ONS: 30 November 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: International Criminal Court arrested former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo
  • AMERICAS: President Obama ordered review of counter-terrorism training materials
  • ASIA: Philippine police arrested al-Qaida-linked bomber responsible for recent hotel blast
  • EUROPE: Eurozone gave Greece 8 billion euro rescue fund to alleviate cash crisis
  • MIDDLE EAST: Vice President Biden landed in Iraq on a surprise visit
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google extended map service to navigate inside of airports, malls and Ikeas

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Protesters stormed British embassy
    • British authorities ordered all embassy staff to return
    • Law enforcement arrested 12 demonstrators in the attacks
    • UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, President Obama, and Secretary Clinton condemned the attacks
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: The daughter of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi called on Libyans to overthrow their new rulers – an appeal that could jeopardize her refugee status in Algeria. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: A source at the International Criminal Court confirmed former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was taken into custody. (AP)
  • Somalia: Government forces said they managed to thwart a suicide attack on headquarters of the country’s armed forces. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Authorities extended the nation’s state of emergency for the rest of the year. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras’ Congress voted to deploy the army to fight encroaching Mexican drug cartels in a bid to curb violence in the world’s most murderous country. (Reuters)
  • Region: U.S. authorities deported a suspected member of Los Zetas cartel wanted for  kidnapping charges in Mexico. (EFE)
  • Region: Former Colombian President Uribe assured Venezuelan President Chavez knew for years about the presence of FARC guerrillas on Venezuelan territory. (DPA)
  • United States: President Obama ordered a review of counter-terrorism training materials following a report stating the materials said “mainstream” Muslims embrace violence. (Danger Room)

ASIA

  • Burma: Secretary Clinton arrived in Naypyidaw to test the country’s first civilian government in decades on its commitment to reform, including severing military and nuclear ties with North Korea. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Military police and the US Marines began a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise, aimed at strengthening the two countries’ military ties. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: DPRK said its nuclear activities related to the construction of an experimental light water reactor and the production of low enriched uranium are underway. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Secretary Clinton said the assault in northwestern Pakistan was tragic and she pledged a quick and thorough investigation. (AP)
  • Philippines: Police arrested a suspected al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf bomber involved in the killing of an American Green Beret and a recent hotel blast that killed three people. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: As part of a regional effort to tackle organized crime, Serbia and Macedonia signed an agreement that would permit the extradition of their respective citizens. (Xinhua)
  • Region: South Ossetian opposition presidential candidate, Alla Dzhioyeva, declared herself president after her apparent victory over a Kremlin-backed rival was annulled. (AP)
  • Region: Eurozone ministers handed Greece an 8 billion euro rescue loan to fend off its immediate cash crisis yet failed to resolve fears about the viability of the euro. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An obscure Lebanon-based Islamist group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for a rocket attack against Israel. (DPA)
  • Region: A group of Lebanese men accused Syrian authorities of using old video filmed in Lebanon to back up claims that they are fighting terrorists in Syria. (AP)
  • Iraq: US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit to meet with PM Nuri Al Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, and Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Al Jazeera reported the emir is to name outgoing Defense Minister al-Sabah as the new prime minister and to ask him to form a government. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cisco Systems Inc. said global cloud data traffic will grow at a compound annual rate of 66 percent between 2010 and 2015. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Starting with Google Maps 6.0 for Android, Google Maps expanded service to navigate inside of mapped locations such as airports, malls and IKEA stores. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05A (Five)
    • Location: 485 nm SSW of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: W at 11 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 350 miles NE of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: N at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Luzon, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 14.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador
    • The volcano spewed red rocks and ash
    • Officials upgraded their eruption warning level to orange
    • Some at-risk communities began evacuations
    • Coverage: AFP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01DEC)

  • Global: Russia assumes presidency of the UN Security Council.
  • Global: World AIDS Day.
  • Europe: Foreign ministers meet in Brussels, with possible participation by the Arab League.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of President Calderon taking office – 2006.

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