ONS: 02 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan and South Sudan negotiators agreed to provide suggestions on how to ease tensions and de-escalate the conflict.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan Drug enforcement agents seized 320 tons of precursor chemicals en route to Honduras.
  • ASIA: Pakistani President Zardari will visit India on 08APR for a private visit with Indian PM Singh.
  • EUROPE: Hungarian President Schmitt submitted his resignation to parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government troops stormed areas in southern Daraa province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese authorities imposed temporary limitations on microblogs due to rumors about Bo Xilai.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: Tuareg advance while international community pressures junta.
    • Residents of Timbuktu reported the flag of the Islamist faction of Tuaregs, Ansar Dine, flying over the city.
    • ECOWAS is to make a decision on whether to close their borders to Mali.
    • The junior officer who overthrew Mali’s democratically elected leader said he was reinstating the constitution.
    • France has advised its nationals to leave Mali and ruled out military intervention.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan negotiators agreed to provide suggestions on how to ease tensions and de-escalate the conflict. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Clashes erupted between the militias of two rival Libyan towns near the western border with Tunisia. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Troops clashed with suspected members of Boko Haram while raiding an alleged hideout, leaving nine militants and two troops dead. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Two Brazilian air force helicopters arrived in Colombia to transport the 10 soldiers and police held by the FARC. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Drug enforcement agents seized 320 tons of precursor chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs en route from Shanghai, China, to Honduras. (EFE)
  • Jamaica: Police arrested two men with approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani President Zardari will visit India on 08APR for a private visit with Indian PM Singh. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Two bombings in Baghlan province left 23 injured. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: New satellite imagery shows the DPRK accelerated preparations for its contested APR rocket launch. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban militants coming from Afghanistan clashed with border posts, leaving four paramilitary soldiers and 15 militants dead. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Georgia and Bulgaria signed a memorandum on cooperation in European and Euro-Atlantic integration. (Itar-Tass)
  • Hungary: President Schmitt submitted his resignation to parliament. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A passenger plane crashed in Siberia killing 32 of the 43 people on board. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Salehi declared Iran will not be swayed from its nuclear “path” by sanctions. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops stormed areas in southern Daraa province hours before envoy Kofi Annan was to brief the UN. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Army forces shelled two suspected al Qaeda positions in Abyan, killing at least six militants. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Militants killed 15 army soldiers held captive during fighting in Lahj. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet monitoring and control: Chinese authorities detained six individuals and put temporary limits on popular microblogging sites after rumors about former Chongqing Communist Party Chief Bo Xilai’s removal from office. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (DAPHNE)
    • Location: 340 NM SW of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: ESE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy.
    • Eruption for the fifth time this year.
    • Telegraph

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03APR)

  • China: Anniversary of police detaining artist/activist Ai Weiwei – 2011.

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