ONS: 07 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fighting continued near Gbagbo’s compound as the Japanese Ambassador to the Ivory Coast was briefly captured.
  • ASIA: Afghan and coalition forces killed 80 insurgents in Kunar province.
  • EUROPE: The bailout package to Portugal could be as high as $128 billion.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Thousands of Mexicans protested against criminal violence as mass graves were found.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The GCC urged Yemeni President Saleh to step down.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is changing the format of YouTube channels to make them more appealing.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Two opposition fighters were killed and 10 were wounded when a NATO airstrike accidentally attacked their position near Ajdabiya and Brega.
    • Warplanes bombed the southeastern Tripoli suburb of Salahedin.
    • The international contact group on Libya will meet on April 13 in Doha.
    • The opposition accused Gaddafi of attacking the Sarir oil field after Gaddafi regime Deputy FM Kaim accused the British of doing so.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP, Xinhua, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Fighting continued near Gbagbo’s compound in Abidjan as French forces freed the Japanese Ambassador after he was briefly detained by Gbagbo forces. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: William Ruto, Henry Kosgey; who are suspended government ministers, and Joshua Arap Sang; a radio executive, appeared at the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity in relation to ethnic violence in 2007. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Foreign and Afghan soldiers killed more than 80 insurgents in a weeklong operation in the Marawara district of Kunar province. (DPA)
  • Japan: TEPCO workers are pumping nitrogen gas into the No. 1 unit at Fukushima nuclear plant in order to prevent new radiation-releasing explosions. (FT)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un is expected to be appointed by parliament the vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Italy will give “humanitarian” permits to thousands of Tunisian migrants that will allow them to travel around Europe. (AFP)
  • Portugal: The IMF and the EU bailout package could total as much as $128 billion and would be paid out in phases before and after 05JUN elections. (WSJ)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Colombian President Santos reiterated he plans to extradite Walid Makled to Venezuela and not to the US. (WSJ)
  • Haiti: A US Navy vessel delivered nearly $1 million worth of relief supplies to Haiti for distribution to orphanages. (AP)
  • Mexico: Thousands of Mexicans protested across the country as prosecutors said they discovered 59 bodies in a series of graves in the northern state of Tamaulipas. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council increased pressure on Yemeni President Saleh to quit and expect him to do so after two months of unrest. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Secretary Gates said the Obama administration would keep troops in Iraq beyond the agreed final withdrawal date of 31DEC11 if the Iraqi government wanted them. (AP)
  • Syria: The Assad government announced the closure of the country’s casino as well as allowing women to wear the niqab to appease Sunnis and Kurds. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google is planning a series of changes to YouTube to highlight several hours of professionally produced sets of “channels” around topics such as arts and sports. (WSJ)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08APR)

  • Djibouti: Presidential elections will be boycotted by the opposition.
  • US: Current Continuing Resolution expires, risking a government shutdown.

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