ONS: 12 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 12, 2011


  • AFRICA: In a video address, al-Zawahiri pressed for Libya to become an Islamist state
  • AMERICAS: Two F-16s intercepted a small plane in restricted airspace in Washington DC
  • ASIA: China and Vietnam agreed to put disputes to rest over South China Sea
  • EUROPE: Slovakian parliament rejected Eurozone bailout, government collapsed
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri appeared in a new video
  • TECHNOLOGY: A third party accessed 93,000 accounts on Sony networks


  • US: Authorities foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador
    • FBI and DEA agents disrupted plans to bomb Adel al-Jubeir, and the Saudi and Israeli embassies
    • Mexican foreign ministry worked closely with US to help foil the assassination plot
    • The Iranian-American who reached out to DEA agent is named Manssor Arbabsiar
    • Iran denied any involvement, calling the operation an “evil plot”
    • Coverage: AP, ABC, AFP


  • Liberia: Observers noted the presidential election was peaceful with no serious breaches of voting. (AP)
  • Libya: A group of NTC fighters penetrated deep into Sirte, attempting to secure control of strategic square. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Libyans to set up Islamic state in a video address. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Police raided a newspaper office and arrested four after having published a letter from former president instructing current president to fire government officials. (AP)


  • Region: Central American migration to the US dropped 70 percent, according to Mexico’s immigration chief. (AP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa enacted a new law stating that news media owners cannot hold significant financial stakes in other industries. (AP)
  • Mexico: After the arrival of thousands of federal police, three decapitated bodies were found in Acapulco. (DPA)
  • US: Two Air Force F-16s intercepted a small plane that entered restricted airspace in Washington, DC. (AP)


  • Region: China and Vietnam signed an agreement to put disputes over the South China Sea to rest. (AP)
  • India: Due to decreased violence, Chief Minister Abdullah indicated security laws surrounding the disputed Kashmir region may be relaxed. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government of Myanmar released prominent dissident and comedian Zarganar. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: As American-Pakistani efforts have killed many mid-to-top-level commanders in the Taliban, the group has turned to street crime for fundraising. (AP)


  • Region: EU introduced a new visa database, which includes fingerprints and digital facial images, to combat fraud. (Xinhua)
  • Serbia: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Afghan Farid Zarif as special representative for Kosovo. (Xinhua)
  • Slovakia: Parliament rejected the plan to extend the Eurozone bailout fund thus forcing an automatic collapse of the country’s government. (Xinhua)


  • Region: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a new video, according to a US-based service that monitors Islamist websites. (AFP)
  • Region: Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip since 2006, could be returned to his family within days after the Israeli cabinet approved a deal to free more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for his release. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: Two suicide car bombers hit police in Baghdad, killing at least 14 and injuring 60. (Reuters)
  • Syria: As China pressed for reform, President Assad planned to draft a new constitution. (AFP)


  • Cybersecurity: Sony alleged a third party attempted to access 93,000 online accounts on Playstation and other networks. (Reuters)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 23w (Banyan)
    • Location: 260 nm SSE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 14 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 30% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: South of the Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Movement: NW
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 600 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: E at 9 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Jova
    • Location: 65 miles WNW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: El Hierro island evacuations continued


  • Afghanistan: UN Security Council’s mandate on NATO’s mission in Afghanistan expires.
  • South Korea: President Obama hosts talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.


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