ONS: 29 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan officials stated they would not extradite Lockerbie bomber
  • AMERICAS: Hugo Chavez will undergo next chemotherapy round in Venezuela, not Cuba
  • ASIA: Japan’s next PM very likely to be Finance Minister Noda  
  • EUROPE: Italian leadership met to adjust austerity plan  
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces storm town of Rastan
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nokia developer website hacked, information stolen

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Battle for last Gaddafi stronghold imminent
    • Opposition forces advanced on Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, in what could be the final significant battle with loyalists.
    • NTC officials requested continued NATO military support and protection until Gaddafi could be located and his remaining forces defeated.
    • Opposition forces gave the loyalists in Sirte an ultimatum: “Surrender or be liberated.”
  • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, Al Jazeera, CNN

AFRICA

  • Libya: Opposition officials stated they would not extradite Lockerbie bomber Abdel al-Mugrahi, who was discovered very near death in Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Namibia: Authorities arrested four men on suspicion of stealing nuclear material from a uranium mine. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Investigators working on the UN headquarters bombing in Abuja stated they were focusing their efforts on the Islamist sect Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A roadside bomb apparently intended for a convoy of AU peacekeepers missed its target, killing one bystander and injuring another in Mogadishu. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Hundreds of protesters angry with the government’s drug war policy demanded the resignation of the governor of Nuevo Leon and mayor of Monterrey in response to the casino attack that left 52 dead. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez was scheduled to undergo a third round of chemotherapy in Caracas, rather than Cuba as the previous two. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A NATO spokesman stated that over nearly 2,400 Taliban insurgents had joined the peace process over the past year and a half. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda won a runoff election for leadership of Japan’s ruling party and will likely be the next Prime Minister. (Japan Times)
  • Pakistan: A court ruled that former President Musharraf’s property and bank accounts be seized. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The second and third largest Greek banks announced plans to merge, in order to recover from the debt crisis. (BBC)
  • Italy: Government officials met to adjust budget plans designed to prevent Europe’s sovereign debt crisis from spreading to Italy. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bombing at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad killed at least 28. (NYT)
  • Syria: Security forces stormed the town of Rastan in central Syria, and the town of Hit near the Lebanon border. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: 26 Al Qaeda militants and 10 soldiers were killed during fighting in Abyan province. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A Nokia developer forum website was hacked and member information stolen. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 715 NM S of Tokyo
    • Movement: N at 2 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 14W (Nanmadol)
    • Location: 125 miles SW of Taipei
    • Movement: NW at 8 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Post-Tropical Cyclone Irene
    • Location: Near the border of Quebec and western Maine
    • Movement: NNE at 23 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 190 miles NNW of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 20 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Depression Twelve
    • Location: 375 miles south of the southern Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: W at 13 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Near 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles WNW of northern Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: NW at 8-12 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatcka

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30AUG)

  • China: Philippine President Aquino visits Beijing for South China Sea talks.
  • Global: Eid-Ul-Fitr celebrated, signifying the end of Ramadan.
  • Iran: Bushehr nuclear plant launched.
  • Kazakhstan: Anniversary of country adopting a constitution – 1995.

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