ONS: 22 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt began the process of reducing tension with Israel
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police found a bag of heads on a street in Acapulco
  • ASIA: Japanese government announced plan to establish exclusion zone around Fukushima reactor
  • EUROPE: Bombing in Russia’s North Caucasus injured at least 15
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian president rejected calls for his resignation on state TV
  • TECHNOLOGY: Skype acquired GroupMe, a group messaging developer

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi regime close to total collapse
    • Opposition forces captured most of Tripoli from loyalists. Many government military units disintegrated or surrendered.
    • Heavy fighting continued in parts of the city, with heavy celebrating taking place in other neighborhoods. Opposition forces besieged Gaddafi’s compound.
    • At least two of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam and Mohammed, were detained by opposition forces. Negotiations between opposition leadership and the ICC began on Saif al-Islam’s possible trial.
    • Coverage: NYT-1, NYT-2, NYT-3, LA Times, WSJ, WaPo, WaPo-2, WSJ-2, WSJ-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Government officials began talks with Israeli representatives in an effort to reduce tension between the two countries following a border incident that killed five Egyptian policemen. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Three people were killed in a central Nigerian village in a suspected sectarian clash. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Gunmen executed two women in Chihuahua in a suspected revenge killing by drug traffickers. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Acapulco police discovered three heads in a bag left on a busy street. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A market bombing killed two civilians in Helmand province. (AP)
  • Japan: Authorities stated an area around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant may be designated a permanent exclusion zone. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: A finance ministry report stated the economy would be growing slower than anticipated and the budget deficit lower than projected. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Two bombings at a supermarket in Dagestan wounded at least 15 people. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Vice-President Abbasi told state TV a uranium enrichment facility had been moved to an underground site near the city of Qom to protect it from bombing. (Bloomberg)
  • Israel: Officials announced an agreement with Hamas had been struck for a cease-fire in Gaza. (Reuters)
  • Syria: President Assad appeared on television and denounced foreign calls for his resignation. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Skype acquired startup company GroupMe, which had developed an application for group messaging on smartphones. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 445 NM ESE of Manila
    • Movement: NNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Near 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: N, drifting
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Near 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 100 miles SE of Puerto Angel, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Irene
    • Location: 15 miles SSE of San Juan
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Harvey
    • Location: 20 miles ESE of Veracruz
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Near 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 300 miles NW of the northernmost Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23AUG)

  • Global: UN Peacekeeping Chief Le Roy steps down.
  • Japan: US Vice President Biden holds talks with Japanese PM Kan.
  • Liberia: Referendum held on 4 articles of the constitution.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of 72 migrants killed in Mexico – 2010.
  • United States: Former IMF Direct Strauss-Kahn has court hearing.

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