ONS: 02 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes in the Nigerian city of Jos killed at least 22
  • AMERICAS: Two Mexican journalists found murdered in Mexico City
  • ASIA: August was Afghanistan’s deadliest month for US troops
  • EUROPE: Turkey agreed to host missile defense radar station
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria faces calls for wider sanctions in response to crackdowns
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks admitted to having suffered a leak

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi still defiant, in hiding
    • A message reportedly from Gaddafi, whose whereabouts are unknown, stated his forces would not surrender and Libya’s capital is now Sirte.
    • Opposition forces, supported by NATO airstrikes, continued to advance on the remaining loyalist-held towns of Sirte, Sabna, and Bani Walid.
    • UN officials warned of critical shortages as the opposition began to formulate its plans for political transition.
    • Coverage: CNN, AP, Reuters, Al Jazeera,

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in Jos killed at least 22. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UNHCR officials stated the famine crisis was not yet at its peak, and would continue to worsen until the next harvest in 2012. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Fighting broke out between government forces and opposition troops in the Blue Nile state. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized over two tons of cocaine in La Guajira province. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Two journalists were found murdered in Mexico City, apparently in connection to their work on the drug war. (LA Times)
  • United States: The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced plans to sue numerous large banks, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America over their alleged misrepresentation of the value of mortgages sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan Taliban kidnapped 30 Pakistani children after they accidentally strayed across the border. (Al Jazeera)
  • Afghanistan: According to US officials, August was the deadliest month for US troops in Afghanistan with 67 fatalities. (LA Times)
  • Japan: Newly elected PM Noda selected his cabinet. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed four Sunni passengers of a vehicle en route to Charsadda. (CNN)

EUROPE

  • Region: Talks between Serbia and Kosovo, suspended after an outbreak of violence in July, resumed. (AP)
  • Greece: Talks between the government and a team of EU-IMF inspectors have been suspended over a serious disagreement over budget deficits. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: The government agreed to station a US radar installation that is part of the planned European missile defense system. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: According to US officials, August had the lowest number of fatalities for US troops in the Iraq War, with no deaths reported. (NYT)
  • Israel: A UN report on the raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza found the force used was excessive, but the blockade itself legal. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Representatives of the US, UK and France called for expanding sanctions on Syria over the continued crackdown on protesters. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • WikiLeaks: WikiLeaks confirmed that it had lost control over a collection of unredacted US diplomatic cables, all of which became available on the internet. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 205 NM SE of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 12-15 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Katia
    • Location: 830 miles E of the northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Thirteen
    • Location: 240 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi river
    • Movement: NW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles south of Halifax
    • Movement: NE at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southwestern coast of Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 39 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02SEP)

  • New Zealand: Anniversary of a deadly 7.0 earthquake – 2010.
  • Qatar: Independence Day – 1971.
  • Latvia: End of Open Spirit 2011 international mine sweeping exercises.

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