ONS: 19 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 19, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

19 August 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition forces capture towns along coastal roads to Tripoli
  • AMERICAS: Former Colombian President Uribe began testifying in defense against wiretapping claims
  • ASIA: Pakistan mosque bombing killed at least 50
  • EUROPE: Riot police clashed with protesters in Madrid over Pope’s visit
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq bombed by Turkey
  • TECHNOLOGY: HP abandoned WebOS smartphones & tablets  

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pressure increased on Assad
    • The US, UK, EU, France, Germany and Spain called for President Assad to step down.
    • Security forces claimed to have ceased its crackdown, but opposition continued to report incidents, protests and deaths.
    • Over 40 opposition groups formed a coalition against the Assad regime.
    • The Turkish government stated it was “not yet ready” to call for President Assad to step down.
    • Russia announced it opposed the calls for President Assad to step down.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, AFP-1, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, AFP-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Two soldiers were killed near the border with Israel by a bomb attack. (Israel News)
  • Libya: Opposition forces reported significant progress in advancing towards Tripoli; seizing an oil refinery in Zawiya and capturing several coastal towns. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Turkish PM Erdogan visited Somalia to observe the effects of the drought and called for greater international aid for the region. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Former President Uribe testified before congress to defend himself against allegations of corruption and illegal wiretapping. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: Opposition politicians reported having their phones tapped and private conversations disclosed, presumably by the government. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Insurgents attacked the British Council office in Kabul with car and suicide bombs, killing at least eight. (WSJ, NYT)
  • Burma: Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein. (Reuters)
  • China: President Hu Jintao met US VP Biden for talks in Beijing. (WaPo)
  • India: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare was released from prison and allowed to conduct his planned hunger strike. (LA Times)
  • Pakistan: At least 50 were killed and over 100 injured by a bombing at a mosque in Khyber Agency. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A suspected US drone strike killed four in South Waziristan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Dismal performance in financial markets increased fears amongst investors about Europe’s debt crisis. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Protesters clashed with riot police in Madrid over the visit by Pope Benedict XVI. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq continued to be bombed by the Turkish military. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel after a series of Israeli air strikes on targets in Gaza killed at least one Palestinian, injuring ten. Additional air strikes were launched in response. (Reuters, NYT)
  • Israel: At least 10 militants were killed in response to raids across the border from Egypt that left eight dead. (VoA)
  • Yemen: Deputy Information Minister Al-Janadi sharply criticized the formation of a unified opposition council and survived an assassination attempt. (DPA, Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: HP announced it would no longer make or support tablets and smartphones using WebOS, due to poor sales. (PC World)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Eight
    • Location: NE coast of Honduras
    • Movement: W at 10 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1125 miles E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
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  • Hurricanes (A): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 325 miles ESE of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10-15 mph
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  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Greg
    • Location: 380 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
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  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: 800 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 12 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
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  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 43.6 km
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  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 413.2 km
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  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20AUG)

  • Iran: Anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq War – 1988.
  • Israel: UN report on Israeli raid of Turkish aid flotilla.
  • Libya: Anniversary of Lockerbie bomber, Megrahi, returning to Libya – 2009.

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