ONS: 28 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Heavily-armed Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia, headed for central areas
  • AMERICAS: Mexican army arrested man suspected of being a regional drug distributor for Los Zetas
  • ASIA: Afghan government announced second phase of security transition
  • EUROPE: IMF denied talks with Italy over financial aid package
  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab League approved economic sanctions on Syria
  • TECHNOLOGY: Niche social media platforms pay off big for small business

TOP STORIES

  • Egypt: Polls opened in Egypt for parliamentary elections
    • Saboteurs blew up Egypt’s gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel in protest over elections
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters
  • Pakistan: Afghans confirmed NATO sequence of events
    • Afghan officials confirmed that Pakistani forces attacked first
    • Pakistani army questioned the sustained 2-hour attack, even after local commanders made the call to halt the attack
    • Afghan-Pakistani relations hit an all-time low as many Afghans rejoiced over Pakistani deaths
    • Pakistani soldiers that survived described the attack as unwarranted
    • US pledged an independent investigation
    • Hundreds of Pakistanis protested and burned American flags and an effigy of Obama
    • Coverage: WSJ, AP-1, AP-2, CSM, Telegraph, AFP

AFRICA

  • Region: New convoys of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia and headed for central areas. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Presidential and legislative elections started. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Hundreds of people demonstrated in Tripoli to demand representation in government for the Amazighi.(AP)
  • Mali: Government sought talks with a former Tuareg rebel leader over worries he intends to instigate a new uprising. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Islamist Shebab gunmen stormed the offices of several international aid agencies in reported coordinated raids in rebel-controlled regions of southern and central Somalia. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The UN condemned FARC for killing four military hostages who had been held for over 10 years. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A man suspected of being the main drug distributor for the Los Zetas cartel in the state of Coahuila was arrested by the army. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Despite strict rules to “know their customer,” international banks failed to do so in a number of high-profile cases and instead allowed billions in dirty money to be laundered, ending up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. (LA Times)

ASIA

  • Region: Officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan said they would bolster regional cooperation to combat drug smuggling at a time when the cultivation of illicit opium poppy is increasing. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The government announced a list of areas intended for the second phase security transition: Afghan police and army will take full control of Balkh, Takhar, Daikundi, Samangan, Kabul and Nimroz provinces. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: A leading newspaper of the DPRK criticized the US for its hostile policy towards Pyongyang. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Three people were killed and 27 were wounded in an explosion in a hotel in the southern city of Zamboanga. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany’s Finance Ministry denied reports it plans to float bonds together with the Eurozone’s five other nations with a Triple A rating in an effort to calm financial markets. (AP)
  • Italy: IMF denied it was holding talks with Italy about a financial aid package. (AFP)
  • Russia: South Ossetia’s opposition leader Alla Dzhioyeva led in the presidential polls after at least half of the ballots were counted. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: AL approved economic sanctions on Syria to halt the crackdown on protests that Qatar said may prompt international intervention. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle at a prison north of Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding at least 15. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The government submitted its resignation to Emir al-Sabah. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Mohammed Basindwa, an opposition leader, was asked to form a caretaker government after President Saleh announced a pardon to those who “committed errors during the crisis.” (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Small businesses choose niche online communities such as Pinterest and Instagram because they appeal to targeted, online communities. (Mashable)
  • Technology: AT&T may need to sell off assets in order to quell anti-competition concerns from the FCC. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05A (Five)
    • Location: 635 nm South of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: NW at 13 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador
    • Tungurahua spewed red-hot rocks, billowed coarse ash
    • Volcano caused at least four earthquakes in the area
    • Coverage: AP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29NOV)

  • Global: OECD meeting on aid effectiveness held in Busan, South Korea.
  • Global: Human Rights Council to meet on minority rights in Geneva.
  • Europe: Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels.
  • Ukraine: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton visits Kiev.
  • United States: President Obama hosts Dutch PM Rutte for talks.

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