ONS: 27 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda’s military chief reported the leader of the Congo’s M23 rebel group agreed to withdraw from Goma and Sake.
  • AMERICAS:  Nine were killed in Mexico’s Chihuahua state, five in a shooting, four found bound and tortured.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an assassination attempt against a prominent TV personality.
  • EUROPE:  Eurozone finance ministers and IMF officials reached a deal for a Greece bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas said Iran must reconsider its support for the Syrian regime if it does not want to alienate Arab public opinion.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google launched a campaign in Germany opposed to a proposed copyright restriction law.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government carried out airstrikes in Damascus and the north of the country while opposition forces seized a dam.
    • Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the northern part of the country; scores of people were reportedly feared killed or wounded.
    • The government is reportedly leveling neighborhoods in Damascus sympathetic to the opposition.
    • Opposition forces claimed to have seized a hydroelectric dam along the Euphrates.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, WSJ, NYT-2, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda’s military chief reported the leader of the M23 rebel group agreed to withdraw from Goma and Sake. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: President Morsi reportedly pulled back on an attempt to acquire greater power. (NYT)
  • Egypt: Opponents to President Morsi rallied in Tahrir Square. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A Christian activist said nine people have died in an attack on a Christian village in the central Nigerian Plateau State. (AP)
  • Rwanda: The Army said Hutu extremists based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo crossed into Rwanda and attacked its forces along the border. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A US official stated prominent FARC guerillas would remain in prison in the US. (AP)
  • Colombia: US officials began a two-day visit to the country for bilateral talks. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The government claims its education initiatives have been hampered due to the embargo imposed by the US. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Nine were killed in Chihuahua State, five in a shooting, four found bound and tortured. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai hinted his government would be “flexible” in negotiations for a new security pact with the US. (AFP)
  • China: DM Liang Guanglie stated his country’s military buildup posed “no threat” to the rest of the world. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country was reportedly preparing a rocket test from its northwestern Sohae Space Launch Station. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility for an assassination attempt against a prominent TV personality. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The OECD cut its economic forecasts for 2013 due to fear over eurozone risks. (Reuters)
  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers and IMF officials reached a deal for a Greek bailout. (BBC)
  • Hungary: The parliament approved a controversial shake-up of the electoral system, seen by some as an attempt by PM Orban to boost his chances of winning another term in 2014. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Deputy PM and Government Spokesman Arinc said a NATO technical delegation would arrive in Turkey today regarding the deployment of a Patriot missile defense system. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: At least six soldiers were injured in a landmine explosion in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas said Iran must reconsider its support for the Syrian regime if it does not want to alienate Arab public opinion. (AFP)
  • Region: Egypt and Israel began talks in Cairo on following up on the ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Kurdish military leaders and Iraqi federal leaders reached an initial agreement to defuse tensions that led both sides to send reinforcements to disputed areas. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Car bombs killed at least four in Kirkuk and wounded at least 41. (AFP)
  • Israel: The grave of Yasser Arafat was exhumed for forensic testing. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Germany: Google launched a campaign in the country opposed to a proposed copyright restriction law. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Bopha
    • Location: 285 NM SE of Chuuk, FSM
    • Movement: NW at 02 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28NOV)

  • Middle East: Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2012 conference held in Dubai, UAE.
  • Iran: Military unveils Sinai 7 missile-launching warship.
  • Pakistan: Lahore High Court hears petition filed against the US for drone strikes.
  • Turkey: Government hosts FMs from Iran and Azerbaijan to discuss regional issues.

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