ONS: 05 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 5, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition announced intent to launch final assault on Sirte
  • AMERICAS: Haitian senate appointed Gary Conille as PM
  • ASIA: NATO killed a Haqqani network commander in Afghanistan  
  • EUROPE: NATO officials met in Brussels to discuss ongoing operations
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government shelled opposition group, killing at least seven  
  • TECHNOLOGY: Samsung launched attempt to block sale of iPhone 4 in France, Italy

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN resolution vetoed by Russia, China
    • A UN resolution designed to strengthen international condemnation of the Syrian regime’s crackdown on dissent was vetoed by Russia and China in the Security Council.
    • The US, France, and Britain all strongly condemned the veto.
    • Chinese and Russian spokesmen argued the resolution would have driven Syria towards civil war.
    • Turkey announced its intention to levy sanctions despite the veto.
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, NYT

AFRICA

  • Libya: Opposition forces stated their intent to launch a final assault on remaining Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte. (Reuters)
  • Libya: NTC officials revealed the first group of 500 recruits to the new national army. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Red Cross began delivering food aid to famine-struck areas of the country previously untouched by relief efforts. (APO)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Gary Conille was appointed prime minister by the senate, ending a political deadlock. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities captured nine escaped prisoners working at a Zetas cartel camp near Veracruz. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested Zetas cartel member Jose Loera on suspicion of planning the Monterrey casino arson attack that killed 52. (AP)
  • Mexico: Naval officials detained 18 police officers suspected of cartel ties in Veracruz. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Karzai stated the recent agreement between Afghanistan and India would not negatively affect ties with Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: NATO reported that a senior Haqqani commander, Dilawar, was killed by an airstrike. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Authorities captured suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group Adzhar Malawil. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The IMF warned Eurozone leaders about failing to act on the debt crisis and against excessive austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Region: US Defense Secretary Panetta warned NATO officials that the US may not be able to provide as much support for the alliance as it had in the past. (WSJ)
  • Greece: A general strike called in protest against planned austerity measures shut down much of the country’s infrastructure. (LA Times)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government agreed to allow US forces to remain as trainers after 2011, but without immunity. (Al Jazeera)
  • Saudi Arabia: The government vowed to use an “iron first” in response to what it claimed was a foreign country’s attempt to undermine its security following an attack on security personnel. (WSJ)
  • Syria: A young woman reportedly murdered in custody by security forces appeared on state TV. (AP)
  • Yemen: Government forces shelled protesters in the city of Taiz, killing at least seven. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Samsung filed injunctions against Apple to block sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy, citing patent violations. (SlashGear)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nalgae
    • Location: 105 NM N of Hue, Vietnam
    • Movement: WSW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Philippe
    • Location: 595 miles SSE of Bermuda
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 300 miles SSW of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06OCT)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Anwar Sadat assassination – 1981.
  • Serbia: Anniversary of Slobodan Milosevic stepping down – 2000.

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