ONS: 07 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan agreed to withdraw forces from Abyei  
  • AMERICAS: Mexican navy found 32 bodies in Veracruz
  • ASIA: US increased pressure on Pakistan  
  • EUROPE: Eurozone launched bank rescue loan program  
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces clashed with defectors, killing 12
  • TECHNOLOGY: US FCC announced plan to expand rural broadband access

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Massive assault on Sirte by opposition
    • Opposition forces surrounded and assaulted Sirte following heavy rocket and artillery bombardment of the city.
    • Heavy fighting was reported, with opposition forces closing in on the city center.
    • Gaddafi called for nationwide protests against the NTC.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: President Ouattara urged Ghana to arrest and hand over Ivorians accused of war crimes during the conflict following disputed Presidential elections. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Aid agencies continued to increase efforts to deal with the famine despite violence. (VoA)
  • Sudan: Sudan agreed to withdraw its forces from the disputed Abyei region once UN peacekeepers were in place. (Sudan Tribune)

AMERICAS

  • Central America: A UN study revealed that homicide rates in Honduras and El Salvador have reached a “crisis point.” (AP)
  • Mexico: The Navy discovered another 32 bodies believed to have been killed by the Zetas Cartel in Veracruz. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police rescued 38 people abandoned by human traffickers in the desert near the US border. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Rights groups pressed the UN HRC to pressure the Chavez government on its human rights record. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: A senior Russian military official stated NATO was not assisting in anti-narcotics operations in Afghanistan. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: Former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, retired General Stanley McCrystal, made statements critical of the handling of the war effort. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: A senior South Korean official stated the North could conduct another nuclear test in the near future. (Korea Times)
  • Pakistan: A government commission accused the doctor, who assisted with a covert CIA vaccination program designed to track Osama Bin Laden, of treason. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US President Obama increased diplomatic pressure on Pakistan for its alleged support of militant groups in Afghanistan. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone leaders announced a $54 billion package of emergency loans to troubled banks. (BBC)
  • Russia: Security forces killed a group of militants allegedly plotting a terrorist attack in the North Caucasus. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: French President Sarkozy called for the Turkish government to recognize the Armenian genocide during a visit to the Caucasus. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The UN estimated the death toll of the uprising exceeds 2,900. (NYT)
  • Syria: Security forces clashed with defecting soldiers near the Turkish border, killing at least 12. (AFP)
  • Syria: Security forces crossed into Lebanon and shot a Syrian man. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: At least two people were injured when government forces shelled a tribal opposition base near Sanaa as clashes continued. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FCC chairman announced a plan to modify the Universal Service Fund so that it could subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Philippe
    • Location: 455 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: ENE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Irwin
    • Location: 885 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Jova
    • Location: 490 miles SSW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 300 miles S of the Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Movement: W at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Jujuy, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.5km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: South of the Kermadec Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 34.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08OCT)

  • North Korea: Anniversary of the country’s first underground nuclear test – 2006.

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