ONS: 04 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French peacekeepers took control of the main Ivorian airport in Abidjan.
  • ASIA: Two suicide bombers killed 42 people in a Sufi shrine in Punjab province of Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Berlusconi was in Tunisia to discuss ways to stop North African migration to Europe.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Drug kingpin Walid Makled claimed to have evidence that shows Venezuela’s Chavez was involved with drug corruption.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US withdrew support for Yemeni President Saleh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US State Department is funding a phone application in support of pro-democracy protesters.

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: 2 Qaddafi sons are said to offer plan to push father out
    • The plan would make way for a transition to a constitutional democracy under the direction of his son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi.
    • Fighting continued in Brega and Misrata.
    • The US pulled warplanes from the frontlines; Britain, France, and other NATO allies will now provide the fighter and attack jets to conduct intercept and ground attack missions.
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Chad: The government called on coalition forces to protect its citizens, who are being accused and executed for being mercenaries to Gaddafi, in opposition-held areas in Libya. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: 350 additional French peacekeepers joined the mission while the French took control of Abidjan’s airport. (CNN)
  • Nigeria: The government postponed parliamentary and presidential elections by one week after failing to get logistics prepared in time.
    • Parliamentary elections will be held on April 9, presidential elections on April 16 and governorship elections in its 36 states on April 26. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: More than 1,000 Afghans protested in the eastern city of Mehterlam against the burning of a Koran by an American pastor. (AFP)
  • Kazakhstan: President Nursultan Nazarbayev was declared the winner of elections held over the weekend with 95.5 percent of the vote. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Two suicide bombers set off an explosion at a Sufi shrine compound in Punjab province, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 100. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: The US and Black Sea nations began a two-day conference to improve security in the region. (AP)
  • Region: Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi headed to Tunisia in a bid to halt the influx of illegal North African migrants overrunning the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. (AP)
  • Spain: The Popular Party, Spain’s main opposition party, said early elections are needed to halt the insecurity and uncertainty reigning after Socialist Prime Minister Zapatero announced he will not seek a third term. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Reputed Venezuelan drug kingpin, Walid Makled, said he had videos and other “conclusive evidence” of drug corruption in the inner circle of Venezuela’s Chavez. (AP)
  • Region: Chilean President Pinera called on Bolivia to respect their border agreements. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: UN peacekeepers increased security as Haitian election officials will today announce the winner of the presidential elections. (Miami Herald)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf Arab monarchies; Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE; denounced Iran’s “flagrant interference” in regional affairs and said Tehran was destabilizing their countries. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition activists called on the military and security forces to support anti-government protesters in the face of violent government crackdowns. (DPA)
  • Yemen: The US decided to stop supporting President Saleh and concluded he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US: The State Department is funding the development of an application, “the panic button,” that will allow pro-democracy activists to delete all incriminating evidence on their cell phones with a single click while sending out an alert to their fellow activists. (Read Write Web)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 280 NM WNW of Yap
    • Winds: 15 – 20 knots
    • Movement: ENE at 12 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 20S (Twenty)
    • Location: 640 NM ENE of Learmonth, Australia
    • Winds: 25 – 35 knots
    • Movement: WSW at 6 knots over the past 6 hours
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 551.9 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: South of Java, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 24 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05 APR)

  • Russia: Launches Soyuz spacecraft.

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