ONS: 30 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 30, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In ongoing ethnic and religious fighting, four died in city of Jos.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities blamed FARC for ambush of police officers.
  • ASIA: In US-Taliban talks, Afghan government intentionally sabotaged the talks.
  • EUROPE: On Romanian border with Bulgaria, police seized 15 kg of heroin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran official stated Iran will never stop enriching 20 percent uranium.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Mingle, a new application for iPhone, aimed at changing the process of networking by permitting detail-sharing with those people nearby.

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: Gaddafi family fled to Algeria
    • Gaddafi’s wife Safia and his children Aisha, Hannibal and Mohammad fled to Algeria
    • Mourad Benmehidi, Algerian ambassador to UN, cited “humanitarian reasons” for welcoming the family
    • White House said it believed that Gaddafi remains in Libya
    • Xinhua, AFP, AP
  • Guatemala: US conducted sexual disease experiments in 1940s
    • Despite receiving consent for similar experiments in Indiana, US researchers did not seek consent for Guatemalan participants
    • US government researchers knew they were acting unethically
    • At least 83 subjects died during the experiments
    • Guardian, UPI, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Four people died in a riot in Jos amid religious and ethnic divisions. (AP)
  • Mali: Residents of Gao said they would welcome Gaddafi and his family, offering him bed and board – a sign that Gaddafi still can count on some supporters. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian authorities blamed FARC rebels for an ambush that killed five police officers in Tumaco. (AP)
  • Guatemala: US conducted experiments which introduced sexual diseases into non-compliant Guatemalan people. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Over 140 schools closed in Acapulco due to employees’ concerns over threats and kidnappings. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: NATO raced to secure Af-Pak border, “the most dangerous place in the world.” (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle went off in Kunduz, a northern Afghan town. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: In US-Taliban talks, Afghan government intentionally leaked details of the meetings, purposefully undermining the talks. (AP)
  • Korea Peninsula: The chairman of South Korea’s Grand National Party indicated that breakthrough in Korean relations will come about in November. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: In various incidents, five people were killed between Quetta and Mastung in ethnic-based disputes. (The News)
  • Pakistan: An unusual, bird-like drone was captured by the Pakistanis. (Danger Room)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Police seized 15kg of heroin near the Romanian border. (Xinhua)
  • Estonia: President Ilves was re-elected to a second five-year term. (Bloomberg, Reuters)
  • Georgia: US did not recognize Abkhazia’s break-away elections as legitimate, restating traditional borders of Georgia. (AFP)
  • Russia: As helicopter carrying deputy envoy to North Caucasus crashed, thirteen people sustained injuries. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Fereidoon Abbasi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, indicated that Iran will never stop 20 percent uranium enrichment. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Iran started mass production of anti-armor rockets according to Minister of Defense Vahidi. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Recent air strikes accounted for the deaths of approximately 160 Kurdish rebels. (AFP, AP)
  • Yemen: In overnight clashes with Al-Qaeda gunmen, ten Yemeni soldiers were killed along with 26 militants. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: New information placed blame for April cyber attacks on a South Korean bank on the North Korean government. (WaPo)
  • Social Media: Mingle, an app for iPhone, allows you to share information about yourself immediately, promoting networking and preventing missed connections. (Mashable)
  • Social Media: Vitrue announced that it is coming out with a 3.0 version of its social media platform, complete with localization and improved analytics. (TechCrunch)
  • Technology: Samsung announced a new cross-platform messaging service, ChatOn. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 14W (Nanmadol)
    • Location: 140 nm WSW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NW at 08 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 590 nm S of Tokyo, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 05 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricane (A): Tropical Storm Katia
    • Location: Atlantic Ocean
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane (P): 50% chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 100 miles SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW 5-10 mph
    • Winds: N/A
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Banda Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 465 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Sicily
    • For twelfth time this year, Mount Etna erupted, producing tall lava “fountains,” and a column of eruption.
    • The eruption lasted less than 40 minutes.
    • Irish Weather Online, Earthquake Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31AUG)

  • Australia: High court rules on Malay refugees.
  • Germany: Government to approve measures from Eurozone summit.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Dawn – 2010.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Lebanon: UNIFIL mandate set to expire.
  • Russia: Protests scheduled in Moscow.

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