ONS: 03 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

03 March 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian PM Shafiq resigned.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Christians demonstrated in the wake of Minister Bhatti’s assassination.
  • EUROPE: Islamic terrorism suspected in death of Americans.
  • LATIN AMERICA: UN said heroin trafficking from Mexico increased.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Shiite opposition is ready to talk to Bahraini government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cloud program Nimble is active.

TOP STORY

  • Three Dutch marines were captured by Gaddafi forces
    • Gaddafi forces captured 3 Dutch marines and 2 foreign civilians, one of whom was already released, in Sirte on Sunday.
    • Witnesses saw Gaddafi warplanes launch air strikes against Brega.
    • Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said while 40 flights would leave the Tunisian resort of Djerba with refugees today, tens of thousands continue to flee Libya.
    • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke with Gaddafi about forming a bloc of nations friendly to Libya to mediate the crisis between Libya and the West.
    • Coverage: NYT, VOA, NYT, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: Hundreds of thousands sub-Saharan Africans may try to flee Libya in the coming weeks across the Niger border due to fear of being mistaken for Gaddafi’s mercenaries. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Mubarak-appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned; Transport Minister Essam Sharaf will take his place. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The Islamist Ennahda movement, banned for two decades until this week, could join the government as cabinet resignations threaten the transition to democracy. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippine military deployed two warplanes near the disputed South China Sea region after a Philippine ship searching for oil complained it was harassed by two Chinese patrol boats. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan said North Korea recently appealed for food aid. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Hundreds of Pakistani Christians demonstrated against the slaying of Minorities Minister Bhatti; they burned tired, demanded justice, and shouted for “a revolution.” (AP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Federal prosecutors said the attack that killed 2 US air force personnel could be linked to Islamic terrorism. (AP)
  • Netherlands: According to regional polls, the center-right cabinet failed to secure a majority in the Senate, leading to doubts about the ability to pass anti-immigration measures. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, said Latin America was economically and politically stable, with the notable exceptions of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board worried about the increase of heroin trafficked into the US. (AP)
    • The INCB also found 90% of cocaine consumed in the US travels through the country. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli foreign ministry said it was preparing legislation to impose sanctions against companies conducting business with Iran. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Abdul Jalil Khalil said opposition Shiite groups are ready to talk to the Sunni government. (AP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed at least 9 people at a bank in Haditha. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The cloud program Nimble went into public beta allowing users to bring email, Facebook and Twitter into one place. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04MAR)

  • Cuba: Trial of American contractor Alan Gross for spying.

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