ONS: 29 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese government expelled the Kenyan ambassador over the issuing of an arrest warrant for President Bashir
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities captured one of most-wanted drug traffickers in Venezuela
  • ASIA: Thai PM was hospitalized with food poisoning
  • EUROPE: Spanish, Belgian, and Dutch authorities dismantled a drug gang involving children
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese rockets landed in Israel, prompting Israeli warning
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google assisted elections in Egypt by providing centralized data

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: First day of elections saw unexpectedly high turnout
    • Nine provinces instituted a two hour extension to polling, while three polling stations were closed due to violent clashes
    • US noted that elections enjoyed high turnout without violence or irregularities
    • Former ruling party members were allowed to participate in elections given they were not accused of corruption or other serious abuses
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: NTC said a former deputy prime minister is suspected of involvement in the killing of one of the opposition movement’s most senior military commanders. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Clerics urged authorities to disarm former rebels and form a national army. (AP)
  • Sudan: A court sentenced seven members of JEM, a prominent rebel group, to death. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Government ordered Kenya’s ambassador to leave the country after a Kenyan judge ordered an arrest warrant for President Bashir. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela and Colombia signed an agreement to liberalize trade. (EFE)
  • Region: Colombian authorities say one of the country’s most-wanted drug traffickers, Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco also known as “Valenciano,” was captured in Venezuela. (AP)
  • Guyana: Polls closed in general elections with the incumbent People’s Progressive Party-Civic expected to retain power. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Maria Corina Machado, a politician vying for the presidency, demanded prosecutors launch a probe into an attack on her while campaigning in a pro-Chávez shantytown. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan and NATO-led forces captured a local leader of the Haqqani network. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Authorities said they seized drugs worth 29.87 million USD concealed in a shipment of red raisins from Afghanistan via Iran. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The navy launched a maneuvering exercise in the Yellow Sea with an Aegis destroyer to prepare against possible North Korean maritime infiltration. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: President Myung-bak signed the laws necessary to engage the US in a free trade agreement. (AP)
  • Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra was admitted to a hospital with food poisoning. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Spanish police alongside Belgian and Dutch authorities, broke up a gang that used children and babies to smuggle cocaine into Europe by plane from South America. (EFE)
  • Kosovo: Serbs shot and wounded as many as 10 soldiers from the NATO-led KFOR force during clashes in which several Serb protesters were also injured. (AFP)
  • Russia: Russia said it may not let NATO use its territory to supply troops in Afghanistan if the alliance doesn’t seriously consider its objections to a US-led missile shield for Europe. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: Three PKK members were killed in clashes with Turkish troops in the southeast. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Several rockets fired from Lebanon landed in Israel, which prompted the Jewish state’s army to warn Beirut to work to prevent similar attacks in the future. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: King Hamad issued several decrees, including one naming a panel to implement the recommendations of a probe into a month of unrest earlier this year. (AFP)
  • Iran: Two weeks after a mysterious explosion at an Iranian missile base, a Washington-based research group released a satellite image showing extensive damage to the site. (Checkpoint Washington)
  • Syria: Security forces committed crimes against humanity, including the killing and torture of at least 256 children, ordered from the top of the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Twitter accounts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez critics began spewing pro-Chávez, anti-opposition propaganda amid allegations of hacking. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Technology: Google provided Egyptians with centralized information on candidates, major issues and polling stations for the first election since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05A (Five)
    • Location: 550 nm South of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: WNW at 07 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 50.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30NOV)

  • Europe: Trans-Dniester talks held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Australia: UN human trafficking envoy presents findings.
  • Myanmar: Secretary Clinton starts three-day visit to Yangon, marking the first time in 50 years a US Secretary of State visits the country.
  • Nepal: Deadline to write constitution.
  • South Korea: Secretary Clinton visits Busan to attend the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.
  • United Kingdom: Public sector union strike held.
  • United States: House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) presents cyber security legislation at event hosted by telecom industry.

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