ONS: 06 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Ivory Coast, Gbagbo is surrounded by Ouattara troops and is negotiating his departure.
  • ASIA: Workers for Japan’s TEPCO stopped radioactive water from leaking out of a broken shaft.
  • EUROPE: 130 people are missing and 15 people died when a ship carrying migrants overturned near the Italian island of Lampedusa.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ecuadorean President Correa expelled the US ambassador and accused the US of infiltrating the Ecuadorean armed services.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Defense Secretary Gates will meet with Saudi King Abdullah to discuss regional issues.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new, high speed national wireless service might jam GPS signals in the US.

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) will visit Gaddafi today to ask him to step down.
    • French FM Juppe called on NATO to help the opposition-held city of Misrata.
    • Libyan Deputy FM Khaled Kaim said Gaddafi will talk with the opposition about reforms if they lay down their arms.
    • Coverage: CNN, AFP, AFP

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: French FM Juppe said Gbagbo is surrounded by rival troops and is negotiating the terms of his departure. (AFP)
  • Southern Sudan: About 34,000 Southern Sudanese have fled their homes after tribal clashes over land, water, and cattle in recent weeks. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Inspector General Kale Kayihura told citizens to be vigilant because al Shebab militants were planning to attack the country. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO forces killed seven insurgents who attacked a base in Jalalabad. (AP)
  • Japan: Workers at the TEPCO successfully plugged up a cracked concrete shaft that was leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen on motorbikes attacked two NATO oil tankers in the southwestern Bolan district. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Around 130 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a vessel carrying migrants from North Africa capsized near the island of Lampedusa. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The LiveJournal blogging site, popular in Russia, experienced a major cyber attack that bloggers said appeared to be an attempt to silence political discussion ahead of elections. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Talks on Ukraine’s proposed associate membership to the EU will take longer than initially planned as EU officials accused Ukraine of trying to gain entry to the EU while also seeking entry to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. (RIA Novosti)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: US Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of SOUTHCOM, said Iran was expanding its ties across Latin America by increasing the number of embassies to 10 from 6 in 2005 as well as 17 cultural centers. (AP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa charged the US infiltrated Ecuador’s armed forces and police, shortly after he ordered the US ambassador out of the country over a leaked Wikileaks’ diplomatic cable. (AFP)
  • Mexico: US DEA administrator Michelle Leonhart said countries around the world are concerned about the increasingly global reach of Mexican drug cartels. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: US Defense Secretary Gates arrived in Riyadh to meet with King Abdullah on talks regarding regional upheaval, stemming Iranian influence in the region, and upgrading Saudi’s defenses against Iran. (AP)
  • Syria: The editor of the state-owned Tishrin newspaper, Samira al-Masalma, said she was in touch with well-known dissidents to try to start a dialogue with the regime. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the southern city of Taez after one demonstrator was shot dead and 30 were wounded overnight. (RFE/RL)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US: A new, ultra-fast wireless internet network could jam GPS signals across the US and interfere with everything from airplanes to police cars to consumer navigation devices. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 02W
    • 185 nautical miles NNE of Saipan
    • Winds: 25 – 35 knots
    • Movement: ENE at 18 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 17.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07 APR)

  • Global: World Health Day.
  • Asia: Uncertainty surrounds a Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee, held in Indonesia.
  • Korea, North: Fourth session of 12th Supreme People’s Assembly expected to further promote Kim Jong-Un.
  • Rwanda: Anniversary of first day of Rwandan genocide in 1994.
  • Kyrgyzstan: First anniversary of anti-government protests that toppled Bakiyev.

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