ONS: 09 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 9, 2011


  • AFRICA: Opposition and loyalists clashed in Misrata
  • ASIA: Suicide bomber killed 3 in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Russian special forces killed 8 militants in Dagestan
  • LATIN AMERICA: Protests held in Mexico against drug violence
  • MIDDLE EAST: Crackdown in Syria continued
  • TECHNOLOGY: Playstation Network will remain down


  • Tension between the US and Pakistan
    • The US government repeated demands that the Pakistani government reveal any information it may have had on the presence of Osama Bin Laden.
      • The US also asked for access to the widows of Osama Bin Laden who were living with him and are now in Pakistani custody.
    • US lawmakers debated the value of continued aid to Pakistan.
    • Pakistani newspapers divulged the identity of a man they claim is the CIA station chief for Islamabad.
    • Prime Minister Gilani will address the Pakistani parliament about the operation on Monday.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, AFP, LAT, AP


  • Egypt: Authorities declared they would use an “iron hand” in ensuring security after the sectarian clashes that left 12 dead in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Libya: Opposition and loyalist forces fought in Misrata. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Thousands of protesters gathered in Marrakesh and demanded reform. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UN announced that North and South Sudan had agreed to remove unauthorized troops from the disputed Abyei region. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi suggested that the elections planned for 24JUL might be delayed due to “technical difficulties.” (Reuters)


  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber in Laghman killed at least 3. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Former Taliban commander Mohammed Nabi was assassinated in Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Prosecutors demanded life imprisonment for radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. (AP)


  • Italy: Berlusconi arrived in court for a corruption trial. (AP)
  • Russia: Special forces killed 8 militants in Dagestan. (NYT)


  • Cuba: An arrested dissident died after an alleged beating by authorities. (CNN)
  • Mexico: 20,000 Zapatistas in Chiapas protested against drug violence. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Federal police captured a suspected gang leader in Mexico City. (AP)


  • Syria: A widespread crackdown against protests by military forces throughout the country killed at least 18; scores were arrested. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security forces opened fire on protesters in Taiz, killing at least two. (Xinhua)


  • Sony: A spokesman announced that the Playstation Network may not be restored until the end of May. (Bloomberg)


  • Turkey: A summit meeting of the world’s “least developed nations” was held in Istanbul. (AP)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Aere)
    • Location: 170 NM NNE of Manila
    • Movement: NNW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Greece: Planned rally against austerity cuts.
  • Israel: Yom Ha’atzmaut to commemorate independence.
  • USA: POTUS gives major speech on immigration.

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