ONS: 14 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 14, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ousted Tunisian president Ben Ali will face trial on 20JUN
  • AMERICAS: 70 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes came from the US
  • ASIA: South Korea established a military command to protect its border islands
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Berlusconi suffered defeat in referendums
  • MIDDLE EAST: Insurgents attacked an Iraqi provincial government office
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers claimed to have broken into the Senate’s computer network

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition fighters broke though siege of Misrata, pushed to Zlitan
    • Gaddafi forces killed 25 opposition fighters between Brega and Ajdabiya.
    • The US House of Representatives voted to block military funding for Libya.
    • Germany recognized the TNC as the “legitimate representative” of Libya.
    • A video of opposition forces battling Gaddafi fighters and building defenses was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera-1, Al Jazeera-2, AP, LAT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Libyan troops fired several Grad rockets into Tunisia. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: PM Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed refused to resign despite an agreement to leave office. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Former President Ben Ali will face trial on 20JUN. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US Congressional report said 70 percent of firearms found at Mexican crime scenes in 2009 and 2010 came from the US. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Officials said police are closer to rescuing four Chinese oil workers who were abducted by suspected FARC rebels. (UPI)
  • USA: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning after a Missouri River levee broke near Hamburg, Iowa. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Authorities arrested a Taiwanese businessman for allegedly stealing military secrets for China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea established a military command to protect western border islands. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Government troops shelled a northern militia in an attempt to force it from a strategic economic region. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO’s Amber Hope 2011 military drills started in Lithuania. (Itar-Tass)
  • Italy: PM Silvio Berlusconi suffered defeat in referendums aimed at blocking nuclear power and abolishing a law to give him legal immunity. (AFP)
  • Russia: Unidentified gunmen killed the imam of a village mosque in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Insurgents killed 11 as they stormed a provincial office in Baquba. (DPA)
  • Syria: Syrian troops pushed toward the northern town of Maarat al-Numaan to quell anti-government protests. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The CIA is planning to launch a secret drone program to kill al Qaeda militants in Yemen. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: Hackers from Lulz Security claimed to have infiltrated the US Senate’s computer network. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Molucca Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 51.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Dubbi volcano, Eritrea
    • Erupted and sent a 13.5 km plume of ash into the air. (Reuters)
  • Volcanoes: Kizimen volcano, Kamchatka
    • Sent ash clouds 5.9 km into the air. (Itar-Tass)
  • Volcanoes: Puyehue volcano, Chile
    • Ash clouds continued to disrupt flights in Australia and New Zealand. (CNN)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15JUN)

  • Kazakhstan: Pakistani President Zardari and Shanghai Cooperation Organization members meet in Astana.
  • Egypt: Military authorities to end nightly curfew.
  • Russia: Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Russia.
  • Philippines: Independence day celebrated.

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