ONS: 20 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 20, 2011


  • AFRICA: Islamist radio awarded weapons to Somali children  
  • AMERICAS: Mexican state official accused in murder of congressman
  • ASIA: Pakistani Rangers arrested 18 suspects, confiscated weapons   
  • EUROPE: NATO urged Serbs to end road blockades   
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian intellectuals formed group dedicated to reconciliation
  • TECHNOLOGY: BBC cheered that a supercomputer predicted revolution


  • Libya: NTC fighters captured pro-Gaddafi city and top general
    • Forces gained control of airport and fort in Sabha.
    • Families fled NTC forces armed with rocket launchers and heavy artillery.
    • General Belgacem Al-Abaaj, a senior general loyal to Gaddafi, was captured.
    • Seif al-Islam was reportedly holed up in Bani Walid.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AFP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2


  • Libya: Ban Ki-moon appointed Ian Martin as special representative for UNSMIL. (DPA)
  • Somalia: Islamist radio station awarded guns, bombs and books to 3 children in Quran contest. (AP)
  • Zambia: On eve of election, Zambian police chief deployed thousands of security officers. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: FARC rebels killed 5, injured 11 in last 24 hours. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Former Bogotá Mayor Samuel Moreno was charged with corruption in the awarding of construction contracts. (AP)
  • Dominican Republic: Top anti-drug official’s aide Colonel Cesar Ubri was shot to death. (AP)
  • Mexico: The PRI party accused a Guerrero state official of being involved in the murder of Congressman Villanueva and his driver. (EFE)


  • Japan: Foreign Minister Gemba and Secretary Clinton agreed to speed up decision to relocate the US Marine Base at Okinawa. (UPI)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Resident farmers implored government to close the US Transit Center at Manas. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Rangers arrested 18 suspects and recovered 168 weapons during raids. (APP)
  • Pakistan: Authorities limited journalist access to Abottabad, a move condemned by Reporters Without Borders. (RWB-Press Release)
  • Taiwan: Senior US official “all but confirmed” reports that the US will help upgrade F-16 A/B fighters. (AFP)


  • Azerbaijan: Military sources confirmed delivery of 60 Orbiter and Aerostar unmanned air vehicles. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: Rosatom Chief Kiriyenko announced that Russia fulfilled its intention to create stock of low enriched uranium. (Itar-Tass)
  • Serbia: KFOR, the NATO-led peacekeeping force, distributed leaflets urging Serbs to end the blockage of roads in northern Kosovo. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: President Gul was forced to reschedule a speech at Humboldt University in Berlin due to a bomb threat. (Xinhua)


  • Iran: IRGC forces captured the main PJAK base and drove out “terrorists” in northwest Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Palestine: Hamas and Fatah agreed not to stage demonstrations over the Palestinian bid for statehood. (AFP)
  • Syria: Approximately 40 Syrian politicians and intellectuals formed a new movement called “Third Way” to push for dialogue and reconciliation. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Heavy gunfire continued between pro-democracy protesters and government forces in Sanaa. (Reuters)


  • Cybersecurity: Japanese government agency websites were attacked over the weekend, allegedly in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Mukden incident. (AFP)
  • Technology: Associated Press and dozens of newspapers created iCircular to build coupon service, revitalize dying newspaper industry. (Mashable)
  • Technology: BBC website triumphantly cheered that it had predicted revolution using variety of sources processed through supercomputer. (Tech Europe-WSJ)
  • Social Media: Google Wallet notified retailers it is prepared to shift from test phase to general use. (AFP)


  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Roke)
    • Location: 230 nm SSE of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 11 knots
    • Winds: 100 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Sonca)
    • Location: 650 nm East of Nisawa, Japan
    • Movement: ENE at 32 knots
    • Winds: 60 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 70% chance of Tropical Storm
    • Location: 1500 miles East of Windward Islands
    • Movement: W at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 50% chance of Tropical Cyclone
    • Location: 225 miles SE of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.


  • Armenia: Independence Day celebrated – 1991.
  • Belize: Independence Day celebrated – 1981.
  • Global: Brazilian President Rousseff scheduled to speak at the UN.
  • Global: Japanese PM Noda to meet with President Obama for talks at the UN.
  • Malta: Independence Day celebrated – 1974.

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