ONS: 08 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 8, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing into Gaza
  • AMERICAS: Gunmen killed 11 at a drug clinic in northern Mexico
  • ASIA: A US drone strike killed at least 20 in northern Pakistan
  • EUROPE: Germany criticized over handling of e. Coli outbreak
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian military prepared to storm Jisr al-Shougnour as residents fled
  • TECHNOLOGY: Jordan reported to be hub of Middle East internet

TOP STORY

  • NATO intensified air strike campaign against Gaddafi
    • NATO warplanes continued striking Tripoli throughout the day in what was the heaviest bombardment of the campaign thus far.
    • Libyan officials reported at least 31 civilian casualties.
    • NATO leaders announced that they would seek greater contributions from members during upcoming talks in Brussels to bring the campaign into its “end game.”
    • President Obama and Chancellor Merkel discussed possible aid for a post-Gaddafi Libya.
    • Coverage: LAT, Reuters, NYT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Rafah crossing into the Gaza strip was reopened after a four-day closure due to a dispute between Egyptian authorities and Hamas. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Two explosions struck Maiduguri, killing at least 10. Islamist militants attacked several police stations with gunfire. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Planned elections were moved to October 23rd, a one-week delay. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff announced his resignation following a personal finance scandal. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug cartels were found to be building armored cars. (WaPo)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed 11 people at a drug rehabilitation clinic in Torreon. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Police killed a suspected leader of the Gulf cartel in Morelo. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China and North Korea began construction of a joint free trade zone on a border island. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least 20 alleged militants near the Afghan border. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: German officials faced harsh criticism of their handling of the e. Coli outbreak, though reports of new cases have slowed. (NYT)
  • Russia: An anti-extremist Islamic theology professor and his nephew were murdered by gunmen in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Residents fled Jisr al-Shougnour as government forces massed outside the city. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: President Saleh was reported to have sustained far more serious injuries than initially revealed as he undergoes medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. (WaPo, NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Jordan: Over 75 percent of the Middle East’s Arabic online content originates in Jordan. (The Jordan Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Adrian
    • Location: 355 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Winds: 60mph
    • Movement: Northwest at 4 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Northwestern-North Central Caribbean
    • Movement: Drifting northward
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Southern Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 101.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JUN)

  • United States: Gabonese President Ondimba meets with President Obama.
  • UAE: US Secretary Clinton meets in Abu Dhabi for Libya Contact Group.

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