ONS: 01 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Army General Ham said terrorist groups across Africa seek opportunities to coordinate.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican Defense Secretary Galvan urged regional forces to improve responses to natural disasters.
  • ASIA: Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the US commitment to Sino-American cooperation.
  • EUROPE: The European Central Bank introduced the second set of loans to banks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Egyptian travel ban on American pro-democracy activists was lifted.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Foursquare partnered with OpenStreetMap project.

TOP STORIES

  • North Korea agreed to a moratorium on nuclear activity.
    • The moratorium stipulated that IAEA have access to the nuclear program.
    • The US planned to send 240,000 metric tons of food assistance as part of the agreement.
    • China supported the agreement.
    • Japanese FM Gemba urged “concrete” action on six-party talks.
    • EU chief Ashton hailed the agreement as a “step in the right direction.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, VOA, VOA-2
  • Syrian opposition formed military bureau.
    • The Syrian National Council expressed a desire to coordinate the delivery of foreign arms by centralizing power in a military bureau.
    • International mediator Kofi Annan reiterated that the “killing and violence must stop.”
    • Venezuelan Oil Minister Ramirez said his government would send fuel to Syria if requested by the regime.
    • Kuwaiti MPs pressed for arming the opposition.
    • Britain closed its embassy in Syria.
    • China and Russia voted against the UN HRC resolution condemning human rights violations.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AFP-3, AFP-4, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: The crippled Costa Allegra moored in the port of Mahe, Seychelles. (AFP)
  • Region: US Army General Ham said terrorist groups in Somalia, Nigeria, and Northwest Africa seek opportunities to coordinate training, financing, and terror activities. (AP)
  • Sudan: South Sudan accused the Khartoum government of bombing inside its territory and sending troops to contested border areas. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: As leader of the Conference of American Armies, Mexican Defense Secretary Galvan called upon regional forces to improve responses to natural disaster. (EFE)
  • Region: Spanish PM Rajoy set forth basic principles for the upcoming Ibero-American Summit to set a foundation for “absolute equality”: liberty, democracy, and respect for human rights. (EFE)
  • Region: Secretary Clinton expressed concern over allegations that Latin American drug trafficking organizations are linked to Hezbollah and/or Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: President Martelly asked FM Lamothe to form a new government. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier and a civilian killed two NATO troops. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: An army operation in Orakzai killed 22 militants and injured 28 others. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Washington pledged $144 million and a warship to assist the country’s defense. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Deputy Minister of National Defense Chi Vinh said Vietnam expects to receive various forms of EU assistance in efforts to renew cooperation. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: EC released a report highlighting that Ireland may need to further alter its budget if its economy continues to deteriorate. (Reuters)
  • Region: The European Central Bank unleashed the second round of stimulating loans worth 530bn Euros. (FT)
  • Finland: Sauli Niinisto was sworn in as Finland’s new president. (AP)
  • Russia: Secretary Clinton urged the US Congress to grant permanent normal trade relations to Russia. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Washington confirmed an arrested jihadist named Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi was not the identified al-Qaeda leader Saif al-Adel as initially reported. (AP)
  • Egypt: The travel ban on American pro-democracy activists was lifted. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: An American teacher was murdered by a student in a murder-suicide at a private Christian school in the Kurdish region. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants kidnapped a Colonel in the Abyan province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Foursquare parted with Google Maps in favor of establishing a partnership with MapBox, which uses data from the crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap project. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Fifteen)
    • Location: 490 NM SW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 08 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Irina)
    • Location: 225 NM WNW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: SSW at 04 knots
    • Winds: 60 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Europe: EU holds special meeting at the summit on currency.
  • Iran: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Pakistan: Senate elections held.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination – 2011.
  • Togo: Rights groups protest demanding for government to resign.

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