ONS: 23 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, security and military forces deployed outside key state institutions near Tahrir Square ahead of planned opposition rallies.
  • AMERICAS: In Guatemala gunmen dressed as police officers killed seven men at a health clinic in an attempt to kill an alleged drug trafficker.
  • ASIA: A suicide car bomber in Afghanistan killed two people and wounded at least 90 outside a NATO-run training base.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel said she doubted EU leaders would come to an agreement on the bloc’s 2014-2020 budget.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces launched a program of mass arrests in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US allies are increasingly consulting with companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton on improving  cybersecurity and offensive cyber capabilities.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Gaza ceasefire tested by new fatality
    • A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces near the Gaza border, the first casualty since the two sides agreed a truce.
    • Russia said the Middle East Quartet is an “insufficient” format for long-term resolution of the conflict.
    • An Israeli minister said that Hamas can expect an aggravated military response if rocket attacks are resumed.
    • Iranian President Ahmadinejad gave qualified support to the ceasefire.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: President Kabila dismissed the chief of land forces over UN accusations of supplying several groups with arms. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security and military forces deployed outside the key state institutions near Tahrir Square ahead of planned opposition rallies. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: The government agreed to hold talks with former Renamo rebels. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: British PM Cameron urged President Kagame to put pressure on the M23 rebel group to withdraw from the DR Congo city Goma. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UNHCR resumed registration of new refugees from Somalia. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Colombian government is considering withdrawing from a treaty that forces the country to comply with an ICJ ruling granting Nicaragua jurisdiction over Caribbean waters near a Colombian archipelago. (Reuters)
  • Argentina: The government said it will appeal a US judge’s ruling ordering it to pay $1.33 billion to investment funds holding bonds that the country defaulted on in 2001. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Gunmen dressed as police officers killed seven men at a health clinic in an attempt to kill an alleged drug trafficker. (Reuters)
  • Peru: The government formally declared a state of emergency in its Amazonian region of Ucayali after an outbreak of dengue fever. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Two Venezuelan military planes collided during a demonstration, killing a pilot. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bomber killed two people and wounded at least 90 outside a NATO-run training base. (AFP)
  • India: The military successfully testfired its domestically manufactured supersonic Advanced Air Defense (AAD) interceptor missile. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: US satellites picked up signs that the DPRK is preparing to launch a long-range missile. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government deployed 17,000 police officers and invoked a special security law in anticipation of a large anti-government protest. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Authorities have arrested 11 suspected pirates aboard a chemical tanker. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel said she doubted EU leaders would come to an agreement on the bloc’s 2014-2020 budget. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: Cyprus and international lenders concluded a bailout deal. (AFP)
  • Serbia: FM Mrkic said that Serbia would give up plans to enter the EU if it has to give up Kosovo as a condition for the EU membership. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Russia warned any deployment of Patriot missiles by Turkey on its border with Syria may bring NATO into the conflict. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Talks to defuse a standoff between Iraqi troops and forces from the autonomous Kurdish region continued without success. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Rebels captured an army base in an eastern oil province. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Government forces launched a program of mass arrests in Damascus. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US allies are increasingly consulting with companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton on improving cybersecurity and offensive cyber capabilities. (WaPo)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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