ONS: 15 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 15, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Sarkozy and Cameron visit Libya
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s Supreme Court sentences former intelligence chief to prison
  • ASIA:  China sentences suspected Uighur bombers to death
  • EUROPE:  NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen visits Kosovo to facilitate transfer of border crossings to local authorities
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iraqi president negotiates the release of American hikers from Iran
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Windows 8 preview version receives healthy response after debut

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says haven for Pakistan-based attacks are “unacceptable.”
    • Panetta blamed the Kabul attack on Pakistan’s failure to curb the activities of the Haqqani network and other militant groups.
    • Panetta promised the US would not “… allow these kinds of attacks to go on,” but did not provide details on a specific response.
    • Pakistani defense officials responded that they were doing their best to stabilize the Waziristan region, but that it is not their responsibility to crack down on militants that cross the border into Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, VoA

AFRICA

  • Region: General Carter Ham referred to the al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and AQIM as a serious threat to security. (Reuters)
  • Benin: Armed pirates seized a Cyprus-flagged tanker 62 nautical miles off the coast; 23 sailors were kidnapped. (AP)
  • Libya: French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron arrived in Tripoli to meet with the NTC. (CNN)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Jorge Norguera was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for collaborating with paramilitary assassin squads in the 2004 murder of Alfredo Correa de Andreis. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit later this month. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Phnom Penh to boost relations after recent border conflicts. (Xinhua)
  • China: Four Uighur men were sentenced to death for the July attacks in Xinjiang. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak will unveil plans to amend the Internal Security Act in response to opposition demands. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will join the Euro crisis meetings in Poland. (Guardian)
  • Belgium: Dutch and Francophone parties reached a deal on the breakup of the Brussels electoral district. (AP)
  • Kosovo: NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen will facilitate tomorrow’s transfer of border checkpoints to Kosovar authorities. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Turkish PM Erdogan’s statement that Turkey could serve as a model for Arab countries has fueled debate on the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP)
  • Iran: Sources say that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani negotiated the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Mahmoud Abbas continues to tour in support of his statehood bid. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: Islamic militants clashed with government forces in the southern province of Abyan. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Microsoft: Software developers have downloaded 500,000 copies of the preview version of Windows 8. (Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 18W (Roke)
    • Location: 25.7N, 131.6E
    • Movement: NW at 9 KTs
    • Winds: 35 KTs
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression 19W
    • Location: 21.9N, 154.5E
    • Movement: NNE at 7 KTs
    • Winds: 30 KTs
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 30.2 N, 68.4 W
    • Movement: NNE at 26 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Cape Verde
    • Movement: Slowly W
    • Winds: N/A
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: South of Mexico
    • Movement: West at 10 mph
    • Winds: N/A
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Cuba
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth 13.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16SEP)

  • Mexico: Independence Day celebrated – 1810.
  • Pakistan: Jamaat-i-Islami holds countrywide referendum.
  • Poland: EU Finance Ministers meet in Warsaw.
  • Tunisia: Trial begins for Ben Ali’s security chief.

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