ONS: 06 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian authorities arrested 29 for plotting bomb campaign  
  • AMERICAS: Paraguayan drug kingpin arrested near Ascunsion
  • ASIA: Pakistani authorities captured three Al Qaeda leaders
  • EUROPE: Switzerland’s central bank acted to stabilize value of the franc
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government allowed Red Cross to visit detained protesters, dissidents, in prison
  • TECHNOLOGY: Baidu reached deal with Dell to produce smartphones with Baidu mobile OS

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Loyalist convoy fled to Niger
    • A large convoy of military vehicles carrying loyalist troops was observed leaving Libya and entering Niger, apparently escorted by pro-Gaddafi Tuareg-tribal fighters.
    • Niger authorities stated that several high-ranking officials of Gaddafi’s military structure had also arrived in country. NTC officials stated that the convoy had been carrying money stolen from the Libyan central bank in Tripoli.
    • Speculation and rumor focused on whether or not Gaddafi himself was in the convoy.
    • Negotiations remained in progress between the NTC and loyalist forces in Bani Walid for the peaceful surrender of the city.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, NYT

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Authorities arrested 29 people, including nine opposition politicians, for ties to the OLF and for allegedly planning to carry out a bombing campaign. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Aid agencies reported that delivering famine relief to several areas affected by may not be possible even with far greater funding for efforts. (Al Jazeera)
  • Sudan: Opposition groups announced plans to stage large protests against the ongoing conflicts in south Kordofan and the Blue Nile state. (Sudan Tribune)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A new defense minister, Carlos Pinzon, was sworn into office and stated he had been ordered to deliver the “final blow” to the FARC. (BBC)
  • Paraguay: Authories arrested suspected drug boss Tomas Canete was arrested in Ciudad del Este and seized over 220 pounds of cocaine. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Norway announced the suspension of over $55 million in aid due to the collapse of Kabulbank. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reached an agreement with an Israeli company to purchase a defensive missile system to be installed on the two islands shelled by North Korea last November. (AP)
  • India: A two day general strike called by separatists was launched in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Authorities captured three senior Al Qaeda leaders during a joint raid between the security and intelligence services in Quetta. (The Nation)
  • Philippines: NDF representatives stated they would resume peace talks with the government, reversing an earlier decision to break them off entirely. (Bangkok Post)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Swiss central bank pegged a fixed value of the franc to the euro in a bid to prevent the franc from climbing rapidly in value due to continued volatility in the Eurozone (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan announced they were severing military and trade ties with Israel. (Ha’aretz)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen ambushed and killed eight Iraqi soldiers outside Haditha. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Officials permitted Red Cross aid workers to visit a prison outside Damascus for the first time since crackdowns and mass arrests began in March. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: The death toll from an accidental government air strike on a mosque in Jaar rose to at least 31 killed and 23 injured. (CNN)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Dell agreed to produce smartphones for Chinese markets with Baidu mobile operating software. (Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Noru
    • Location: 415 NM E of Misawa Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 450 miles south of Bermuda
    • Movement: 10 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 600 miles SW of the southern Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: W or WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 110.1km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06SEP)

  • Brazil: Independence Day – 1822.
  • Honduras: Anniversary of deadly gang fight – 2010.

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