ONS: 29 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU Chief Ping held talks on Guinea-Bissau with Gambian President Jammeh.
  • AMERICAS: The Cuban government released more than 2,500 inmates.
  • ASIA: President Obama nominated Admiral Locklear as the new chief of PACOM.
  • EUROPE: Turkish air strikes killed 30 Kurds near the Iraqi border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US aircraft carrier entered a zone in the Strait of Hormuz being used by the Iranian navy for wargames.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Stuxnet virus is one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform.

TOP STORY

  • Violence in Syria continues as Arab League monitors expand observations
    • Observers are set to visit Deraa, Hama and Idlib.
    • Activists report 40 deaths during the first two days of the observers’ mission.
    • Activists called for anti-regime rallies across the country on Friday.
    • The US State Department urged Syria to allow Arab monitors full access.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Region: AU Chief Ping held talks on insecurity in Guinea-Bissau with Gambian President Jammeh.. (AFP)
  • Angola: President Santos said the state is preparing for parliamentary elections in late 2012. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said his administration is restructuring the state’s security apparatus. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: An explosion hit the provincial office of Zimbabwean President Mugabe’s ZANU-PF in Gweru on Tuesday. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The government released more than 2,500 inmates. (AP)
  • Dominican Republic: Police confiscated 100 kg of cocaine in an anti-drug operation. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Judges overturned the result of the 13NOV12 mayoral ballot in Morelia. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said Venezuela will become the top oil exporter within the next 10 years. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: President Obama nominated Admiral Locklear as the new chief of PACOM. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed two members of ISAF. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un was officially declared “Supreme Leader”. (AP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Atambayev said it was “very dangerous” to host a US military base at Bishkek airport. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Air Defense forces received the first battery of the Tor-M2 air defense missile systems from Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Bosnia: The EU welcomed the end of political deadlock in Bosnia. AFP
  • Russia: Russian protesters are set to rally against the detention of activist Sergei Udaltsov. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Air strikes killed 35 Kurds near the Iraqi border. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A US aircraft carrier entered a zone in the Strait of Hormuz being used by the Iranian navy for wargames. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Chief of Mossad said a nuclear Iran might not pose an “existential threat. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The US is expected to announce the sale of $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Yemen: The army killed six suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an attack on Zinjibar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Stuxnet virus is one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Thane
    • Location: 160 NM East-Southeast of Chennai, India
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S
    • Location: 830 NM East-Southeast of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30DEC)

  • Iraq: Official ceremony of US troops leaving Iraq.

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