ONS: 15 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 15, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  UN officials denounced Sudan for air strikes in South Kordofan
  • AMERICAS: A FARC attack on a bridge near Puerto Rico, Colombia killed two civilians and injured 10
  • ASIA:  A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least five people and injured six others
  • EUROPE:  Thousands of people protested the Greek government’s austerity measures
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic militants seized parts of Houta, Yemen
  • TECHNOLOGY: Malaysia increased security ahead of a threatened hacking attack of its official website

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi faces growing challenges as NATO air strikes pounded Tripoli
    • Two NATO air strikes hit Tripoli following a three-day pause in air raids.
    • Tunisia’s cabinet spokesman said the country is ready to recognize the opposition National Transitional Council.
    • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet in London with British PM David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague for discussions on the military operation.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Chad: The leader of the rebel Popular Front for Reconstruction signed a peace accord with the government. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UN officials denounced Sudan for air strikes in South Kordofan. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The Lord’s Resistance Army launched several attacks against villages in the Dungu region. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A FARC attack on a bridge near Puerto Rico killed two civilians and injured 10 others. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Former Mayor of Tijuana Jorge Hank was released from prison; weapons charges against him were dropped. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: 19 inmates have been killed since Sunday in armed clashes in El Rodeo prison. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber in Kapisa province killed at least five people and injured six others. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: Nine North Koreans defected to South Korea by boat. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government arrested five CIA informants who gave the US intelligence on Osama bin Laden. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Thousands of people protested the government’s austerity measures in front of parliament. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the international naval exercise Sea Breeze 2011 does not pose a threat to a third country. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad restricted the authority of Intelligence chief Heydar Moslehi by cancelling his membership in an influential economic council. (DPA)
  • Syria: Six civilians were killed by soldiers east of Jisr al-Shughur. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Islamic militants seized parts of the southern city of Houta. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Malaysia: The government increased security ahead of a threatened hacking attack of its official website by the internet vigilante group Anonymous. (Reuters)
  • United States: The US raised its concerns with China about attacks on an activist website that carried a petition demanding the release of artist Ai Weiwei. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

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