ONS: 13 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 13, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US is reportedly using a secret facility in Somalia for counter-terrorism purposes
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels blew up a public service vehicle in Colombia
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s ISI head Lt. Gen. Pasha is on his way to the US for talks with officials
  • EUROPE: Turkey arrested 14 people in raids targeting al Qaeda
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel bombed two sites in Gaza after Palestinians fired three rockets
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hacker group Anonymous attacked the servers of Monsanto and released employee data

TOP STORY

  • Libya: New US new intelligence assessments show Gaddafi’s forces are struggling and facing supply shortages.
    • Gaddafi’s government is running out of cash to pay its military and ministers.
    • Small civil protests broke out in Tripoli as opposition forces took more towns in the western mountains.
    • Human Rights Watch alleged opposition forces are responsible for looting, arson, and the abuse of civilians supporting Gaddafi.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Thousands of residents fled the city of Maiduguri over the past two days, fearing Islamist attacks. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The Nation reported the US is using a secret facility in Somalia for counter-terrorism purposes as well as a secret prison. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels blew up a public service vehicle in Ibague, damaging at least seven houses. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: At least 18 people were killed in cartel violence in Ciudad Juarez. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez said despite his recent cancer diagnosis, he has no intention of putting a succession plan in place. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Japan: The US Navy is considering a plan to move its aircraft carrier flight training from Iwo Jima to an uninhabited island. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The Navy plans to expand its air base on Ulleung Island near the disputed Dokdo islet. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Inter-Services Intelligence head Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha is on his way to the US for talks with officials. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Ireland: Police fired plastic bullets and water cannon at rioting Catholic youths in Belfast. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The separatist group ETA said it was ready to move forward on a path towards peace after a January ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police arrested 14 people in raids targeting al Qaeda and seized 700 kg. of ammonium nitrate. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Air Force bombed two sites in Gaza after Palestinians fired three rockets into southern Israel. (AFP)
  • Syria: VP Farouk al-Shara said no country has the right to call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down after attacks on the US and French embassies. (DPA)
  • Yemen: 23 people were killed and dozens injured in the northern province of Jawf since Friday. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Hacker group Anonymous attacked the servers of Monsanto and released employee data. (CNET)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Ma-on)
    • Location: 700 nm. ESE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 50 – 60 knots
    • Movement: WNW at 9 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14JUL)

  • El Salvador: Start of Honduran-Salvadoran soccer war – 1969.
  • France: Storming the Bastille Day – 1789.

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