ONS: 08 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 8, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Security of Gaddafi’s chemical weapons spark renewed worries
  • AMERICAS: UN peacekeeping nations consider Haiti abuse case
  • ASIA: ‘Three detained’ over Delhi blast claim
  • EUROPE: Iran ups criticism of Turkey over NATO missile shield
  • MIDDLE EAST: Dozens killed in latest Syrian violence
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intelligence community wants to monitor social media

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi denies fleeing to Niger
    • Gaddafi dismissed the speculation he fled south as lies and psychological warfare.
    • Gaddafi told the Damascus based Arrai channel there was nothing unusual about convoys going to Niger and promised again that he would defeat NATO and the NTC.
    • Niger’s FM Mohamed Bazoum said Niger’s border with Libya is simply too big to effectively prevent Gaddafi from crossing over.
    • Niger recognizes the ICC – which wishes to arrest Gaddafi – but has yet to confirm or deny that it would allow him refuge.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: A two-day security conference began in Algiers, with the aim of promoting regional security cooperation among the Sahel states. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Documents showing the shipment of gas masks and chemical protection suits in the weeks leading up to his regime’s collapse suggest  Gaddafi could still have access to chemical weapons. (WaPo)
  • Sudan: Battles took place between the Sudanese armed forces and the SPLA in the Blue Nile state. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Former President Uribe was accused of encouraging the organization of rightist militias during his term. (AP)
  • Haiti: Latin American foreign ministers and defense chiefs called a meeting to consider how the alleged sex abuse of a Haitian teenager by Uruguayan sailors might affect the future of the UN mission in Haiti. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez’s approval ratings remain steady, despite a reduced television presence in the wake of his chemotherapy (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The US plans to increase cooperation with China to aid impoverished Pacific nations. (AP)
  • China: The Turkistan Islamic Party claimed responsibility for recent attacks in the Xinjiang region. (AP)
  • India: Three men from Indian Kashmir are being questioned over a tracked email sent by radical group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami, which has claimed responsibility for the explosion outside the Delhi High Court. (AJE)

EUROPE

  • Region: French FM Alain Juppe told Russian counterparts that NATO could offer security guarantees that the missile defense system would not target Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: A plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Yaroslavl airport, killing 43 people, 36 of whom were players, coaches, and officials of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, a team in the Kontinental Hockey League. (AP)
  • Turkey: Iran criticized Turkey for deploying an early-warning radar for the NATO missile shield, claiming that it will incite a regional arms race. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US and European allies accused Iran of violating UN sanctions prohibiting ballistic missile launches and research. (AP)
  • Syria: French FM Alain Juppe accused Syria of “crimes against humanity,” while regime forces killed at least 23 people, 21 of them in the city of Homs. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The ruling party offered a transfer plan to ease President Saleh’s removal from office. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The Open Source Indicators project will analyze public data from social media sites, with the aim of predicting global events. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kulap
    • Location: 24.6N, 134.2E
    • Movement: NNW at 12 Knots
    • Winds: 40 Knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 30.8 N, 70.0 W
    • Movement: NNW at 11 Knots/13 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 13.4 N, 46.2 W
    • Movement: W at 23 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Nate
    • Location: 20.4 N, 92.5 W
    • Movement: E at 2 Knots/2 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes:
    • Cleveland, an Alaskan volcano, might erupt soon. (CNN)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09 SEP)

  • China: Anniversary of Chairman Mao Zedong’s death – 1976.
  • France: G8/G7 meeting held in Marseilles.
  • North Korea: Anniversary of the establishment of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea – 1948.
  • Tajikistan: Independence Day – 1991.

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