ONS: 11 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt braced for continued protests over the upcoming constitutional referendum.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto stated he will continue combating all forms of drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: North Korea was reportedly taking down parts of the rocket it planned to launch later this month
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities raided the homes of several opposition activists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US declared Syrian rebel group Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter and Instagram severed ties between the two services as Twitter introduced its own photo application with similar functionality.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: Prime Minister arrested by military junta, resigned
    • PM Diarra resigned hours after being arrested by soldiers belonging to the group responsible for the March coup.
    • It remains unclear whether the resignation was voluntary or coerced.
    • A spokesman for the military junta denied the arrest was part of a coup.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Unknown gunmen fired on protesters in Tahrir Square, injuring at least nine. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The country braced for continued protests over the upcoming constitutional referendum. (AFP)
  • Libya: Authorities were reportedly reluctant to move against powerful Islamist militias, hampering the US investigation into the Benghazi attack. (NYT)
  • Mali: PM Diarra resigned hours after being arrested by soldiers belonging to the group responsible for the March coup. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A clash between security forces and Boko Haram militants left 15 dead in Potiskum. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The US voiced concern over Cuba’s detention of almost 100 Ladies in White activists, and urged Havana to stop making arbitrary arrests. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Taiwan donated four helicopters to the country, for use in drug interdiction and humanitarian relief. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto stated he will continue combating all forms of drug trafficking. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition groups and supporters of President Chavez reportedly scrambled to adjust to his return to Cuba for cancer treatment. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Karzai stated he plans to confront Pakistani President Zardari at a summit in Turkey over the wounding of Afghanistan’s intelligence chief. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A Pentagon report stated the Afghan army still needed support from coalition partners. (NYT)
  • Bangladesh: Opposition protesters clashed with police over a general strike; homemade explosives were reportedly used. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: The military delegation of Kazakhstan and the US met in Washington to sign a five-year cooperation plan for 2013-2017 years, which provides for continuing cooperation in peacekeeping, training, technical assistance, military education and defense industry. (Interfax)
  • Korea, North: The country was reportedly taking down parts of the rocket it planned to launch later this month. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The high number of aircraft crashes has reportedly raised concerns about the country’s air force. (AP)
  • Thailand: Two militant attacks in the southern part of the country left at least six dead. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and Belarus intend to step up the development of the regional air defense system. (Interfax)
  • Estonia: The country reshuffled its government, the president’s office said, after the country’s justice minister resigned over a graft scandal that has seen the ruling party’s popularity sink to a new low. (AFP)
  • Italy: Former PM Berlusconi sharply criticized Mario Monti, in what was reportedly the opening bid of his election campaign. (BBC)
  • Malta: The country’s center-left government fell following a failed budget vote, forcing new elections. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities raided the homes of several opposition activists. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU foreign ministers said they remain committed to rapprochement with Ukraine, reviving the prospect of a landmark political association and free trade deal – on ice since May – if Kiev delivers on reforms. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Revolutionary Guard claimed it decoded all the data contained onboard a US surveillance drone captured last year. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas Leader Meshaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Fatah. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US declared Syrian rebel group Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization. (VoA)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed a senior intelligence official in the southern part of the country. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter and Instagram severed ties as Twitter introduced its own photo application with similar functionality. (Telegraph)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Claudia
    • Location: 680 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSW of 8 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Banda Sea, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 159.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12DEC)

  • Global: UNESCO hosts an international NGO conference in Paris.
  • Americas: Our Lady of Guadeloupe celebrated among Roman Catholics.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Colombia – 1819.
  • Kenya: Independence day celebrated – 1963.
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of the US and French embassies bombed – 1983.

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