ONS: 27 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 27, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mohamed ElBaradei called for a broad opposition coalition to run in Egypt’s elections
  • AMERICAS: The next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, warned against cuts to the defense budget
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber killed the Mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Bulgaria’s ruling party GERB survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s President Ahmadinejad nominated Revolutionary Guard Commander Rostam Qassemi to head the Oil Ministry
  • TECHNOLOGY: Acting Assistant Secretary for the DHS Office of Cyber security and Communications warned of a potential Stuxnet virus attack

TOP STORY

  • Libya: PM Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi said Gaddafi will not begin talks on ending a conflict with the opposition before NATO air strikes stop.
    • NATO announced it would attack former civilian structures that are being used by Gaddafi’s troops.
    • Libyan expats formed the New Libya Party, the first opposition political party in Benghazi.
    • The UK expelled all Libyan diplomatic staff to put more pressure on Gaddafi’s government.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, DPA, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Mohamed ElBaradei called for a broad coalition of political forces, including Islamists, to run in the first elections. (AP)
  • Niger: Police arrested seven people for unauthorized possession of chemicals used for making explosives. (UPI)
  • Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan said he is planning legislation to limit the head of state to one term of office with a longer time frame. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales said he is worried the US will plant something on his presidential plane to link him to drug trafficking. (CNN)
  • United States: The next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, warned against steep cuts to the defense budget, saying it means “high risk” for the nation. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: 35 Taliban militants from Pakistan were killed and several wounded by NATO forces inside Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed the Mayor of Kandahar Ghulam Haider Hamidi. (AP)
  • China: The Ministry of National Defense demanded the US cease surveillance flights near the Chinese coast. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • The Balkans: A policeman was seriously wounded after an ambush in Kosovo’s north as tensions grow with local Serbs. (AP)
  • Bulgaria: The ruling party GERB survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote filed by the opposition. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nominated Revolutionary Guard Commander Rostam Qassemi to head the Oil Ministry. (DPA)
  • Israel: Palestinian Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour called for the UN General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state and give it UN membership. (DPA)
  • Syria: The Organization of Defending Prisoners of Conscience in Syria accused the police of threatening an activist with death. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Acting Assistant Secretary for the DHS Office of Cyber security and Communications said DHS fears the Stuxnet virus could be used against critical infrastructure. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Eleven)
    • Location: 260 nm. SW of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 30 – 40 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Nock-ten)
    • Location: 90 nm. NE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 6 knots
    • Winds: 65 – 80 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Western tip of Cuba
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JUL)

  • China: Anniversary of devastating quake that killed over 200,000 people – 1976.
  • Peru: Newly elected government sworn in.
  • Peru: Independence Day – 1824.

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