ONS: 27 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 27, 2011


  • AFRICA:  NTC asks NATO to continue mission
  • AMERICAS: Drug Kingpin arrested in Mexico
  • ASIA:  Flood holiday begins; residents leave Bangkok
  • EUROPE:  European governments agree on plan to avert currency crisis
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Quartet peace makers fail to make breakthrough
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Nokia releases two new smartphones


  • US drones kill Taliban commander’s brother in Waziristan
    • Four missiles destroyed a pick-up truck containing Omar Nazir, brother to Maulvi.
    • Omar was acting as operational commander of Maulivi’s outfit.
    • The strike indicates that US intelligence has penetrated the inner circles of Maulivi’s organization.
    • Earlier this month drones killed Janbaz Zadran, a top Haqqani militant.
    • AFP, BBC, Reuters, VOA


  • Libya: Mustafa Abdel-Jalil asked NATO to prolong air patrols through the end of 2011, despite the UNSC’s stated intent to end mandate on Thursday. (NYT)
  • Libya: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi proposed surrendering to the ICC. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Sudanese army launched an attack on SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: Authorities sent 480 police and soldiers to the country’s biggest oil field after vandals trashed local offices of its Canada-based operator. (AP)
  • Mexico: Centro cartel kingpin Adrian Soria and 11 associates were arrested in Tecamac. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Soldiers broke into Mazatlan jail to rescue two comrades. (EFE)


  • Korea: US envoy Kurt Campbell states that there was ‘no breakthrough’ in attempts to restart nuclear disarmament talks. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed 11 people in a Peshawar marketplace.  (AP)
  • Thailand: Authorities ordered a five-day holiday to allow Bangkok residents to flee the city ahead of mass flooding. (BBC)


  • Region: Russia expects US compromise on missile shield. (RIA)
  • Region: European leaders agree on basic plan to resolve Eurozone crisis. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Defense Minister Yilmaz said the major operation in retaliation to an attack that killed 24 soldiers has ended. (AFP)


  • Region: “Quartet” negotiators failed to make a breakthrough in discussions with Israelis and Palestinians. (AP)
  • Egypt: Activists expressed anger over the light sentencing of Khaled Said’s killers. (AJE)
  • Syria: Government forces crack down on Homs, killing 19. (DPA)


  • Industry: Nokia introduced the Lumia 710 & 800 smartphones, results of an 8-month collaboration with Microsoft. (NYT)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Rina
    • Location: 18.8 N, 86.9 W
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 611.9 km
    • USGS
  • Volcanoes: Hudson volcano, Chile
    • Authorities evacuate in face of potential eruption
    • Reuters


  • Croatia: Trial of former PM Sanader.


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