ONS: 31 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan denied any connection between the aerial attack on one of its weapons factories last week and the arrival of two Iranian warships.
  • AMERICAS: In Argentina, Henry de Jesus Lopez, the alleged leader of the Colombian drug gang Urabenos, was arrested.
  • ASIA: Coalition security forces killed a Taliban leader named Sajid during an operation in Helmand province.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel along with five major global financial organizations called for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in the EU to restore global economic growth.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran has temporarily abandoned its attempts to create a nuclear weapon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google introduced a new Emergency Resources service that includes maps with evacuation routes and shelters during events such as Hurricane Sandy.

TOP STORY

  • Syrian Crisis
    • Activists claim the Syrian regime has transformed a military airport in Hama into a prison rife with torture practices.
    • Warplanes carried out five air raids around Saqba and Douma killing 30 civilians and 13 rebels.
    • Troops and rebels clashed in Idlib after rebels attacked military checkpoints near Jisr al-Shughur.
    • The Syrian Foreign Ministry blamed Turkey and Gulf states for the ongoing bloodshed, claiming they did not commit themselves to making the UN-backed ceasefire a success.
    • UN-AL Envoy Brahimi is meeting with the Chinese foreign minister today to discuss Chinese involvement in resolving the Syrian crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Guardian, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Ghana: The EU agreed to a USD97 million grant to assist Ghana achieve health and local government development in line with the Millennium Development Goals. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Around 100 protesters stormed the parliament building and delayed the congressional vote on the new cabinet, complaining some of the nominated ministers had connections with the old Gadhafi regime. (AP)
  • Mali: DM Camera said war was inevitable in northern Mali to resolve the ongoing crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Militants hurled a grenade into a busy market killing one person and wounding four others. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The country denied any connection between the aerial attack on one of its weapons factories last week and the arrival of two Iranian warships. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Clashes between police and militants killed one person after Salafists attacked a police station in Tunis. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Henry de Jesus Lopez, the alleged leader of the Colombian drug gang Urabenos, was arrested in Argentina. (BBC)
  • Argentina: Iran and Argentina ended their first round of negotiations about the 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Aid Association in which eight Iranians are suspected. (AFP)
  • Brazil:  Some 600 heavily-armed members of the state military police battalion have been deployed in a Sao Paolo slum as part of a major anti-crime and drug operation following several murders and executions of police officers. (AFP)
  • United States: The National Guard arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey to aid residents after heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese FM Gemba stated the “timing has not been ripe” for high-level talks with China regarding the territorial dispute in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Coalition security forces killed a Taliban leader named Sajid during an operation in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An insurgent roadside bomb killed eight civilians in Helmand. (AFP)
  • China: Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Chinese patrolling around the Diaoyu islands is legal and should not be criticized. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Security forces killed one terrorist suspect and arrested two others in a raid of hideouts in central Sulawesi. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The UN reported production of opium has increased in Myanmar due to an increase in demand across Asia. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The mainland spokesman asserted the need to safeguard sovereignty backing Chinese claims over the South China Sea islands. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel along with five major global financial organizations called for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in the EU to restore global economic growth. (WSJ)
  • France: Tax authorities filed a 1.3 billion euro claim against Google over compensation to media websites. (AFP)
  • Greece: Journalists went on strike, protesting austerity plans that will privatize public utilities and affect healthcare funds. (AP)
  • Russia: The upper house of parliament passed a controversial bill redefining high treason to include NGOs passing along harmful information. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said the EU will lose Turkey if it is not granted membership by 2023. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: PM Azarov asked international observers to specify the irregularities observed during the election on Sunday. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran has temporarily abandoned attempts to create a nuclear weapon. (Telegraph)
  • Israel: Settlers built two new settlements in the West Bank in the first such development since 2005. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unknown saboteurs blew up a pipeline linking gas fields in Yemen to a maritime terminal. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google introduced a new Emergency Resources service that includes maps with evacuation routes and shelters during events such as Hurricane Sandy. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone (Nilam)
    • Location: 50 miles SE of India
    • Movement: NW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 34-63 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm (Rosa)
    • Location: SSE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 3 knots
    • Winds: 34-63 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01NOV)

  • Africa: Civil society members attend international conference on transition in the Arab World in Tunis.
  • Americas: Japan holds its first talks with Mercosur in Brazil.
  • Algeria: Revolution day celebrated.
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the beginning of violence between Christians and Muslims – 2008.
  • Pakistan: The Lahore High Court hears the party Jamat-ud-Dawa’s petition against US drone strikes.
  • Palestinian Territories: Bahrain Prince Khalifa visits the Gaza Strip to open two UN Relief and Works Agency schools.
  • Vietnam: Russian PM Medvedev visits Vietnam for talks on development and bilateral cooperation.
  • United States: Anniversary of terrorist attack attempt on two Chicago synagogues – 2010.

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