ONS: 07 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gaddafi last tracked heading south
  • AMERICAS: Colombian General Alejandro Navas named head of the armed forces
  • ASIA: Twin suicide bombs in Quetta, Pakistan
  • EUROPE: Germany’s top court ruled that Eurozone bailouts were legal
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian forces reopened their assault on Homs
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Carol Bartz fired as CEO of Yahoo!

TOP STORY

  • USA: Petraeus sworn in as new CIA chief
    • The recently-retired General officially became Director of the CIA on Tuesday, replacing Leon Panetta.
    • Petraeus took an oath of office from Vice President, which was immediately followed by his first intelligence briefing with President Obama.
    • The new CIA director has pledged to divorce himself from the advice of the military community, who are known to be more optimistic of the Afghan war’s direction than intelligence analysts.
    • His acceptance of the CIA post put an end to Washington speculation that he might be drafted by Republicans as a presidential or vice presidential candidate in the 2012 election.
    • Coverage: (AP) (CNN) (Reuters)

AFRICA

  • Region: Gaddafi last tracked heading south, with speculation that he might attempt crossing over to either Chad or Niger. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The fourth session of Hosni Mubarak’s will begin today amidst fighting between supporters and opponents. (Reuters)
  • Libya: NTC hopes to negotiate peaceful surrender of Bani Walid (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Bomb blast in Maiduguri, the first in three weeks. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos named General Alejandro Navas as the new commander of the armed forces. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: President Martelly nominated Garry Conille for Prime Minister after his previous two nominees were rejected. (AP)
  • Mexico: Mexico’s ruling party asked the governor of Nuevo Leon state and the mayor of its capital city to step down temporarily while police investigate an arson that killed 52 people and a casino corruption scandal. (AP)

ASIA

  • India: An apparent suit case bomb outside the New Delhi High Court killed nine people and wounded 45, most of whom were waiting in line for permission to enter the premise. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The US says it has seen no signs North Korea is prepared to meet conditions for resuming multinational talks on nuclear disarmament. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombs that killed 24 and wounded 55; they claimed the attack was an act of revenge for earlier arrests of Al-Qaeda operatives. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany’s top court ruled that rescue packages for Eurozone countries were legal, but said parliament must have greater say in any future bailout. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine plans to export its own produced gas if Gazprom insists on Naftogaz’ necessary excessive purchase of Russian gas as per long-term gas contracts of 2009. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the May 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and it will not lift its Gaza blockade. (AFP)
  • Syria: Security forces intensified their crackdown in the city of Homs, killing and wounding several people in fresh attacks. (AP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida militants seized Rowda town in Yemen’s southeast province of Shabwa (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Yahoo!: CEO Carol Bartz was abruptly fired for incompetence; she will be temporarily replaced by CFO Tim Morse. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W – Kulap
    • Location: 21.8N 135.7E
    • Movement: NNW at 5 KT
    • Winds: 35 KT
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 28.7°N 67.9°W
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Fourteen
    • Location: 12.0°N 39.9°W
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes (A): 60% chance of formation
    • Location: Southern Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: N/A
    • MAP
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Seismic activity increases at Katla in Iceland; not necessarily a precursor to an eruption (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08 SEP)

  • Iran: Anniversary of Shah’s forces killing hundreds of students – 1978.
  • Macedonia: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Pakistan: Navy Day – 1965.

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