad Juarez. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: US lawmakers urged caution on the possibility of Japan’s entry into negotiations for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. (Reuters)
  • Region: India’s foreign minister stated relations with Pakistan are improving and trust is forming between the two countries. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan and NATO forces killed at least 70 insurgents attacking NATO bases crossing over from Pakistan in Barmal province. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier attacked and wounded three Australian and two Afghan troops. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari promised visiting American congressmen that Pakistan will work with the US in “eradicating” the Haqqani network. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Officials announced coalition talks would resume after an interim government is appointed. (Al Jazeera)
  • Italy: PM Berlusconi announced he would resign his position after key economic reforms were completed. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Bond prices on government debt hit record highs, deepening the economic crisis. (NYT)
  • Russia: President Medvedev’s top economic advisor stated Russia would not participate in an EU rescue fund outside of the IMF. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Joint Base Balad was formally handed over to the Iraqi government following the departure of remaining US troops. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Warplanes raided the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Arab League announced it would meet with opposition representatives in Cairo on Wednesday. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Security forces killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants in clashes near Zinjibar. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Computing: Adobe abandoned mobile development for its Flash plug-in, likely signaling the end of Flash on the broader Internet. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A
    • Location: 475 NM South of Muscat, Oman
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Sean
    • Location: 455 miles SW of Bermuda
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: El Hierro, Canary Islands
    • Eruption continued; undersea volcano nearing surface. (Spiegel)
  • Volcanoes: Nyamulagira, Eastern Congo
    • Ash cloud; no danger reported. (AFP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10NOV)

  • Global: WTO formal working party consultation on Russian accession held in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Maldives: Indian and Pakistani PMs meet.

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