ONS: 20 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 20, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  AU, Kenyan and Somali troops attacked Al-Shebab strongholds
  • AMERICAS: President Calderon stated Mexican military has had 44,000 desertions since 2006
  • ASIA: Thai PM admitted Bangkok could not be protected from flooding
  • EUROPE: NATO removed roadblocks at disputed border  in Kosovo
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni opposition rejected Saleh’s call for immunity
  • TECHNOLOGY: New stuxnet-type virus discovered

TOP STORY

  • Libya: According to the NTC, Gaddafi has been captured fleeing Sirte
    • Sirte reported to have been captured by NTC
    • Opposition spokesmen and witnesses reported opposition forces appeared to have control over the city of Sirte, the last bastion of Gaddafi loyalists left in Libya.
    • House-to-house search operations were being conducted to find remaining pro-Gaddafi soldiers.
    • Coverage: DPA, AP, BBC, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenyan and Somali troops advanced on an Al-Shebab-controlled town in southern Somalia while AU and Somali government troops attacked Al-Shebab positions in Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: A political alliance of several Islamist groups split apart before upcoming parliamentary votes. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Voting began for parliamentary elections amid tight security. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: President Calderon reported to congress that over 44,000 army and navy soldiers had deserted since 2006. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: Alleged Brazilian drug kingpin Alexander Da Silva was arrested in Pedro Juan Cabalero. (AP)
  • Venezuela: US officials complained Venezuela was not cooperating in the drug war. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: US Secretary of State Clinton pushed Pakistan for greater effort against militants during a visit to Kabul. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO officials stated 115 militants were killed during operations in northern Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra stated it would be impossible for the government to protect all of Bangkok from flooding. (Al Jazeera)
  • Pakistan: A clash in Khyber killed two soldiers and five militants. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The ESA was forced to delay the launch of satellites for a planned GPS-alternative system. (AFP)
  • Greece: Widespread unrest and a general strike continued as parliament finished voting on new austerity measures. (Al Jazeera)
  • Kosovo: Eight NATO soldiers were injured while removing roadblocks established along a disputed border by ethnic Serbs. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Kuwait: The British embassy suspended services due to a terror threat. (AP)
  • Syria: Thousands of Assad supporters rallied in Aleppo as crackdown on opposition protests continued throughout the country. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The opposition rejected a call from President Saleh for international guarantees of immunity for him should he step down. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Internet security analysts reported the existence of a Stuxnet-like virus called “Duqu.” (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21OCT)

  • Asia: US Defense Secretary Panetta begins 7-day trip across East and Southeast Asia.
  • Slovenia: President Tuerk said the parliament would be dissolved so snap elections could take place in December.

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