ONS: 31 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  UN agreed to unfreeze UK-held Libyan assets
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police arrested alleged cartel boss in Ciudad Aleman
  • ASIA:  DPRK and ROK demanded that Japan relinquish claim to Dokto Islands
  • EUROPE:  NATO Kosovo Commander took troop reductions off the table due to increasing violence
  • MIDDLE EAST:  US blacklisted several Syrian officials, adding pressure to Syrian government
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Hackers attacked Wikileaks site, Wikileaks proceeded with release of thousands of US diplomatic cables

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: NTC gave the Gaddafi camp an ultimatum
    • In push to oust Gaddafi, NTC set Saturday 03SEP as deadline for surrender
    • Mustafa Jalil, head of NTC, threatened attack of Sirte if deadline is not met
    • NTC spokesman claimed to “have a good idea where he [Gaddafi] is”
    • CBS/AP, WaPo
  • United States: Damage caused by Hurricane Irene continued to plague Northeast
    • Vermont National Guard began airlifting food, drinking water, and supplies
    • Up to 260 roads in rural Vermont remained close
    • 2.5 million were reported to be without power from Maine to NC
    • AP, NY Daily News

AFRICA

  • Libya: UN agreed to unfreeze UK-held Libyan assets (AP)
  • Somalia: Leader of al Shabaab, Sheikh Zubeir, criticized fighters saying they had abandoned the struggle in an audio message to media (Reuters)
  • Sudan: After Sudan sent a complaint to the UN concerning South Kordofan, US urged Sudan to abide by its own ceasefire agreement (Reuters, AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Highest court convicted five top military commanders of 2003 genocide that claimed 64 lives (AP)
  • Colombia: Police seized a ton of cocaine belonging to trafficker Daniel Barrera, or “El Loco Barrera” (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation blamed President Castro for the detention of dozens of dissidents (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested a man suspected of running the Gulf drug cartel in Ciudad Aleman (EFE)
  • Panama: President Martinelli replaced Juan Carlos Varela with Roberto Henriquez, former Trade and Industry Minister as the new Foreign Minister (EFE, Xinhua)
  • US: An independent panel suggested that the US wasted as much as $60 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Al-Qaeda-linked group, 313-Brigade, appointed Shah Sahib as new chief (The Nation)
  • Region: North and South Korea demanded that Japan abandon groundless claims to Dokto Islands (Itar-Tass)
  • Australia: According to leaked diplomatic cables, US and Australia attempted to prevent the election of ElBaradei as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency for a third term (AFP)  
  • Kyrgyzstan: A Kyrgyzstan official noted that the US lease on Manas air base is set to expire in 2013 and will not be renewed (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Suspected suicide bomber detonated prematurely in Karachi (AP)

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: NATO took troop reduction off the table due to the rising violence in Kosovo (AP)
  • Russia: Russian official was killed by car bomb in Ingushetia (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: PM Putin said that Russia plans to spend 134 billion rubles on border security in the coming nine years (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Police arrested a gang of alleged drug traffickers after boat filled with hashish experienced trouble on coast (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: UN extended peacekeeping efforts in Lebanon (AP)
  • Syria: Residents of Rastan fled the city due to fear of an attack after security forces surrounded the city (DPA)
  • Syria: US blacklisted Syrian foreign minister along with two other top officials adding pressure to Syrian government (AFP)
  • Syria: Syria retained control over chemical weapons stockpile despite fears that militants had gained access (AFP)
  • Yemen: Defense Minister escaped unharmed when bomb exploded in Abyan province (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Wikileaks experienced cyber attack as it proceeded with release of thousands of US diplomatic cables (Reuters)
  • Technology: TechCrunch reported that Android and Apple are now responsible for nearly 70 percent of US smartphone market share (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 14W (Nanmadol)
    • Location: 135 NM WSW OF TAIPEI, TAIWAN
    • Movement: WNW at 4 knots
    • Winds: 25 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Talas)
    • Location: 510 NM SSE of Kyoto, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 07 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Katia
    • Location: 885 miles W of Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 22 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation:
    • Location: Western Cuba
    • Movement: WNW 15 mph
    • Winds: N/A
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Ash spewed more than a half-mile into the air four times
    • Mexico City could experience fallen ash overnight
    • WaPo

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)

  • France: Hosts “friends of Libya” meeting to discuss current situation.
  • Lebanon: Country assumes presidency of UN Security Council.
  • Libya: Revolution Day signifying Gaddafi coming to power – 1969.
  • Malaysia: Forbes Global CEO Conference held.
  • Russia: Military drill, Vzaimodeistviye (Cooperation) – 2011, held with Bulgaria.

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