ONS: 23 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Michael Sata won Zambian elections
  • AMERICAS: Haiti’s Martelly opposed peacekeeper reduction plan
  • ASIA: Pakistan and US exchanged criticism over claims of ISI involvement with Haqqani network
  • EUROPE: Security official assassinated by gunmen in Russia’s Dagestan  
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Saleh returned to the country amidst violence in Sanaa
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook announced plans to add “Timeline” function

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition grinding down remaining resistance from loyalists
    • Opposition spokesmen announced they completely captured the desert town of Sabha.
    • Bani Walid and Sirte continued to be held by loyalists.
    • Gaddafi’s former PM al-Mahmoudi was arrested in Tunisia.
    • Oil production was restarted at some fields in territory controlled by the NTC.
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Sudan: Intense fighting was reported in South Kordofan, with dozens killed or injured. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Opposition leader Michael Sata won an unexpected election victory. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: President Martelly expressed opposition to a proposed reduction of the UN peacekeepers deployed to his country. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed a policeman and six others in Nuevo Leon. (AP)
  • Mexico: At least 11 additional bodies were found left on the streets in Veracruz. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces for the funeral of slain former President Rabbani were forced to disperse an unruly crowd by firing into the air. (Reuters)
  • China: Riots over land seizure struck southern Guangdong province. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: US and Pakistani officials exchanged criticism over claims of ISI involvement with the Haqqani insurgent network in Afghanistan. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Region: Romania and Bulgaria were denied entry to the Schengen agreement free travel area. (WSJ)
  • Cyprus: President Christofias stated his country’s intention to increase gas exploration, a move likely to further antagonize Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A security official and several members of his family were assassinated by gunmen in Dagestan. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A series of bombings in Baghdad killed at least four and wounded nine. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials prepared to submit their official request for statehood recognition at the UN. (AP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International reported a female teenager had died in state security custody, apparently tortured and mutilated. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: President Saleh returned to the country after a three-month absence, as violent clashes in Sanaa killed at least 9 people. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook announced a planned ‘Timeline’ feature, allowing users to document their life story. (The Telegraph)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Ophelia
    • Location: 820 SSE of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Hilary
    • Location: 115 miles WSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 9.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24SEP)

  • Bahrain: Legislative elections held.
  • Global: IMF and World Bank begin annual meetings in Washington, DC.
  • Guinea Bissau: Independence Day celebrated – 1973.
  • UAE: Legislative elections held.

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