ONS: 26 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 26, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he gives up power
  • AMERICAS: President Hugo Chavez confirmed his reelection bid
  • ASIA: Militants injured two security forces personnel in a grenade attack in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Russia and the US announced joint nuclear security exercises in early August
  • MIDDLE EAST: A motorcycle bomb exploded in Iraq, killing three people and wounding at least 12
  • TECHNOLOGY: Director of the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team resigned after a string of cyber attacks on US government networks

TOP STORY

  • United States: President Barack Obama warned in a prime time address that a debt default could trigger an enormous economic upheaval.
    • President Obama urged Congress to negotiate a deal before the 02AUG deadline.
    • In a televised response, Speaker of the House John Boehner declared he would not give President Obama a “blank check.”
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NYT, Xinhua, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: South African Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu warned Southern African waters are becoming an attractive alternative for Somali pirates. (AFP)
  • Libya: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he gave up power. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Amnesty International said security forces killed at least 23 people after a bomb blast over the weekend. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Congressional investigators identified 122 weapons linked to Operation Fast and Furious that were recovered from crime scenes in Mexico. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Soldiers found a series of marijuana fields covering 148 acres in Durango. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez confirmed his reelection bid to the state-run “Orinoco Post” newspaper. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: Top Indian and Pakistani officials met for peace talks focusing on trade and people-to-people exchanges. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Militants injured two security forces personnel in a grenade attack on a NATO airbase in Jalalabad. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The army, navy, and air force are preparing for a military exercise that could be launched this week in the Yellow Sea. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • The Balkans: Kosovar special police units took control of two border crossings to enforce a new ban on imports from Serbia. (DPA)
  • Greece: Deputy FM Filippos Sachinidis said a program for a voluntary swap of privately-held government bonds for longer maturity paper will start in August. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Russia and the US announced joint nuclear security exercises in early August. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named former Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi to resolve the dispute between the President and parliament. (AP)
  • Iraq: A motorcycle bomb exploded in Diyala province, killing three people and wounding at least 12. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Powerful tribal leader Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar warned against attacks on anti-government protesters as thousands rallied in Sanaa . (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Director of the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team Randy Vickers resigned after a string of cyber attacks on US government networks. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Eleven)
    • Location: 150 nm. S of Andersen AFP, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 13 knots
    • Winds: 30 – 40 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Nock-ten)
    • Location: 150 nm. ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 9 knots
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Northwestern Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: WNW at 15 – 15 mph.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JUL)

  • Cambodia: Trials begin for high ranking members of the Khmer Rouge regime.
  • India: Pakistani and Indian FMs meet to discuss security in South Asia.

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