ONS: 11 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese forces raided South Sudan army base, killing at least 18
  • AMERICAS: Mexico arrested Sinaloa cartel leader Ovidio Sanchez
  • ASIA: PM Noda announced Japan will join TPP negotiations
  • EUROPE: Greece appointed interim PM, began selecting emergency cabinet
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government forces shelled protesters in Taiz, killing at least nine
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers stole Steam digital distribution service user data

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pressure increased on Assad regime
    • Activists reported dozens of civilians and soldiers were killed in clashes between army defectors, protesters, and loyalist troops.
    • Human Rights Watch reported that government forces carried out “crimes against humanity” in Homs.
    • The HRW and Amnesty International urged the Arab League to suspend Syria’s membership.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, VoA, NYT

AFRICA

  • Liberia: An opposition boycott undermined the legitimacy of President Sirleaf’s re-election. (AP, Reuters)
  • Sudan: South Sudan reported that northern troops crossed the border and attacked an army camp in the Upper Nile state, killing at least 18 soldiers. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UN officials stated Sudan’s air strike on a refugee camp in South Sudan could constitute an international crime. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities detained a high-level Sinaloa cartel figure, Ovidio Sanchez. (AP)
  • Mexico: Analysts reported the Zetas cartel may have begun silencing critics on the internet through murder and intimidation. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: US officials stated the recent presidential elections lacked transparency. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: German officials announced plans to significantly reduce its troop contingent in Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Australia: Officials denied speculation the US planned to establish a permanent marine base in Darwin. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Noda stated his country will join negotiations for the TPP. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The parliament selected Lucas Papadermos as the interim prime minister and started appointing members of a crisis cabinet. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The senate started debating a new set of austerity measures to prevent a debt crisis. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Medvedev vowed to drastically increase his country’s exploration and competition for Arctic resources.  (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Defense Secretary Panetta warned against military action against Iran, stating it could have severe “unintended consequences” for the region. (Guardian)
  • Kuwait: US officials announced they were in negotiations to redeploy several thousand troops to Kuwait. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least nine civilians were killed when government forces shelled Taiz. (AP, Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Valve Software confirmed its popular digital distribution service Steam may have had user information stolen by hackers. (TechHerald)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Sean
    • Location: 165 miles W of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 22 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: El Hierro, Canary Islands
    • Toxic gas emanations, coastal areas closed. (Telegraph)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12NOV)

  • Iraq: TED talks held in Baghdad to highlight Iraqi creators and inventors.

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