ONS: 01 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ouattara forces attacked Gbagbo’s residence in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: Radioactive iodine was found in groundwater below Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.
  • EUROPE: Portugal will hold a snap parliamentary election on 05JUN.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Chavez called on South American countries to unite against the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Opposition movements in Syria prepared for protests this morning.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is being sued for $1 billion for not removing a page fast enough.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Opposition forces continued to battle Gaddafi troops in Brega.
    • Senior aide to Gaddafi’s son Seif al Islam, Mohammed Ismail, visited London in recent days amid signs that the regime may be looking for an exit strategy.
    • Gaddafi declared that he will not resign, but “it’s the Western leaders who have decimated his military with airstrikes who should resign immediately.”
    • Coverage: AFP, The Guardian, AP

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Ouattara forces attacked Gbagbo’s residence in Abidjan and seized control of Ivory Coast’s state television. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: The country ordered the closure of all its land borders and restricted road traffic for the Saturday National Assembly poll. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Japan: High levels of radioactive iodine-131 were found in groundwater below Japan’s nuclear plant. (DPA)
  • Korean Peninsula: President Lee Myung-Bak said North Korea’s offers of dialogue are insincere and demanded the communist state apologize for two deadly border incidents last year. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Portugal: President Anibal Cavaco Silva announced that the country will hold a snap parliamentary election on 05JUN. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The army killed 7 “terrorists” in clashes in a southern province bordering Syria. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Peru: Leftist former army officer, Ollanta Humala, has emerged as a leader in opinion polls just days before the presidential election. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez called on South American countries to unite against the “imperialism” of the United States, which he said threatens world peace. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The Israeli military accused Hezbollah of having built as many as 1,000 bunkers, underground facilities and storage units for munitions including rockets, missiles and other weapons, most located in civilian villages in Lebanon. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition movements prepared for protests after Muslim prayers this morning. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Larry Klayman, a former Justice Department prosecutor, filed a law suit against Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg for over $1 billion after the site failed to remove a page calling for a third intifada against Israel’s Jewish population swiftly enough.
    • Klayman accused Facebook keeping the page live to “further their revenues and the net worth.”
    • The page was removed on 29MAR because, according to Facebook, it in fact made “direct calls for violence,” which is in violation of its policies.
    • Coverage: TechCrunch

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02APR)

  • Global: Cricket World Cup final.
  • Nigeria: Parliamentary elections.

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