ONS: 04 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 4, 2011


  • AFRICA: Battle for Sirte continued in Libya
  • AMERICAS: US Congress received Colombian and Panamanian trade agreements
  • ASIA: Sectarian attack killed 13 in Pakistan
  • EUROPE: Greek bailout funds delayed   
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian diplomats reported to harass dissidents living abroad
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple rejected Samsung deal to end patent fight in Australia


  • Somalia: At least 70 killed by suicide bombing
    • A truck bomb rammed the gate of a government building in Mogadishu and detonated.
    • At least 70 were killed, and 42 wounded.
    • Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP


  • Egypt: US Defense Secretary Panetta visited in an effort to help defuse tensions between Egypt and Israel. (AP)
  • Libya: Intense fighting continued for the town of Sirte. (VoA)
  • South Africa: The Dalai Lama cancelled a planned visit due to an expected inability to receive a visa. (Reuters)


  • Region: President Obama sent free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama to the US Congress for approval. (WSJ)
  • Region: The US Coast Guard seized over 3,000 pounds of Cocaine from a fishing vessel in the Caribbean sea. (NBC)
  • Mexico: Two severed heads were found on a highway near a government building in Mexico City. (AP)


  • Region: Afghan President Karzai visited India in an effort to boost relations between the two countries. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea rejected US preconditions for the resumption of six party talks. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen attacked a group of Shiites in Quetta, killing at least 13 and wounding seven. (NYT)


  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers delayed the release of bailout funds to Greece, demanding further budget cuts to meet targets. (NYT)
  • Russia: PM Putin called for the creation of a “Eurasian Union.” (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained over 130 people suspected of connection with Kurdish militants. (AFP)


  • Iran: Officials stated that if other countries do not agree to a “nuclear swap” arrangement, Iran would resume production of nuclear fuel. (Ha’aretz)
  • Syria: Amnesty International reported that Syrian diplomats harassed and threatened dissidents living abroad. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A US Army counterterrorism center report stated that Al Qaeda in Yemen still represented a high level threat despite the death of Al Awlaki. (AP)


  • Smartphones: Apple rejected an offer by Samsung that would have ended the ongoing legal battle over patents between the two companies in Australia. (Reuters)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nalgae
    • Location: 270 NM ESE of Hanoi
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
  • Hurricanes (P): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 600 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Philippe
    • Location: 755 miles SE of Bermuda
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Child of Krakatoa, Indonesia
    • Smoking; authorities established two mile warning zone. (AP)


  • Americas: “Pathways to Prosperity” summit meets in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with 14 foreign ministers.
  • Europe: NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels.

United States: President Obama hosts Honduran President Lobo in Washington, DC.

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