ONS: 25 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 25, 2011


  • AFRICA: Moderate Islamist party won Tunisian elections
  • AMERICAS: US officials claimed successful infiltration of Mexican cartels
  • ASIA: Talks between US and North Korea in Geneva delayed
  • EUROPE: Turkey earthquake death toll rose to over 360
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni military aircraft crashed, killing at least nine
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks announced it was having financial problems


  • Libya: Gaddafi buried in secret
    • Gaddafi, his son Motassim, and military chief were removed from Misrata during the night by NTC officials and buried in a secret location, ending a four day disagreement within the opposition over the body.
    • Human rights groups and western officials continued to call for an investigation into his death, following the release of a video showing Gaddafi being abused by opposition soldiers.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, WaPo


  • Kenya: A second grenade attack struck a bus terminal in Nairobi, killing one and injuring eight. (Reuters)
  • Libya: At least 100 people were killed by a fuel tank explosion in Sirte. (RFE)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the assassination of journalist Alhaji Isa. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The moderate Islamist Ennahda party claimed victory in elections. (AP)


  • Region: Hurricane Rina, near Honduras, was upgraded to a category 2 storm. (AP)
  • Mexico: US officials disclosed that US law enforcement agencies are more successfully infiltrating drug cartels. (NYT)
  • Mexico: A UN report rated Mexico as the fifth most dangerous country in the world for journalists. (AP)


  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said that recent controversial comments he made were “misinterpreted.” (AFP)
  • North Korea: The start of a second day of talks with the US in Geneva were delayed. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bombing targeting anti-Taliban militiamen killed four in the northwest. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Flooding worsened in Bangkok as waters breached levees around Don Muang airport, forcing the cancellation of flights. (AP


  • Russia: A NATO delegation visited Moscow on a goodwill mission. (AP)
  • Turkey: The death toll from Sunday’s earthquake rose to nearly 370. (WSJ)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron faced a rebellion in parliament from members of his own party over Britain’s EU membership. (The Guardian)


  • Region: Iraqi border officials and spokesmen for PKK rebels denied that Turkish forces had launched an incursion into northern Iraq. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A second day of bombings targeting traffic policemen in Baghdad killed one. (AP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International accused the government of using hospitals as torture facilities. (BBC)
  • Yemen: A military plane crash in Lahej province killed at least nine soldiers. (AFP)


  • WikiLeaks: Julian Assange stated that WikiLeaks may have to cease operations due to a lack of funding. (NYT)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Hurricane Rina
    • Location: 200 miles SW of the Grand Caymans
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Just north of Curacao
    • Movement: WNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Etna, Italy
    • No casualties or damage reported. (WaPo)


  • Syria: Arab League delegation visits Syria.

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