ONS: 18 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition captured Brega from Gaddafi forces.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian air force bombed suspected FARC arms factory
  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban released a tape depicting the execution of 16 Pakistani police officers.
  • EUROPE: Roadside bomb killed three police in Russia’s North Caucasus
  • MIDDLE EAST: Factional clashes in Syria killed at least 30
  • TECHNOLOGY: Android at risk of Apple lawsuit following HTC loss

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Developments and unrest
    • A senior advisor to Hamid Karzai, Jan Mohammed Khan, was assassinated in his home by the Taliban.
    • General Petraeus handed over command of coalition forces to his successor, General Allen.
    • Three NATO soldiers were killed by an IED in eastern Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Xinhua, AP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Prime Minister appointed 14 new ministers to his government. (WSJ)
  • Libya: Opposition forces claimed to have captured Brega from Gaddafi’s troops. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Rabat to demand further political reform. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Pirates hijacked a UAE-flagged oil tanker and captured its 16 crew members. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The air force bombed a suspected FARC arms factory in Arauca, killing at least four militants. (BBC)
  • Colombia: 25 Bogota police offers were fired on suspicion of having provided information to drug dealers. (LAHT)

ASIA

  • Korea, South: Military authorities announced that joint combat readiness drills would be staged with the US next month. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Afghan Taliban released a video of insurgents executing 16 Pakistani policemen captured during a cross border raid in June. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Three policemen were killed and nine injured by a roadside bombing in the North Caucasus. (DPA)
  • Spain: Authorities announced the arrest of 20 alleged members of “Europe’s biggest money-laundering and drug-trafficking network.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: At least 30 people were killed by factional clashes in Homs. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: At least 12 were killed in fighting between military forces and Al Qaeda militants in Abayan. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: The loss by HTC to Apple in a patent ruling by the ITC could expose all Android manufacturers to liability as well. (The Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 08W (Ma-On)
    • Location: 550 NM SW of Tokyo
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Winds: 85 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 250 miles south of El Salvador / Guatemala border
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bret
    • Location: 75 miles NW of Great Abaco Island
    • Movement: E at 3 mph
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Lokon, Indonesia
    • Erupted twice; 2,000 foot ash cloud. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUL)

  • India: Secretary of State Clinton visits New Delhi for Strategic Dialogue.
  • Ireland: Anniversary of IRA declared ceasefire – 1997.
  • Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinista rebels overthrowing the Somoza government – 1979.
  • Western Sahara: Informal conflict talks to be held in New York.

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