ONS: 24 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 24, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  President Bashir announced two-week ceasefire in South Kordofan
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Irene displaced over 11,000 Dominicans
  • ASIA:  PM Singh initiated anti-corruption talks, urged Hazare to end fast
  • EUROPE: Serbia received new requirements in bid for EU
  • MIDDLE EAST:  PM Mujawer returned to Yemen following hospitalization
  • TECHNOLOGY: During earthquake, only BlackBerry Messenger proved useful

TOP STORY

  • Libya: TNC captured Gaddafi compound in Tripoli
    • Rebels raided Gaddafi headquarters for ammunition, pistols, and rifles.
    • Chemical weapons were not secured, sparking international concern.
    • Aeryon Scout, a small drone, was introduced as part of rebels’ weapons cache.
    • Gaddafi forces fired SCUD missiles.
    • US and EU sought to release funds totaling over $1 billion in frozen Libyan assets.
    • AP-1, Danger Room (Wired), AFP-1, AFP-2, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Sudan: Satellite imagery found mass graves in Nuba Mountains region, center of campaign to squash uprising. (NYT, Reuters)  
  • Sudan: President Bashir declared a unilateral ceasefire in South Kordofan.  (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Earthquake rattled Virginia, shock felt from Atlanta to Toronto. (AFP, USA Today)
  • Colombia: Luis Diaz Villa, a union leader, was murdered in Cordoba sparking discussion of “free exercise of labor and union activity.” (EFE)
  • Mexico: NGO reported approximately 500 bodies remain undiscovered in northern Mexico. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Chavez signed into law the nationalization of the gold industry. (AFP, AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Uzbek and S Korean presidents signed over 20 agreements, furthering strategic partnerships. (Xinhua)
  • India: PM Singh invited talks for anti-corruption ombudsman, called on Anna Hazare to end his anti-corruption hunger strike. (WaPo, WSJ)
  • Japan: Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded Japan’s rating from Aa3 to Aa2 with a stable outlook. (BBC, AP)
  • Pakistan: Landmines killed ten militants in Tirah Valley. (Dawn)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari and PM Gilani assured US delegation that aid is necessary to strategic dialogue. (The News)

EUROPE

  • Austria: Crammed in two vehicles, Austrian police discovered 70 Asian migrants. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Chancellor Merkel laid out three principles to be met prior to Serbia’s EU bid – no parallel structures in Kosovo, administrative and judicial restructuring, and adherence to Copenhagen Criteria. (Xinhua)
  • UK: British prison guards received tip that al-Qaeda members plotted to kidnap senior staff. (UPI)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Senior UN nuclear inspector gained rare access to uranium enrichment machines. (AFP, AP)
  • Iraq: In bouts of gunfire and bombings, four people died and five were injured in Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Syrian TV accused US Ambassador Robert Ford of instigating protests. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Yemeni air forces struck several al-Qaida hideouts killing eight militants. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: PM Mujawer returned to Sanaa following hospital treatment in Saudi Arabia after bomb attack on 03 June. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US: Following VA-based earthquake, high call volume disrupted major cell service providers except BlackBerry Messenger. (Mashable)
  • Social Media: Using Buffer, a service that maximizes publication times, to schedule tweets increased clicks on tweeted links by 200%, retweets doubled. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 250 miles South of Baja, California
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Irene (Category 2)
    • Location:  955 miles S of Cape Hatteras, NC
    • Movement:  WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 40% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 125 miles SSE of Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Colorado
    • Magnitude: 5.3
    • Depth: 4 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Virginia
    • Magnitude: 5.8
    • Depth: 6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25AUG)

  • Ethiopia: Somali aid conference held in Addis Adaba.
  • Latin America: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov finishes visits to El Salvador, Peru, and Venezuela.
  • The Netherlands: Serbian war criminal Mladic starts trial.
  • Uruguay: Independence Day – 1825.

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