ONS: 11 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: NTC announced it will seize Bani Walid and Sirte within a week
  • AMERICAS: Colombian forces bombed a rebel base, killing 11
  • ASIA: Burmese media announced release of 6,300 prisoners of conscience
  • EUROPE:  EU foreign ministers agreed to a military draw-down in Bosnia
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni forces raided an al-Qaida cell used to manufacture explosives-packed vehicles
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced a blog dedicated to increase voter participation

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Military vowed to get tough after clashes
    • The military condemned the surge in violence as an attempt to undermine the state.
    • Generals warned they will work to safeguard the peace.
    • The army called for a swift investigation into the religious violence.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AFP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Libya: NTC spokesman Mustafa Jalil said he expects to seize both Bani Walid and Sirte in a week. (USA Today)
  • Nigeria: Soldiers were accused of burning homes and shooting indiscriminately following a bomb attack blamed on Islamists. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The M/V Montecristo, an Italian vessel, was hijacked about 620 miles off the coast. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Armed forces bombed a rebel base camp killing 11 insurgents. (AFP)
  • US: The Army’s top general, Raymond Odierno, indicated the Pentagon is prepared to slash $450 billion from the budget forcing cuts to combat brigades. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced he will return to Cuba next week for medical testing. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN criticized the Afghan police and spy agency over torture and mistreatment of detainees. (DPA)
  • Korea, Peninsula: North Korea allegedly attacked South Korean activists with poison-needle attacks. (UPI)
  • Myanmar: Burmese state television and radio announced the release of 6,300 prisoners of conscience. (AP)
  • Pakistan: NATO sharply criticized Pakistan for its failure to rein in terrorists on the border with Afghanistan. (VoA)

EUROPE

  • Region: Kosovo’s government ruled out talks with Serbia over violence in the north during meetings with European mediators. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • Bosnia: EU foreign ministers agreed to draw down the military mission in Bosnia. (DPA)
  • Georgia: Poll indicated that three-quarters of Georgians are in favor of joining the EU and NATO. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: The Spanish newspaper ABC reported ETA was selling weapons to boost revenue. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko was sentenced to 7 years in prison over her abuse of power. (CNN)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel accepted an invitation from the EU to meet with Palestinian leaders to restart peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, the top Sunni cleric, warned if the EU and US interfere militarily, he would retaliate with suicide bombings. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security forces raided an al-Qaida cell used to manufacture explosives-packed vehicles. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Defected general Ali Mohsen Ali Mohsen freed the interpreter of President Saleh in exchange for 80 dissidents. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google announced Google Politics and Election Team blog, which documents Google’s development of tools to maximize voter participation. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 23W (Twenty-three)
    • Location: 615 nm SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 08 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Depression Irwin
    • Location: 685 miles SW of Baja, California
    • Movement: E at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Jova
    • Location: 155 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 50% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 300 miles South of Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Canary Islands
    • A volcano erupted more than a mile below the ocean’s surface adjacent to the island of El Hierro.
    • The eruption occurred at 0543 EDT.
    • International Business Times

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12OCT)

  • Egypt: Candidate applications begin to be received for parliamentary elections.
  • Equatorial Guinea: Independence Day celebrated – 1968.

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