ONS: 20 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram launched attacks across Nigeria, leading to the imposition of a curfew in the city of Damaturu.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador reported Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum in its London embassy.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of PM Gilani from office.
  • EUROPE: Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan traded accusations over a disputed, oil-rich portion of the Caspian Sea.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni security forces foiled a plot against foreign embassies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Washington Post reports indicated that the Flame virus was developed by Israel and the US.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Conflicting reports circulated about Mubarak’s death.  
    • Middle East News Agency originally reported Mubarak clinically dead.
    • Initially reports claimed Mubarak had died after suffering cardiac arrest and/or a stroke.
    • His death was categorically denied by SCAF, while an Interior Ministry spokesman indicated he was in critical condition but alive on life support.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram launched attacks across the northeast, leading to the imposition of a curfew in the city of Damaturu. (Reuters)
  • Togo: Former PM Agbeyome Kodjo was detained temporarily in connection with anti-government protests from last week. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Clashes between protesters and police continued for a third day in Khartoum. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC released two construction workers kidnapped last week. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum in the country’s London embassy. (AP)
  • El Salvador: Mara leaders indicated that a permanent peace pact with the government was possible. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a joint Afghan-NATO patrol in Khost, killing twelve civilians. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: An “important” Al-Qaeda leader Naamen Meziche, a French national, was captured near the Pakistan-Iran border. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of PM Yousuf Raza Gilani from office. (WaPo)
  • Myanmar: The latest bout of communal violence left three Buddhists dead, according to government officials. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan traded accusations over a disputed, oil-rich portion of the Caspian Sea. (AP)
  • France: A self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda militant took four people hostage in a bank in Toulouse. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants and Turkish troops clashed in the southeast with 20 militants killed in three separate clashes. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb in Kirkuk targeting a local judge killed two. (AP)
  • Syria: Clashes in the northwest resulted in the death of 28 soldiers, along with 11 others. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The state news agency reported that security forces had foiled a plot against foreign embassies. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Flame virus was developed by Israel and the US, according to unnamed Western officials. (Washington Post)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 430 NM SW of Taipei
    • Movement: 25 degrees at 14 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Chris
    • Location: 38.2N, 53.5W
    • Movement: E at 15 knots
    • Max Winds: 40 knots
  • Earthquakes: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 14 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JUN)

  • Egypt: New Egyptian president named.
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of gang members burning a bus in San Salvador – 2010.

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