ONS: 30 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US drone strikes wounded two leaders of the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s Interior Department said it has not found evidence that 80 Central American migrants were kidnapped last week
  • ASIA: Senior Haqqani commander Ismail Jan was killed by NATO in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Greece’s lawmakers voted in favor of austerity measures
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three American soldiers were killed in southern Iraq
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers shut down Al Qaeda’s online distribution of videos and statements

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Military spokesman Col. Thierry Burkhard said France sent weapons to opposition forces in the western Nafusa Mountains.
    • British Minister for International Security Strategy Gerald Howarth said Britain would not arm opposition fighters.
    • Transitional National Council leader Mahmoud Jibril said the opposition needs arm supplies to win the war against Gaddafi’s forces.
    • Coverage: AP, DPA, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The UN Security Council authorized the redeployment of three armed helicopters to Ivory Coast. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: US drone strikes wounded two leaders of the al-Shabab militant group. (WaPo)
  • Sudan: North and South Sudan agreed to create a 20 km demilitarized buffer zone along their common border. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: A study published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal said a UN contingent from Nepal contaminated a Haitian river with cholera. (AP)
  • Mexico: Interior Department Deputy Secretary Rene Zenteno said the government has not found evidence that 80 Central American migrants were kidnapped last week. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Senior Haqqani commander Ismail Jan was killed by NATO in Paktiya. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government is closely watching North Korea’s military after it warned of “merciless” retaliation. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The Foreign Ministry protested to Japan after it allegedly blocked a local fishing boat carrying anti-Japan protesters from sailing to the disputed Diaoyu islands. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Lawmakers voted 155 to 138 in favor of austerity measures despite protests. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Police arrested six people suspected of trafficking Uranium-235. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Three American soldiers were killed in southern Iraq. (AP)
  • Israel: Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla said Israel sabotaged a second ship. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Prince Turki al-Faisal warned NATO that the country would pursue policies that could lead to “dramatic consequences” if Iran obtains nuclear weapons. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Al Qaeda: Unknown hackers temporarily shut down Al Qaeda’s online distribution of videos and statements. (NBC)

WORLD

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01JUL)

  • Bahrain: National Dialogue to begin.
  • China: Sino-Kazakh Horgos International Border Cooperation Center will become operational.
  • Denmark: Vote on increased border patrols.
  • Global: Germany takes over UN Security Council presidency.
  • Germany: German military conscription abolished.
  • Hungary: Media law comes into effect.
  • Indonesia: Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia to be implemented.
  • Morocco: Referendum on constitution.
  • Pakistan: First anniversary of suicide attacks on a Lahore Sufi shrine.
  • Poland: Takes over EU presidency.
  • Sudan: Referendum on Darfur.

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