ONS 21: November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: DR Congo President Kabil and Rwandan President Kagame met for emergency talks in Uganda.
  • AMERICAS: A general strike hit Argentina, halting public transportation and grain exports.
  • ASIA: A suicide attack on an Afghan government compound in Kabul killed at least three.
  • EUROPE: An emergency meeting of Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach an agreement to unlock bailout funds for Greece.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government aircraft continued to bomb a suburb of Damascus for the second day.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US NTSB ended its contract with Blackberry manufacturer RIM, in favor of switching to the iPhone 5.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Diplomatic efforts to resolve Gaza crisis continued; Israeli forces hit Hamas; bombing in Tel Aviv
    • US Secretary of State Clinton  pushed for a truce as violence in Gaza continued.
    • Israeli forces continued to strike targets in Gaza, including an important Hamas compound.
    • An explosion struck a bus in Tel Aviv, wounding at least ten.
    • Al Jazeera, Reuters, NYT-1, BBC-1, NYT-2, BBC-2

AFRICA

  • Region: DR Congo President Kabil and Rwandan President Kagame met for emergency talks in Uganda. (AP)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels seized the town of Goma. (NYT)
  • Libya: Officials reported that gunmen assassinted the Benghazi security chief. (AP)
  • Mali: Clashes in northern Mali between Islamist militants and Tuareg fighters killed dozens, including civilians. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: President Kir stated the resumption of oil production was delayed by additional demands made by Khartoum. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Mexico signed an agreement on revised water management for the Colorado River. (NYT)
  • Argentina: A general strike hit the country, halting public transportation and grain exports. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The country’s FM stated it would open talks with Nicaragua on fishing rights in disputed waters granted to Managua by a world court ruling. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack on a government compound in Kabul killed at least three. (BBC)
  • India: The surviving member of a Pakistan-based militant group that attacked Mumbai in 2008 was executed. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A bomb attack in Quetta killed at least four soldiers and wounded six. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country’s top diplomat announced plans for a meeting with three other Southeast Asian countries next month in Manila to discuss South China Sea disputes. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: An emergency meeting of Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach an agreement to unlock bailout funds for Greece. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: The country’s supreme court ordered former rebel Fatmir Limaj to be retried for war crimes. (AP)
  • Russia: A bombing in Dagestan killed at least three, including two police. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Amnesty International criticized the government for failing to deliver on promised reforms. (BBC)
  • Syria: A senior Syrian opposition figure stated that the country would need $60 billion in aid for rebuilding following the downfall of President Assad. (WSJ)
  • Syria: The UK recognized the legitimacy of the opposition coalition. (BBC)
  • Syria: Government aircraft continued to bomb a suburb of Damascus for the second day. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A military transport aircraft crashed near Sanaa, killing ten. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: The US NTSB ended its contract with Blackberry manufacturer RIM, in favor of switching to the iPhone 5. (SlashGear)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Tongariro, New Zealand
    • Closed roads, aviation authorities on alert, 3 km ash cloud. (AFP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22NOV)

  • Pakistan: D8 summit in Islamabad.

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