ONS: 20 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 20, 2012

 

  • AFRICA: The Rwandan government accused the army of the DR Congo of deliberately bombing the country.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian defense minister said the armed forces will not honor a cease-fire that FARC rebels unilaterally declared.
  • ASIA:  French troops ended their last combat mission in Afghanistan by withdrawing from Kapisa province as part of an accelerated departure.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s FM said the country will soon make a formal request to NATO for Patriot missiles.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli police reported a suspect wielding a knife and an ax attacked a security guard at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv but has been detained.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel’s finance minister said the effort to cripple Israeli websites during the Gaza conflict failed to create widespread or lasting damage.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Violence in Gaza continues as UN calls for immediate ceasefire
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged all sides to the Gaza conflict to immediately cease their fire.
    • US Secretary Clinton will leave Asia on today to visit Israel, Egypt and Ramallah.
    • Russia accused the US of blocking a bid by the UNSC to condemn the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
    • A new wave of Israeli strikes on Gaza left 6 dead, raising the Palestinian toll from six days of bombardment to 116.
    • Iran said Palestinians in the Gaza Strip should be “equipped” to defend themselves against Israel.
    • Coverage: AFP-1AFP-2AFP-3APReutersWaPo

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: M23 rebels seized the airport in Goma after several days of fighting. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: President Ouattara met with his main ally in the ruling coalition on the formation of a new government. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The government accused the army of the DR Congo of deliberately bombing the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The US voiced concern at delays in implementing security and oil deals between Sudan and South Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The defense minister said the armed forces will not honor a cease-fire that FARC rebels unilaterally declared. (AP)
  • Colombia: The ICJ ruled that a group of islands in the western Caribbean belongs to Colombia, rejecting Nicaragua’s claim. (AP)
  • Mexico: Mexico charged four federal police commanders with ordering agents to lie about their role in a 24AUG attack on a vehicle with diplomatic plates that wounded two US government employees. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police killed six gunmen who attempted to kidnap the mayor of Inde. (AFP)
  • United States: The FBI said four men have been charged with plotting to join the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to conduct “violent jihad” aimed at killing Americans abroad. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: French troops ended their last combat mission in Afghanistan by withdrawing from Kapisa province as part of an accelerated departure. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The UN reported that Afghan poppy cultivation increased this year but estimated opium production fell 36 percent. (AFP)
  • China: President Obama met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. (AFP)
  • Nepal: The interim government decided to postpone scheduled elections after opposition parties refused to participate unless the Pm resigned. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed the driver of a NATO supply truck near the Afghan border. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Authorities detained a fugitive former defense minister convicted of corruption. (AFP)
  • Poland: Authorities arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on the Parliament building in Warsaw. (AP)
  • Russia: Russian rights groups pledged to boycott a new rule forcing top NGOs to carry a “foreign agent” tag. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkey’s FM said the country will soon make a formal request to NATO for Patriot missiles. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A Bahraini MP set the Israeli flag on fire during the weekly parliament session. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Israeli police reported a suspect wielding a knife and an ax attacked a security guard at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv but has been detained. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The Kuwaiti opposition announced it will stage a major demonstration on the eve of the 01DEC parliamentary election. (AFP)
  • Syria: Armed groups fired two mortar shells at the Syrian Information Ministry in Damascus. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Israel’s finance minister said the effort to cripple Israeli websites during the Gaza conflict failed to create widespread or lasting damage. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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