ONS: 27 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 27, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Guinea Bissau army units clashed in the capital following a  failed coup
  • AMERICAS: Mexican drug cartels reported using sophisticated communications network
  • ASIA: North Korea called for implementation of inter-Korean summit agreements  
  • EUROPE: Russian PM Putin criticized opposition leadership and its lack of goals
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for last week’s bombings in Baghdad
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers transferred iPhone 4S application “Siri” to earlier iPhone models

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Arab League monitors began mission
    • The team of Arab League monitors arrived in Homs to observe the crackdown on civilians.
    • Syrian tanks and security forces were observed leaving the city shortly before their arrival.
    • Monitoring teams will also visit Damascus, Hama and Idlib.
    • Activists reported more than 20,000 protesters demonstrating in Homs as the mission arrived.
    • Coverage: VoA, Reuters, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The leading Islamist party announced its intentions to leave the ruling government coalition and push for reform. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Two Swedish journalists were sentenced to 11 years in prison for allegedly helping the ONLF militant group. (Reuters)
  • Guinea Bissau: Rival army factions clashed in Bissau following an aborted coup. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Officials announced an expansion of free-market reforms. (BBC)
  • Honduras: According to officials, drug trafficking and drug-war related violence have expanded significantly in the country. (WaPo)
  • Mexico: Military officials reported on the existence of a sophisticated communications network established and operated by drug cartels in northern Mexico. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: China and Japan agreed to start direct currency trading. (NYT)
  • Region: China and South Korea agreed to make joint efforts to preserve peace on the Korean peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea called for the implementation of the stalled inter-Korean summit agreements. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: Despite efforts to alleviate the Eurozone debt crisis, financial uncertainty remains the primary concern of European markets. (WSJ)
  • Russia: PM Putin criticized the opposition movement as lacking goals and leadership. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A PKK attack killed one policeman in southeastern Turkey. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for the bombings in Baghdad that killed 69 people last week. (AP)
  • Iraq: The head of the Sadrist political bloc called for a new round of elections. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Opponents and supporters of the power transition deal clashed in Sanaa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple: Hackers found a way to transfer the “Siri” personal assistant software of the iPhone 4S to earlier models of the device. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Thane
    • Location: 380 NM E of Chennai, India
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Grant
    • Location: 155 NM SE of Darwin, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Lokon, Indonesia
    • Local evacuations. (AFP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27DEC)

  • North Korea: Kim Jong Il’s funeral is held.

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