ONS: 24 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya implicated al-Shabab in a grenade attack that wounded 14
  • AMERICAS: Argentina’s President de Kirchner won re-election
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai stated his country would side with Pakistan against US
  • EUROPE: Talks between Serbian President and Serbian Kosovar leaders failed
  • MIDDLE EAST: US ambassador to Syria recalled for ‘security reasons’
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese defense contractor suffered security breach

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Earthquake killed over 200
    • At least 217 people were killed and over 1000 injured by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and 6.0 aftershock in the eastern province of Van.
    • The town of Ercsis sustained the heaviest damage, with many buildings levelled.
    • Coverage: AP, Al Jazeera,

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Authorities linked al-Shabab to a grenade attack on a Nairobi club that injured 14. (Al Jazeera)
  • Libya: The NTC formally declared the liberation of the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Somalia: French naval forces bombed al-Shabab targets. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Early results of elections indicated strong leads by Islamist groups. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President de Kirchner re-elected by a wide margin. (LA Times)
  • Colombia: The government reported an increase in FARC attacks due to upcoming national elections. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mexico: The redeployment of troops to urban areas to combat cartel violence has allowed rural drug production to surge. (WaPo)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated his country would side with Pakistan in any conflict with the US. (WSJ)
  • Afghanistan: NATO reported the capture or killing of 200 insurgents during two operations in eastern Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Philippines: The military bombed MILF bases in Payao. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Insurgents killed at least seven with gun and bomb attacks in southern Thailand. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbian President Tadic met with Serbian Kosovar leaders in an effort to defuse tensions, but talks were reported to have failed. (RFE)
  • Bulgaria: Results from presidential elections indicate a likely run-off vote between Rosen Plevnevliv and Ivalio Kalfin. (Bloomberg)
  • Hungary: Tens of thousands protested against the government in Budapest. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen killed five traffic police in two separate attacks across Baghdad. (AP)
  • Syria: US Ambassador Robert Ford was withdrawn from the country for ‘security reasons.’ (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Two soldiers and three militants were killed in clashes near Aden. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Japan: A previous cyberattack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may have resulted in the theft of sensitive data on nuclear power plants and military equipment. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Rina
    • Location: 125 miles NE of the Nicaragua-Honduras border
    • Movement: 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Near the Windward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Eastern Turkey (x2)
    • Magnitude: 7.2, 6.0
    • Depth: 20km, 9.8km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25OCT)

  • North America: North American Technology Demonstration sponsored by NATO held in Ottawa.
  • China: EC President Barroso meets with Premier Wen in Tianjin.
  • Grenada: Anniversary of the US invasion of Grenada – 1983.

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