ONS: 20 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: NATO admitted responsibility for civilian casualties in Libya
  • AMERICAS: Gunmen kill at least 22 in Mexico
  • ASIA: Drone strike in northern Pakistan killed at least six
  • EUROPE: Bailout for Greece delayed
  • MIDDLE EAST: Soldiers and militants clashed in southern Yemen
  • TECHNOLOGY: New top-level domain names to be made available

TOP STORY

  • Syria faced international pressure; Assad addressed nation
    • President Assad addressed the nation and blamed the current crisis on “saboteurs” and said no reform could occur during chaos.
    • A Turkish official stated Assad had less than a week to begin institution reforms before international intervention in the crisis began.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said Assad “must reform, or go.”
    • Russian President Medvedev said Russia would veto any UN Security Council resolution on Syria like the one issued against Libya.
    • White House officials announced they are examining the possibility of war crimes charges against President Assad.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, BBC, FT, NYT

AFRICA

  • Libya: NATO officials admitted it was “probably” responsible for an accidental strike of a civilian area in Tripoli that killed at least nine. (LA Times)
  • Tunisia: The trial in absentia of ousted former President Ben Ali began. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A car bomb in Popayan wounded 17. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed 22 in attacks across the country. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US ambassador warned President Karzai about his criticism of coalition policy, endangering future support for the Afghan government. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Two US drone strikes killed 6 suspected militants in Kurram. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU finance ministers delayed a bailout for Greece to wait for the passage of an austerity package by the Greek government. (FT)
  • Russia: A militant, a security officer and a soldier were killed in three separate incidents in the North Caucasus. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A roadside bomb targeting the French embassy compound in Baghdad injured seven. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least 21 soldiers and militants were killed in clashes in and around the southern city of Zinjibar. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: ICANN is set to allow a greater variety of top-level domain names. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06W
    • Location: 300 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: West at 9 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 170 NM WNW of Yap
    • Movement: NW at 15 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Beatriz
    • Location: 160 miles SSW of Zihuantenejo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 9mph
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21 JUNE)

  • Moldova: Transdniestrian negotiations resume.
  • South Africa and Botswana: First Lady Michelle Obama makes a diplomatic visit.
  • Russia: Mistral ship deal to be completed.
  • Global: Summer Solstice
  • Colombia: Anniversary of Colombian Congress passing Justice and Peace Bill – 2005.
  • El Salvador: First anniversary of bus burning that killed 14.
  • Greenland: National Day – 1983.

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