ONS: 10 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 10, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ghanan opposition groups claimed the presidential election was tampered with.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez left to Cuba for cancer treatment while naming Vice President Maduro his successor.
  • ASIA: North Korea extended the window of its planned rocket launch due to technical problems.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s debt agency extended a buy-back offer to Tuesday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel forces seized large parts of a military base west of Aleppo
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian police discouraged travelers from using the company’s map software after having to rescue several people stranded due to direction errors.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Opposition rejects Morsi’s concession; military granted police powers
    • The main opposition coalition rejected President Morsi’s planned referendum on the new constitution, calling for a boycott of the vote.
    • The opposition called for continued protests against President Morsi.
    • President Morsi ordered the military to take police powers ahead of the referendum.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, BBC, NYT, AFP

AFRICA

  • Ghana: Opposition groups claimed the presidential election was tampered with. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Police killed three suspected militants and arrested four in the central region of the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Officials reported that the finance minister’s mother was kidnapped. (BBC)
  • Senegal: Separatist rebels in the south of Senegal released eight prisoners in a first positive result from renewed peace talks seeking to end a three-decade-old, low-intensity conflict in the Casamance region. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Antigua & Barbuda: The country announced it would pursue sanctions against the US in response to an online gambling ban. (AP)
  • Mexico: A new labor law is reportedly ineffective at reducing the country’s black market economy. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez left to Cuba for cancer treatment while naming Vice President Maduro his successor. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A bombing killed the police chief of Nimroz province. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen assassinated a woman’s affairs official in the eastern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country extended the window of its planned rocket launch due to technical problems. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Taliban militants attacked a police station in the northwestern part of the country, killing at least six. (AP)
  • Philippines: The country’s FM stated it welcomed a stronger Japan as a regional counterweight to China. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and Georgia hold their first direct diplomatic talks since the arch-foes severed ties after the 2008 war over the separatist region of South Ossetia. (AFP)
  • France: The country’s central bank confirmed a forecast that it would be in a shallow recession at the end of 2012. (AFP)
  • Greece: The country’s debt agency extended a buy-back offer to Tuesday. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Economic Minister Guindos stated his country was still studying a possible request to the ECB for a bank bailout. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli special forces were reportedly in Syria, tracking its WMD stockpiles. (Xinhua)
  • Bahrain: A senior US envoy called on the country to prosecute those responsible for a violent crackdown on anti-government opposition last year. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebel forces seized large parts of a military base west of Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple: Australian police discouraged travelers from using the company’s map software after having to rescue several people stranded due to direction errors. (CNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Claudia
    • Location: 540 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 5 mph
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11DEC)

  • Global: Anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol agreement – 1997.
  • Global: WTO General Council meeting held in Geneva.
  • Global: OPEC General meeting held in Vienna.
  • Morocco: Friends of Syria meeting held in Marrakech.

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