ONS: 19 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 19, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Bombing at Kenya refugee camp killed three
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC bombed a railroad
  • ASIA: Pakistani President Zardari returned to the country
  • EUROPE: Spain prepared for tougher set of austerity measures
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government signed agreement to allow observer mission  
  • TECHNOLOGY: Saudi Prince bought large share of Twitter

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Kim Jong-Il died
    • North Korean state media announced the death of Kim Jong-Il.
    • The South Korean military went on high alert following the announcement.
    • Kim Jong-Un is the designated successor.
    • North Korea conducted a short range missile test.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Three protesters died as clashes in Cairo carried into the fourth day. (AP)
  • Kenya: A bombing in the Dadaab refugee complex killed at least three. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Authorities arrested 14 suspected members of Boko Haram following Saturday’s shootout between police and militants. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US and Mexican officials stated that drug cartels are using legitimate cross-border trade to launder and channel money. (LA Times)
  • Colombia: Suspected FARC rebels bombed a railway serving a large coal mine, causing a suspension of operations. (Bloomberg)
  • Mexico: A report alleged at least 80 former Mexican government officials now work as informants for US intelligence agencies. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO announced it would continue the practice of nighttime raids. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: Several thousand protesters gathered in Aktau in opposition to the military crackdown on protests in Zhanaozen. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari returned from Dubai. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • France: Budget Minister Pecresse said the government did not plan a third round of austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy prepared to announce further austerity measures today. (WSJ)
  • Ukraine: EU officials are expected to reject an economic cooperation agreement with Ukraine due to the jailing of former PM Tymoshenko. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Security forces dispersed a large crowd of Shia protesters in Manama. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: The government agreed to an Arab League plan to send an observer mission to Damascus. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas and Fatah resumed talks on Palestinian reconciliation in Cairo. (Haaretz)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Saudi Prince bin Talal purchased a $300 million share of Twitter. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Washi
    • Location: 315 NM ESE of Ho Chi Minh City
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to repor

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20DEC)

  • Global: Chanukah begins.
  • South America: Argentina becomes president of MERCOSUR.
  • DR Congo: Newly elected president is inaugurated.
  • Iran: Anniversary of dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies – 2009.
  • Panama: Anniversary of Operation Just Cause, toppling General Noriega – 1989.
  • Vietnam: Chinese Vice President and future leader, Xi Jinping, meets with Vietnamese leaders.

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