ONS: 26 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, gunmen attempted to attack a special police unit in Abuja, but police claimed to have repelled it.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian FARC rebels accused the government of staging fake battles as part of a “propaganda campaign” against the insurgency.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, American and allied military planners are drawing up the outlines of a force that would remain in the country following the handover to Afghan security.
  • EUROPE: Russian PM Medvedev said the economic crisis in the EU represented a serious threat to Russia’s economic performance.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebels seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in Damascus province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting significant gains in fields from computer vision to speech recognition.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Military successfully tests missile defense system; DM Barak announces retirement from politics.
    • The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop mid-range missiles.
    • DM Barak announced he would retire from politics after a new government is formed following January elections.
    • PM Netanyahu said the Israeli Air Force will respond with force if the ceasefire deal with Gaza is violated.
    • Overnight gunfire from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights close to an Israeli military vehicle monitoring the ceasefire line but causing no injuries.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: A regional group is to meet with the military chief of the M23 rebels to secure a withdrawal by the rebels from the Congolese city of Goma. (AP)
  • Liberia: China and Liberia signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement that will support a ministerial complex project in Monrovia worth USD15 million. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen attempted to attack a special police unit in Abuja, but police claimed to have repelled it. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed five Christian residents of Gaidam in the restive northeast region previously hit by deadly Islamist attacks. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Two roadside bomb blasts in Kismayo killed at least five people. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels accused the government of staging fake battles as part of a “propaganda campaign” against the insurgency. (AFP)
  • Colombia: FM Holguin continued to protest a recent ruling by the ICJ claiming it unfairly granted Nicaragua rights over Colombian waters. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities in Chihuahua found 19 corpses in a mass grave. (AP)
  • Venezuela: France and Venezuela signed seven cooperation accords. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: American and allied military planners are drawing up the outlines of a force that would remain in the country following the handover to Afghan security. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: At least 19 civilians were injured by a bicycle bomb in a bazaar. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: Thousands of Bangladeshi workers protested after a garment-factory fire killed at least 112 people. (AP)
  • Philippines: A bomb in Maguindanao injured a member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The leaders of Albania and Kosovo vowed to achieve unity for ethnic Albanians in the region during the centennial celebration of Albania’s independence. (AFP)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev said the economic crisis in the EU represented a serious threat to Russia’s economic performance. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The military said a delegation of Turkish and NATO officials will start surveying sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on the border with Syria. (AP)
  • Turkey: Security forces killed a senior operative of the PKK and three other militants. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A primary vote to determine the party list for PM Netanyahu’s Likud faction in January elections will continue for a second day on Monday after technical failures. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas Chief Meshaal told Palestinian President Abbas that his movement backs a bid for enhanced UN status. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition fighters seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in Damascus province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting significant gains in fields from computer vision to speech recognition. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 26W
    • Location: 300 NM SE of Chuuk, FSM
    • Movement: WNW at 8
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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