ONS: 20 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said famine hit two parts of rebel-held Somalia
  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representatives approved legislation to cut federal spending by $6 trillion
  • ASIA: The Taliban denied reports that leader Mullah Omar is dead
  • EUROPE: Serbia arrested Croatian Serb wartime leader Goran Hadzic
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran said it shot down an unmanned US spy plane over the Fordo uranium enrichment site
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google warned some users of its search service that their computers may be infected with a virus

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi promised to resist NATO air strikes as opposition forces tried to capture Brega.
    • Gaddafi’s soldiers killed nine opposition fighters and wounded 113 in clashes near Brega.
    • In an audio message, Gaddafi said he would not give up power and stressed the importance of Libya’s oil wealth.
    • France’s FM Alain Juppe said Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he quits politics.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, LAT, Reuters,  Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Gambia: The State Prosecutor charged former Communications Minister Amadou Scatred Janneh and three others with treason. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UN said famine has hit two parts of rebel-held Somalia. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The Army said it repelled an attack by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)-South Kordofan sector. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru’s President-Elect Ollanta Humala met with Cuba’s President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro, and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez in Cuba. (AFP)
  • United States: The House of Representatives approved legislation to cut federal spending by $6 trillion and send a Constitutional balanced budget amendment to the states. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court annulled a corruption complaint against opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Five Philippine MPs flew to the Spratly Islands despite warnings by China that the trip would destabilize the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied reports that leader Mullah Omar is dead. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said the North’s tight grip on its people will prevent any Arab-style uprising. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: PM Recip Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey supports a two-state solution for Cyprus if there is no political resolution by next year. (UPI)
  • Greece: Police arrested 100 illegal migrants in a sail boat off the port of Astakos in the Ionian Sea. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Croatian Serb wartime leader Goran Hadzic was arrested. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: An Interior Ministry spokesman said all 15 foreigners aboard an intercepted Gaza-bound ship will be deported on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Iran: A state-owned news site said Iran shot down an unmanned US spy plane over the Fordo uranium enrichment site. (AP)
  • Iraq: Two policemen were killed and four people wounded in two attacks in Diyala province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Google warned some users of its search service that their computers may be infected with a virus after it discovered heavy traffic coming through proxy servers. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:Tropical Storm 08W (Ma-on)
    • Location: 220 nm. WSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: E at 7 knots
    • Winds: 60 – 75 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 04E (Dora)
    • Location: 225 mi. SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Brett
    • Location: 320 mi. S of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph.
    • Winds: 50 mph.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Kyrgyzstan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 17.8 km.
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of Facebook reaching 500 million users – 2010.
  • Indonesia: Secretary Clinton visits Bali for ASEAN talks.

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