ONS: 31 October 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2011


  • AFRICA: Kenyan airstrike killed at least five Somali civilians
  • AMERICAS: Former leftist revolutionary elected mayor of Bogota
  • ASIA: Suicide bombing in Kandahar killed at least seven
  • EUROPE: OECD reported Europe headed for 2012 downturn
  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab League called for an end to the violence in Syria  
  • TECHNOLOGY: China denied hacking US satellites


  • Israel: Retaliatory airstrike killed two Gaza militants
    • Rocket fire continued from Gaza despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday by the Islamic Jihad.
    • Israeli airstrikes killed a total of 12 suspected militants in retaliation for the ongoing rocket attacks.
    • The resumption of attacks ended a truce brokered by Egypt.
    • CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters


  • Liberia: The head of the election commission resigned over accusations of bias. (Reuters)
  • Libya: NATO scheduled the formal end of its mission for midnight today. (AP)
  • Somalia: At least five civilians were killed by a Kenyan airstrike on a refugee camp. (Al Jazeera)
  • Uganda: Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested again. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: Former guerilla Gustavo Pedro was elected mayor of Bogota. (LA Times)
  • Colombia: Gunmen attacked the vehicle of lawmaker Vanegas Osorio in Arauca province, killing the driver. (LAHT)
  • Mexico: A YouTube video posted by “Anonymous” hackers threatened to expose Zetas cartel allies. (AP)


  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing in Kandahar near a UN office compound killed at least seven. (Al Jazeera)
  • Afghanistan: US officials claimed Saturday’s deadly Kabul suicide bombing was linked to the Haqqani network. (Reuters)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Opposition parties disputed the election victory claim made by front-runner Almazbek Atambayev. (AP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra stated the government hopes to restore the flood-damaged Bangkok industrial districts within three months. (Reuters)


  • Region: The OECD forecasted the Eurozone as headed for a sharp economic downturn in 2012. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: Early run-off election results showed the ruling Gerb party as expanding its hold on power. (Bloomberg)
  • Russia: Two militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Dagestan. (ITAR-TASS)


  • Palestinian Territories: UNESCO prepared to vote on full membership for Palestine. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Arab League presented the Assad government with a plan to end the ongoing unrest. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Tribal forces opposed to the government shelled an air base in Sanaa, destroying two fighter aircraft. (Xinhua)


  • Cybersecurity: China denied a US commission’s report that it was responsible for a series of hacking attacks on environment-monitoring satellites in 2007 and 2008. (Reuters)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 160.4km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Global: Portugal assumes the head of the UN Security Council presidency.
  • Global: Protests scheduled in Nice, France, against the G-20 summit.
  • Global: Cyber conference held in London, England.
  • Myanmar: US envoys visit to encourage the release of political prisoners.

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