ONS: 28 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 28, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Heavy fighting broke out in Somalia between African Union troops and al-Shabaab insurgents
  • AMERICAS: Eight people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico
  • ASIA: Seven Philippine soldiers were killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf militants
  • EUROPE: A mob of 200 Serbs hurled firebombs and set fire to a customs port near Kosovo’s border with Serbia
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki said the country’s leadership may soon come to an agreement on whether US troops should stay after this year
  • TECHNOLOGY: A 19-year-old spokesman for the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec was arrested in Scotland

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition forces launched an offensive against the strategic town Ghezaia near the Tunisian border.
    • Gaddafi said he was ready for “sacrifice” to defeat NATO and the opposition who are trying to unseat him.
    • The US said it was reviewing a request by the opposition to open an embassy in Washington.
    • Coverage: AFP AFP-2, NYT,  Reuters

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Oxfam reported civilians in the east of the country have been attacked by former Ugandan rebels. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Amnesty International said state-backed militias prevented hundreds of thousands of refugees from returning home. (DPA)
  • Somalia: Heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu between African Union troops and al-Shabaab insurgents. (CNN)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: VP Jose Ramon Machado Ventura said the government will work to create large “non-state” sectors in the economy. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Eight people were killed in two separate incidents of drug related violence in Michoacan. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN navy chiefs agreed to set up direct telephone lines and hold annual meetings. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Human Rights Watch said civilian leaders failed to stop security agencies from carrying out “enforced disappearances” in Baluchistan. (AP)
  • Philippines: Seven soldiers were killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf militants. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The cabinet of President Dimitris Christofias resigned under fire after a munitions blast. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: A mob of 200 Serbs hurled firebombs and set fire to a customs port near Kosovo’s border with Serbia. (AP)
  • Russia: Garun Kurbanov, the head of the analytical department and press service of the Dagestan Republic’s leader Magomedsalam Magomedov, was assassinated. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: PM Nouri al-Maliki said the country’s leadership may soon come to an agreement on whether US troops should stay after this year. (AP)
  • Israel: A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel without causing injuries or damage. (AFP)
  • Syria: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged Syrian protesters to direct their movement against Washington and Israel. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korea, South: A hacking attack that originated in China compromised the personal information of 35 million Internet users. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: A 19-year-old spokesman for the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec was arrested in Scotland. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Eleven)
    • Location: 455 nm. W of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 14 knots
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Nock-ten)
    • Location: 310 nm. WNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 16 knots
    • Winds: 50 – 65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Don
    • Location: 680 mi. ESE of Corpus Christi, TX
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph.
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JUL)

  • Nothing to report.

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