ONS: 18 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan said it may cancel work of UNAMID due to extension of Security Council powers
  • AMERICAS: Municipalities in Colombia placed on alert in preparation of October elections
  • ASIA: Based on exercise of US and ROK troops, DPRK committed to further nuclear development as a deterrent
  • EUROPE: Serbia voiced concern over Merkel’s upcoming visit and expectations
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish forces bombed PKK bases in Iraq
  • TECHNOLOGY: Television networks rethought immediate, free web access to shows

TOP STORY

  • Libya:
    • China sent approximately 90 tons of humanitarian aid via Red Cross Society of China to Libya.
    • According to military source, Gaddafi is ill, ready to step down and delegate powers to Minister of Justice Muhammad Alqamoda.
    • In request for intelligence-gathering technology, US sent drones to NATO for Unified Protector.
    • Xinhua, Al Bawaba News, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Eritrea:  Eritrea accused Ethiopia of “military adventurism,” demanded UN sanctions. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Top US commander indicated that a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria might be trying to link to Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab. (AP)
  • Sudan: Sudanese government said it may cancel work of UNAMID (United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur) if Security Council insists on extension of powers. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Municipalities were put on alert for election fraud and violence ahead of October elections. (Xinhua)
  • Trinidad: Among 1700 people, PM Persad-Bissessar was diagnosed with dengue sparking health concerns. (AP)
  • US: Border Patrol arrested nine illegal immigrants and seized approximately 228 lbs of marijuana on Arizona border. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez released information that he is preparing a law to nationalize gold mining in an effort to prevent organized crime. (AFP, Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Turkish citizens kidnapped by Taliban were freed. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Mount Lokon erupted forcing evacuation of 273 locals. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK committed to increased nuclear deterrent amid “war of aggression” by US and ROK. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: For the first time, former PM Sharif called for parliamentary elections. (Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2)

EUROPE

  • Russia: US and Russia released details on first-ever joint air force exercises.(DPA)
  • Russia: Thirteen rebels killed in two operations in Chechnya: Chechnya’s president commanded one raid where four died while seven were killed in the south. (AP-1, AP-2)
  • Serbia: Serbia displayed worry over Chancellor Merkel’s upcoming visit, focusing on her “demand that the situation in northern Kosovo be normalized.” (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey bombed PKK bases in Iraq after PKK spokesman took responsibility for ambush that killed eight Turkish soldiers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Car bomb exploded near police chief residence, killed 3 and injured seven. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Assad informed UN that military operations have stopped. (CNN, AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US: Fox limited web access to shows by instituting an eight-day waiting period after show is aired. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • US: Amazon designed cloud specifically for US Government and contractors, GovCloud. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Greg
    • Location: 280 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW 21 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: 1180 miles ESE of South Point of Hawaii
    • Movement: NW 15 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 70% chance of tropical storm formation
    • Location: 130 miles South of Jamaica
    • Movement: W at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 850 miles W off Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Evacuation of almost 300 locals took place.
    • News One

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19AUG)

  • Afghanistan: Independence from the UK – 1919.
  • Global: World Humanitarian Day – 2009.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom – 2010.

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