ONS: 15 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 15, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Protests planned in Egypt
  • AMERICAS: Honduras intercepted a cocaine-smuggling submarine
  • ASIA: Vietnam and the US conducted a joint naval exercise
  • EUROPE: 13 Turkish soldiers were killed by Kurdish rebels
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria cracks down on protesters in the east, two killed
  • TECHNOLOGY: US military admitted to having been hit by major hack in March

TOP STORY

  • Contact Group meets in Istanbul to find solution to Libya
    • Western and Arab nations met in Istanbul to develop a political strategy for bringing about the ouster of Gaddafi.
    • Many anti-aircraft missiles seized by the opposition have gone missing, presumably stolen to be sold on the black market.
    • Gaddafi’s forces repelled an advance by the opposition on the town of Brega.
    • Britain announced it would deploy four additional Tornado aircraft to the Libyan campaign.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Reuters-2, AP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Thousands gathered in several cities to demand the government follow through with promised reforms. (AP)
  • Malawi: The British government rescinded all aid due to poor governance. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Two explosions struck Maidaguri. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: Authorities intercepted a submarine believed used to smuggle drugs, estimating it carried up to five tons of cocaine. (AP)
  • Mexico: The army discovered the largest marijuana farm ever found in Mexico in Baja California. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed four at a funeral service for Ahmed Wali Karzai. (NYT)
  • Vietnam: The navy conducted a joint exercise with US warships. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: The parliament passed several austerity measures to help control its debt. (NYT)
  • Turkey: 13 soldiers were ambushed and killed by Kurdish rebels near Diyarbakir. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Two protesters were killed during a government crackdown on dissent in Eastern Syria. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A US air strike killed eight suspected al-Qaeda militants in the south. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Pentagon admitted over 24,000 documents had been stolen with a single hack conducted by a foreign intelligence service in March. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 09W (Tokage)
    • Location: 410 NM NNW of Palau
    • Movement: ESE at 5 knots
    • Winds: 25 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Ma-On)
    • Location: 250 NM South of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: Westward at 10 knots
    • Winds: 115 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southwestern Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: Drifting westward
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Lokon, Indonesia
    • 4,000 evacuated; one casualty. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUL)

  • Colombia: Ratifies UN convention against hostage taking – 2003.

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