ONS: 19 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 19, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Captive Frenchwoman died in Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Mexico fired over 1,000 police officers for corruption
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s Gen. Kayani warned against US action on Pakistani soil
  • EUROPE: Two-day general strike began in Greece
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces killed at least 12 protesters
  • TECHNOLOGY: Galaxy Nexus phone revealed, using new Android OS

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Clashes between PKK militants and the Turkish military intensified along the Iraq border
    • Two ambushes by PKK militants killed at least 26 Turkish soldiers near the Iraqi border. At least 15 Kurdish militants were killed.
    • The Turkish military launched a retaliatory incursion and bombing campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.
    • President Abdullah Gul promised that a “great vengeance” would take place in response.
    • Coverage: BBC, AP, Reuters, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Libya: The US offered the NTC an additional $11 million in aid during a visit by Secretary of State Clinton. (AP)
  • Somalia: Heavy rains slowed the advance of Kenyan and Somali troops toward the Al-Shabab stronghold of Afmadow. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The French government announced a Frenchwoman kidnapped from Kenya and held in Somalia had died. (AP)
  • Somalia: A car bombing wounded six in Mogadishu. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: PM Golding resigned his position, appointing education minister Andrew Holness as his replacement. (AP)
  • Mexico: Nearly 1,000 Veracruz police officers were fired from their position for corruption. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez announced he would run against Hugo Chavez despite a court ruling upholding his ban from office-holding. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing killed five Afghan soldiers in Herat. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s NIS arrested several North Korean agents for plotting to assassinate anti-North activists. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gen. Kayani told parliament that the US should focus its efforts on stabilizing Afghanistan and warned against US action against militants in northern Pakistan. (AP)
  • Philippines: Military officials stated six Filipino soldiers were captured by MILF rebels following clashes that left 19 dead on Basilan island. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and seven other former Soviet states signed a free trade agreement. (BBC)
  • Region: EU officials stated no agreement was reached on expanding the funds for Eurozone debt relief. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Over 60,000 protesters marched across Greece as a two-day general strike began in opposition to an upcoming vote on austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Spain: Moody’s cut their credit rating assessment for Spain due to Eurozone debt-contagion fears. (Bloomberg)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained 12 people suspected of Al Qaeda ties. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Khameni raised the possibility of abolishing the position of president in a public statement. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported security forces killed 12 protesters across the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants kidnapped seven Yemeni soldiers in Abyan. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, running the newest version of Android. (ComputerWorld)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02B
    • Location: 105 NM S of Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Movement: NE at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)

  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the establishment of ties between the US and Pakistan – 1947.
  • Slovenia: Deadline for Slovenian opposition to put together a new administration.

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