ONS: 25 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 25, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: West African nations met to discuss piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Irene forced evacuations of 30,000 people and damaged 2,000 homes from the Dominican Republic
  • ASIA: Pakistani police arrested 3 members of a gang responsible for kidnapping of American development expert  
  • EUROPE: US released information from bin Laden’s Abbotabad compound detailing an attack on the European economy
  • MIDDLE EAST: Air strikes in Yemen killed 6 al-Qaeda members
  • TECHNOLOGY: American emergency services hosted a meeting on Facebook to discuss preparedness

TOP STORIES

  • Technology: Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple
    • In a letter to the Apple “community,” his resignation took place immediately.
    • As Jobs recommended in his resignation, Apple appointed his successor Tim Cook to take his place as CEO.
    • Jobs resigned amid complications with pancreatic cancer.
    • Mashable, Telegraph, WaPo, NYT
  • Libya: Gaddafi forces and the NTC continued fighting
    • Regime loyalists surrounded Zuara, according to opposition forces.
    • Loyalists abducted four Italian journalists from Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, and Avvenire.  They are reportedly free now.
    • NTC seized Mazraq al-Shams military base in Zuara.
    • AFP, Xinhua, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: West African nations discussed how to tackle growing concerns over piracy in Gulf of Guinea. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram, a radical Muslim sect, killed two including a pregnant state official and local politician. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: Following evacuations of 30,000 people, Hurricane Irene (Category 3) damaged 2,000 homes and killed four. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: An executive of Grupo Radio Centro was shot twice in Southern Mexico. (EFE)
  • Mexico: In a coordinated operation, Mexican authorities seized 18 tons of chemicals used in illegal drugs en route from India to Guatemala. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced he will undergo a third round of chemotherapy next week, location undisclosed. (AP)

ASIA

  • China: Pentagon warned that China seeks to expand naval power and high-tech weapons; China accused US of exaggerating claims. (AFP-1, AFP-2)
  • Nepal: Politicians missed the extended deadline to form a unity government. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Police arrested three men suspected of being members of a gang responsible for kidnapping 70-year old American development expert Warren Weinstein. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: US released information originally found in bin Laden’s Abbottabad residence outlining Al-Qaeda plans to attack the European economy. (DPA)
  • Serbia: The government vowed to maintain a presence in Kosovo, violating conditions set by German Chancellor Merkel for its EU bid. (UPI, AFP)
  • Ukraine: Thousands of supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko, detained opposition leader, staged an illegal protest in Kiev on Ukraine’s independence day. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The nuclear power plant Bushehr passed its first test. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber used a car to attack the central Iraqi city of Ramadi killing six policemen and injuring eight citizens. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Air strikes in Al-Arkub, which cannot be confirmed as Yemeni or American, killed six al-Qaeda fighters. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook surpassed 1 trillion page views, including 870 million unique visitors in one month. (Mashable)
  • Emergency services such as the Red Cross, NOAA’s National Weather Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services, met during a Facebook event to discuss the use of social media during natural disasters. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 14W (Nanmadol)
    • Location: 633 NM South of Kadena AB, Japan
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 335 NM South of Iwo To, Japan
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Irene (Category 3)
    • Location: NW Bahamas
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Ten
    • Movement: WNW 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Northern Peru
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 145.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Abkhazia: Presidential elections held.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the death of Balochi nationalist leader, Akbar Bugti – 2006.

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