ONS: 11 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2011


  • AFRICA: Gaddafi forces counter-attacked southwest of Tripoli
  • AMERICAS: Large jailbreak in Colombia
  • ASIA: Suicide bomber killed six in Pakistan
  • EUROPE: Eurozone meeting called over Italy debt
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rocket attack hits Baghdad green zone
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google to open institute in Germany


  • National dialogue opened in Syria as military stormed Homs
    • Military forces raided Homs, killing at least one and injuring twenty. Hama was also raided, but there were no reports of casualties.
    • Despite many opposition figures boycotting the event, dissidents voiced harsh criticism of the regime at the “national dialogue” talks held by the government.
    • Coverage: Reuters, WSJ, NYT


  • Libya: Gaddafi’s forces counter-attacked against rebel held positions southwest of Tripoli. (AP)
  • Libya: The US State Department reaffirmed that Gaddafi’s ouster was a necessary condition for peace in Libya, following a statement by the French defense minister that a compromise deal was a possibility. (Reuters-1, Reuters-2)
  • Morocco: Thousands protested in Rabat, demanding further constitutional reform. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: President al-Bashir warned Abyei was a potential source of conflict between his country and South Sudan. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: FARC rebels shot and killed two policemen in Cauca, and detonated a “horse bomb” in Caqueta that injured two soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: 20 inmates at Buchelli prison, including one senior FARC member, escaped after an explosion struck the facility. (BBC)


  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed six in Battagram. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: General Abbas stated the military was capable of fighting without US assistance, and that they had received no official notice of aid being cancelled or delayed. (AFP)


  • Region: Eurozone finance leaders held an emergency meeting in response to signs of a debt crisis in Italy. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: At least 11 were killed when armaments seized from an Iran-bound cargo vessel exploded at a naval base. (AFP)


  • Iraq: A rocket attack struck the green zone in Baghdad during a surprise visit by US Defense Secretary Panetta. No casualties were reported. (AP)
  • Yemen: US counter terrorism official John Brennan met with President Saleh, and stated continued US support depended on his signing of the GCC brokered power-transfer agreement. (NYT)


  • Germany: Humboldt University announced the creation of an institute devoted to studying the internet, social media, and privacy rights funded by Google. (AP)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: West of Wake Island
    • Movement: West-Southwest at 4 knots
    • Winds: 17-22 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Iran: FM Salehi to visit Austria.
  • Ireland: Irish Orange Order march.
  • Lebanon: Israel and Hezbollah fight in southern Lebanon – 2006.
  • Libya: French parliament votes on Libyan intervention.
  • Panama: Panama Canal opens – 1920.
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Independence Day – 1975.
  • Taiwan: Taiwan abandons the ‘One China Policy’ – 1999.


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