ONS: 17 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 17, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A dual military operation in south Somalia killed 12 Al-Shabaab fighters
  • AMERICAS: US agents confiscated drugs, cash and arrested drug dealers in series of raids
  • ASIA: Three rockets exploded near Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga
  • EUROPE: Mario Monti accepted his nomination as Italian PM
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament after police violence
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Music debuted to the general public remaining free-of-charge

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Arab League membership suspended as embassies attacked
    • AL gave the Syrian government three days to halt violence and to accept an observer mission
    • UAE blamed Syrian government for an attack on its embassy in Damascus
    • Protesters pelted the Moroccan embassy with eggs and stones
    • US warned that opposition violence “plays into Assad’s hands”
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AP, Xinhua, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Libya imposed travel restrictions on Egyptians, requiring visas to enter the country. (Reuters)
  • Region: Kenyan Major Emmanuel Chirchir said a dual military operation between Kenya Defense Forces and the Transitional Federal Governmental of Somalia in south Somalia killed 12 Al-Shabaab fighters. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: US Ambassador Daniel Benjamin played down fears that the Libyan conflict left weapons in the hands of extremists. (AFP)
  • Somalia: French and American officials caused confusion by blaming each other for an attack during a meeting of Islamist insurgent leaders. (AP)
  • Sudan: China and Sudan pledged to strengthen military relations and deepen cooperation. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US agents arrested 15 alleged drug dealers with ties to the Zetas drug cartel in the Chicago-area and seized $13 million in cash alongside 250 kg of cocaine in a series of raids. (AFP)
  • Region: US authorities discovered a “major” drug-smuggling tunnel under the US-Mexico border near Tijuana where customs officers seized 14 tons of marijuana. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Student leaders in Colombia called off a boycott after the government met their demand to withdraw educational reform legislation. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed a federal prosecutor for the border state of Coahuila. (AP)
  • United States: A storm system hit the Southeast US killing four and injuring dozens; the storm also damaged homes and buildings. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three rockets exploded near the venue where Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga is in its second day. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Ambassador Husain Haqqani pointed out to the US Congress that any restriction on US aid to Pakistan “erodes good will” between the countries. (DefCon Hill)
  • Pakistan: In light of a secret memo leaked to Admiral Mullen regarding a post-bin Laden coup, Ambassador Haqqani offered to resign in order to end the crisis. (WaPo)
  • Thailand: The US confirmed it sent a warship and was offering $10 million in fresh aid to flood-hit Thailand in an effort to jump-start relief efforts. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian envoy to NATO criticized the US invitation to missile defense tests for being “propaganda,” and “of no interest to [Russia].” (Itar-Tass)
  • Azerbaijan: Amnesty International criticized Azerbaijan for its consolidation of authoritarian rule and criminalization of peaceful dissent. (AFP)
  • Italy: Mario Monti accepted his nomination as Prime Minister, alongside plans to take the role of Finance Minister when he unveils his cabinet. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Hague confirmed intelligence agencies helped disrupt a plan to assassinate Western representatives in Libya. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Greek authorities seized anti-chemical weapons suits from a North Korean ship en route to Syria. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb struck the convoy of a Kurdish party chief in Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament after police and elite forces beat up protesters who marched on the prime minister’s home to demand he resign. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unidentified gunmen killed a senior Yemeni security police officer in the southern port of Aden. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: A court in Romania ordered the arrest of a Romanian man accused of hacking into NASA’s servers. (AP)
  • Social Media: Twitter added SMS notifications to the Activity Stream allowing users to receive text updates. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Google announced Google Music, previously available only in a beta version, is now open to everyone at no cost. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 20% of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles S of Guatemalan coast
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18 NOV)

  • Latvia: Independence day celebrated – 1918.
  • Moldova: Parliament votes for president.

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