ONS: 06 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali government forces failed to end the rebel siege of Tessalit  
  • AMERICAS: VP Biden reaffirmed the US commitment to combating drug trafficking in Mexico
  • ASIA: US and Afghanistan talks made no progress due to Koran burning controversy
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities released over 250 activists arrested during anti-Putin protests
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran will allow IAEA access to Parchin military facility
  • TECHNOLOGY:  US Army officials discussed focus on data networking for combat

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pressure intensifies on Assad regime
    • The government agreed to allow UN officials to visit, but escalated its assaults on activists, protesters and rebels across the country, killing at least 12.
    • US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for a US-led airstrike campaign.
    • Syrian forces bombed a bridge used by refugees fleeing Homs province.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AFP, CNN, Al Jazeera, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Region: The Algerian government promised Libya that members of Gaddafi’s family would not be permitted to meddle in Libyan affairs. (Reuters)
  • Region: Talks on an oil dispute resumed between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa. (AFP)
  • Mali: Government forces failed to end the rebel besieged garrison town of Tessalit. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UNSC expressed “grave concern” over the humanitarian and security situation in Somalia. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: VP Biden met with Mexican politicians and stated US policy was opposed to drug legalization. (AP)
  • Mexico:  Authorities announced the Zetas cartel boss in Nuevo Laredo was killed in a clash with military forces last week. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: The navy confiscated over two tons of cocaine off the southern Caribbean coast. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US and Afghan governments made no progress in talks on a long-term strategic partnership due to the ongoing controversy over the burning of Islamic holy books. (NYT)
  • Korea, North: Reports indicated the offer from Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear effort in exchange for food supplies did not reflect a policy shift. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The military staged live fire exercises along the country’s southwestern coast. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi ended a campaign visit to Naypyidaw after reassuring the country’s military rulers she did not desire a confrontation. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A leadership crisis was observed in the Pakistani Taliban. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Greece: International creditors considered providing a small tranche of the bailout fund to aid the economy. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Authorities released over 250 activists arrested while protesting against Putin’s election victory. (BBC)
  • Russia: Officials stated they wanted missile defense to be a subject of discussion before attending a NATO summit in Chicago. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government will allow the IAEA access to the Parchin military complex. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu was encouraged by President Obama not to attack Iran unless all diplomatic options had been exhausted. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda militants killed one and wounded two soldiers outside Bayda. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Army officials stated they were focusing on developing and improving data network technology for use by soldiers. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Irina
    • Location: 380 NM SE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: ENE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: El Hierro, Canary Islands
    • Five months of undersea volcanic eruptions ended. (Reuters)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAR)

  • Americas: Anniversary of Rio Summit resolving diplomatic crisis between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela – 2008.
  • Europe: Azeri, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers meet in southwest Azerbaijan.
  • Egypt: UN-AL Envoy Annan begins mission with visit to Cairo.
  • Tunisia: Turkish President Gul visits Tunisia.

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