ONS: 02 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Forty died in fighting in Southern Sudan
  • ASIA: Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Minister of Minorities, was assassinated
  • EUROPE: US ship arrived in Mediterranean next week for missile defense
  • LATIN AMERICA: UN said Colombia has made progress in war on drugs
  • MIDDLE EAST: Cleric called for an Islamic state in Yemen
  • TECHNOLOGY: iPad2 will be released today

TOP STORY

  • Libyan military and opposition fought for control of al-Brega
    • Gaddafi forces and rebel forces fought for control of the eastern town of al-Brega, around 200 km from Benghazi.
    • Secretary Gates downplayed the use of force, as the US moved the Kearsarge and the Ponce into the Mediterranean.
    • Rebels are debating whether or not to endorse UN-sanctioned airstrikes in the country.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: Officials in northern Mali are worried Gaddafi is recruiting Tuareg rebels from Mali and Niger to fight. (AFP)
  • Egypt: State-owned newspaper, Al Akhbar, said Mubarak had fled Egypt to Saudi Arabia to seek cancer treatment. (Reuters)
  • Southern Sudan: Forty soldiers were killed in fighting between government forces and the renegade General Athor in northern Jonglei state. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese and Russian senior officials met to discuss the Kuril Islands. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the US will seek a UN Security Council presidential statement condemning Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment program. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister of the Minorities, was killed in Islamabad.
    • A pamphlet warning against changes to Pakistan’s blasphemy law was found at the scene of the crime, leaving the Taliban and Al-Qaeda as prime suspects. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: The USS Monterey will be sent next week to the Mediterranean as a first step in a defense shield to protect Europe from a potential strike from Iran’s missile arsenal. (AFP)
  • Ireland: Counting in the Irish election ended with Fine Gael winning 76 seats and Labor winning 37, as talks started to form a new government. (BBC)
  • Italy: A boat carrying 347 illegal migrants from Tunisia docked in Lampedusa, with more expected to arrive in Italy in the coming weeks. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board dropped Colombia from its list of countries requiring special observation, saying the country made progress in its war on drugs. (BBC)
  • Haiti: The Temporary Commission for Haiti’s Reconstruction approved 13 development projects in the health and housing sector for around $200 million. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Soldiers uncovered a mass grave with at least 17 buried in southern Guerrero state. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait’s Al-Qabas reported Gulf States will provide a financial package aimed at boosting economic and social conditions in Bahrain and Oman during their unrest. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against the regime as police and plain-clothed security officials used batons and tear gas to break up the rally. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Cleric Abdul Majid al-Zindani, who mentored bin-Laden, spoke to protesters calling for an Islamic state in Yemen. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The iPad2 will be released today as people speculate the improvements on the product from a new processor to a new screen. (InfoWorld)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAR)

  • Middle East: Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo.
  • Egypt: Turkish Prime Minister Gul will visit Cairo to show his solidarity with Egyptians.
  • Mexico: President Calderon meets with President Obama in Washington.
  • Pakistan: Case hearing over Raymond Davis murder charges.

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