ONS: 01 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition rounds up suspected Gaddafi agents in Benghazi  
  • AMERICAS: Five kidnapped oil workers freed by Colombian military
  • ASIA: Sectarian violence continued in Karachi, leaving 17 dead
  • EUROPE: Turkish leadership met to appoint replacements for resigned generals
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Saleh called on Yemeni opposition to resume GCC talks
  • TECHNOLOGY:  US mobile bandwidth reported to be becoming scarce

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Crackdown on protesters continued
    • Security forces continued their raids on Hama and other cities for a second day; at least 136 have been killed.
    • The UN security council has called a meeting to discuss the violence.
    • German, Russian, UK, and US governments issued statements of condemnation.
    • Coverage: NYT, DPA, Bloomberg, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Benin: An attack by pirates on a Swedish tanker was repelled by Benin naval forces. (AP)
  • Libya: Opposition authorities in Benghazi captured 63 people they believe are members of pro-Gaddafi infiltration groups. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A military operation freed five oil workers kidnapped by FARC in July. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Jose Hernandez, a high-level Juarez cartel leader captured by authorities on July 31, confessed to ordering the killings of at least 1,500 people. (NYT)

ASIA

  • India: Four people were killed and five injured in Manipur by a bomb. (DPA)
  • Indonesia: Political violence in Papua killed at least 21 in two separate incidents. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Sectarian fighting continued in Karachi; at least 17 were killed. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed four suspected militants near the Afghan border. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: NATO soldiers began clearing roadblocks in north Kosovo. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan and military leadership met to appoint replacements to the posts left vacant by a series of resignations by high-level military officers. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Lebanese soldiers briefly exchanged gunfire over the border. (VoA)
  • Yemen: President Saleh called on the opposition to restart GCC moderated negotiations. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Technology: North American wireless networks are operating at 80% capacity and increasing use of smartphones is likely to create bandwidth scarcity, researchers reported. (PC World)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 525 miles SE of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 9 knots
    • Winds: 110 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical storm Eugene
    • Location: 420 miles SSW of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 90% chance of tropical cyclone formation   
    • Location: Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the north coast of New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 16.8
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu Region
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 23.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Etna, Italy
    • No casualties or property damage reported. Ash cloud diverted by wind away from nearby airport. (Telegraph)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • Kuwait: Anniversary of Iraqi invasion of the country – 1990.
  • Switzerland: UN Conference on Disarmament held in Geneva.

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