ONS: 29 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gaddafi loyalists forced NTC troops to leave Sirte
  • AMERICAS: US authorities arrested man in planning attacks on Pentagon and Capitol
  • ASIA: Hong Kong shut down civil services due to Typhoon Nesat
  • EUROPE: Netherlands joined NATO missile shield
  • MIDDLE EAST: Suicide bomb exploded in Kirkuk, killing 3
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikipedia rolled out mobile service linking users to information via QR codes

TOP STORIES

  • Colombia: FARC rebels attacked pipeline, police arrested 6
    • Six alleged FARC members arrested in home-raid in Bogotá
    • Authorities seized munitions cartridges, explosive devices, gunpowder and assault weapons
    • Guerrillas attacked gas pipeline in northeastern Colombia
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP
  • Venezuela: Chavez rushed to hospital
    • Chavez experienced kidney failure, he was rushed to Military Hospital
    • Information Minister Izarra denied report
    • Coverage: AFP, El Nuevo Herald, Bloomberg

 AFRICA

  • Libya: Gaddafi loyalists forced NTC fighters to retreat from Sirte. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: MEND, a militant group, said it would place bombs in Abuja on 01 OCT. (Reuters)
  • Swaziland: King Mswati fired Judge Masuku, a lone critical voice. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: President Calderon sent troops and federal police to Veracruz. (AP)
  • United States: Federal authorities arrested and charged man with plotting to attack Pentagon and US Capitol. (Boston Globe)
  • United States: Immigration authorities arrested 2,901 undocumented immigrants. (EFE)

 ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan closed one of two border crossings with Afghanistan after a bomb hit an oil tanker. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Four ISAF soldiers were killed. (Xinhua)
  • Hong Kong: Typhoon Nesat forced a lockdown on schools, transport services. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: General Beg raised questions on Pak-US relationship, asking Zardari to end his silence on the subject. (The News)

 EUROPE

  • Region: Netherlands announced a contribution to NATO missile shield. (RIA Novosti)
  • Bosnia: The Netherlands announced its peacekeeping mission to end in October. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Kosovo PM blamed Serbia for breakdown in dialogue. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood threatened vote boycott in November. (AFP)
  • Iran: White House dismissed claims by Iran to send warships to US coast. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Suicide bomb exploded in Kirkuk. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: US warned of a kidnapping plot by a terrorist group in Riyadh; Saudi officials denied any knowledge. (AFP, Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Nonprofit groups rolled out Crisis Tracker to map instances of violence by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Wikipedia debuted QRPedia, a service that directs users to language-specific articles via scanned QR code. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricane (A): Tropical Storm Ophelia
    • Location: 180 miles ENE of Nothern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane (A): Tropical Storm Philippe
    • Location: 1115 miles W of Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane (P): Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 645 miles WNW of Baja, California
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Residents and tourists fled the Canary Islands after earthquakes sparked fears of a potential volcanic eruption. (Telegraph)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30SEP)

  • Asia: End of Rep. McKeon’s (R – CA) trip to China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
  • Ecuador: Anniversary of coup attempt in Ecuador – 2010.
  • Mexico: End of American troop deployment near US-Mexican border.

 

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