ONS: 14 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 14, 2011


  • AFRICA: US launched a campaign to locate lost surface-to-air missiles in Libya
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian officials arrested seven and seized approximately a ton of cocaine bound for the US
  • ASIA: Defense minister endorsed a proposal to deploy missiles in South China Sea
  • EUROPE: Discussions between US and Russia over missile defense shield ended in a stalemate
  • MIDDLE EAST: EU froze Syrian assets in sanctions over the crackdown on protesters
  • TECHNOLOGY: SEC issued guidance on disclosing hacker attacks and losses


  • Iran: “Multiple” sources confirmed plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador
    • The US offered “specialized briefings” to officials in various countries who sought more information about the plot/
    • The US had direct contact with Iran for the first time since the plot allegations.
    • Entrapment theories pointed to the plot’s origin – a joint FBI-DEA sting.
    • Coverage: CNN, Guardian, Time


  • Region: South African President Zuma said the African Union will work better without Colonel Gaddafi and his vision of a unified Africa. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen seized two international and two Kenyan aid workers from Dadaab refugee camp. (AP)
  • Libya: US launched a campaign to locate lost surface-to-air missiles. (WaPo)


  • Region: Peruvian counter-narcotics officials arrested one Colombian, six Peruvians, and confiscated nearly a ton of cocaine en route to the US. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Prosecutors arrested a second former army general, who was allegedly involved in genocide case. (AP)
  • Mexico: Five men, including a police major, died in separate shootings in northwestern state of Sinaloa. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Seven inmates died in a riot in a Monterrey jail following the capture of a Zetas top lieutenant Carlos Oliva Castillo, or “The Frog.” (AFP)


  • Korea, South: Foreign ministry announced the creation of a task force to combat crimes by US soldiers. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Opposition parties protested in parliament demanding that the PM fire Defense Minister Bhandari and Land Reforms Minister Sah. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Defense minister Kao Hua-chu endorsed a proposal to deploy advanced missiles in South China Sea. (AFP)


  • Belgium: PM-designate Elio Di Rupo expressed his intention to form a broad coalition government, incorporating six parties. (AP)
  • Greece: US President Obama added the Greek anarchist group Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, or SPF, to the terrorism blacklist. (AP)
  • Russia: Discussions on missile defense plans between Russian and American officials  lasted two days but did not reach an agreement due to “essential disagreements” (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Police seized 93.4 kilograms of hashish in Ankara and 136.6 kilograms in Istandbul and Edirne. (Xinhua)


  • Bahrain: Senator Marco Rubio urged the White House to delay in the sale of a 53 million USD weapons package, concerned for its potential use against protesters there. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Supreme Council of the Armed Forces warned citizens of attempts to corrupt relations between armed forces and people or between Muslims and Christians. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: EU froze Syrian assets at the Commercial Bank of Syria in sanctions over the brutal crackdown of protesters. (AFP)
  • Yemen: VP Mansour said the government is prepared to defend Saleh’s constitutional rights against a UN resolution. (Xinhua)


  • Communication: Google enhanced its Translate application to include speech-to-speech translation in 14 languages. (Technology Live)
  • Cybersecurity: SEC provided guidance intended to document incidents of hacking and losses from hacking. (Reuters)
  • Social Media: Google+ membership passed 40 million users. (AFP)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 23W (Banyan)
    • Location: 355 nm SSE of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: NNW at 12 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 20% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Between Northwest Bahamas and Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: NW Caribbean Sea
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Off Coast of SE Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 150 miles W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 45.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Katla, Iceland
    • Experts continued to watch for eruption.
    • The volcano will rival Eyjafjallajokul, which grounded air traffic in 2010.
    • Coverage: AP


  • Haiti: UN MINUSTAH force’s mandate expires.


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