ONS: 04 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Army Chief of Staff Edouard Guillard said that it was likely that Malian Islamist militant leader Abdelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed, but that no body had yet been found.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, hundreds of opposition protestors gathered in Caracas demanding complete details about the health of President Chavez.
  • ASIA: North Korea is preparing for a large-scale military drill in a show of force against joint US-South Korean exercises.
  • EUROPE: Northern Irish authorities arrested three men and seized a van containing three mortars, stopping an attack on a police station.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of the IAEA made renewed calls to the Iranian government for access to the Parchin military base, where it is suspected that nuclear weapons are being developed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Supporters of the Filipino followers of the Sultan of Sulu hacked into Google’s search results to divert readers to sites claiming the illigitimacy of the Malaysian government.

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: At least 15 were killed in attacks by gangs as people lined up to vote in a crucial presidential election.
    • Four officers were attacked in Mombasa with machetes and butchered by a separatist group, the Mombasa Republican Guard.
    • Candidates and elected officials are urging voters to keep calm, and not to repeat the spectacle of 2007.
    • The United States and other Western countries are worried about what election violence in Kenya could mean for the campaign against militant Islam in the region.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, WSJ, Telegraph, BBC, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Four people, including two police officers, were killed in overnight clashes in Port Said and another 420 were injured. (AFP)
  • Mali: French Army Chief of Staff Edouard Guillard said that it was likely that Islamist militant leader Abdelhamid Abou Zeid had been killed, but that no body had yet been found. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: French prosecutors called for a former captain in the Rwandan army to be put on trial, the country’s first prosecution of someone linked to the 1994 genocide. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Police ruled the fire that killed an opposition leader’s son was an accident, and that there was no foul play involved. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police moved to occupy Rio de Janeiro’s slums near the airport and seaport in an effort to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the World Cup. (AFP)
  • United States: The Coast Guard seized 600 lbs of marijuana and arrested one drug smuggler off of the coast of Key West, FL. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of opposition protestors gathered in Caracas demanding complete details about the health of President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Islamist protestors crippled the country as they continued a general strike in protest against the conviction of a second prominent Islamist leader for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government is preparing for a large-scale military drill in a show of force against joint US-South Korean exercises. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The government announced that it will increase security in the eastern Sabah state, where clashes between Philippine separatists and security forces have killed 26. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The death toll from a massive car bomb explosion in Karachi targeting Shiites jumped to 52, and a further 35 remain in critical condition. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The Serbian and Kosovar PMs are seeking assitance from Brussels in negotiations over Kosovo’s Serb-dominated north and a normalization of relations. (DPA)
  • Cyprus: Eurozone officials hope to wrap up bailout negotiations with the government later this month. (DPA)
  • Latvia: The government formally requested to join the Euro zone, although two-thirds of the country’s population favors keeping the Lat to the common currency. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Northern Irish authorities arrested three men and seized a van containing three mortars, stopping an attack on a police station. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The head of the IAEA made renewed calls for access the the Parchin military base, where it is suspected that nuclear weapons are being developmed. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government blamed Hamas for keeping the Gaza border crossing closed in a power grab to wrest control of the checkpoint from Fatah. (AP)
  • Syria: A newspaper claimed that opposition fighters killed 115 policemen and wounded 50 in a battle for a police academy near Aleppo. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Trials began for 94 citizens charged with trying to overthrow the government, originally arrested for suspected connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Supporters of the Filipino followers of the Sultan of Sulu hacked into Google’s search results to divert readers to sites claiming the illigitimacy of the Malaysian government. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Spewing ash up to an altitude of 2.8 mi

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05MAR)

  • China: First Plenary session of the 12th National People’s Congress in China.

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