ONS: 22 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The three primary Tunisian political parties formalized a power-sharing deal, as the inaugural session of the constituent assembly opened.
  • AMERICAS: After a ten hour standoff, an American airman who barricaded himself in a building at a Colorado air base surrendered.
  • ASIA: The South Korean parliament ratified a free-trade agreement with the US.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish military launched an operation against the PKK and detained 14 people accused of links to AQ.
  • MIDDLE EAST: New sanctions imposed against Iran. 
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to a Facebook study, the average degree of separation between two people on Facebook is 4.74. 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Clashes erupted for the fourth consecutive day, ahead of a planned ‘million man’ protest.
    • The ruling military council began emergency talks with “a number of the country’s political forces” to end the continued violence.
    • The Muslim Brotherhood indicated its members would not participate in the planned million man event, but would participate in talks with the military.
    • Three Americans were arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails.
    • The Cabinet offered its resignation.
    • Coverage: CNN-1, CNN-2, AFP, BBC

AFRICA

  • Region: Tunisia closed its Ras Jedir border post for two hours after gunfire from a group of Libyans. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The commander of the Zintan brigade, which captured Seif al-Gaddafi, was appointed Defense Minister. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The three primary political parties formalized a power-sharing deal, and the inaugural session of the constituent assembly opened. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Despite the restoration of full diplomatic relations with the US, the government will not allow DEA agents to return. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: After a meeting in the UK, President Santos and British PM Cameron promised strengthened ties. (AP)
  • United States: After a ten hour standoff, an airman who barricaded himself in a building at a Colorado air base surrendered. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: In response to Indian protests and alleged inaccuracies over the depiction of Kashmir, the US removed maps of India and Pakistan from its State Department website. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Several countries’ intelligence agencies allegedly tried to disrupt last week’s Loya Jirga. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: The US said it would consider resuming its participation in the six-party talks only once Pyongyang stops its uranium enrichment program. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The parliament ratified a free-trade agreement with the US. (Bloomberg)
  • Myanmar: The government met with leaders from ethnic minority rebel groups for the first time. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Mobile phone companies awaited further information from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority before implementing a ban against 1700 obscene words from text messages. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO began a two-day air force exercise in the Baltics. (Interfax)
  • Slovakia: Local media reported that the country’s army intelligence unit spied on journalists and newspaper editors. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The military launched an operation against the PKK and detained 14 people accused of links to AQ. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US, Britain and Canada imposed new sanctions against the energy and financial sectors which Iran branded as “reprehensible and ineffective”. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Thousands of protesters rallied to call for a change of government. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Security forces fired on Shiite protesters in the eastern city of al-Qatif, killing one. (Al Jazeera, Bloomberg)
  • Yemen: The opposition said it had reached a deal with President Saleh to transfer power to his deputy. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Global: According to a Facebook study, the average degree of separation between two people on Facebook is 4.74. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (A): 50% chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 900 miles east of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Kenneth
    • Location: 13.0N, 112.8W
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Maximum Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23NOV)

  • Global: Red Cross & Red Crescent conference held in Geneva.
  • Egypt: Palestinian President Abbas and Hamas leader Mashaal to meet in Cairo.
  • South Korea: Anti-North Korean activists to hold a rally in Seoul.

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