ONS: 17 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 17, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya sent troops into Somalia to hunt the Al-Shabab
  • AMERICAS: Mexican army rescued 61 captive workers of Zetas cartel
  • ASIA: Afghan intelligence official wounded by a suicide bombing
  • EUROPE: Widespread strikes shut down much of Greece
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni loyalists and opposition clashed in Sanaa  
  • TECHNOLOGY: Samsung sought to block sale of iPhone 4S in Japan, Australia

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition continued struggle to consolidate victory
    • Opposition forces captured the outskirts of Bani Walid, and advanced on the city center.
    • Opposition forces destroyed Gaddafi compound facilities in Tripoli in a symbolic gesture.
    • A loyalist radio station reported that one of Gaddafi’s sons, Khamis, was killed.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants assassinated a lawmaker in Maidaguri. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A bombing killed three at a police station in Gombe. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Kenyan troops, in conjunction with Somali government soldiers, attacked Al-Shabab militants in Somalia. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Reports indicated that former Colombian special forces soldiers were training Zetas cartel members. (Colombia Reports)
  • Mexico: The army freed 61 people held for forced labor by the Zetas cartel in Piedras Negras. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba for additional cancer treatment. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US troops sealed off the border with Pakistan’s Waziristan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A provincial intelligence official was wounded by a suicide bombing targeting his convoy in the Faryab province. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Officials expressed a preference for negotiation, rather than military action, with Taliban militants in tribal areas. (WaPo)

EUROPE

  • France: The French left wing selected Francois Hollande to run against President Sarkozy in upcoming elections. (The Independent)
  • Greece: General strikes shut down most of the country as parliament moved towards a vote on further austerity measures. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Three people were found murdered in Dagestan by presumed militants. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The supreme court heard a petition to block the prisoner exchange deal for the release of Gilad Shalit. (Reuters)
  • Syria: An emergency meeting of the Arab League discussed the possible suspension of Syria’s membership. (AP)
  • Yemen: Opposition and loyalist forces continued to clash in Sanaa, leaving at least three dead. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Samsung filed injunctions to block the sale of the Apple iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia over patent disputes. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Over northeastern Yucatan
    • Movement: NW at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1400 miles E of the Windward islands
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Post-Tropical Cyclone Irwin
    • Location: 430 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka
    • Ash cloud to 10,500 feet, aviation warning issued. (VoR)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)

  • Europe: Fifth European Anti-Trafficking Day.
  • Azerbaijan: Independence day from the USSR – 1991.
  • Chile: Two-day national student strike begins.

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