ONS: 24 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 24, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes between Egyptian riot police and protesters stopped overnight for the first time in days.
  • AMERICAS: Attacks in the Mexican state of Sinaloa left 24 people dead.
  • ASIA: North Korea threatened to turn Seoul’s presidential office into a “sea of fire.”
  • EUROPE: President Medvedev said Russia will target the American missile defense system in Europe if Moscow cannot reach an agreement with Washington and NATO.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Parliamentarian Sorouri claims that Iran has arrested 12 CIA agents
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft has stepped up as a potential bidder for Yahoo!.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to step down amid a fierce uprising.
    • Saleh signed the U.S.-backed deal to transfer power within 30 days to his vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi
    • Early presidential elections will follow within 90 days.
    • Protests leaders have rejected the Gulf proposal, saying it ignores their principle demands.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Al Jazeera, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Clashes between riot police and protesters stopped overnight for the first time in days. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: An IED blast hit a Kenyan army truck near the Somalia border, wounding 11. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UN warned that Ethiopian troops in Somalia could worsen the severe humanitarian crisis. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Security forces fired teargas and shot into the air to disperse thousands of protesters in Kasserine. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities arrested 12 alleged members of FARC and seized 1,600 kg of coca leaves. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Attacks in Sinaloa left 24 people dead with 17 of the victims’ bodies found burned in two pickup trucks. (AP)
  • Mexico: Federal agents found a tunnel running under the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales and seized more than 181 kilos (400 pounds) of marijuana. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon appointed Jan Kubis of Slovakia as head of UNAMA. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Defence Ministry announced it would conduct routine naval exercises in the Pacific Ocean, amid heightened tensions over maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea threatened to turn Seoul’s presidential office into a “sea of fire,” one day after South Korea conducted large-scale military drills near Yeonpyeong. (AP)
  • Philippines: A joint Manila Police and US FBI operation arrested four Filipinos suspected of hacking into the system of AT&T. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: NATO troops fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of Serbs resisting the dismantling of a concrete barricade put up to block Kosovo authorities. (AP)
  • Russia: President Medvedev said Russia will target the American missile defense system in Europe with its missiles if Moscow cannot reach an agreement with Washington and NATO on how the system will be built and operate. (Washington Post)
  • Spain: Police found more than half a tonne of cocaine hidden in boxes of bananas from Ecuador and arrested 11 suspects. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants killed three people in an attack on an oil field in southeast Turkey. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: An Independent Commission of Inquiry has declared that Bahraini security forces used “excessive force” and tortured detainees during its crackdown in March. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iran: Parliamentarian Sorouri said that the country has arrested 12 CIA agents. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Foreign Minsiter al-Faisal accused Iran interfering in neighboring Gulf States and warned that its nuclear program could pose a threat to regional security. (AFP)
  • Syria: Around 50 tanks and armored vehicles bombarded hideouts of army defectors near the town of Rastan. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Americas: Microsoft has stepped up as a potential bidder for Yahoo!, making a deal to review the struggling Internet pioneer’s financial books. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Kenneth
    • Location: 13.8°N 120.7°W
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 33.3
    • Map
  • Hokkaido, Japan Region
    • Magnitude; 6.2
    • Depth: 42.3
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Morocco: Parliamentary elections held.

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