ONS: 03 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Chadian army claimed that its troops in northern Mali killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the commander who led the deadly assault on a gas plant in southern Algeria.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police moved to occupy slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
  • ASIA: In China, the First Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) opened in Beijing.
  • EUROPE: In Macedonia, violent ethnic riots hit the capital with at least 22 people injured.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Obama appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s culture ministry cut off internet access to state-owned Russian news outlet Voice of Russia.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence escalates as Assad restates refusal to resign
    • Approximately 200 troops and rebels were killed in an eight-day battle for a police academy in Aleppo, as insurgents seized control of most of the complex.
    • Jihadist rebels seized control of a prison in the northern Raqa province and freed “hundreds” of detainees.
    • President Assad said he is ready to negotiate with the opposition but will not step down.
    • UNSG  Ban Ki-moon said the UN is prepared to broker peace talks between Syria’s regime and opposition.
    • President Assad accused the British government of wanting to arm “terrorists” in his country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, The Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A retrial of former president Mubarak is to open on April 13. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Soldiers killed one and wounded several others in Conakry. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The electoral body said it has registered 22,600 both local and international observers to monitor general elections. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The Chadian army claimed that its troops in northern Mali killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the commander who led the deadly assault on a gas plant in southern Algeria. (AFP)
  • Mali: France said that one of its soldiers had been killed in fighting in the north of the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police moved to occupy slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup. (AFP)
  • United States: The conservative American Political Action Committee (AmerPAC) sent out mass e-mails to citizens, asking them to put pressure on the Congress to stop surveillance of Americans using drones in US airspace. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro said that President Chavez is taking his time to recover but is active in the decision making process in government. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Banladesh: The government deployed troops in the north of the country as six more people were killed in fresh clashes. (AFP)
  • China: The First Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) opened in Beijing. (Xinhua)
  • India: At least three people protesting against plans for a South Korean steel mill were killed by bomb explosions. (DPA)
  • Malaysia: Five Malaysian policemen and two gunmen died in a fresh clash on Borneo. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Macedonia: Violent ethnic riots hit the capital with at least 22 people injured. (AP)
  • Portugal: Thousands of demonstrators held marches in more than 20 cities to protest government-imposed austerity measures. (AP)
  • Turkey: The PKK said it may release Turkish state officials it is holding within 10 days as part of a renewed push for peace. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Obama appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. (AFP)
  • Iran: Israel said that nuclear talks between Iran and world powers have only given the Islamic republic more time to pursue nuclear weapons. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber struck in an area between major shrines in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Karbala wounding 10 people. (AFP)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II said he envisions his future role as an arbitrator once parliament and political parties are mature. (AP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi said the government could pursue separatist leaders at the ICC if they attempt to impede the political reconciliation process. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iran’s culture ministry cut off internet access to state-owned Russian news outlet Voice of Russia. (UPI)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04MAR)

  • Global: IAEA International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR13) in Paris (to 07MAR).
  • Global: IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna (to 08MAR).
  • Global: Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference in New York (to 06MAR).
  • Europe: Continuation of European Union-brokered talks between the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels.
  • Middle East: Exercise Aman-13, an anti-piracy military exercise hosted by Pakistan and attended by military teams from countries around the globe including GCC countries, China, the USA, Japan, and others, is scheduled to start in the North Arabian Sea (to 08MAR).
  • Kenya: Kenyan presidential and parliamentary elections.

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