ONS: 03 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali’s neighbors shut down their borders with Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC freed the last ten of its hostages.
  • ASIA: The US issued a $10 million bounty for the capture of the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  • EUROPE: French authorities said the 16 detained suspected militants were plotting kidnappings.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government airstrikes killed at least 43 Al Qaeda militants in Lahj.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Australian court found Google liable for fraudulent advertising hosted on its services.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Heavy fighting in Daraa despite peace plan
    • Kofi Annan reported the government agreed to withdraw security forces from population centers by 10APR.
    • Security forces continued assaults on populated areas experiencing unrest.
    • The Red Cross renewed its call for daily cease-fires to evacuate wounded and civilians.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP-1, AP-2, AFP

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan resumed peace talks, but continued to trade accusations. (Reuters)
  • Region: Neighboring countries agreed to shut down their borders as part of sanctions aimed at the military junta. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Officials announced a deal with the IMF for a $3.2 billion aid package in June, three months later than previously expected. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Protesters attacked the British embassy in Buenos Aires over the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Island war. (Guardian)
  • Colombia: The FARC freed the last ten of its hostages, four soldiers and six policemen. (Reuters)
  • United States: Authorities expressed concern over the possibility of an al Qaeda cyber-attack on NYC. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The US issued a $10 million bounty for the capture of Pakistani militant Hafiz Saeed, suspected of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Four policemen and two civilians were poisoned and killed at a checkpoint in Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: President Sein expressed approval of by-elections won by the opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Authorities revealed the 16 suspected militants detained on Friday were plotting kidnappings. (AFP)
  • Georgia: President Saakashvili promised NATO that upcoming parliamentary elections would be “fully transparent.” (DPA)
  • Russia: Authorities confiscated over 120 kg of methamphetamines in Tatarstan. (Moscow Times)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Foreign Minister Salehi expressed skepticism at Turkey’s hosting of talks with world powers on Iran’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The government criticized Kurdistan’s decision to halt oil exports to Baghdad. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Government airstrikes killed at least 43 al Qaeda militants in Lahj. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: An Australian court found Google liable for fraudulent advertising hosted on its services. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Oaxaca, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 9.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1948.
  • Global: International Day for Land Mine Awareness celebrated.
  • Global: Founding of Microsoft – 1975.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iranian embassy bombing in Baghdad – 2010.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of 7.2 earthquake – 2010.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the execution of Former PM Bhutto – 1979.
  • Senegal: Independence day celebrated – 1960.
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1968.

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