ONS: 05 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 5, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria arrested 100 suspected militants
  • AMERICAS: Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela
  • ASIA: US accused ISI of murdering a journalist
  • EUROPE: Belarus sentenced arrested protesters
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: US drops DSK case
  • MIDDLE EAST: Security forces and protesters clashed in Hama
  • TECHNOLOGY: A-Team hacker group turned on LulzSec

TOP STORY

  • Possible progress seen in Libya peace
    • Analysts reported signs of a behind-the-scenes accord being in the works; the Libyan government and the opposition denied the reports.
    • A Russian newspaper reported Gaddafi would be willing to surrender power if he received security guarantees, according to a high-level official.
    • South African President Zuma called for Libya to begin peace talks as soon as possible.
    • France announced it was no longer sending weapons to the opposition.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, Reuters-2, AFP-1, NYT, AFP-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: 100 suspected Boko Haram militants were arrested by the state security service. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: North Sudan announced it wanted UN peacekeepers to depart the country as soon as the South’s secession takes place on July 9th. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities claimed to have captured Jesus Aguilar, a high-level Zetas cartel leader. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez returned and spoke before a large crowd of supporters, stating he will defeat cancer. (NYT, Bloomberg)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two separate attacks killed four NATO service members; three by roadside bomb, one by gunfire. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A large military operation took place in Kurram agency near the Afghan border, likely targeting the Pakistani Taliban. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb attack struck a military convoy in North Waziristan, killing at least three soldiers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: US government officials believed the ISI was responsible for the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Most of the 400 protesters arrested in advance of Independence Day celebrations were sentenced to short jail terms. (Bloomberg)
  • Russia: A firefight between insurgents and police in the North Caucasus left one policeman and one insurgent dead. (DPA)

GLOBAL ISSUES

  • Prosecutors dropped their case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying their key witness was no longer credible. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two bombs exploded outside a government building in Taji, a town just outside of Baghdad, killing at least 27. (BBC)
  • Syria: Security forces and protesters clashed in Hama; at least three protesters were killed. (LA Times, AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hacker group “The A-Team” targeted hacker group “LulzSec”, releasing personal information of members. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUL)

  • Jamaica: Caricom hosts meeting on sexual abuse.
  • Lebanon: 2006 war with Israel begins.
  • Lithuania: Statehood Day.
  • United States: President Obama hosts a Twitter town hall.

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