ONS: 21 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian Islamists killed seven people in Kankara
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos threatened to expel an unnamed foreign oil services contractor
  • ASIA: President Barack Obama is finalizing his decision on planned Afghanistan troop cuts
  • EUROPE: Two people were shot during sectarian rioting in Belfast, Ireland
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two car bombs near the home of an Iraqi provincial governor killed at least 25 people and injured 30
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hacker group Lulz Security compromised the security of more than 1,000 accounts of an FBI partner organization

TOP STORY

  • Libya: The leader of Libyan opposition National Transitional Council Mahmoud Jibril arrived in China for diplomatic talks.
    • 22 security personnel who defected from Gaddafi’s forces claimed they were directly ordered to give no mercy to captured opposition fighters.
    • Poland’s Foreign Ministry said it will post an ambassador to Benghazi during its upcoming presidency of the EU.
    • British Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant said the RAF’s ability to deal with future emergencies is under threat if intervention in Libya continues beyond September.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said the drug trade in West Africa has become increasingly sophisticated. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect killed seven people in bomb and gun attacks in Kankara. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife were sentenced in absentia to 35 years in prison for misappropriating public funds. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos threatened to expel an unnamed foreign oil services contractor. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The bodies of 23 murder victims have been dumped at various locations in the southern Mexican state of Michoacan over the past three days. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelans are concerned with the health of President Hugo Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Barack Obama was finalizing his decision on planned troop cuts; an announcement is possible within days. (AFP)
  • China: An anonymous military official said China’s first aircraft carrier will go on sea trials next week. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Opposition activists said they expect tens of thousands of people to march in Kuala Lumpur on 09JUL to demand political reforms. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US drone strikes killed 12 people in the Kurram tribal area. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Ireland: Two people were shot during a night of sectarian rioting in Belfast. (AP, BBC)
  • Romania: Iran’s Ambassador to Romania Bajador Aminian Jazi was summoned by Romanian authorities to explain his claims that US plans to build a missile shield are directed at Russia. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM David Cameron said the UK has no duty to contribute to a Greek bailout. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Deputy FM Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh resigned as lawmakers launched impeachment procedures against FM Ali Akbar Salehi. (AFP, AP)
  • Iraq: Two car bombs near the home of a provincial governor killed at least 25 people and injured 30 in Diwaniyah. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Seven Yemeni soldiers and 17 Islamic militants were killed in the past two days in fighting in Abyan province. (CNN)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Taiwan: Taiwan has begun its annual computer simulation of a Chinese cyber attack. (AP)
  • United States: Hacking group Lulz Security compromised the security of more than 1,000 accounts at InfraGard, an FBI partner organization. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06W (Six)
    • Location: 250 nm SE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NW at 9 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 250 nm NW of Palau
    • Movement: WNW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 18 to 22 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 02E (Beatriz)
    • Location:110 km. SE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 65 – 80 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Santa Cruz Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 13.5 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Antofagasta, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 127.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22JUN)

  • Malaysia: International Halal showcase

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