ONS: 01 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French-supported Malian forces clashed with Islamist rebels in Timbuktu.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican drug cartels are reportedly dispatching agents deeper into the United States.
  • ASIA: Myanmar allowed privately-run newspapers to operate for the first time in 50 years.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government stated it would not bailout Russian savers who lose money in the Cyprus banking crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iraq suicide bombing struck a police headquarters in Tirkit, killing at least 10.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Saudi government stated it might block messaging applications like Skype and Viber if they do not comply with rules and regulations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea vowed strong response; North denies nuclear weapons are on the table; US deploys stealth fighters.
    • South Korean President Park Geun-hye vowed his country will have a “strong response” to any provocation by the North.
    • North Korean President Kim Jong-Un stated the country’s nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip for negotiations.
    • The US deployed F-22 stealth fighter aircraft to the region.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, WaPo, Al Jazeera, AFP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The PM named several rebels and opposition figures in a new cabinet. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The government deployed additional security forces following violent protests that killed five. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mali: French-supported Malian forces clashed with Islamist rebels in Timbuktu. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A military raid on suspected Boko Haram militants in Kano left at least fifteen dead. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir declared he had decided to release all political detainees. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican drug cartels are reportedly dispatching agents deeper into the United States. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro called for a probe into the death of Hugo Chavez. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: One suspected drug trafficker was killed in an anti-drug operation near the Colombian border. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani General Kayani urged ISAF to help the country stop cross-border attacks from Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Japan’s coastguard reported three Chinese ships had entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The ISAF reported defusing ten IEDs during operations in the eastern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The Human Rights Watch called for decisive action on the part of the government against anti-Muslim attacks. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Privately-run newspapers were granted licenses to operate for the first time in 50 years. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian government stated it would not bailout Russian savers who lose money in the Cyprus banking crisis. (BBC)
  • Cyprus: The Euro hit a four-month low due to fears surrounding the Cyprus bailout. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A counterterrorist operation was launched in Kabardino-Balkaria near the Georgian border. (ITAR-TASS)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government reported international sanctions had driven the country’s inflation rate to over 30%. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A series of attacks in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Kirkuk and Fallujah killed at least seven. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: A suicide bombing struck a police headquarters in Tirkit, killing at least 10. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Fierce fighting continued in Aleppo, driving residents out of the city. (Al Jazeera)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Saudi Arabia: The government stated it might block messaging applications like Skype and Viber if they do not comply with rules and regulations. (CNN)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02APR)

  • Andorra: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Andorra and meet with PM Marti and the president of the parliament.
  • Falkland Islands: Anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Argentina and Great Britain – 1982.
  • Mali: Launch of EU training of Malian army.
  • United States: President Obama will welcome Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong to the White House to focus on a range of strategic and economic questions in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Venezuela: Campaigning officially begins for the Presidential election.
  • Judaism: Pesach, Passover, ends at sundown.

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