ONS: 23 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt withdrew its threat to recall its ambassador to Israel
  • AMERICAS: Mexican government rejected call for truce with drug cartels
  • ASIA: Rights group asked Indian government to investigate Kashmir graves
  • EUROPE: UK PM Cameron’s former communications director hit again by phone hacking scandal revelations
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian crackdown continued as UNHRC demanded the crackdown stop
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hacker competition website launched

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Reports of Gaddafi’s imminent fall were premature
    • Troops loyal to Gaddafi continued to battle opposition forces throughout Tripoli, with fierce fighting reported around Gaddafi’s headquarters.
    • Saif al-Islam, who was said to have been captured by the opposition, appeared at a loyalist stronghold in Tripoli and rallied them for a counter-attack. One of Gaddafi’s other sons, Mohammed, was reported to have escaped opposition custody.
    • Pro-Gaddafi forces launched a scud missile at Misrata, but missed its target and landed in the ocean.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Al-Jazeera, NYT, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Congo: Authorities arrested a UN official accused of mineral smuggling. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The government disavowed its threat to recall its ambassador to Israel. (NYT)
  • South Sudan: The death toll from a series of cattle raids in the east rose to 600, fueling fears about the stability of the country. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The government rejected a call by a state prosecutor for a truce or cease-fire with the drug cartels. (AP)
  • Mexico: An alleged Gulf cartel kingpin, Cano-Flores, was extradited to the United States. (LAHT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Hundreds of protesters angry with the decision by the Afghan government election commission to eject nine lawmakers over vote fraud allegations rallied in Kabul. (AFP)
  • India: Amnesty International asked the government to launch an investigation into the mass graves discovered in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea evicted all South Korean employees of jointly held resort and announced it planned to auction off the remaining assets. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: 19 NATO oil tankers were destroyed in Balochistan. (XInhua)
  • Philippines: Representatives from the Moro Liberation Front rejected an offer by the government for autonomy. (AP)
  • Thailand: Suspected insurgents killed two soldiers and wounded 14 in the south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Serbia: German Chancellor Merkel met with President Tadic to emphasize the need for a peaceful resolution of ongoing issues with Kosovo before Serbia could be considered for EU accession. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: The BBC revealed PM Cameron’s communications director had still received payments from News of the World after taking his government position. (Guardian)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad unveiled a new torpedo, cruise missile, and engine during a state ceremony, all developed for the military. (AP, Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Turkey reported its air strikes on targets in northern Iraq had killed at least 100 suspected Kurdish militants. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: Eight Palestinians; four militants and four civilians, were killed by an air strike on Gaza. (WaPo)
  • Syria: The UN human rights council demanded an end to the Syrian crackdown as it continued across the country. Activists reported at least seven protesters were killed. (Al Jazeera, AP)
  • Yemen: The speaker of the upper house of parliament died from injuries sustained in the attack that wounded President Saleh in June. PM Mujawar was said to be returning to the country, and President Saleh declared he would be returning shortly as well. (BBC, WaPo)
  • Yemen: Government troops killed four Al Qaeda insurgents in the south and injured two others. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A website, “RankMyHack.Com” was launched. It is designed to rank hackers against one another for status purposes. (Telegraph)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 14W
    • Location: 635 NM south of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
    • Movement: N at 5 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Irene
    • Location: 135 miles SW of Grand Turk Island
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 750 miles WNW of the northernmost Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 31.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24 AUG)

  • Russia: Anniversary of terrorist attacks on Russian aircraft killing 89 – 2004.
  • Ukraine: Independence Day – 1991.

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