ONS: 22 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir said Sudan will block South Sudan’s use of its oil pipeline if there is no deal on oil ahead of South Sudan’s independence
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s federal police caught the leader of La Familia cartel
  • ASIA: Six police officers in Afghanistan were killed when armed militants attacked a checkpoint
  • EUROPE: Greece’s PM George Papandreou survived a confidence vote in parliament
  • MIDDLE EAST: Shiite protesters blocked roads and staged rallies in Bahrain
  • TECHNOLOGY: Police in Bangalore, India stopped Google from collecting images for its “Street View” service

TOP STORY

  • Libya: NATO Wing Commander Mike Bracken defended the success of air strikes after a bomb misfired killing civilians.
    • NATO warplanes continued to carry out raids in Khoms and Nalut in western Libya.
    • Congress will consider two bills on Wednesday authorizing limited military action in Libya over the next three months.
    • Italian FM Franco Frattini called for an immediate halt to hostilities in Libya to allow humanitarian aid to reach the population.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, DPA, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Justice Minister Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio said the corruption investigation into former President Laurent Gbagbo may take up to two years. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir said Sudan will block South Sudan’s use of its oil pipeline if there is no deal on oil ahead of South Sudan’s independence. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba was removed from the constitution-making body after he called for President Robert Mugabe to remain in office for life. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said journalists in Latin America face an unprecedented threat of attack. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: President Mauricio Funes said members of the Zetas drug cartel are scouting the country to obtain weapons from corrupt police officers and soldiers. (AP)
  • Mexico: President Felipe Calderon said federal police caught Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, the leader of the La Familia cartel. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six police officers were killed when armed militants attacked a checkpoint in the central province of Ghazni. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government announced it would build a new resettlement center for North Korean refugees in Hwacheon. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Islamist militants attacked a police checkpoint near Peshawar, triggering a shootout that left 12 militants dead. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM George Papandreou survived a confidence vote in parliament. (AP)
  • Russia: The Foreign Ministry criticized US naval maneuvers in the Black Sea near the coast of Georgia. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: The High Electoral Board ruled that the newly elected Kurdish politician Hatip Dicle cannot take his seat in parliament because of his recent terrorism conviction. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Shiite protesters blocked roads and staged rallies before a mass trial of 21 activists. (AP)
  • Syria: The EU extended sanctions to four military-linked firms and people connected with the suppression of anti-government protests. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Sadeq al-Ahmar, an influential tribal chief, sent a letter to Saudi King Abdullah that Yemen could descend into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh returns to the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • India: Police in Bangalore stopped Google from collecting images for its “Street View” service. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Seven)
    • Location: 430 nm. E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 12 knots
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06W (Haima)
    • Location: 135 nm. SSW of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 30 – 40 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 02E (Beatriz)
    • Location: 205 km. SW of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 9 knots
    • Winds: 24 – 35 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (JUN23)

  • Northing to report.

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