ONS: 19 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 19, 2011


  • AFRICA: Pro-Gaddafi rally took place in Tripoli
  • ASIA: Anti-NATO protests continued in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: No election announcement made by Russia’s Medvedev
  • LATIN AMERICA: 400 migrants returned to Guatemala from Mexico
  • MIDDLE EAST: Crackdown in Syrian border town of Talkalakh killed 8
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google repaired major Android security flaw


  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns position as head of IMF
    • The resignation triggered a search for a replacement leader
      • French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is considered the front runner for the position.
    • The Thai finance minister called for the position to be filled by a person from the developing world.
    • Coverage: WSJ-1, NYT, WSJ-2
  • Coverage related to Osama Bin Laden’s killing continued
    • Al Qaeda released an audio tape claimed to have been made by Osama Bin Laden before his death.
    • Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated that there was “no evidence” the Pakistani leadership had knowledge of Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Abottabod.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT


  • Egypt: Amnesty International demanded a better investigation into the violence against protesters before Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. (Reuters)
  • Libya: NATO officials declared they were taking a “more aggressive” approach in airstrikes against Gaddafi forces. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Hundreds of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli. (AP)


  • Afghanistan: Anti-NATO protests in Taloqan continued into their second day. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: American diplomatic officials announced they had launched an effort to repair relations with Pakistan. (AP)


  • Russia: An Israeli military attache was expelled and accused of espionage. (NYT)
  • Russia: President Medvedev did not confirm or deny he would run for re-election at a major news conference. (NYT, AFP)


  • Region: 400 Guatemalan immigrants found in cargo containers in Mexico were returned to their home country by authorities. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition activist and journalist Wilfred Ojeda was found murdered. (Reuters)


  • Iraq: Multiple bombings killed at least 15 people in Kirkuk. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Clashes in Talkalakh killed at least 8. (AP)
  • Yemen: A transfer of power deal, brokered by the GCC, fell through. (Reuters)


  • Google: A patch to fix a major security problem in Android phones was released. (ComputerWorld)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Global: Elections for United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Israel: President Netanyahu meets President Obama at White House.
  • Vietnam: Parliamentary elections.


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