ONS: 19 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 19, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In DR Congo the M23 rebel movement called for the immediate demilitarization of the city and airport of of Goma.
  • AMERICAS: Negotiators for the government and the FARC met ahead of talks in Havana, Cuba.
  • ASIA: President Karzai said US forces are continuing to capture and hold Afghans in violation of an agreement signed between the two countries.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s defense minister said he expects a request from Turkey on 19NOV for NATO missiles to be placed on its border with Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The main Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo province, including Al-Nusra Front and Liwa al-Tawhid, rejected a newly-formed Syrian opposition bloc, saying they want an Islamic state.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Telegraph reported that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are discussing a potential partnership.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: International community calls for Gaza ceasefire as violcence increases
    • European foreign and defence ministers meeting in Brussels called for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
    • NATO Secretary General Rasmussen urged Israel to show “restraint” in its defence against attacks from Gaza.
    • Israeli forces targeted the homes and other buildings occupied by Palestinian militants.
    • Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people early on 19NOV, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90.
    • Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas said they have decided to end years of infighting in a show of solidarity over the Gaza crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, DPA, DPA-2, Reuters, WaPo

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The M23 rebel movement called for the immediate demilitarization of the city and airport of of Goma. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: A new report from Human Rights Watch said the military has undertaken an illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention. (AP)
  • Mali: One of the islamist groups that seized the north of the country claimed to have defeated Tuareg fighters who tried to dislodge them. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said that his government was not currently in talks with Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The military and a rebel group clashed outside a major city in the western Darfur region. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Seven people were injured when two blasts went off in Ibague. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Negotiators for the government and the FARC met ahead of talks in Havana, Cuba. (AP)
  • Haiti: Approximately 2,000 people in Port-au-Prince protested against corruption in government. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said US forces are continuing to capture and hold Afghans in violation of an agreement signed between the two countries. (AP)
  • Burma: US President Obama called for an end to sectarian unrest in the western state of Rakhine. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The ROK will hold a military drill on 23NOV on a border island shelled by the DPRK in 2010. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber targeted prominent politician and former chief of Jamat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad. (AFP)
  • Vanuatu: The parliament voted to retain PM Kilman following weeks of negotiation in the wake of an 30OCT general election. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Both candidates for leadership of the conservative UMP claimed victory amid accusations of vote-rigging. (AFP)
  • Greece: The head of the European bailout fund said Eurozone governments would only write off part of Greece’s debt in “extreme circumstances.” (AFP)
  • Turkey: Germany’s defense minister said he expects a request from Turkey on 19NOV for NATO missiles to be placed on its border with Syria. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: FM Davutoglu is to visit the Gaza Strip on 20NOV. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: An Iranian semi-official news agency said the country has started building a $10 billion natural gas pipeline to Syria. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebels said they captured a large special forces base on a main road between Aleppo and the Turkish border. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The main Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo province, including Al-Nusra Front and Liwa al-Tawhid, rejected a newly-formed Syrian opposition bloc, saying they want an Islamic state. (AFP)
  • Yemen: UNSG Ban Ki-moon arrived to mark the first anniversary of a transition deal that resulted in Ali Abdullah Saleh handing over power. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The Telegraph reported that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are discussing a potential partnership. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Three)
    • Location: 395 NM ENE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: SW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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