ONS: 07 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s Interior Minister said hundreds of police officers will be fired for their role in a harsh crackdown of anti-government protests
  • AMERICAS: Haiti’s President picked former Justice Minister Bernard Gousse to be his nominee for PM
  • ASIA: The founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program said North Korea bribed Pakistani military officials to obtain sensitive nuclear technology
  • EUROPE: NATO’s Secretary General said Russia and NATO may reach an agreement on anti-ballistic missiles in 2012
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two police officers were killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook announced a new Skype-powered video calling feature

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition forces continued to make gains towards Tripoli.
    • The opposition took control of Qawalish and Kikla in the westen Nafusa mountains.
    • Fighters also made progress outside of Misrata, advancing toward the city of Zlitan.
    • Deputy FM Khaled Kaim said NATO’s increased bombings represent the “final phase” of its air campaign before its ground troops attacks Tripoli.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, NYT, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Chad: A senior Foreign Ministry official said the government is ready to negotiate France’s military presence on its soil. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawi said hundreds of high-ranking police officers will be fired for their role in a harsh crackdown on anti-government protests. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: The World Bank approved a $150 million loan to Ethiopia to improve governance in the nation’s urban centers. (Bloomberg)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: President Michel Martelly picked former Justice Minister Bernard Gousse to be his nominee for PM. (AP)
  • United States: Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson admitted that mistakes were made in a botched operation to track the illegal movement of guns to Mexico. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program said North Korea bribed Pakistani military officials to obtain access to sensitive nuclear technology in the 1990s. (WaPo)
  • Region: The Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario flew to China amid rising tension over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: Ethnic Kachin rebels bombed a major railway line. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia and NATO may reach an agreement on anti-ballistic missiles in 2012. (Itar-Tass)
  • Belarus: Police arrested 120 people for taking part in opposition protests. (AFP)
  • Russia: Two gunmen, one soldier, and one civilian were killed in a firefight in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two police officers were killed by a suicide bomber in Diyala province. (AP)
  • Israel: The military said a tank hit a roadside bomb that was planted by Palestinian militants along the border with the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Syria: Overnight protests were staged in several towns in solidarity with the city of Hama. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The websites of the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Lab and Jefferson National Lab were attacked. (CNET)
  • United States: Facebook announced a new Skype-powered video calling feature. (LAT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 250 nm. SSE of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Winds: 17 to 23 knots
    • Movement: WNW at 12 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Kermadec Islands
    • Magnitude: 7.6
    • Depth: 20 km.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Kermadec Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 19.9 km.
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUL)

  • Ghana: Presidential primaries.
  • United States: Final NASA shuttle launch.

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