ONS: 21 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali lawmaker gunned down
  • AMERICAS: Amnesty International warned of Colombian paramilitary resurgence
  • ASIA: GAO report indicated 90% of Afghan budget is foreign funding
  • EUROPE: Expert called US missile defense system a “political mistake”
  • MIDDLE EAST: News Director resigned at Al Jazeera amid Wikileaks dump
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google+ increased features including open access

TOP STORIES

  • Global: US expands drone bases
    • US plans to assemble base network for unmanned aerial vehicles into Arabian Peninsula and Africa were released
    • Construction began in Ethiopia to host drones for Al-Shabab
    • “Hunter-killer” drones patrolled Somalia from host site in Seychelles
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters, MSNBC
  • Iran: Two hikers to be released
    • Lawyer for two men confirmed a $1 million bail payment
    • The men will be released to the Swiss embassy at 1030 GMT
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Liberia: Prison conditions violated basic human rights, according to Amnesty International. (AFP)
  • Libya: US State Department sent 12 troops to reopen US Embassy in Tripoli. (AP)
  • Somalia: Cells phones provided way to circumvent militant-controlled ban on food aid. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Gunmen killed lawmaker Abdurahman Ahmed Haji in front of his home. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Serbian police arrested eight suspected of creating illegal software to sell to South Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Amnesty International warned of a resurgence in paramilitary groups amid denunciation of impunity in sexual violence cases. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Gunmen left 35 slayed bodies in two trucks in the city of Boca del Rio. (AP)
  • Mexico: President Calderon demanded that the US prohibit arms sales to drug cartels. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: USG GAO reported that the Afghan budget is 90% foreign funding over 5-year period. (CheckPoint Washington)
  • Pakistan: US warned that Pakistan must cut ties to Haqqani and help eliminate its leaders. (WaPo)
  • Pakistan: General Kayani disagreed with members of Corps Commanders meeting, publicly snubbing their conclusion that military takeover is inevitable. (The News)
  • Philippines: Military released classified documents that covered nine years of martial law under dictator Marcos. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: Deployment of US missile defense system called a “political mistake” by military expert. (Itar-Tass)
  • Abkhazia: A Mercedes car bomb exploded in Sukhumi, killing one. (Xinhua)
  • Slovenia: Goverment failed to pass confidence vote. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: PKK members attacked a police high school in Bitlis. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Wadah Khanfar resigned as Director of Top News from Al Jazeera over Wikileaks dump indicating he altered coverage of Iraq under US pressure. (NYT)
  • Egypt: Authorities prolonged custody of 11 people in investigations on embassy attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Admiral Mullen voiced his regret that Tehran and Washington lack a “direct communication link.” (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers hacked SSL/TSL, the foundational security for banks, travel sites, and social networks. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Technology: Google+ added features including Hangouts on Android phones, Hangouts on Air, Google+ searches, and global access. (Google Blog)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Roke)
    • Location: 110 nm WSW of Tokyo, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 23 knots
    • Winds: 45-60 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Ophelia
    • Location: 1370 miles E of Leeward Islands
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Depression Nine-E
    • Location: 275 km SSE of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Aleutian Islands
    • Volcano began to ooze lava, indicating possible eruption
    • Coverage: AP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22SEP)

  • Bulgaria: Independence Day celebrated – 1908.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the killing of FARC leader Mono Jojoy – 2010.
  • Iran: Anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War – 1980.
  • Mali: Independence Day celebrated – 1960.
  • Russia: Second Arctic Dialogue held in Arkhangelsk.
  • Russia: End of Union Shield 2011 military exercises with Belarus that started on 16SEP.
  • Saudi Arabia: Municipal elections held.
  • United States: Facebook developer conference held in San Francisco.

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