ONS: 23 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh is expected to win re-election in Gambia.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico signed a free trade agreement with five Central American countries.
  • ASIA: Sherry Rahman was appointed Pakistani Ambassador to the US as Hussain Haqqani’s replacement.
  • EUROPE: Turkey carried out air strikes on Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq, wounding  one.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Saleh arrived in Riyadh to sign a power transfer deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Africa passed a controversial law restricting journalists from reporting information deemed a government secret.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Protesters continued to rally in Tahrir Square, despite Army concessions.
    • Three people were reported killed on the fifth day of clashes.
    • Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi promised to hold a presidential election by June 2012.
    • The ruling military council has also agreed to form a national salvation crisis government to implement revolutionary goals.
    • The health ministry placed the death toll from continued clashes at 30.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, BBC

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh is expected to win re-election. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: 11 people were killed in Mogadishu from a roadside bomb. (AP)
  • Sudan: The army captured insurgent town Diem Mansour along its southern border. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico signed a free trade agreement with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. (AP)
  • Honduras: A gunbattle between two gangs in La Guacamaya left four people dead. (EFE)
  • Peru: Shining Path guerrillas attacked a military base, killing a soldier. (LAHT)

ASIA

  • Pakistan: Former Information Minister Sherry Rahman was appointed Ambassador to the US as Hussain Haqqani’s replacement. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban spokesman denied a ceasefire and talks with the government, as militants attacked a police station near Dera Ismail Khan, killing two. (AP, AFP)
  • Philippines: Two bombs were defused at the site of the country’s worst political massacre, on the second anniversary of the massacre. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey carried out air strikes on Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq, wounding  one. (AFP)
  • Region: Kosovo reiterated its commitment to normalizing relations with Serbia, despite a relative lack of progress achieved in talks. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Clashes between opposition supporters and the police occurred in Kyiv. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Protests erupted in anticipation of the results of an independent investigation into the unrest. (AP)
  • Syria: Violence in Syria continued, with security forces blamed for 33 civilian deaths. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: President Saleh arrived in Riyadh to sign a power transition deal. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • South Africa: Parliament passed a controversial law restricting journalists from reporting information deemed a government secret. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Kenneth
    • Location: 12.5N, 116.5W
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Beni, Bolivia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 556.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24NOV)

  • Colombia: Student march held in Bogota.
  • Portugal: Unions call for general strike.
  • The Gambia: Presidential elections held.

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