ONS: November 16 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: DRC troops killed 51 M23 rebels rebels who were wearing Rwandan army uniforms.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla Lopez offered a “draft agenda” for US-Cuba relations that reiterates old positions and offers to swap Alan Gross for five Cuban spies.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Yoshihiko dissolved parliament to set the stage for elections in December.
  • EUROPE: Georgia detained 11 senior interior ministry officials and the mayor of Tbilisi over allegations of cyber spying on opposition leaders ahead of parliamentary polls.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran arrested suspects on charges of terrorism, claiming that they were linked to Arab and Western intelligence agencies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter added a “share tweet via email” feature so that users can share content with correspondants not on twitter and increase its user base.

TOP STORY

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Hamas interior ministry spokesman said that more than 130 new Israeli airstrikes were carried out across the Gaza Strip this morning.
    • Israel renewed airstrikes in Gaza this morning killing two people despite an earlier agreement to a temporary ceasefire during the Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil’s three-hour visit to the Gaza Strip today.
    • Israel has called up 16,000 reserve soldiers as tanks, infantry and artillery units headed towards the Israel border with the Gaza Strip.
    • Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Fayed Mustafa said that Israel’s agression is a politcal move ahead of parliamentary elections.
    • The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East said that one of its teachers was killed by an Israeli strike on Thursday.
    • UAE newspaper The Gulf Today published an editorial stating that the actions by Israel towards the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is unacceptable, and slamming US President Barack Obama for supporting Israel in the cause.
    • The EU FP chief Catherine Ashton urged Israel to stick to a “proportionate” response towards Gaza.
    • German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle condemned rocket attacks against Israel by Hamas, saying that the Palestinian group is responsible for escalating the conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, ITASS, WAM, XIN

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Fifty-one M23 rebels wearing Rwandan army uniforms were killed in clashes with DRC troops. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen killed two police officers in the northeastern town of Garissa just two days after an ambush that killed 42 policemen. (AFP)
  • Mali: French President Francois Hollande urged Mali’s government to intensify dialogue with those northern authorities who reject terrorism. (AP)
  • Mali: Chief regional mediator Blaise Compaore will meet with leaders from Ansar Dine Islamists and Taureg rebels today in an attempt to negotiate and end to the ongoing crisis in northern Mali. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla Lopez offered a “draft agenda” for US-Cuba relations that reiterates old positions and offers to swap Alan Gross for five Cuban spies. (Miami Herald)
  • Peru: A two-day international drug forum convened in Lima on Thursday to discuss alternative development to curb the cultivation of coca, the source of cocaine. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said that his air force has received its first Chinese-made Y-8 transport planes. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and South Korea will forgo a meeting between the Japanese PM and South Korean President that was planned to take place on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit early next week. (Kyodo)
  • Japan: PM Yoshihiko dissolved parliament today to set the stage for elections in December. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Two people were killed and 14 others injured in an attack by the Kachin Independence Army on a civilian convoy in Phakant township. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: Four people including two troops were killed in a suicide blast at a car check near the Frontier Corps headquarters in Balochistan. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Georgia detained 11 senior interior ministry officials and the mayor of Tbilisi over allegations of cyber spying on opposition leaders ahead of parliamentary polls. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: EU police arrested three former ethnic Albanian guerillas suspected of committing war crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict. (AFP)
  • Spain: Spain’s FM called on Britian’s ambassador in Madrid to submit a formal complaint about about recent frictions in the waters around Gibraltar. (EFE)
  • United Kingdom: A British monk set himself on fire in a Tibetan  monastery in France, but it is unclear whether or not the monk commited the act in solidarity with Tibetans in China. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iran arrested suspects on charges of terrorism claiming that they were linked to Arab and Western intelligence agencies. (AP)
  • Jordan: US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the US stands behind the reform laid out by King Abdullah. (AFP)
  • Syria: French FM Laurent Fabius raised the idea of excluding defensive weapons for Syrian rebels from the current blanket EU embargo. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Pentagon informed President Obama that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require the use of upwards of 75,000 troops. (NYT)
  • Syria: UN peacekeeping chief Harve Ladsous responded to claims by the Syrian government that the UN had approved Syrian actions in the Golan Heights, saying that the government should halt “incursions” into the Israeli-occupied territory. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter added a “share tweet via email” feature so users can share content with correspondants not on twitter and increase its user base. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand
    • Volcanologists warned that the volcano is showing signs of imminent eruption.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Sierra Leone: Presidential and legislative elections held.
  • Palestinian Territories: Tunisian FM Rafik Abdessalem will visit the Gaza Strip.

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