ONS: 05 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 5, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Clinton appealed to Somali islamist militants to allow aid in their territory
  • AMERICAS: Entire police force of Mexican town resigned
  • ASIA: Two NATO servicemen killed in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Turkey appointed new military leadership
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian crackdown continued; as many as 250 dead
  • TECHNOLOGY: Study indicated Facebook pictures usable for facial recognition

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi forces regained Zlitan
    • Forces loyal to Gaddafi retook the town of Zlitan from opposition forces.
    • Opposition forces claimed that Gaddafi’s son Khamis had been killed by a NATO air strke on a command center in Zlitan.
    • NATO launched air strikes against Tripoli.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, FT, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Somalia: US Secretary of State Clinton appealed to Al Shabab militants to allow food aid inside their territory. (AP)
  • Sudan: UN officials stated that Sudanese government forces threatened to shoot down a helicopter attempting to evacuate three wounded peacekeepers. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Army officials announced an operation against the Zetas cartel in northern Mexico killed 31 suspected members. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The entire 20-man police force of the town of Ascension resigned after a series of assassinations killed six officers in three months. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two NATO servicemen were killed in separate incidents. (WaPo)
  • Pakistan: Officials announced that three naval officers will be court martialed for negligence in connection with the May 22 attack on a Karachi base. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President Christofias shuffled his cabinet in response to fears of a debt crisis. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Replacements for the military commanders who resigned were appointed. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Security forces continued the crackdown on Hama; activists reported the death toll may have reached as high as 250. (AP)
  • Yemen: Tribal forces near Sana prepared for resumed clashes with government troops. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: A study conducted by Carnegie Melon University reported that Facebook’s photo archive can be used for facial recognition in real-world environments. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Merbok)
    • Location: 775 NM NW of Wake Island
    • Movement: NNW at 8 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Muifa)
    • Location: 45 NM SW of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 85 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Eugene
    • Location: 825 miles WSW of Baja California’s southern point
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation (remnants of tropical storm Emily)
    • Location: Jamaica, Eastern Cuba, Hispaniola, Southeastern Bahamas
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Kuril Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 49.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06AUG)

  • Bolivia: Independence Day – 1825.
  • Jamaica: Independence Day – 1962.
  • Japan: Anniversary of US dropping atomic bomb on Hiroshima – 1945

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