ONS: 16 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Mogadishu car bombing, killed a lawmaker and wounded at least eight.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Calderon stated homicides dropped 15-20% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
  • ASIA: Top North Korean military official Ri Yong Ho was relieved of his posts, allegedly for health reasons.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s PM announced the government would begin an immediate review of public sector entities, with the aim of closing or merging some of them.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran issued a renewed threat to close the Strait of Hormuz with military force unless sanctions were revoked.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple was rumored to be working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, while Amazon was rumored to be working on a larger version of its Kindle Fire.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Intense fighting in Damascus
    • Residents describe the clashes between opposition and government forces in Damascus as the fiercest yet.
    • The ICRC declared the conflict in Syria a civil war.
    • Coverage: CBSReutersAl JazeeraNYTWSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country’s top military official stated the armed forces would prevent Egypt from falling to “a certain group,” believed a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, exacerbating a feud with President Morsi. (NYT)
  • Eritrea: The UN reported the country reduced its support of Somalia’s al Shabaab. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The chief of the country’s Olympic committee was abducted by gunmen in Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A Mogadishu car bombing, killed a lawmaker and wounded at least eight. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The US government confirmed that while less land in the country was being used to produce cocaine, more cocaine was being produced due to more efficient methods employed by drug cartels. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The navy seized a shipment of cocaine and arrested four in the Caribbean. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Calderon stated homicides dropped 15-20% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two NATO soldiers and at least three civilians were killed in separate attacks in the southern part of the country. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Top military official Ri Yong Ho was relieved of his posts, allegedly for health reasons. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Authorities announced the largest seizure of methamphetamines in the country’s history in a raid on a drug factory in Shan state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban gunmen attacked a police building in the country’s northwest, killing at least one officer and taking hostages. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The PM announced the government would begin an immediate review of public sector entities, with the aim of closing or merging some of them. (WSJ)
  • Italy: The country’s new economic minister stated that a planned public asset sale could reduce the government’s debt by 20%. (WSJ)
  • Russia: President Putin berated government officials at the scene of deadly floods in the Krasnodar region. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country issued a renewed threat to close the Strait of Hormuz with military force unless sanctions were revoked. (Reuters)
  • Israel: US Secretary Clinton met with the country’s leadership. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Aid agencies reported the country was on the brink of a humanitarian disaster due to widespread child malnutrition. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Apple was rumored to be working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, while Amazon was rumored to be working on a larger version of its Kindle Fire. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Eight
    • Location: 575 NM ESE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Fabio
    • Location: 685 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JUL)

  • Asia: Indonesia annexes East Timor – 1976.
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of the Jakarta bombings – 2009.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iraqi National Day / Ba’ath Revolution Day – 1968.
  • Pakistan: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) expected to arrest Musa Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin.

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