ONS: 14 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali militant stronghold hit by large explosion
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities captured high-level Zetas leader Rigoberto Arispe
  • ASIA: Afghan authorities captured Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid
  • EUROPE: Italy appointed Mario Monti as interim PM
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran rejected Bahraini accusation of terror cell link
  • TECHNOLOGY: AMD unveiled new server chipset

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad government attempted to avert Arab League suspension
    • The Syrian government called an emergency meeting of the Arab League to prevent its suspension.
    • Syrian FM al-Muallem called the suspension “illegal.”
    • The EU extended sanctions on 18 more Syrian individuals.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera, WSJ, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Region: Algerian officials announced they discovered ties between Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram and Al Qaeda. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Rival militias continued to clash on the outskirts of Tripoli, with the death toll  reaching at least six. (AP)
  • Somalia: A large explosion struck the Al Shabaab stronghold of Afgoye. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Officials announced Canada will enter negotiations to join the TPP. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested the second in command of the Zetas cartel, Rigoberto Arispe. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Officials announced Mexico will enter negotiations to join the TPP. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban claimed to have obtained the secret security plans for next week’s Loya Jirga meeting. (Al Jazeera)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces in Kabul killed two suicide bombers near the site of next week’s meeting. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials announced they captured Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: European markets rebounded briefly due to the new governments in Italy and Greece. (AP)
  • Georgia: EU and NATO officials stated they would not recognize the presidential elections in South Ossetia. (DPA)
  • Italy: Mario Monti was appointed interim PM after Belusconi resigned. (WaPo)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi General Zebari called for expanded military cooperation with Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Officials rejected Bahrain’s allegations that it uncovered a terror cell linked to the Revolutionary Guard. (AP)
  • Iraq: Gun and bomb attacks killed one civilian and wounded ten in Baghdad and eastern Iraq. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: A policeman in Gaza was killed by an Israeli airstrike. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Three French aid workers kidnapped by Al Qaeda militants were released. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Computing: AMD revealed its new 16-core Opteron server chip. (InfoWorld)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Molucca Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 19.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nyamulagira, Congo
    • Eruption continued. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15NOV)

  • Middle East: Qatar hosts Gas Exporting Countries Forum, including Iran.
  • Philippines: US Secretary of State Clinton to meet with President Aquino in Manila.
  • Tunisia: Constituent Assembly convenes.

 

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