ONS: 12 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 12, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition captured residential area of Brega
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police arrested gang leader accused of over 900 murders
  • ASIA: Seven coalition soldiers killed in three attacks across Afghanistan  
  • EUROPE: British police arrested over 1,000 after riots
  • MIDDLE EAST: Crackdown continued in Syria
  • TECHNOLOGY: US military’s hypersonic drone test failed

TOP STORY

  • Global: Financial markets continued volatile behavior
    • The US stock market ended up nearly 4% after a week of significant losses.
    • European financial regulators in at least four countries announced the temporary ban of short selling in a bid to stabilize the markets.
    • Fear of a debt crisis spread to France in the wake of a report indicating the French economy has stalled.
    • Italian PM Berlusconi called an emergency cabinet meeting to plan new austerity measures designed to restore confidence in Italy’s solvency.
    • Coverage: NYT-1, NYT-2, WaPo, Reuters-1, AFP, WSJ-1, WSJ-2, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Libya: Opposition forces reported they had captured part of Brega and were launching an offensive at dislodging the remaining Gaddafi-loyalist presence in the city. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: US officials announced an additional $17 million dollars in aid for the famine-struck horn of Africa. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Four soldiers were killed in a skirmish with FARC guerrillas. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities captured Garcio Montoya, a gang leader accused of killing or ordering the death of at least 900 people. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A total of eight coalition soldiers were killed; seven by roadside bombings and one by insurgent attack. (AP)
  • Pakistan: An anti-terrorism court sentenced a soldier charged with murdering an unarmed man in Karachi with the death penalty. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Sarkozy promised aggressive debt reform in an effort to mollify investors frightened his country might experience a downgrade. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Over 1,000 people were arrested and at least 600 charged in connection with the three day riots that struck London. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two bomb attacks in western Iraq and four in Baghdad killed three and injured 34. (AFP, AP)
  • Syria: At least two people were killed by security forces as activists prepared to launch Friday protests. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed a soldier during protests in Taiz. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Drones: A DARPA test of an unmanned hypersonic aircraft ended in failure after contact was lost and it crashed into the ocean. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 13W
    • Location: 390 NM South of Yokosura, Japan
    • Movement: E at 9 knots
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  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 250 miles WNW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 15-20 mph
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  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles NE of Northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
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  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1000 miles W of Southern Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
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  • Hurricanes: 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 275 miles SSW of Southern Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W at 15-20 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13AUG)

  • Central African Republic: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro’s Birthday -1926.
  • Germany: Anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall – 1961.
  • Nepal: Deadline for government to reach political deal or will resign.

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