ONS: 17 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 17, 2011


  • AFRICA: World Bank released statement that famine in E. Africa is man-made
  • AMERICAS: Chile, Colombia signed agreement, boosted bilateral dialogue
  • ASIA: South Korea is reported to be developing supersonic cruise missile
  • EUROPE: Police engaged militants in a shootout in North Caucasus
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces ended four-day crackdown in Latakia
  • TECHNOLOGY: For Americans, report indicated that cell phones are helpful for emergency information


  • Libya: Gaddafi forces claimed to regain control of oil towns
    • According to government spokesman, Brega and Zawiyah remained under Gaddafi control.
    • Commander Abdulhafiz, longtime ally of Gaddafi, defected and fled to Egypt.
    • TNC claimed that a victory in the south of Libya may be at the end of August.
    • Chavez and Ahmadinejad criticized NATO for “aggression” in Libya.
    • Xinhua, Denver Post, LaDepeche, EuroNews, AFP
  • Syria: Troops ended crackdown in Latakia
    • After four-day “crackdown” and 35 deaths, Syrian state media claimed that forces were moving out of Latakia.
    • SANA, the state news agency, blamed the unrest on “terrorist groups.”
    • Secretaries Clinton and Hague both noted increased disapproval of President Assad’s oppression of his citizens.
    • Al Jazeera, DPA, Haaretz, VOA


  • Region: World Bank issued statement attributing famine in the Horn of Africa to man-made crisis of artificially high food prices. Reuters, Guardian
  • Sudan: Sudan revealed plans to form its own committee to explore the human rights situation in the South Kordofan region. Reuters
  • Tunisia: According to UN estimates, approximately 900,000 fled Libya while 4,000 refugees remain in tents on Tunisia-Libya border. Reuters


  • Region: Chilean and Colombian presidents signed agreement to strengthen bilateral ties focused on drug trafficking and organized crime. Xinhua
  • Ecuador: In anti-corruption measure, President Correa ordered police to take polygraph test. BBC
  • Mexico: Gunfights in the towns of Acapulco and Tacambaro resulted in eight dead, one of which was dismembered. AFP, Telegraph
  • Venezuela: After second round of chemotherapy, Chavez reported feeling better, condition “not serious.” AP


  • Afghanistan: Near the presidential palace in Kabul, a rocket was fired causing no damage. AP
  • Japan: Hokkaido Electric Power Company fully reinstated the function of the first reactor since March 2011 earthquake. Xinhua, AFP
  • Korea, South: Chosun Ilbo, a Korean daily, said that the ROK military is developing anti-ship cruise missiles to be completed in three or four years. AFP, Kyodo
  • Pakistan: USAID specified that as much as 50% of $1bn was given directly to the Pakistani government last year. Express Tribune
  • Philippines: Leadership of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Islamist group) will issue a resolution that Ameril Umbra Kato will no longer be a member due to land disputes in southern Philippines. AP, Philippine Daily Inquirer


  • Russia: In an effort to detain an armed man, law enforcement shot the man in the Kabardino-Balkaria republic. RIA Novosti
  • Turkey: Facing increased attacks by Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey planned military operations on PKK bases beginning after Ramadan. Today’s Zaman, Hurriyet Daily News


  • Syria: Making use of diplomats globally, Assad targeted his sights on expatriates who speak ill of Damascus, labeling them “Zionists” and “traitors.” WSJ, AFP
  • Yemen: President Saleh vowed to return to Yemen soon, called for presidential elections. WSJ, Bloomberg


  • USA:  According to Pew Internet and American Life Project, 51% of Americans have used their cell phone to retrieve information they needed right away. A higher percentage of cell users made use of mobile email as compared to on-the-go social media. CNN


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Over Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: 15-20 mph
    • Winds: Stationary
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 700 SSW of Baja, CA
    • Movement: Slowly, WNW
    • Winds: Upper-level
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: SE tip of Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: Off SW coast of Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Pakistan: Anniversary of former President Musharraf’s resignation – 2008.
  • Somalia: Turkish PM Erdogan visits on aid mission.



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