ONS: 04 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 4, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

04 March 2011


KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Five Presidents head to Ivory Coast to mediate Gbagbo crisis.
  • ASIA: DPRK and ROK argue over the repatriation of North Korean refugees.
  • EUROPE:  Secretary Clinton confirmed the US will deploy anti-ballistic missiles and an air force unit in Poland.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Presidents Calderon and Obama announced resolution on trucking.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Zahi Hawass resigned from the Cabinet to express dissatisfaction with the police’s inaction of continued looting of ancient artifacts.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A DDoS attack targeted WordPress.


TOP STORY

  • Libyan rebels called for a no-fly zone and rejected negotiations with Gaddafi
    • Libyan forces carried out air strikes for a third consecutive day and attacked a military base near the eastern town of Ajdabiya.
      • Footage on Facebook showed overcrowded Ajdabiya hospitals and some severely injured children.
    • Battles broke out in Zawiya and Ras Lanuf between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels.
    • Soldiers loyal to Gaddafi now control the Tunisian border and prevented Libyans from crossing into Tunisia.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Reuters, Voice of America


AFRICA

  • Region: Five Presidents head to Ivory Coast to mediate Gbagbo crisis. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Zahi Hawass resigned from the Cabinet to express dissatisfaction with the police’s inaction of continued looting of ancient artifacts. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan condemned a bomb blast at a People’s Democratic Party rally near Abuja that killed three people. (BBC)


ASIA

  • Region: South Korean coast guard killed a Chinese fisherman. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK and ROK argue over the repatriation of North Korean refugees, leading to President Lee-Myung Bak warned his troops against DPRK’s “reckless military provocations.” (AFP, BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK’s KCNA strongly criticized ongoing joint US-ROK drills as ‘warmongering’. (Itar-Tass)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea held talks with US over revising nuclear cooperation agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: Major South Korean websites were hit with DDoS attacks. (DPA, NYT)
  • Pakistan: Cut fuel prices by 9.9%. (AP)
  • Pakistan: 10 killed and 20 injured in bomb blast at a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (DPA)


EUROPE

  • Poland: Secretary Clinton confirmed the US will deploy anti-ballistic missiles and an air force unit in Poland. (Voice of Russia, RIA Novosti)


LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: Presidents Calderon and Obama announced resolution on trucking. (WaPo)
  • Mexico: Eight soldiers were arrested at Tijuana, carrying a ton of cocaine. (AP)
  • Panama: 500kg of cocaine was seized outside an indigenous town of Ustupo. (Xinhua)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Fighting occurred between Sunnis and Shi’as in central Bahrain before being broken up by police. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: About 2,000 gathered for an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: Soldiers opened fire at an anti-government demonstration in northern Amran, killing four. (AFP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Global: A DDoS attack targeted WordPress in what the company believes may have been a politically-motivated attack against one of its non-English blogs. (CNET)


WORLD

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


TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Europe: Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia meet in Sochi.
  • Egypt: Former Interior Minister on trial for money laundering.
  • Italy: Preliminary hearing for PM Berlusconi regarding Mediatrade case.
  • Pakistan: Hearing over assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

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