ONS: 03 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s Former President Hosni Mubarak left a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh to face trial in Cairo
  • AMERICAS: Haiti’s lawmakers rejected President Michel Martelly’s PM appointment
  • ASIA: The US and Pakistan resolved the issue of travel by their diplomats
  • EUROPE: NATO asked for more troops in Kosovo
  • MIDDLE EAST: Four Iraqis were killed in two bombings in Baghdad
  • TECHNOLOGY: The International Olympic Committee, UN Secretariat, US Energy Department, and a dozen US defense firms were hacked

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The UNSC struggled through negotiations on how to respond to the ongoing crisis.
    • Government tanks occupied the main Orontes Square in Hama after heavy shelling of the city.
    • President Barack Obama called the latest violence “horrifying” after 100 people were killed in the last two days.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former President Hosni Mubarak left a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh to face trial in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Libyan Embassy in Washington will reopen under control of the opposition, and staffers will have access to $13 million in assets. (AP)
  • Sudan: The Foreign Ministry criticized a UN resolution that extended the Darfur peacekeeping force’s mandate. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The National Liberation Army (ELN) said it expressed the willingness to unconditionally engage in peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Lawmakers rejected President Michel Martelly’s appointment of Bernard Gousse for PM. (AP)
  • United States: Army General Martin Dempsey was confirmed by the Senate to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AFP)

ASIA

  • India: A general strike in Kashmir by separatists closed down shops, schools, and offices. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea offered North Korea flood relief aid worth $4.7 million. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The US and Pakistan resolved the issue of travel by their diplomats. (UPI)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The centrist Democratic Party said it was leaving the coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: NATO asked for more troops in Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Spain: Thousands of people protested in Madrid to demand changes to the political and economic system. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Four Iraqis were killed in two bombings in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel without causing injuries or damage. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Worldwide: The International Olympic Committee, UN Secretariat, US Energy Department, and a dozen US defense firms were hacked, according to a report by McAfee. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 295 nm. ESE of Kadena, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 110 – 135 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Eugene
    • Location: 580 mi. SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation   
    • Location: 225 mi SE of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 5 – 10 mph.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04AUG)

  • Nothing to report.

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