ONS: 26 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 26, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram killed at least 12 in Maiduguri
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican casino was attacked by gunmen; at least 53 killed
  • ASIA: The son of an assassinated Pakistani governor was kidnapped by gunmen
  • EUROPE: Russia announced a possible delayed launch of the next manned spacecraft to the ISS
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Syrian cartoonist who mocked President Assad was badly beaten by masked gunmen
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google gave up on acquiring Slide to focus on Google+

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition consolidated victory
    • Opposition leadership announced the transfer of their capital from Benghazi to Tripoli.
    • Opposition forces advanced on the remaining strongholds of Gaddafi loyalists, focusing attacks on the town of Sirte and the Abu Salim neighborhood of Tripoli.
    • The NTC appealed for the release of seized international assets to the opposition belonging to the Gaddafi government.
    • An intense search for Gaddafi was launched by opposition special forces units.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters-1, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, WaPo, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants attacked a police station and a bank in Maiduguri, killing at least 12. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The UN compound in Abuja was bombed; an unidentified number of casualties was reported. (AP)
  • Somalia: An AU meeting on the famine in the Horn of Africa raised $351 million in pledged aid. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UNHCR warned of the possibility that a large number of Sudanese- northern and southern- might end up stateless if both countries did not act. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US officials stated they were now allowing Mexican police forces to stage raids against drug traffickers across the border from the Mexico into the US. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Gunmen attacked a casino in Monterrey, killing at least 53 people. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A NATO air strike against Taliban insurgents in Logar province killed at least five civilians. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Kan announced his resignation following criticism of his response to the Fukushima crisis and March tsunami. (WaPo)
  • Thailand: Suspected militants killed at least six security volunteers in Narathiwat province with a roadside bomb. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The son of assassinated governor Salmaan Taseer was abducted by gunmen in Lahore. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Russia: The next manned launch for the ISS may be delayed due to the failure of a Progress cargo spacecraft launch, according to officials. (AFP)
  • Russia: Insurgents ambushed and wounded three security troops in Dagestan. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: An influential Shiite cleric told the government to reform or risk suffering the same fate as Gaddafi. (AP)
  • Iraq: A series of bombings across Anbar province killed at least 15 people. (WaPo)
  • Syria: Gunmen brutally beat a political cartoonist who satirized President Assad as crackdowns continued across the country. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Google abandoned its effort to acquire the social application developer Slide in order to focus on Google Plus. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 14W (Nanmadol)
    • Location: 605 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 6 knots
    • Winds: 135 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 230 NM SSW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: N at 6 knots
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Irene
    • Location: 460 miles SSW of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Ten
    • Location: 585 miles W of the southernmost Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27AUG)

  • Ireland: Anniversary of the assassination of the British Queen’s cousin, Lord Mount Batten – 1979.
  • Moldova: Independence Day – 1991.

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