ONS: 22 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese government claimed major victory against Blue Nile rebels
  • AMERICAS: Colombia seized more than $250 million in assets owned by Mexican drug lord
  • ASIA: China expressed outrage over US/Taiwan fighter aircraft deal  
  • EUROPE: Capital of Russia’s Dagestan hit by two bombings; at least one dead, 60 injured
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rival Yemeni military factions continued fighting in Sanaa
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google CEO Eric Schmidt went to Washington to testify on monopoly allegations

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition continued to degrade Gaddafi holdout forces
    • NTC spokesmen stated their forces had seized Jubra and most of Sabha, two outposts in the Sahara desert loyal to Gaddafi. At Jubra they claimed to have found a stockpile of chemical weapons.
    • Efforts to capture Sirte and Bani Walid stalled due to fierce resistance by Gaddafi loyalists and low supplies available to opposition forces.
    • NATO extended its mission by three months and continued striking loyalist targets.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Military officials stated the unpopular “emergency laws” would not be lifted until next year. (McClatchy)
  • Sudan: Government forces seized Dindidiro in the Blue Nile state from rebels. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Security forces clashed with militants near the Algerian border. (AP)
  • Zambia: Hackers disrupted the release of parliamentary election results, which led to riots. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized more than $250 million in assets belonging to Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: 35 bodies were found left on a road in Veracruz. (CNN)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO officials stated that a Taliban commander believed linked to the helicopter crash that killed 30 US soldiers last month was killed by an air strike in Wardak province. (AFP)
  • China: Officials issued stern condemnation of a US deal with Taiwan over F-16 fighter aircraft. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean officials announced that North Korea had agreed to a second round of talks with the United States on restarting the six-party negotiations. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: US officials stated there was more evidence linking the ISI to the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, and US lawmakers made continued aid for Pakistan contingent on a crackdown on that group. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Russia: One person was killed and 60 injured after two bombings struck Makhachkala in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: Suspected Kurdish rebels killed four in the country’s southeast. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: Officials stated they would continue with plans to pursue formal recognition of statehood by the United Nations. (VOA)
  • Syria: Activists reported security forces massing outside of locations of planned protests. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Rival Yemeni soldiers continued to skirmish in Sanaa; at least four civilians were killed by snipers and shelling. (AFP, Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: CEO Eric Schmidt testified before the US Congress on antitrust allegations against his company. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Roke
    • Location: 90 NM NE of Tokyo, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 38 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Ophelia
    • Location: 1065 miles E of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 100 miles SSW of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23SEP)

  • Germany: Country votes on economic rescue package for the EU.
  • Global: Pakistani PM Gilani scheduled to speak at UN General Assembly.
  • Global: International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking.
  • Russia: United Russia party to hold Congress meeting.

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