ONS: 06 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Explosions and gunfire were heard in Maiduguri, Nigeria
  • AMERICAS: Bolivia, Brazil, and the US will sign an agreement to eradicate surplus coca in Bolivia
  • ASIA: Militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked two border villages
  • EUROPE: Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Portugal’s debt rating
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s opposition will boycott a national dialogue conference suggested by President Bashar al-Assad
  • TECHNOLOGY: International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) was launched in London

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition forces launched an assault on the critical Gualish area, 50 km. north of Tripoli.
    • Fighters were aided by controversial French arms drops and coordinated NATO air strikes on Gaddafi’s frontline armor.
    • The opposition has also established a defensive arc south and west of the port of Misrata.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Explosions and gunfire were heard in Maiduguri, where militant Islamists have been waging a campaign of violence. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: North Sudan massed a large convoy of troops in Southern Kordofan. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A court sentenced former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to 15 years in prison. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia, Brazil, and the US will sign an agreement to eradicate surplus coca crops in Bolivia. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Police detained twice as many dissidents so far this year than in the same period in 2010, according to a report by the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation. (Miami Herald)

ASIA

  • Region: Hundreds of militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked two border villages. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A base for South Korean reconstruction workers in Charika was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Portugal: Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Portugal’s debt rating to junk status. (NYT)
  • Russia: Deputy PM Sergei Ivanov said Russia will file a proposal with the UN in 2012 for an extension of its Arctic shelf borders. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Oman’s FM Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah said the GCC is in “intensive consultations” with Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition to resolve the ongoing political crisis. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Air Force bombed a tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip to Israel. (DPA)
  • Syria: The opposition Follow-Up Group said it will boycott a national dialogue conference suggested by President Bashar al-Assad. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Worldwide: The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) was launched in London by governments, international businesses, and law enforcement agencies to fight cybercrime. (BBC)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)

  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian inter-reconciliation agreement is signed – 2009.
  • Solomon Island: Independence Day – 1978.
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of London terrorist bombings – 2005.

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