ONS: 04 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 4, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said famine has spread to three new areas of Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police arrested the second most powerful financial operator of the Zetas drug cartel
  • ASIA: A provincial intelligence official was killed in Kunduz, Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s Supreme Military Council assigned new leaders of the army
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian soldiers killed six people who took part in anti-regime protests
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korean police broke up an international ring of hackers that collaborated with North Korea

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Seif el-Islam Gaddafi said the government is forming an alliance with radical Islamist elements among the Libyan opposition.
    • Opposition fighters in the Western Mountains expressed frustration with their leadership.
    • Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega said Gaddafi is ready to hold elections to resolve the ongoing conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, DPA, NYT, Reuters, RIA Novosti, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The representative of the Economic Community of West African States in Ivory Coast said he will increase resources to resolve the country’s political challenges. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The UN said famine spread to three new areas. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The military announced that an intercepted submarine used to smuggle drugs contained 7.5 tons of cocaine. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers have arrested the second most powerful financial operator of the Zetas drug cartel. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A provincial intelligence official was killed in Kunduz city. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea asked South Korea for food staples and cement after the South offered medicine, instant noodles, and daily necessities. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Islamist militants killed a religious teacher and two other civilian Pattani. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: PM Silvio Berlusconi rebutted calls for his resignation, saying Italy’s economic fundamentals were strong. (NYT)
  • Turkey: The Supreme Military Council assigned new officers to the army’s top posts. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The Ministry of Health said police raided the offices used by Medecins Sans Frontieres because the group was operating without permission. (AP)
  • Syria: Soldiers killed six people who took part in anti-regime protests in Damascus. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two people were killed and three injured during clashes with police in Hadramawt province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean police broke up an international ring of hackers that collaborated with North Korea to steal millions of dollars in points from online gaming sites. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 140 nm. SE of Kadena, Japan
    • Movement: W at 8 knots
    • Winds: 90 – 110 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Merbok)
    • Location: 540 nm. WNW of Wake Island
    • Movement: NW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 40 – 50 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Emily
    • Location: 35 mi. SSE of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic
    • Movement: W at 5 mph.
    • Winds: 50 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Eugene
    • Location: 320 mi. SW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph.
    • Winds: 125 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 150 mi. S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph.
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05AUG)

  • Burkina Faso: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of car bomb that killed 12 in Jakarta – 2003.

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