ONS: 25 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2011


  • AFRICA: UN called an emergency meeting on the drought crisis in Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez announced he will run for re-election
  • ASIA: Ryan Crocker was sworn in as US ambassador to Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Thousands protested the economic crisis in Spain
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government approved multi-party law
  • TECHNOLOGY: Judge ordered Oracle to lower damage claim against Google


  • Libya: Setbacks for Gaddafi, but still little progress for NATO and opposition
    • NATO continued striking targets in Tripoli; British officials stated heavy damage had been done to Gaddafi’s main Bab al-Aziziyah compound.
    • Opposition forces reported they had repelled an attack by Gaddafi forces southwest of Tripoli, and their advance on the city was hampered by extensive minefields around Brega.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP


  • Egypt: The trial for former interior minister Habib el-Adli, accused of ordering the murder of protesters during the overthrow of Mubarak, was postponed. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The UN hosted an emergency meeting on the Horn of Africa drought crisis in Rome. (VoA)


  • Mexico: Federal police arrested a boss of the “Knights Templar” cartel, Bulmaro Munoz, in Michoacan. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced he will run for re-election in 2012, despite his bout with cancer. (Reuters)


  • Region: Both South Korean and US officials stated their conditions for the restart of six-party talks have not changed, and North Korea must first display commitment to ending its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A NATO helicopter was downed by RPG fire in Kunar province; coalition forces clashed with insurgents during the resulting rescue operation but sustained no casualties. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Ryan Crocker was sworn in as the US ambassador to Kabul and stated the US had no intention of creating permanent bases in the country. (WaPo)


  • Greece: The credit rating company Moody’s further downgraded its estimate for Greece, despite recent austerity measures. (NYT)
  • Norway: Judges granted a request by prosecutors that Monday’s custody session for suspect Anders Behring Breivik take place behind closed doors. (AP)
  • Spain: Thousands of protesters angry with the economic crisis gathered in Madrid. (Al Jazeera)


  • Region: The ICRC reported hundreds of Iraqis have been displaced by the shelling of Kurdish bases in the area by Iran. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government approved a measure allowing the formation and participation of political parties other than the ruling Baath party. (Reuters)


  • Google: The judge overseeing the patent lawsuit between Oracle and Google ordered Oracle to revise its damage claim against Google to a much lower figure. (Engadget)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10W (Ten)
    • Location: 335 NM East of Manila
    • Movement: NW at 9 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Over Hispaniola
    • Movement: West at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 35.6km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 34.5km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Cuba: Anniversary of the communist revolution – 1953.
  • Liberia: Independence Day – 1847.
  • Palestinian Territories: Security Council debates Palestinian statehood.


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