ONS: 29 July 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian court convicted former President Ali in absentia
  • AMERICAS: President Humala took office in Peru
  • ASIA: 21 killed by suicide bomb attack on Afghan provincial capital
  • EUROPE: Moody’s warned of Spain credit downgrade
  • MIDDLE EAST: US accused Iran of funding Al Qaeda
  • TECHNOLOGY: Further allegations of News of the World hacking raised by a charity

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition chief of staff slain under mysterious circumstances
    • General Abdul Younis, who defected in February and became the chief of staff for opposition forces, was killed by an armed gang in Benghazi.
    • Gen. Younis had been summoned by the NTC for questioning. He was suspected of having kept some ties or contact with the Gaddafi regime.
    • Coverage: LA Times, Reuters, CSM, AFP

AFRICA

  • Somalia: African Union peacekeepers and Al Shabaab militants clashed in Mogadishu over aid relief. (AP)
  • Tunisia: A court sentenced ousted President Ali to 16 years for corruption. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Officials announced the homicide rate had risen by 23% due to drug war violence in 2010. (AP)
  • Peru: President Humala was sworn in, and immediately announced an increase of the minimum wage. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 21 were killed by a series of suicide bomb attacks against the provincial government of Oruzgan. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: 18 were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: American officials announced they had evidence tying a Russian intelligence officer to a string of bombings last year. (NYT)
  • Russia: Suspected Muslim insurgents killed three in Dagestan, including a village chief. A high-ranking official was assassinated in Makhachkala. (AP, Xinhua)
  • Spain: Rating firm Moody’s warned it may downgrade its assessment for Spain due to continuing fears of debt contagion spreading from Greece. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US government formally accused Iran of aiding Al Qaeda. (NYT, WSJ)
  • Syria: An oil pipeline was bombed by what state TV claimed were “saboteurs.” (AP)
  • Yemen: At least 40 were killed in clashes between soldiers and tribal fighters north of Sana’a. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • UK Phone-hacking: The Phoenix Foundation announced Sara Payne, mother of slain daughter, had also been targeted by News of the World for hacking. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 830 NM SSE of Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: Northward at 6 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10 (Nock-Ten)
    • Location: 335 NM ESE of Hanoi
    • Movement: NW at 09 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 300 miles SSW of Guatemala
    • Movement: Westward
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Don
    • Location: 285 miles ESE of Brownsville, Texas
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1200 miles ESE of the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W or WNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: South of the Fiji Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 521.7km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JUL)

  • Nothing to report.

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