ONS: 06 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tuareg rebels in Mali proclaimed the “independence of Azawad.”
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian President Humala reported a major victory against the Shining Path.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of Pakistani activists protested the US bounty on the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
  • EUROPE: Russia appointed Deputy FM Grushko as the new Russian ambassador to NATO.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army closed the West Bank border for the first two days of Passover.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The hacking group Anonymous said it would continue targeting China to protest against Internet censorship.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence escalated ahead of 10APR deadline.
    • Rebel and government forces clashed in the Daraa and Idlib provinces.
    • Syrian forces broadened an offensive against opposition fighters in three Damascus suburbs.
    • The opposition Local Coordination Committees said 69 people were killed on Thursday, mainly in Idlib and Homs.
    • Syrian Defense Minister called on “terrorist groups” to cease attacks during the visit of Kofi Annan.
    • Coverage: APReutersXinhuaAFP

AFRICA

  • Malawi: President Mutharika reportedly died after a heart attack. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Tuareg rebels proclaimed the “independence of Azawad” in a statement on their website and through a spokesman. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Authorities recovered explosives and rocket launchers in two separate raids in Gombe, and arrested six suspects. (AFP)
  • Somalia: PM Ali said a suicide attack on 04APR at Mogadishu’s national theatre was an an assassination attempt. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: VP Garzón said he would try to meet with Haitian President Martelly to implement points from a joint declaration. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Mexican journalist Sandra Rodriguez Nieto reported that Ciudad Juarez slipped into complete lawlessness. (EFE)
  • Peru: President Humala said the Shining Path has suffered an “absolute” defeat in one of its last strongholds. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A fuel tanker supplying a NATO base crashed and killed seven people, with conflicting reports of insurgents causing the crash. (AFP)
  • Burma: The ruling party said it would lodge an official complaint about poll irregularities. (AFP)
  • India: A clash in Jharkhand left six suspected Maoist rebels and a soldier dead. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Hundreds of Islamist activists protested the $10 million US bounty on the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia appointed Deputy FM Grushko the new Russian ambassador to NATO. (RIA Novosti)
  • Region: Georgia terminated its Open Skies agreement with Russia because of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (Itar-Tass)
  • France: The Interior Minister reported some Islamist groups in France want to avenge the death of a Muslim radical. (AP)
  • Russia: Moscow condemned the US sentencing of Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout as “baseless and biased.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The army closed the West Bank border for the first two days of Passover to all Palestinians except those needing medical care. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The US denounced an apparent assassination attempt against a leading Lebanese opposition figure. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Sheik Nafez Azzam of Islamic Jihad denied reports that he had called for an ongoing struggle, despite a ceasefire. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombers attacked an intelligence bureau in Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The hacking group Anonymous said it would continue targeting China to protest against Internet censorship in the country. (AFP)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07APR)

  • Global: World Health Day.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of anti-government protests that overthrew President Bakiyev – 2010.
  • Russia: Anniversary of the transfer of the defense of South Ossetia to Russia- 2010.
  • Thailand: Anniversary of PM Vejjajiva imposing a state of emergency in Bangkok – 2010.

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