ONS: 12 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 12, 2011


  • AFRICA: Somali government retook militant-occupied town of Elwaq
  • AMERICAS: Gen. Molina won Guatemalan election according to preliminary results
  • ASIA: HRW report alleged serious abuse by Afghan police  
  • EUROPE: Greece unveiled new austerity measures in wake of continued debt anxiety
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government retook militant-occupied town of Zinjibar
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon started planning for a “Netflix for Books” service.  


  • Libya: Opposition continued to battle pro-Gaddafi holdouts
    • Saadi Gaddafi crossed into Niger and was intercepted by authorities there.
    • Fierce fighting continued for Bani Walid and opposition forces continued to advance on Sirte in preparation for their eventual assault on the city.
    • NTC leader Jabril stated that a new, inclusive government would be formed within 10 days and that oil production had resumed in some areas of the country.
    • Algeria announced it would officially recognize the NTC as the legitimate government of Libya once it had consolidated its control.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Tripoli Post, Al Jazeera, NYT, WSJ


  • Nigeria: An outdoor bar in the city of Jos was bombed. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Government troops recaptured the town of Elwaq from Al Shabab militants who had seized it a day earlier. (Reuters)


  • Guatemala: Initial results from the presidential elections indicate General Otto Molina will win, but not by a wide enough margin to avoid a run-off election. (WSJ)
  • United States: Two flights, one to New York and one to Detroit, were escorted by fighter aircraft after crew reported suspicious passenger behavior. (AP)


  • Afghanistan: A HRW report alleged serious and widespread abuses by the Afghan police force. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least two militants were killed by a drone strike in North Waziristan. (BBC)


  • Greece: The government announced additional austerity measures designed to combat the debt crisis and satisfy wary bondholders. (AP)
  • Turkey: Five people, three of whom were civilians, were killed during an attack on a police station by Kurdish rebels. (AP)


  • Syria: The GCC called for an immediate end to government crackdown on opposition; official UN estimates put the death toll at having exceeded 2,600. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Government and allied tribal forces dislodged Al Qaeda militants from the city of Zinjibar, sustaining over 200 casualties in the fighting. (Yemen Observer)


  • Digital Media: Amazon is in talks with major book publishers to create a digital distribution subscription service for content. (WSJ)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 18
    • Location: 520 NM SE of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 125 miles N of San Juan, Pueto Rico
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 35.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • France: In Paris a UN meeting on safety for journalists will begin
  • Mexico: Pro-legalization drug conference begins.
  • United States: US Senate hearing on nation’s security 10 years after 9/11.


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