ONS: 31 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 31, 2011


  • AFRICA: Libya’s opposition began broadcasting its own TV station
  • ASIA: Pakistani warplanes killed 17 Taliban militants in a raid
  • EUROPE: Germany was infuriated after Iran delayed Merkel’s plane
  • LATIN AMERICA: Assailants hurled an explosive device at a Mexican newspaper office
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria resumed shelling demonstrators in Homs Governorate
  • USA/CANADA: Cyber-attacks are an act of war: Pentagon
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter will release a photo sharing service


  • Libya: Inconclusive AU talks in Libya
    • The opposition immediately rejected the African Union’s ceasefire initiative.
    • Opposition leaders renamed their armed forces the “National Liberation Army”.
    • Over 100 Libyan army members, including eight high ranking officers, defected to Rome.
    • A video of an anti-Gaddafi protest in Tripoli was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Al Jazeera, LAT, Reuters, Xinhua


  • Yemen: Ceasefire broken in Sanaa
    • Heavy shelling took place near the interior ministry building and at the house of a powerful tribal leader.
    • Tribal forces took over several government buildings and police stations.
    • A video of gunfire sounds echoing through Sanaa was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Telegraph, Xinhua


  • Libya: The opposition began broadcasting its own TV channel. (AP)
  • Somalia: A suicide attack in Mogadishu killed two African Union peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Sudan: North and South Sudan agreed to establish a jointly patrolled demilitarized border zone. (Reuters)


  • Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai said he will not allow NATO airstrikes on houses because of civilian casualties. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Seoul purchased two F-15K fighter jets from Boeing. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani warplanes killed 11 militants in a raid in the Orakzai region. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Separate bomb attacks by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants injured 5 soldiers on Basilan Island. (AP)


  • Region: Russia participated in NATO submarine drills off the Spanish coast. (RIA Novosti)
  • Germany: Berlin summoned the Iranian ambassador after Iran closed its airspace to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane. (AFP)
  • Turkey: 30,000 people in Istanbul protested against Israel on the anniversary of the Gaza flotilla raid. (Xinhua)


  • Region: Venezuelan police arrested a Colombian man for operating cocaine processing labs along the two countries’ border. (AP)
  • Colombia: Police arrested 37 drug traffickers and hit men in Choco. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Unidentified assailants hurled an explosive device at the offices of a newspaper in Saltilo, Coahuila. (AP)


  • Palestinian Territories: Israel arrested 12 suspected Islamic Jihad militants near the West Bank town of Jenin. (AFP)
  • Syria: New army shelling in the Homs town of Rastan killed at least one protester. (AP)
  • Yemen: Troops shot and killed at least five protesters in Taez. (AP)


  • USA: The Pentagon concluded that cyber-attacks coming from another country can constitute an act of war. (WSJ)


  • Twitter may release a photo sharing service to compete with Twitpic and Yfrog. (Mashable)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shuveluch, Kamchatka


  • Global: Gabon assumes presidency of UNSC.
  • Bahrain: Emergency law, imposed in March, ends.
  • United States: CNN begins broadcasting in 1980.


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