ONS: 12 November 2012

by admin on November 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian state-run TV reported that ECOWAS agreed to send 3,000 troops to stabilize Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Paraguayan authorities arrested a Bolivian drug lord and seized 3,724 pounds of cocaine in a northern city along the border with Brazil.
  • ASIA:  Pakistan lodged a formal protest with Afghanistan over cross-border shelling that killed four Pakistanis.
  • EUROPE: Polish right-wing nationalists clashed with police as they marched in central Warsaw to mark Poland’s independence day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gaza militants fired nine rockets at southern Israel overnight, setting back to efforts to broker a truce.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Skype Technologies released new details on an updated version of Skype designed for improved performance with Windows 8.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government rejects opposition as new leaders meet in Cairo
    • Opposition leaders voted Mouaz al-Khatib as president of the newly formed Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.
    • AL-UN envoy Brahimi will participate in the Arab League and opposition talks.
    • Rocket shelling near Syria’s border hit an agricultural area in southeastern Turkey, with no casualties reported so far.
    • The US declared its support for the united Syrian opposition.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

AFRICA

  • Mali: Nigerian state-run TV reported that ECOWAS agreed to send 3,000 troops to stabilize Mali. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed five Christian residents in the northeast region of the country previously hit by deadly Boko Haram attacks. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Belgium suspended military cooperation after UN experts accused the country of backing rebels active in eastern DRC. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Over 140 thousand Cubans residing in the hurricane damaged eastern provinces voted to select the two-year and half-deputies to the municipal assemblies. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The army freed 28 people who had been kidnapped from Central and South America. (Reuters)
  • Paraguay: Authorities arrested a Bolivian drug lord and seized 3,724 pounds of cocaine in a northern city along the border with Brazil. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan lodged a formal protest with Afghanistan over cross-border shelling that killed four Pakistanis. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: German DM Maiziere arrived in northern Afghanistan to review the progress of handing over security functions to Afghan troops. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: The government signed a series of agreements with Belarus, including one on military cooperation. (DPA)
  • Philippines: The 33rd Exploratory Talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Taiwan tested a long-range ship-to-ship missile. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The ruling coalition secured enough votes in parliament to approve the 2013 budget law. (Reuters)
  • Germany: FM Westerwelle warned Russia that Berlin would be “closely observing” its actions on human rights and press freedom ahead of Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Moscow this week. (AFP)
  • Poland: Right-wing nationalists clashed with police as they marched in central Warsaw to mark Poland’s independence day. (AFP)
  • Portugal: German Chancellor Merkel said Portugal is not expected to ask for a second bailout and it does not need to renegotiate the terms of its current rescue program. (DPA)
  • Slovenia: A presidential election run-off is expected on 02DEC. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A Bahraini court sentenced a five-year sentence to 19 people for attacking police during protests approximately one year ago. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government denied it is sanitizing the suspect Parchin military base where the IAEA wants to probe for evidence of possible weapons research. (AFP)
  • Israel: Gaza militants fired nine rockets at southern Israel overnight in a setback to efforts to broker a truce. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Customs authorities in Dubai seized ivory worth as much as $4.1 million from more than 100 poached elephants. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Skype Technologies released new details on an updated version of Skype designed for improved performance with Windows 8. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Offshore Guatemala
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 27 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13NOV)

  • Afghanistan: Liberation of Kabul from the Taliban.

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