ONS: 12 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 12, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France says “contacts” made for Libya peace deal
  • AMERICAS: Tijuana cartel leader arrested in Mexico
  • ASIA: 45 killed across Pakistan by US drone strikes
  • EUROPE: Economic fear spreads to Italy and Spain in Eurozone
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq renewed negotiations to purchase US fighters
  • TECHNOLOGY: Anonymous announced theft of Booz Allen Hamilton employee data

TOP STORY

  • Mobs attack US and French embassies in Syria
    • Syrian police increased their presence outside foreign embassies after the attacks, but did not intervene substantially as embassy security personnel repelled the attackers.
    • US Secretary of State Clinton stated that Assad had “lost all legitimacy” and was “not indispensable” to Syria’s future.
    • France condemned Syria and demanded UN action.
    • Coverage: LA Times, AP, WaPo, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The head of the security services refused to execute an order by the prime minister to suspend all police officers accused of killing protesters during the uprising against Mubarak. (AP)
  • Libya: French Foreign Minister Juppe stated France was in contact with emissaries from the government who said Gaddafi was “prepared to leave.” (AP, Reuters)
  • Sudan: President al-Bashir announced austerity measures and a new currency to deal with the economic consequences of South Sudan’s secession. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities seized 11 tonnes of drugs and detained 550 people during the first month of Operation Sentinel, which fights crime along the 16,000 kilometer long border. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities arrested five suspected members of the Zetas cartel. (LAHT)
  • Mexico: Police captured Tijuana cartel kingpin Armando Heredia. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Ahmed Wali Karzai, half-brother of the president, was assassinated by his bodyguard. (WaPo, NYT)
  • Afghanistan: French President Sarkozy made a surprise visit, and announced a troop withdrawal. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 45 suspected militants were killed in multiple drone strikes across the country. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers stated their intent to strengthen bailout programs for troubled economies to prevent contagion from spreading to Italy and Spain. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Investigators announced two police officers will be questioned in connection to the phone hacking scandal. (Reuters, BBC, NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad said Arab nations should heed calls for reform during a meeting with the Turkish foreign minister. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The government renewed negotiations to purchase fighter aircraft from the US. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hacker group Anonymous revealed personal employee data stolen from Booz Allen Hamilton. (Reuters, WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Ma-on)
    • Location: 850 NM ESE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Movement: WNW at 04 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 250 miles east of the Windward islands
    • Movement: Westward at 20-25 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Near the southern coast of Nicaragua
    • Movement: WNW at 5-10mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Negros, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 20.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JUL)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of US President Clinton signs aid pact for Plan Colombia – 2000.
  • Libya: Opposition leaders meet with NATO commanders in Brussels.

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