ONS: 21 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya says Seif al-Islam and al-Senussi will not be handed over to the ICC.
  • AMERICAS: New FARC chief Timoleon Jimenez released his first message.
  • ASIA: Taliban claims to be holding exploratory talks with the Pakistani government.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, People’s Party won the general elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for RPG attacks on headquarters of the ruling party in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: 1 million North Korean 3G cell phone users are expected to be registered by end of 2011.

TOP STORY

  • United States: New York police arrested Jose Pimentel, a terror suspect.
    • He was arrested in his apartment, an hour away from completing the construction of a bomb.
    • A follower of Anwar al-Awlaki, his targets included police patrol cars, postal facilities, and returning members of the armed forces.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Time, CNN

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A third day of clashes between police and protesters in Tahrir Square left at least 13 people dead. (AFP)
  • Libya: Former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested; NTC indicates both Seif al-Islam and al-Senussi will be tried in Libya. (Time, Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Discussions on formation of new government continue, with clarifications on future role of Islamists. (Reuters, AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: New FARC chief Timoleon Jimenez released first message, threatening President Santos. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos staged outreach to the UK, urging cooperation in counter-narcotics efforts. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi will participate in upcoming by-elections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban commander and tribal mediators report exploratory talks with the government. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Russia: The US will reportedly provide technical details on the interceptor missiles of the European missile defense system. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: President Medvedev expressed concern over the “inconveniences” caused by NATO expansion on its border. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right People’s Party won the general elections, defeating the Socialist government. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordanian King Abdullah II visited the West Bank in support of Palestinian President Abbas. (AP)
  • Syria: The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for RPG attacks on headquarters of the ruling party in Damascus. (AFP)
  • Syria: Gunmen fired on a convoy of buses carrying Turkish pilgrims in the north, wounding two. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Tribesmen took control of an elite brigade, taking 400 soldiers hostage. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korea, North: The 1 millionth cellphone user on the 3G network is expected to be registered by the end of the year. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 40% chance of a Tropical Cyclone
    • Location: 850 miles NE of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NE at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Kenneth,
    • Location: 12.3N, 108.4W
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • Location: 60km SE of Mexico City

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22NOV)

  • Global: High ranking officials from the CIS, Eurasian Economic Community, Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the SCO meet in Moscow.
  • Lebanon: Independence day celebrated – 1943.
  • Libya: Deadline for transitional government to be formed.
  • Poland: Deadline for Poland to form a new government.

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