ONS: 04 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian ruling junta defied a regional demand to immediately relinquish power.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan authorities arrested Horst “The Tiger” Overdick, a wanted drug trafficker with ties to Mexico’s Zetas cartel.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomb in northern Afghanistan killed at least six and wounded 20.
  • EUROPE:  French police arrested 10 suspected Islamic radicals in a series of anti-terror raids.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi FM Zebari said Iran proposed Baghdad as a site for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook countersued Yahoo over patent infringement.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence continued despite peace deal
    • Opposition groups accused the government of escalating assaults on rebellious population centers, despite a promise to immediately withdraw.
    • Monitoring groups reported at least 80 were killed by the military crackdown, with clashes reported across the country.
    • Russian FM Lavrov warned against arming the opposition.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1NYTAPAFPReuters-2Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Liberal politicians rejected an offer by the Muslim Brotherhood to sit on a council writing a new constitution. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The ruling junta defied a demand by neighboring countries to immediately relinquish power. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A suicide bomb struck the newly reopened national theater in Mogadishu, killing at least two. (AP)
  • Sudan: AU-UN officials reported an air strike in Darfur. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government condemned British PM Cameron’s statements on the Falklands. (Telegraph)
  • Colombia: President Santos declared the FARC had to do more to prove it had ended the practice of kidnapping. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities arrested Horst “The Tiger” Overdick, a wanted drug trafficker with ties to Mexico’s Zetas cartel. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN leaders pledged to increase efforts to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomb in northern Afghanistan killed at least 12 and wounded 20. (AP)
  • India: A Russian-built nuclear submarine was formally commissioned into the navy. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: Leaders of the KNU rebel movement sent a delegation to hold peace talks with the government. (AP)
  • Myanmar: State media confirmed the sweeping of opposition politician Aun Sang Suu Kyi’s NLD party. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: A bombkilled at least six near the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Police arrested 10 suspected Islamic radicals in a series of anti-terror raids. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Clashes in the North Caucasus killed eight suspected militants and one soldier. (RFE\RL)
  • Serbia: President Tadic resigned; early presidential elections are likely to be held. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iraqi FM Zebari stated Iran proposed Baghdad as a site for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A car bombing in central Iraq killed at least five and wounded ten. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The government rejected a request by Baghdad to extradite former Iraqi VP al-Hashemi. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Networking: Facebook launched a countersuit against Yahoo, alleging patent infringement, in response to a patent lawsuit by Yahoo against Facebook. (BBC)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05APR)

  • Latin America: Anniversary of the discovery of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – 1722.
  • Chile: Anniversary of the Battle of Maipú – 1818.

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