ONS: 05 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tuareg separatist rebels in northern Mali announced a cessation to military operations.
  • AMERICAS: Nine suspected Zetas cartel gunmen were killed in a clash with Mexican soldiers near Nuevo Laredo.
  • ASIA: Taliban gunmen killed at least eight Afghan police officers at an outpost in western Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Protests erupted in Athens after a man committed suicide over the country’s economic crisis outside parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, an explosion damaged the Kirkuk-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The “Flashback” trojan virus was reported to have infected over 500,000 Mac computers worldwide.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence continued, despite diplomatic efforts
    • A UN spokesman reported the Syrian government claimed it had begun withdrawing its troops from some areas, as per an agreement brokered by Kofi Annan.
    • Activists reported security forces launching an assault on the Damascus suburb of Douma and clashes with rebels across the country.
    • Russia invited the Syrian FM and opposition representatives to Moscow for talks.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters-1, NYT, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan accused Sudan of launching a new set of airstrikes into a disputed border region. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: A delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood arrived in the US as part of a diplomatic effort. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The ruling military junta postponed a national convention designed to end the ongoing political crisis. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Tuareg separatist rebels in the north announced a cessation to military operations. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants killed at least seven in Maidaguri. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Nine suspected Zetas cartel gunmen were killed in a clash with soldiers near Nuevo Laredo. (AP)
  • Suriname: Lawmakers granted President Bouterse amnesty for crimes committed during his military dictatorship. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez returned to the country after undergoing another round of cancer treatment in Cuba. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: US, Japanese and South Korean intelligence services prepared to study the planned North Korean rocket launch. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen killed at least eight Afghan police officers at an outpost in western Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • China: Hacker group “Anonymous” hacked several Chinese government websites, replacing content with information on how to circumvent internet censorship. (Al Jazeera)
  • Myanmar: Members of the ruling USDP party said the party would need to reform itself in response to recent opposition party NLD victories. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded five in Karachi. (AP)
  • Philippines: Al Qaeda linked militants ambushed and killed at least three government soldiers in southern Basilan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A weak Spanish bond auction sparked renewed fears of a debt crisis in Europe. (AP)
  • Greece: Protests erupted in Athens after a man committed suicide over the country’s economic crisis outside parliament. (BBC)
  • Russia: Security forces killed four suspected militants in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkariya. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A rocket fired from the Sinai desert in Egypt struck the town of Eilat, but inflicted no casualties or damage. (Reuters)
  • Iran: US Secretary of State Clinton warned Tehran the time allowed for diplomatic efforts to resolve disputes over Iran’s nuclear program was not “infinite.” (RFE\RL)
  • Iraq: An explosion damaged the Kirkuk-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Officials reported airstrikes killed at least 10 al Qaeda linked militants in southern Yemen. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The “Flashback” trojan virus was reported to have infected over 500,000 Mac computers worldwide. (SlashGear)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06APR)

  • Italy: Anniversary of L’Aquila Earthquake – 2009.
  • Rwanda: Anniversary of the start of the Rwandan Genocide – 1994.

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