ONS: 28 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 28, 2011


  • AFRICA: Islamist party won first Tunisian elections
  • AMERICAS: Zetas financial operator captured
  • ASIA: US and ROK agreed to counter DPRK provocations
  • EUROPE: Russia successfully test-fired the Bulava ICBM.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Nayef bin Abdulaziz became crown prince of Saudi Arabia
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese government will intensify internet controls


  • Libya: UNSC ended mandate for NATO operations
    • The UNSC unanimously voted to terminate NATO’s authorization in Libya, which will end at 23:59 pm on 31OCT, local Libyan time.
    • The resolution was welcomed in most diplomatic circles, despite the NTC’s request for NATO to stay through the end of 2011.
    • NATO members will be allowed to provide aid individually.
    • The arms embargo will continue in order to counter weapons proliferation.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua,


  • Ethiopia: US drone base began operations. (WaPo)
  • Libya: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi moved to Niger and is trying to arrange a flight to the Hague. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The Islamist Ennahda party won the country’s first nationwide elections. (Reuters)


  • Mexico: Tourists abandoned Cancun ahead of Tropical Storm Rina. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities captured Carmen del Consuelo Saenz, a top financial operator for the Zetas cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ grows stronger in Sierra Madre. (WaPo)


  • Region: Lieutenant General Scaparrotti stated the US will re-establish military communications across the Afghan-Pakistan border. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Insurgents attacked a NATO base with guns and RPGs. (NYT)
  • Korean Peninsula: US and ROK commanders agreed on the need to respond to DPRK “provocations.” (Kyodo)


  • Region: The chief of Europe’s bailout fund visited Beijing to discuss terms for a bond sale. (AFP)
  • Russia: Navy successfully test-fired the Bulava ICBM. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: The Obama administration consulted Congress on sending AH-1 SuperCobras to replace those destroyed by the PKK. (Reuters)


  • Iraq: Bomb blasts killed 18 & wounded 37 in Baghdad. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah named Nayef bin Abdulaziz as the new crown prince. (AJE)
  • Syria: Turkey is reportedly sheltering anti-Assad fighters. (NYT)


  • Social Media: China will intensify controls over social media and instant messaging tools. (Reuters)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Rina
    • Location: 21.1 N, 87.0 W
    • Movement: NNE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Western Caribbean Sea
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: WNW of Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Turkey: Independence day celebrated – 1923.



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