ONS: 29 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: M23 rebels reportedly were retreating their positions in eastern DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia withdrew from the ICJ.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Warlord Allah Nazir was reported wounded by a suicide attack and six were killed in South Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted former PM Haradinaj of war crimes charges.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Iraq, a series of bombings south of Baghdad targeting Shiites killed at least 39 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Plans for a digital piracy crackdown by US companies was delayed until 2013.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: President Morsi to address the country; voting on the Constitution begins.
    • President Morsi announced plans to address the country.
    • The body writing the country’s new constitution will begin voting on the final draft, reportedly fast-tracking the process.
    • Violent protests continued throughout the country.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, AP, NYT, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country holds local elections today. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels reportedly were retreating their positions in eastern DR Congo. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: A new report by the UN says Guinea-Bissau’s military and intelligence forces abducted and tortured two opposition leaders after a failed attempt to overthrow the ruling junta last month. (AP)
  • Libya: Former rebels blocked access to the country’s biggest oil refinery, demanding medical treatment for injuries from last year’s conflict. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon called for urgent action to reunify the country. (AP)
  • Morocco: The special UN envoy for Western Sahara says talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement are going nowhere and he plans to move on to shuttle diplomacy to try to break the impasse. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country withdrew from the ICJ. (Miami Herald)
  • Honduras: The US Deputy National Security Advisor spoke with President Lobo about how the fight against violent crime “cannot be conducted at the expense of human rights.” (AP)
  • Mexico: Drug suspect Edgar Villareal accused top government officials of corruption. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in the southern part of the country killed ten. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Leader Kim Jong-Un replaced his military chief with a general reportedly more hawkish than his predecessor. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Dozens were wounded as police broke up a mine protest in the northern part of the country. (CNN)
  • Nepal: The Maoists face a deadline to form a national unity government with opposition parties in order to avoid elections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Warlord Allah Nazir was wounded by a suicide attack and six were killed in South Waziristan. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU commission set a timetable for further eurozone integration. (BBC)
  • Kosovo: The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted former PM Haradinaj of war crimes charges. (AP)
  • Moldova: The OSCE said negotiations on the Transdniestrian settlement started in Dublin. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: Banners with the words “foreign agent” have been hung on the buildings housing two Russian human rights groups, in the second such incident since last week. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The Leveson report on the phone hacking scandal is due to be released today. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s nuclear chief stated it would go on refining uranium “with intensity.” (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A series of bombings south of Baghdad targeting Shiites killed at least 39 people. (Reuters, AP)
  • Kuwait: Ranging from advocates of Islamic law to Western-style liberals, almost all political groups are boycotting Saturday’s election for Kuwait’s 50-seat parliament. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinians prepare a bid for UN statehood today. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Activists reported a rebel bombing killed a ruling party official in the southern part of the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen kidnapped a senior security official in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Plans for a digital piracy crackdown by US companies were delayed until 2013. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Bopha
    • Location: 865 NM E of Palau
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Tobalchik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Aviation warnings issued. (Itar-Tass)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30NOV)

  • Sudan: Iranian warships return to Sudan.

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