ONS: 19 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 19, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: North and South Sudan agreed to open points along border
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels attacked police station
  • ASIA: Taliban attacked home of police official in Karachi  
  • EUROPE: Swiss police arrested 90 following protests
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni forces broke ceasefire in Sanaa
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook to offer music, video service

TOP STORY

  • Asia: Series of earthquakes caused mass destruction in Nepal and India
    • A 6.9 magnitude earthquake initiated landslides, and ruined buildings, including the British Embassy in Katmandu
    • Two aftershocks with magnitudes 6.1 and 5.3 followed
    • India dispatched the army to Sikkim to begin search and recovery
    • Coverage: AP-1, AP-2, Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Libya: Gaddafi spokesman said that 17 “mercenaries” were captured, including French and British technical experts. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Democracy protests reignited following brief hiatus. (AP)
  • Sudan: Both North and South Sudan agreed to open ten points along the border at the first high-level meeting since South Sudan declared independence in July. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels attacked police station in Las Mercedes, injuring eight. (BBC)
  • Guatemala:  Four people were wounded when a grenade exploded near a bus station in Poptun. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Upon seizure of 215 kilos of marijuana, Mexican army arrested 20 on drug charges. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fifteen were killed during clashes between Taliban and tribal police along the Afghan-Pakistani border. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Taliban used a suicide attack to target a police official and inadvertently killed eight. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani soldiers recovered debris from a US drone that was downed on 17SEP. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Umberto Bossi, a Berlusconi ally, suggested that northern Italy could “separate” from Rome. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Police fired teargas and rubber bullets then arrested 90 people during protests in Zurich. (AFP)
  • Turkey: In a clash with PKK rebels, one Turkish soldier was killed and two wounded. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian PM Fayyad met with Israeli Defense Minister Barak over UN membership bid. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Army Chief Sami Anan said that SCAF would not be involved in the upcoming elections. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: Forty-one suspects were arrested, accused of planning attacks on US forces in Kuwait and Qatar. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security forces fired on protesters, killing 26. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Mitsubishi Heavy’s network was hacked at submarine- and missile-building facilities. (Reuters)
  • Social Media: According to industry executives, Facebook is rumored to unveil a media platform allowing users to share music and movies. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Roke)
    • Location: 650 nm Southwest of Yokosura, Japan
    • Movement: Eastnorthward at 08 knots
    • Winds: 60 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Sonca)
    • Location: 355 nm Southeast of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: Northeastward at 21 knots
    • Winds: 80 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of Tropical Cyclone formation
    • Location: 950 miles East of Leeward Islands
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 60% chance of Tropical Cyclone formation
    • Location: 1450 miles East of Windward Islands
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 20% chance of Tropical Cyclone formation
    • Location: 275 miles South of Gulf of Tuhuantepec
    • Movement: W at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Sikkim, India
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 19.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20SEP)

  • Global: Brazilian President Rousseff meets with Presidents Obama and Calderon at UN in New York.
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinians present statehood bid to the UN.
  • Spain: Teachers’ strike held in Madrid.
  • United States: Ends ban on gays in the military.
  • Zambia: Presidential elections.

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