ONS: 18 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan accused Sudan of supplying artillery to support cross-border attacks
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government rolled out an ad campaign focused on child soldiers
  • ASIA: Philippine authorities arrested former president Arroyo
  • EUROPE: Greek riot police fired tear gas during austerity protests
  • MIDDLE EAST: US senators introduced legislation to cripple Iran’s central bank
  • TECHNOLOGY: PayPal released an application that lets Facebook friends exchange cash

TOP STORIES

  • Myanmar: President Obama unveiled diplomacy trip to Myanmar
    • President Obama called Aung San Suu Kyi, a political prisoner of 15 years, from Air Force One
    • For the first time in 50 years, President Obama will send his Secretary of State to Myanmar to assess how the US can promote reforms
    • Obama planned the trip on the basis that Myanmar has shown “flickers of progress” in recent weeks
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3
  • Syria: Risk of civil war loomed amid calls for Assad’s resignation
    • Rifaat al-Assad, President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, called for the leader to step down
    • US Department of Commerce launched a domestic investigation into the sale of surveillance technology to the Syrian police
    • Websites belonging to the government of Syria were moved to the US and Canada, possibly violating US and Canadian sanctions
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan accused Sudan of supplying artillery to support a cross-border attack by mercenaries. (Reuters)
  • Congo, DR: US military personnel met with local officials to coordinate an impending operation to track down Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. (AFP)
  • Libya: Abdullah Naker, a commander of Libyan former rebels, warned his men could overthrow the incoming government if it fails to meet their demands for representation. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: The deadline for Madagascar’s new prime minister to form a government passed without a deal. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Customs Service impounded a cache of arms and ammunition abandoned in the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Army said it launched an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, capable of traveling five times the speed of sound, from the military’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. (AP)
  • Colombia: The government rolled out an ad campaign designed to stem the flow of child soldiers into guerrilla groups and criminal organizations. (Miami Herald)
  • Mexico: President Calderon named the chief of Mexico’s intelligence agency to be the new interior secretary. (AP)
  • Venezuela:  President Chavez ordered National Guard soldiers into the streets of Caracas and surrounding states to help police curb widespread violent crime. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Russia and Tajikistan prepared an agreement to allow the Russian army to keep its base in the Central Asian country for another 49 years. (Interfax)
  • Region: Kim Jong Il called for the development of relations between the armed forces of the DPRK and China. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: Global Times, a state-run Chinese newspaper, warned neighboring nations that they could suffer for siding with the United States in disputes over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Tribal elders met to discuss a long-term pact with the United States and possible resumption of talks with the Taliban. (DPA)
  • Philippines: Authorities arrested former president Gloria Arroyo at a Manila hospital after being charged with vote-rigging (AP)
  • Taiwan: A US House committee voted to require President Obama to sell 66 new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan in addition to a $5.3 billion upgrade to existing fleet. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbia’s chief negotiator confirmed he would implement all agreements reached during discussions, despite opposition from local Serbs. (AP)
  • Denmark: PET, the Danish security and intelligence service, reported extremists are more inclined to use violence and are more professional in carrying out attacks. (DPA)
  • Greece: Riot police fired tear gas against masked youths during a march protesting austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Poland: The foreign ministry said the country joined the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Islamist and liberal opposition gathered in Tahrir Square ahead of a protest of the military government’s plan to change the constitution to shield the army from legislative scrutiny. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Yukiya Amano, head of the IAEA, said he will send a high-level team to Tehran to discuss its nuclear program as six international mediators submitted a resolution to IAEA. (Xinhua, Interfax)
  • Iran: US senators introduced legislation aimed at collapsing Iran’s central bank with tough new sanctions. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The ruling party blamed pro-opposition defected army and dissidents for hampering the power-transfer deal. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: PayPal released an application that lets friends send one another cash on Facebook. (AFP)
  • Technology: Personal finally launched its service, which aims to give consumers control over their digital data, to the public. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 950 miles ENE of the Leeward Islands
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 30% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 400 miles SSW of the border of Guatemala and Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off East Coast of the North Island, NZ
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 26 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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