ONS: 09 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2011


  • AFRICA: Somali government offered amnesty to Al-Shabab militants
  • AMERICAS: Mexican government suspended millions in anti-crime aid due to misuse
  • ASIA: Taiwan opposition accused Chinese government of hacking attack
  • EUROPE: Rioting spread to other British cities, continued in London
  • MIDDLE EAST:  al-Sadr repeated threat to US forces
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media used to coordinate riot clean-up in Britain


  • Syria: International outcry over crackdown intensified
    • Turkey’s FM Davutoglu arrived in Syria to demand President Assad cease the violent campaign against civilian protesters.
    • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain withdrew their envoys.
    • Security forces continued to shell and suppress the town of Deir El Zour, and stormed the town of Binnish near the Turkish border.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, NYT


  • Libya: The opposition dissolved its governing cabinet in response to internal unrest. (NYT)
  • Somalia: The government offered an amnesty to Al Shabab militants if they surrendered their arms and entered into negotiations.  (AFP)


  • Mexico: The government suspended over 100 million in anti-crime funding granted to violent cities across the country, citing misuse. (AP)


  • Japan: An AP investigation found that government authorities failed to act on radiation-spread assessments in the aftermath of the Fukushima reactor meltdown. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least five were killed by sectarian clashes in Karachi. (BBC)
  • Taiwan: The main opposition party accused the Chinese government of hacking attacks on its headquarters. (AP)


  • Ukraine: A judge declined to release former PM Tymoshenko after she was arrested on charges of contempt, despite the arrest having sparked large protests. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Rioting in London continued for a third day and unrest spread to other cities in Britain. (NYT)


  • Iran: Five members of the security service were killed when their car was ambushed in northwestern Iran. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Al-Sadr reiterated his threat to US forces that attacks would continue and intensify should they remain in Iraq in a message posted on his website. (AP)


  • Social Media: Twitter and Facebook were used to coordinate riot-clean up actions in London. (BBC)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Merbok)
    • Location: 825 NM South of Petropavlosk, Russia
    • Movement: NNE at 20 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles ENE of Bermuda
    • Movement: E at 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report



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