ONS: 28 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A large rally by anti-Morsi protesters took place in Cairo; clashes with police killed at least one.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC reported peace talks with the government were making progress.
  • ASIA: Pakistan test-fired the nuclear capable Hatf V ballistic missile.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s military reported NATO was surveying sites for Patriot missile deployment.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi gunmen raided the homes of two anti-al Qaeda militiamen, killing seven.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The IAEA reported hackers broke into one of its servers and revealed contact details of some of its experts.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombings hit Damascus; Government helicopter shot down;  New opposition bloc meets.
    • At least two car bombings struck a Damascus suburb, killing at least 38.
    • Opposition fighters downed a military helicopter with surface-to-air-missiles, the second in two days.
    • Opposition fighters reported capturing the pilot of the warplane downed on Wednesday.
    • The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces held a meeting in Cairo to discuss some regulatory topics related to the newborn bloc.
    • Coverage: AP-1, WaPo, NYT, AP-2, BBC, AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A large rally by anti-Morsi protesters took place in Cairo; clashes with police killed at least one. (Al Jazeera)
  • DR Congo: Leaders of the M23 rebel group reportedly sent conflicting communications on a withdrawal from Goma; some making no conditions for a pull-out, others issuing demands to the government. (NYT, Reuters)
  • Rwanda: Six members of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were killed while launching an attack. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Clashes between police and protesters in Siliana injured 24. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC reported peace talks with the government were making progress. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Outgoing President Calderon called for electoral reform that would institute two-round elections. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez asked the legislature for permission to travel to Cuba for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer. (AP)
  • Venezuela: An opposition governor in the central part of the country says he and his supporters were attacked during a political event. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Senior US Diplomat Grossman resigned as the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, effective 14DEC. (WaPo)
  • Region: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton and senior diplomats of Central Asian nations gathered in Kyrgyzstan to discuss security and regional cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country’s foreign ministry stated the world should not “read too much” into its redrawn passport map. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: Illegal weapon shipments reportedly continued to flow into the country. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: The country test-fired the nuclear capable Hatf V ballistic missile. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra survived a no-confidence vote. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Greece and markets were reportedly pleased by the agreement of EU-IMF ministers to reduce the country’s debt. (Reuters)
  • Region: Serbia and Kosovo are to implement a crucial agreement that the EU brokered on joint border management in December. (DPA)
  • Portugal: The country passed another austerity budget. (BBC)
  • Spain: The EU cleared the restructuring of four Spanish banks. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The military reported NATO was surveying sites for Patriot missile deployment. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country took a step towards prosecuting Kurdish deputies accused of militant ties by seeking an end to their immunity. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country accused the US of eight airspace violations in October. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country launched two upgraded versions of the indigenously-built Ghadir-class light submarine and two overhauled hovercrafts. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A string of car bombings across Iraq killed 29 and wounded 126. (CNN)
  • Iraq: Gunmen raided the homes of two anti-al Qaeda militiamen, killing seven. (AP)
  • Yemen: A Saudi diplomat and his bodyguard were killed when their car was fired upon by unidentified assailants in Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The IAEA reported hackers broke into one of its servers and revealed contact details of some of its experts. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Bopha
    • Location: 160 NM SSE of Chuuk, Free States of Micronesia
    • Movement: W at 15 km
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Lokon, Indonesia
    • Ash cloud 3.5 km, warnings issued. (Xinhua)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29NOV)

  • Algeria: Local elections held.

END

Leave a Comment