ONS: 23 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan leader Gaddafi said he had his “back to the wall” but did not fear death
  • AMERICAS: The Obama administration will increase security aid to Central America to nearly $300 million
  • ASIA: Pakistan pledged to grant more than three dozen visas to CIA officers
  • EUROPE: Thousands of ethnic Albanians protested against alleged government corruption in Kosovo
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian troops stormed the village of Khirbet al-Joz
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers briefly disabled government websites in Brazil

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: President Barack Obama announced the US will withdraw 10,000 troops from the 2009 surge by the end of 2011 and 20,000 troops by summer 2012.
    • President Hamid Karzai hailed the pullout and said it will be a step forward for Afghanis.
    • The Taliban dismissed the announcement as “only as a symbolic step.”
    • France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said France would withdraw troops at a similar rate to the US.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT

AFRICA

  • Libya: Gaddafi issued an audio message saying he had his “back to the wall” but did not fear death. (AFP)
  • Morocco: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised reforms launched by King Mohammed VI. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The government is increasing security in South Darfur for fear of unrest. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Obama administration will increase security aid to Central America to nearly $300 million. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Vice President Elias Jaua said President Hugo Chavez is attending to his day-to-day government duties while recovering from surgery. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK is involved in talks with the Taliban. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The government pledged to grant more than three dozen visas to CIA officers. (AP)
  • Thailand: Police will deploy 700 officers to an election rally by the Democrat Party at the site of a deadly military crackdown on opposition protesters last year. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: President Serge Sarkissian said Armenia’s long-running territorial dispute with Azerbaijan may be resolved at an upcoming summit. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Thousands of ethnic Albanians protested against alleged government corruption and embezzlement of public funds. (AP)
  • Moldova: A two day conference in Moscow failed to resolve the status of the renegade province Transnistria. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner raised concern with the sentencing of eight opposition activists. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: PM Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah survived a parliament vote called by the opposition in a bid to unseat him. (AFP)
  • Syria: Troops backed by tanks stormed the village of Khirbet al-Joz along the Turkish border. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Brazil: Hackers briefly disabled the websites of the federal government, presidency, and tax collection agency. (Reuters)
  • Israel: At Israel’s request, Apple Inc. removed an Arabic-language application from iTunes that called for a Palestinian uprising. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Meari)
    • Location: 410 nm. E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 65 – 80 knots
    • Map
  • Tropical Storm 06W (Haima)
    • Location: 125 nm WSW of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NW at 4 knots
    • Winds: 30 – 40 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Near The East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 32 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JUN)

  • Libya: NATO’s initial 3-month mission expires, no deadline now.
  • North Korea: Quadrennial elections held for municipal, district, and county elections.
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of start of war in 1950.
  • Global: Anniversary of the International Red Cross in 1859.

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