ONS: 22 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali Islamists denied lifting aid ban
  • AMERICAS: Mexican army seized 800 tons of meth precursors
  • ASIA: North and South Korean envoys held nuclear talks at ASEAN summit
  • EUROPE: Eurozone leaders approved additional bailout for Greece
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces killed at least 10 during crackdown on Homs
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s Alibaba announced new smartphone

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition fighters claim they sent armed agents to Tripoli
    • A UN envoy outlined a plan for a ceasefire and transitional government that included no role for Gaddafi or his sons.
    • Gaddafi stated he would not talk with the opposition until “Judgment Day”, ruling out negotiations.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2,

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Prime Minister Sharaf promised corruption reforms and the end of emergency laws. (AP)
  • Malawi: A police crackdown on protesters killed at least 18 across the country. (Bloomberg)
  • Somalia: Al-Shabab militants stated their ban on foreign aid was still in effect, contrary to some reports that it had been lifted. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities seized over 800 tons of methamphetamine precursors in Queretaro. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Ten were killed, including one policeman, by gang-related violence in Nuevo Leon; two bodies were found decapitated. (LAHT)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez is apparently using Twitter to continue governing, despite undergoing chemotherapy in Cuba. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: North and South Korean officials met during the ASEAN summit in Bali and agreed to resuming six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Clinton praised recent efforts to diminish tensions over the South China Sea at the ASEAN summit. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: NATO announced over 50 militants had been killed during an operation in Paktika province. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Ethnic clashes killed at least seven in Karachi. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone leaders added an additional 159 billion euros to the bailout fund for Greece. (AFP, WaPo, WSJ)
  • Russia: Gunmen attempted to kill the head of Dagestan’s anti-extremism department, killing two interior ministry officers in the attempt. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Six Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels along the border with Iraq. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported at least 10 people were killed by security forces during a crackdown on Homs. (CNN)
  • Yemen: Tribes allied to the government intercepted a militant convoy headed for Zinjibar. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Chinese company Alibaba announced plans to release its own smartphone line and mobile operating system. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W (Ma-On)
    • Location: 435 NM SSE of Tokyo
    • Movement: SW at 11 knots
    • Winds: 20 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Dora
    • Location: 320 miles SSE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 8 knots
    • Winds: 90 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cindy
    • Location: 910 miles WNW of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 25 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Bret
    • Location: 250 miles NW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 18 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles E of the Windward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 600.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Seismic data indicates impending eruption. (Reuters)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JUL)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Sharm el-Sheikh attacks – 2005.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egypt’s overthrow of monarchy and start of its republic – 1952.
  • Latvia: Referendum vote on whether to dissolve parliament.
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War – 1983.

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