ONS: 22 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 22, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan protesters broke into the grounds of the parliament demanding an end to fighting in Bani Walid.
  • AMERICAS: Dominican police seized 928 kg of cocaine from the country’s south.
  • ASIA: South Korea banned a cross-border launch of propaganda leaflets planned by activists that had incited tension with the North.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel and Irish PM Kenny issued a joint statement reaffirming the eurozone would improve the Irish bank rescue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian authorities said they had foiled an Al Qaeda linked terror plot.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Activists reported that US-funded programs designed to circumvent internet censorship are being overwhelmed by demand.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN peace envoy met with Assad on ceasefire; bombing struck Damascus
    • UN peace envoy Brahimi pressed President Assad to accept a cease fire.
    • A senior Arab League official stated the chances of a cease fire being put into place were slim.
    • A bombing struck a predominantly Christian area of Damascus, killing at least thirteen.
    • Coverage: WSJ, VoA, Reuters, AFP, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Guinea Bissau: A gun battle killed at least six in an apparent counter-coup attempt near Bissau. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Protesters broke into the grounds of the parliament demanding an end to fighting in Bani Walid. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Security officials reported an influx of foreign jihadists into the country’s north. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Ghana stated that the crew of the seized warship were free to leave the country. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The army discovered a FARC oil refinery in Narino province. (EFE)
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro released an article condemning “lies” about his failing health. (BBC)
  • Dominican Republic: Police seized 928 kg of cocaine from the country’s south. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea banned a cross-border launch of propaganda leaflets planned by activists that had incited tension with the North. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Khost province killed two police and wounded four others. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An Australian special forces soldier was killed by an IED in the country’s south. (Australian)
  • Philippines: Clashes between the army and communist rebels killed six in Samar province. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police clashed with protesters over a gold mine in the northern part of the country, at least four were injured. (AP)
  • Ireland: German Chancellor Merkel and Irish PM Kenny issued a joint statement reaffirming the eurozone would improve the Irish bank rescue. (Reuters)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy’s party avoided a major defeat in a regional election. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Security forces clashed with Hamas in Gaza, killing two. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: Authorities said they had foiled an Al Qaeda linked terror plot. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Continuing clashes in Beirut killed two and wounded over a dozen. (AP)
  • Yemen: Four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed by a US drone strike in Maarib. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied he had been killed earlier this month in a released statement. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Activists reported that US-funded programs designed to circumvent internet censorship are being overwhelmed by demand. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Couple hundred miles S of Jamaica
    • Movement: Slowly WSW
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 750 miles ESE of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 400 miles SSW of Acapulco
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23OCT)

  • Egypt: Administrative Court rules on viability of the Constituent Assembly.
  • Germany: British FM Hague meets with FM Westerwelle to discuss the EU.
  • Hungary: Anniversary of the Hungarian uprising against the USSR – 1956.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of bomb blast in Beirut that killed 146 Americans – 1983.
  • Libya: Anniversary of the liberation of Libya – 2011.
  • Spain: Protest held in Madrid against austerity measures.
  • Tunisia: Government unveils new constitution.
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the IRA decommissioning their weapons – 2001.

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