ONS: 16 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ICC urged Libyan government to investigate the death of Gaddafi
  • AMERICAS: A lone gunman fired nine shots at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Embassy in Washington displayed images and maps in a meeting on the NATO air strike
  • EUROPE: Russian Defense Minister said the deployment of a missile shield would require responsive measures
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel released plans to unify intelligence services
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple rolled out iTunes Match, a cloud-based music service

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Army deserters continued to attack in Deraa
    • Rebels killed at least 27 soldiers and security force personnel
    • The attacks were the most violent since the uprising began nine months ago
    • Due to the unrest, Canada promptly advised its citizens to leave Syria
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, NYT

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: President Ouattara’s party won a parliamentary majority in Sunday’s elections, according to results released. (AFP)
  • Libya: ICC Chief Prosecutor Ocampo urged the NTC to investigate alleged war crimes by all parties, including the death of Moammar Gaddafi. (AP)
  • Sudan: ICC Prosecutor Ocampo said President al-Bashir’s future is clear: He will face justice for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: The International Engagement Conference stressed the national development vision of South Sudan and the opportunities for investment. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican President Calderon and Guatemalan President-elect Molina agreed to revive bilateral security arrangements to deal with organized crime, drug trafficking and migration. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Amid varying reports, the Mexican Senate ratified a trade accord with Peru. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Calderon accepted the resignations of two Cabinet members and his private secretary so they may begin to campaign for Senate seats. (EFE)
  • United States: A protester fired nine shots at the Chinese consulate building in Los Angeles; the suspect turned himself in three hours later. (AP)

ASIA

  • Japan: The government cut spending on the relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam by about 80 percent in response to the frozen funding in the 2012 US budget. (UPI)
  • Korea, Peninsula: A South Korean lawmaker’s aide was quoted giving details of a $5.35 million project developed last year to make the “bunker-buster,” a bomb intended to penetrate North Korean bunkers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani Embassy in Washington invited reporters to a briefing where officials displayed images and maps that upheld Islamabad’s position on the NATO attack on 26NOV. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police defused six homemade bombs found in Bangkok and arrested one suspect. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian Defense Minister Serdyukov said the deployment of the US missile shield would necessitate responsive measures if elements appear in Poland. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: Justice Commissioner for the EU Viviane Reding expressed concern over the changes to the Hungarian constitution, specifically citing the independence of the judiciary. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia seized a container of a radioactive isotope that could have only been obtained through the work of a nuclear reactor en route to Iran. (AFP)
  • Romania: The government gave its final approval for the construction of an anti-ballistic interceptor as part of the US missile shield. (AP)
  • Turkey: US Defense Secretary Panetta visited Turkey with a focus on developments in the Middle East, including Syria. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Arab League FMs postponed a meeting that was to take place this weekend as a response to Syria’s proposal to admit observers in exchange for an end to sanctions. (AFP)
  • Region: US Congress proposed legislation providing Palestinian aid so long as it ceases its push for UN statehood. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The government completed the transfer of its nuclear facilities underground to protect it from Western attack. (UPI)
  • Iran: The Obama administration gave in to legislation that would apply sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. (AP)
  • Israel: The government said it planned to unify its special forces under one command, better enabling it to strike against Iran. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook enabled the Timeline feature, allowing users to access it in one-click. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Apple rolled out iTunes Match, a music service that allows users access to their iTunes and non-iTunes music from Apple’s cloud. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 27W (Washi)
    • Location: 365 NM E of Zamboanga, Philippines
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Movement: W at 10 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17DEC)

  • DR Congo: Supreme Court declares winner of presidential election.
  • Gabon: Legislative elections held.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of National Assembly granting President Chavez special powers – 2010.

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