ONS: 14 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 14, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

14 December 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US drone crashed in Seychelles
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian police discovered drug packets marked with a Nazi symbol
  • ASIA: Afghan and NATO-led coalition killed a Taliban commander
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijani officials detained a gang accused of smuggling drugs between Azerbaijan and Iran
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials linked Hezbollah to a massive drug ring
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google extended free phone calls through Gmail for another year

TOP STORY

  • Belgium: Lone gunman killed four in Liege
    • Three hand grenades exploded at a bus station killing four, injuring 122
    • The suspect, Nordine Amrani, who died in the blasts, had over 20 prior clashes with the law
    • Police discovered rocket launchers, an AK-47, and pump-action shotguns in his home in 2007
    • Investigators found a dead female in the warehouse used by Amrani
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria and Mauritania’s leaders vowed to increase security in the Sahel region amid the increase of kidnappings by Islamist militants. (AFP)
  • Region: The Algerian army arrested seven Libyans in two four-wheel drive vehicles packed with weapons near the border. (AP)
  • Libya: Local elders agreed to a ceasefire to end the fighting in the south of Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Seychelles: One of the US Air Force’s premier drones crashed in the Seychelles. (WaPo)
  • Tunisia: President Marzouki granted Hamadi Jebali with the responsibility to form the government. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Police found 204 packets of “cocaine paste” labelled with the swastika cross from the Nazi regime. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Security forces used tear gas to break up a demonstration involving 100 journalists. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The prosecutor and two top security officials of the Guerrero state were dismissed following a protest crackdown in which two students died. (AFP)
  • US: A commuter train station in downtown Los Angeles was briefly evacuated after a backpack marked “Bang” raised suspicions. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Iranian FM Salehi said the Islamic Republic is against any treaty that would enable US forces to remain in Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban commander was killed in a joint Afghan and NATO-led Coalition forces operation in the Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a district governor and two bodyguards. (DPA)
  • China: Beijing sent its largest patrol ship to the East China Sea to guard China’s territorial rights. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Azerbaijan’s National Security Ministry detained a gang engaged in drug smuggling from Iran to Azerbaijan. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Christian Lindner, a leader in the Free Democratic Party, announced he is stepping down. (AP)
  • Poland:  Approximately 5,000 protested in Warsaw against closer European integration after the government agreed to a new EU treaty. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Boris Gryzlov, a leading ally of PM Putin, said he will quit his position as Parliament Speaker. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained six people over alleged ties to Al-Qaeda. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) denied claims Iran brought down a US drone, placing responsibility on technical problems. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two large explosions damaged an oil pipeline in southern Iraq. (AP)
  • Kuwait: PM Al-Sabah formed a new cabinet comprised of 10 ministers and minor changes. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella reported that US federal prosecutors are putting together a case linking Hezbollah to a massive, multi-continent cocaine smuggling operation. (Danger Room)
  • Yemen: At least 20 people accused of spying for the US were executed by suspected al-Qaeda militants. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google announced that Gmail’s free phone calls program will be extended for another year. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Technology: Bottleneck, a service that allows one to sort various forms of social media by author influence, trending in your network, and your interests, plans to launch on 14DEC. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 26W (Twentysix)
    • Location: 270 NM SE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: SW at 11 knots
    • Winds: 25 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 27W (Twentyseve)
    • Location: 365 NM ESE of Palau
    • Movement: W at 11 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Eastern New Guinea Reg, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 121.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 156.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Global: WTO ministerial conference held in Geneva.
  • Europe: EU-Russia summit held in Brussels.
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993.

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