ONS: 02 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin said he saw no prospects for an armed settlement in Libya
  • AMERICAS: Cuba’s Parliament approved a list of more than 300 reform “guidelines” to improve the country’s economy
  • ASIA: Three suicide bombers killed four people at a private security firm in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Dozens were injured in riots near an immigrant center in Bari, Italy
  • MIDDLE EAST: A bomb injured 15 people near a Syrian Catholic church in Iraq
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA has increased recruiting efforts to attract skilled hackers

TOP STORY

  • United States: The House of Representatives voted to raise the debt ceiling by a vote of 269 to 161.
    • The House approved a plan to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion and cut government spending by more than $2.1 trillion over 10 years.
    • The Senate is expected to give final approval to the deal on Tuesday night.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Libya: Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin said he saw no prospects for an armed settlement. (Itar-Tass)
  • Sierra Leone: The Sierra Leone People’s Party announced it will support former leader Brigadier-General Julius Maada Bio in the presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said Arab and African aid lack coordination. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Parliament approved a list of more than 300 reform “guidelines” backed by President Raul Castro to improve the economy. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Top federal prosecutors in 21 of 32 states resigned. (AP)
  • Panama: Police seized $600,000 in cash at Tocumen International Airport that belonged to drug traffickers. (DPA)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea’s military criticized Japan after a Japanese defense white paper confirmed Japan’s claim to the Dokdo islands. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Three suicide bombers killed four people in the office of Kaboora, a private security company, in Kunduz city. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: A South Korean civic group sent 300 tonnes of flour to North Korea. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Dozens were injured in riots near an immigrant center in Bari. (AFP)
  • Russia: A car bomb injured the head of the Untsukulsky region of Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb exploded near a Syrian Catholic church in Kirkuk, injuring 15 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: Warplanes attacked a tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UNSC will hold a second day of talks on the ongoing violence. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The NSA has increased recruiting efforts to attract skilled hackers. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 410 nm. ESE of Kadena, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 9 knots
    • Winds: 110 – 135 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Emily
    • Location: 265 mi. SE of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Movement: W at 17 mph.
    • Winds: 40 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Eugene
    • Location: 435 mi. SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph.
    • Winds: 75 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation   
    • Location: Near the Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the South Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km.
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03AUG)

  • Egypt: Former President Mubarak scheduled to begin trial.
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israeli-Lebanese border skirmish – 2010.

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