ONS: 01 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt banned Mubarak from travel and froze assets
  • ASIA: Private spies reportedly aid the FBI in an Afghan investigation
  • EUROPE: German defense minister Guttenberg resigned
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombia and Ecuador launched a border security program
  • MIDDLE EAST: Oman deployed army units fearing more unrest

TOP STORY

  • US prepared for a possible military intervention in Libya.
    • The US moved warships towards Libya and froze $30 billion in the country’s assets.
    • Gaddafi denied protesters were in the streets and said Al Qaeda captured Benghazi.
    • Aid workers are struggling to deal with the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Libya on the Tunisian border.
    • Coverage: NYT, CNN, BBC

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Top prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud banned Mubarak and his family from leaving the country and seized his assets. (WaPo)
  • Egypt: Military leaders will hold a referendum on constitutional change on 19MAR, a parliamentary election in June, and a presidential poll six weeks later. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: UN Officials were attacked in Yamoussoukro while investigating whether Belarus provided attack helicopters to Gbagbo. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A former CIA official, Duane Clarridge, leads a spy ring assisting the FBI in its investigation of the of 10 medical aid workers in northern Afghanistan killed last year. (NYT)
  • China: The government rejected criticism of the handling of foreign journalists after American Ambassador Jon Huntsman said American and other journalists were detained and one was beaten. (CNN)
  • Korean Peninsula: The North’s government said the US-ROK military exercises would lead to “inevitable counter-action on the part of the DPRK army.” (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Defense Minister Guttenberg stepped down after it was discovered he plagiarized his PhD. (BBC)
  • Spain: Police arrested four members of ETA near Bilbao, who were allegedly linked to the bombing of an anti-terrorism unit in June 2009. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Colombia and Ecuador announced the creation of a joint work group to fight transnational crimes on their border. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Victor Manuel Torres Garcia, a former Mexico state police officer and one of the top 3 leaders of La Resistencia cartel, was arrested in Uruapan, Michoacan. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega will stand in elections after winning his party’s nomination. The opposition insisted it was unconstitutional but the Supreme Court ruled that it is “unenforceable” to stop someone from running for consecutive terms. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The whereabouts of opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi are unknown as Iran has nationwide protests. (NYT)
  • Iraq: There were one quarter fewer killed by attacks in Iraq in February than there were in January. (AFP)
  • Oman: The government deployed troops north of the capital, Muscat, and near the border with the UAE as protests spread to the capital and continued in Sohar. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • An audio-sharing start-up, Broadcastr, brings collected audio clips from various sources and pins them to physical locations, so people can be fed stories, audio tour guides and historical clips that are relevant to their physical locations. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Easter Island region
    • Magnitude 6.0
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Europe: Russia and NATO meet on missile defense.

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