ONS: 30 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU president wrote a letter to UNSG Ban Ki-Moon asking for an immediate military intervention in Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran authorities seized 2,352 pounds of cocaine aboard a fishing boat off the country’s Pacific coast
  • ASIA: The US Senate voted overwhelmingly for an accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE:  The US said it expects the new Georgian government to remain committed to democracy and rule of law.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US threatened to refer Iran to the UNSC if the country does not cooperate with the IAEA by March.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A judge ordered Twitter to continue providing its data directly to social media company PeopleBrowsr.

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: UN General Assembly grants Palestine elevated status
    • 138 countries in favor of upgrading Palestine to a nonmember observer state, with 9 opposed and 41 abstaining.
    • The US warned a UN vote granting Palestine observer state status would create “obstacles” to peace with Israel.
    • The US pledged to continue efforts to bring the Israelis and the Palestinians back for direct talks.
    • Hamas Leader Meshaal said the de facto recognition should be seen alongside Gaza’s latest conflict with Israel as a single, bold strategy.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, AFP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Clashes between police and youth activists who tried to disrupt local elections left 20 wounded. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The army said it will re-deploy in Goma after the M23 rebels pull out from the city. (AFP)
  • Mali: The president of the AU wrote a letter to UNSG Ban Ki-Moon asking for an immediate military intervention in Mali. (AP)
  • Sudan: The army announced the arrival of Iranian warships at Port-Sudan harbor has been delayed to 07DEC. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: HRW praised a resolution by Brazil’s Human Rights Defense Council outlining steps to reduce extrajudicial killings by police. (AP)
  • Colombia: The government’s chief negotiator said progress has been made in talks between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Costa Rica: Authorities seized 2,352 pounds of cocaine aboard a fishing boat off the country’s Pacific coast. (EFE)
  • Honduras: Authorities discovered a clandestine drug lab and two tons of illegal substances. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghanistan’s FM kicked off talks with his Pakistani counterpart on further efforts aimed at reaching a negotiated end to the Taliban insurgency. (DPA)
  • Region: Cambodian and Chinese anti-drug experts met here in Phnom Penh and vowed to further enhance bilateral cooperation to combat all forms of cross-border drug offences. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: US DS Panetta said the US intends to wage a counterterrorism campaign inside the country after the main US combat force leaves in 2014. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The US Senate voted overwhelmingly for an accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. (AP)
  • China: The US and Chinese militaries finished a modest disaster-relief exercise meant to build trust between armed forces. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Analysis of new satellite imagery by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University confirms apparent DPRK preparations for an imminent long-range missile test. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Zolotukhin said a command-and-staff drill of the CIS common air defense concluded. (Inerfax)
  • Georgia: The US said it expects the new Georgian government to remain committed to democracy and rule of law. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: President Gul said he considered a Syrian attack on Turkey unlikely. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US threatened to refer Iran to the UNSC if the country does not cooperate with the IAEA by March. (AFP)
  • Jordan: HRW said Jordan must stop using a military tribunal to prosecute peaceful demonstrators after several were arrested this month for protesting at rising fuel prices. (AFP)
  • Syria: Phone and Internet networks were down across most of Syria for a second straight day. (AFP)
  • Syria: Countries involved in sanctions against Syria held a working-level meeting to discuss the effectiveness of measures. (Kyodo)
  • Syria: Two Austrian soldiers stationed with the UN force on the Golan Heights were shot and wounded in Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces arrested a “dangerous” al Qaeda chief who took part in several attacks. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A judge ordered Twitter to continue providing its data directly to social media company PeopleBrowsr. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Bopha)
    • Location: 665 NM ESE of Palau
    • Movement:  WNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatka Volcano, Russia
    • Lava flows destroyed two nearby scientific camps, ash clouds. (RIA Novosti)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01DEC)

  • Global: World AIDS Day observed.
  • Kuwait: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Mexico: Inauguration of President Pena Nieto.

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