ONS: 11 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al Qaeda chief Zawahiri urged Tunisians to rise up to demand the rule of Islamic law.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski filed for registration in the presidential race.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan allied commander Gen. Allen ordered new restrictions on airstrikes against Taliban fighters who hide in residential homes.
  • EUROPE: The Azeri Defense Ministry said the Armenian military shelled positions of the Azeri armed forces in the Karabakh conflict zone for 24-hours.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq two mortars struck a square filled with Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad killing at least six people and wounding 38.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s cyber police force is poised to launch a new crackdown on VPN software that lets many Iranians circumvent the regime’s Internet censorship.

TOP STORY

  • Burma: UN begins evacuation from Rakhine amid ongoing clashes.
    • The UN said it had begun evacuating staff from its base.
    • President Sein declared a state of emergency after clashes between Buddhists and Muslims left at least eight people dead and 17 wounded.
    • Government troops occupied key sites in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State.
    • Sectarian clashes occurred over the weekend,  with rival mobs of Muslims and Buddhists torching houses.
    • Coverage: AFPReutersBBCThe Guardian

AFRICA

  • Libya: ICC representatives arrived to secure the release of a detained delegation visiting Muammar Qaddafi’s captured son. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A Christian mob killed at least six Muslim youths following two attacks on churches during the weekend. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Police freed a kidnapped member of Italy’s Udinese football club. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Al Qaeda chief Zawahiri urged Tunisians to rise up to demand the rule of Islamic law. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The top three candidates for the presidency promised a major shift in the country’s drug war strategy. (NYT)
  • Peru: Police detained three cocaine-trafficking suspects and  seized 110.8 kg of cocaine in Ica. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski filed for registration in the presidential race. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Allied commander Gen. Allen ordered new restrictions on airstrikes against Taliban fighters who hide in residential homes. (NYT)
  • Nepal: Police seized 2,640 kgs of hashish, the largest amount ever recovered in a single operation in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb explosion near a passenger bus left six dead and at least twelve injured. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The military said it is investigating the disappearance of a top-secret computer from a “stealth” warship. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Albania: The governing coalition nominated economist Artan Hoxha to be the country’s new president. (AP)
  • Azerbaijan: The Defense Ministry said the Armenian military shelled positions of the Azeri armed forces in the Karabakh conflict zone for 24-hours. (Interfax)
  • France: President Hollande’s Socialists won the  first round parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Russia: Russian investigators searched the homes of top protest leaders on the eve of a mass rally against President Putin. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government denied claims by the IAEA that it demolished buildings at a military base suspected of involvement in nuclear testing. (AP)
  • Iraq: Two mortars struck a square filled with Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad killing at least six people and wounding 38. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Free Syrian Army denied  that Kuwaitis were fighting against President Assad’s forces. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops shelled restive areas in Deir al-Zour. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Iran’s cyber police force is poised to launch a new crackdown on VPN software that lets many Iranians circumvent the regime’s Internet censorship. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W
    • Location: 260 NM S of Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
    • Ash ejections, limited lava rivers. (EFE)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12JUN)
  • Asia: ASEAN Regional Forum in Cambodia; DPRK FM to attend.
  • Russia: Russia Day.
  • Russia: Opposition rallies held in Moscow.

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