ONS: 05 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 5, 2012


  • AFRICA: Death toll from Congo depot explosion reached over 200
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian police captured suspected Shining Path leader Walter Diaz
  • ASIA: Pakistani military successfully test fired short-range ballistic missile  
  • EUROPE: Bombing at Turkish PM’s office in Ankara wounded one
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 25 Iraqi police officers killed by gunmen in Haditha
  • TECHNOLOGY: US FTC asked to probe Apple, Google on privacy violations


  • Russia: Vladimir Putin wins third presidential term
    • Vladimir Putin won the presidency with 64% of the vote.
    • The OSCE released a statement claiming election results had been “clearly skewed” in Putin’s favor.
    • Opposition politicians rejected the result and announced plans for protests.
    • Coverage: BBC, BBC-2, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2


  • Region: Seychelles will transfer 19 convicted Somali pirates to a prison in northern Somalia. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The death toll of the arms deport explosion in Brazzaville reached 206. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Security forces killed three Boko Haram militants in a clash in Maidaguri. (AP)


  • Peru: Police captured suspected Shining Path leader Walter Diaz. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Gunmen fired on a rally for opposition politician Henrique Capriles Radonski, injuring the son of opposition Congressman Ismael Garcia. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez announced he will require radiation treatment before October’s presidential vote after his cancer reappeared. (Reuters)


  • Pakistan: The military successfully test fired the Hatf II short range ballistic missile. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bombing in Khyber killed one and injured five police officers. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The suspected leftist rebels, New People’s Army, killed two soldiers in the southern province of North Cotabato. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A bombing in Narathiwat killed one and injured seven. (AP)


  • Greece: Officials managing the debt-restructuring proposal stated they were confident a deal could be reached. (WSJ)
  • Iceland: The trial of former PM Haarde, charged with negligence regarding the 2008 financial crisis, began. (BBC)
  • Turkey: A bombing near the prime minister’s office in Ankara wounded one person. (AP)


  • Iran: US President Obama gave a speech before the pro-Israeli group AIPAC and stated he would “not tolerate” a nuclear armed Iran. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed 25 Iraqi police in a series of attacks in Haditha. (AP)
  • Syria: China announced it would send an envoy to attempt an end to the ongoing bloodshed. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The death toll from clashes with al Qaeda militants and suicide bombings targeting government forces in Abyan reached 106. (AP)


  • Privacy Issues: Senator Schumer (D-NY) requested the FTC to investigate Google and Apple for possible illegal privacy violations. (Reuters)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Irina
    • Location: 230 NM SSE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: S at 11 mph
    • Winds: 55 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Santiago Del Estero, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 550 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Ghana: Independence day celebrated – 1967.
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of government banning protests – 2011.
  • United States: Super Tuesday elections for the Republicans.


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