ONS: 09 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 9, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian activists announced they would return to Tahrir square in force to keep military on track for reform
  • AMERICAS: Unspecified terror threat put US on high alert
  • ASIA: Pakistan banned access to Bin Laden compound
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM suggested warships could escort Gaza aid flotilla
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rights activists called for international help
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google purchased Zagat, issuing challenge to Yelp, OpenTable

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition focused attention on finding Gaddafi
    • Interim PM Jibril stated that the “battle was not yet over” and much work remained to unify Libya.
    • A “special unit” of opposition fighters has been tasked with finding Gaddafi, according to spokesmen.
    • Opposition forces continued to advance on remaining loyalist held cities and towns.
    • Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam.
    • A senior loyalist general, Ali Kana, was reported to have fled to Niger.
    • Coverage: ReutersBloombergAl JazeeraBBC

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Activists announced plans to return to Tahrir square to demand the military set a timetable for reform. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: UN officials stated that forces from both Sudan and South Sudan will be withdrawn from the disputed Abyei region. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Bandits killed 13 policemen in Darfur. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Naval officials announced they had arrested 80 suspected members of the Zetas cartel, and dismantled a communications network used by the cartel in Veracruz. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities were on high alert following a credible but unconfirmed terrorist threat related to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (NYTWaPo)
  • Venezuela: The US levied sanctions against four top government officials for alleged ties with the Colombian rebel group FARC. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • China: Rights activist Wang Lihong was sentenced to nine months in prison. (BBC)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-Il and his apparent heir Kim Jong-Un appeared at a massive military parade in Pyongyang. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Visits by journalists and foreign nationals to the site of Osama Bin Laden’s Abottabad compound were banned in anticipation of the 9/11 anniversary. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: PM Erdogan stated that warships might be used to escort the next aid flotilla to Gaza, despite the risk of a confrontation with the Israeli blockade. (Reuters)
  • Russia: At least two policemen were injured by a bombing in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: US officials announced tentative plans to deploy troops to Kuwait as a support reserve or training force for the Iraqi military. (AP)
  • Syria: Opposition activists requested international help from human rights groups against President Assad’s regime as large protests were planned for Friday. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Opposition groups asked President Saleh to delegate authority over composing a plan for the transition of power to a deputy official. (Yemen Observer)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Google purchased restaurant rating service Zagat in a bid to compete against Yelp and OpenTable. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Kulap
    • Location: 215 NM NNE of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 360 miles NW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 24 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 430 miles E of the Windward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Nate
    • Location: 110 miles W of Campeche, Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10SEP)

  • Belgium: OSCE event on journalism and terrorism.
  • Guinea-Bissau: Independence Day – 1974.

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