ONS: 01 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese Army denied reports of air strikes in South Kordofan
  • AMERICAS: Several high-level officials stepped down in Colombia, Panama
  • ASIA: Chinese aircraft carrier successfully completed sea trials
  • EUROPE: French police seized 150 kilograms of cocaine, from Dominican Republic
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Zanjibar, four suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Department of Justice blocked merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: NATO increased strikes, as Italy eyed exit strategy
    • NATO focused attacks on Bani Walid, suspected hideout of Colonel Gaddafi
    • Rebels captured Abdelati Obeidi, Col Gaddafi’s foreign minister
    • Gaddafi sons confused media: Saif insisted on fighting while al-Saadi, “under father’s blessing,” promoted end to bloodshed
    • Italy hinted that the fall of Sirte would signal the end of NATO mission
    • Germany launched probe into how high-powered German assault rifles ended up in Gaddafi compound
    • Interviews with citizens shed light on the ransacking of American, British and Italian embassies in Tripoli by Gaddafi forces
    • Reuters-1, AFP-1, AFP-2, Reuters-2, WaPo, Reuters-3
  • Syria: Troops and tanks continued to ransack cities, NATO unwilling to interfere
    • In YouTube video, attorney-general of Hama said he had resigned as a form of protest against the crackdown of pro-democracy rallies
    • According to Russian representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, NATO will not use military force to interfere in Syria
    • Amnesty International reported that 88 citizens died in detention some of which were children
    • Reuters, Itar-Tass, UPI

AFRICA

  • Region: EU pledged 300 million euro for peacekeeping missions in Somalia, Central African Republic and Sudan (DPA)
  • Somalia: Somali troops totalling 900 completed counter terrorism and urban warfare training in Uganda (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Sudanese Army denied reports of launching air strikes against South Kordofan (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: US expressed concern that South Sudanese government may be supporting rebels in South Kordofan (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Defense Minister Rivera resigned, Juan Carlos Pinzon replaced him (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  • Mexico: Probe into casino firebombing unearthed a video incriminating Mayor Larrazabal’s brother Jonas in receiving casino payoffs (McClatchy Newspapers)
  • Panama: Following the lead of Minister Vallarino, government officials resigned in protest over the replacement of foreign minister (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Police seized 642 kilograms of cocaine and detained two Bolivians (EFE)
  • US: Suspicious package on Scott Air Force base sent three service members to the hospital (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: August proved to be the deadliest month for US forces with 66 total deaths in ten years of fighting (AFP)
  • Afghanistan:  Majority of homemade Afghan bombs contained fertilizer from a single Pakistani company (AP)
  • China: First Chinese aircraft carrier, former Soviet Varyag, successfully completed sea trials (RIA Novosti)
  • Pakistan: US State Department report released indicates that Pakistan is unable to prosecute terror suspects, noting a three-in-four acquittal rate (Telegraph)

EUROPE

  • France: Police seized 150 kilograms of cocaine hidden in ballet shoes that arrived in Paris from the Dominican Republic (AFP)
  • Germany: In effort to eliminate all reliance on nuclear power, Germany rejected notion to retain one nuclear power station (DPA)
  • Russia: In addition to charges of murder, a terrorist act charge was added to the criminal case over the bomb blast in Grozny (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: In interview, Presidential hopeful ElBaradei criticized the ruling army’s reluctance to permit foreign poll monitors (Reuters)
  • Israel: Israeli military deployed third battery Iron Dome missile defense system near southern city of Ashdod, truncating original timetable (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: As army continued its advance on Zinjibar, four suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen were killed (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Justice Department blocked merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA (Epicenter by Wired)
  • Technology: Navid Hassanpour, Yale graduate student, released his findings that social media may discourage, or hurt, grassroots organizing (CNN)
  • Technology: Google introduced a web application that allows Gmail, Calendar, and Docs to operate offline (Mashable)
  • Technology: Subjot, a topic-based live-stream, opened to the public allowing users to specify subject material (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 425 NM South of Osaka, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 03 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression 08E (Eight)
    • Location: 55 miles NW of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 20 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricane (A): Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 1165 miles off Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane (A): 60% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Eastern Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: Slowly NW
    • Winds: N/A
    • Map
  • Hurricane (P): Post-Tropical Cyclone EIGHT
    • Location: SE of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02SEP)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of law outlawing gang membership – 2010.
  • Japan: Creation of new Japanese cabinet under new PM.
  • Serbia: Kosovar and Serbian officials meet for direct talks.
  • Tajikistan: CIS Summit held in Dushanbe.
  • United States: Israeli and Palestinian envoys meet in Washington for direct talks.
  • Uzbekistan: Independence Day – 1991.

 

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