ONS: 16 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Peacekeeping Chief condemned an alliance between Sudanese rebels in Darfur and the southern border states
  • AMERICAS: Police seized an arsenal of weapons in three “favelas” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • ASIA: North Korea’s military tested air-to-ship missiles in the Yellow Sea
  • EUROPE: Police reported a cyber activism campaign launched by Anonymous in Finland
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two bombs exploded in the Lebanese city of Tyre
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google reported less than 0.17% of searches used ‘+’ properly

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pressure continued to mount on Assad, alongside attacks
    • Army defectors attacked an intelligence complex on the edge of Damascus.
    • Syrian FM stated Syria will neither participate in the Arab-Turkish Forum nor the Arab League ministerial meetings on Wednesday.
    • After having freed 1,000 prisoners, Turkey and the UN warned Assad to cease the killing of his people.
    • Approximately 90 casualties were reported as fighting continued.
    • Coverage: ReutersAFPXinhua

AFRICA

  • Liberia: Incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was declared the winner of the presidential run-off election. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: Officials stated Saadi Qaddafi would remain in the country until the UN lifted the travel ban on him. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief condemned an alliance between rebels in Darfur region and the southern border states, saying it would spark more violence. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US government announced a trusted traveler program called Global Entry whereby Mexican citizens can enter the US using automated kiosks at select international airports. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Police seized an arsenal including 69 assault rifles, three machine guns and a number of grenades in three Rio “favelas.” (EFE)
  • Colombia: FARC selected a new leader – Rodrigo Londono Echeverri, also known as “Timochenko.” (CNN)
  • Mexico: The website of a newspaper in the northern town or Torreon, El Siglo de Torreon’s, said at least three men drove up, set fire to the facade of its offices, and opened fire on its sales offices. (AP)

 ASIA

  • Kazakhstan: The president issued a decree dissolving parliament and calling a snap election to pave the way for a multiparty legislature. (AP)
  • Korea, North: A website devoted to the analysis of the North Korea’s nuclear program distributed satellite images of the work on reactors. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea’s military tested air-to-ship missiles in the Yellow Sea, prompting South Korea to step up countermeasures. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: A US drone attack killed 13 in the north-western region of South Waziristan near the Afghan border. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU mediator to Kosovo pushed for Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue so Serbia can progress in its EU bid. (DPA)
  • Region: With NATO support, Georgia violated the alliance for peaceful settlements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia by stockpiling arms (Itar-Tass)
  • Finland: Police reported a cyber activism campaign launched by Anonymous targeting some 500,000 email accounts in Finland. (AFP)
  • Russia: A woman reported a cache of 300 kg of TNT in the Vedeno district of Chechnya. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Former Saudi intelligence chief and former ambassador to the US, Prince Turki al-Faisal, cited “ample and heinous” evidence that Iran backed a plot to kill the Saudi envoy.
    • Al-Faisal opposed any military action against Iran amid rising tensions. (AFPAP)
  • Lebanon: Two bombs targeting a nightclub and a liquor store exploded in the city of Tyre. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces arrested suspected al Qaeda leaders in the southern city of Aden after the forces raided two hotels. (DPA)

 TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google changed the use of the ‘+’ symbol because less than 0.17% of searches used it properly.
    • The ‘+’ symbol is now used exclusively as a function in the Google+ application. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Nyamulagira, DR Congo
    • It began erupting on November 6 and could continue to do so for days, or even months.
    • National park in DRC invited tourists to experience volcano.
    • NZ Herald

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17NOV)

  • Global: IAEA meeting held in Vienna, Austria.
  • Europe: Russia-EU visa-free travel meeting held in Moscow.

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