ONS: 08 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 8, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thousands of people protested Egypt’s military rulers
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez denied divisions with his cabinet and the military
  • ASIA: Adm. Mike Mullen said the Pakistani government “sanctioned” the killing of a journalist Saleem Shahzad
  • EUROPE: Bulgaria seized 53.5 kilograms of heroin from four vehicles entering from Turkey
  • MIDDLE EAST: Militants shot and killed 10 Yemeni soldiers at a military checkpoint
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers broke into the Washington Post’s jobs website twice last month

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition forces continued to battle Gaddafi’s troops.
    • Opposition fighters laid siege to Gharyan, a government stronghold in the Nafusa Mountains.
    • In Misrata, government troops shelled opposition positions, killing 16 people and wounding 39 others.
    • The US House of Representatives voted 225-201 to forbid the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to the opposition.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Thousands of people protested the country’s military rulers in Tahrir Square. (DPA)
  • Mauritania: Soldiers killed six Al-Qaeda militants during an attack on an army base. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UN peacekeeping mission will station up to 7,000 military personnel and 900 international police in South Sudan. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police and the US DEA broke up an airport drug trafficking ring and arrested 26 traffickers. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez denied divisions among his cabinet and the military. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Australia’s Maj. Gen. Gus Gilmore said special forces are showing signs of fatigue. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The Defense Ministry asked for a larger budget to improve troops’ readiness for combat and fortify front line islands against North Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Adm. Mike Mullen said the Pakistani government “sanctioned” the killing of a journalist who investigated government links to Islamic militants. (UPI)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Police seized 53.5 kilograms of heroin from four vehicles entering from Turkey. (AFP)
  • Russia: Four gunmen were killed in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Adm. Mike Mullen said Iran is supporting extremist Shi’ite groups that are killing US troops in Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Security forces stormed the northern Damascus suburb of Harasta, injuring two people. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Militants shot and killed 10 soldiers at a military checkpoint. (UPI)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Hackers broke into the Washington Post’s jobs website twice last month. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm 03E (Calvin)
    • Location: 205 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 12 knots
    • Wind: 35 – 45 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JUL)

  • Argentina: Independence Day – 1816.
  • Malaysia: Protests for political reforms.
  • Palestinian Territories: Local elections held.
  • South Sudan: Day of independence.

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