ONS: 07 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

07 March 2011



  • AFRICA: The Egyptian prime minister-designate named a caretaker Cabinet.
  • ASIA: Karzai rejected the US apology for the accidental killing of nine youths.
  • EUROPE: Ireland’s opposition parties agreed to form the next coalition government.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Pirates raided a Japanese tuna trawler off the Peruvian coast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Opposition groups called for an escalation in anti-regime demonstrations across the region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The re-branded “Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011” removed the US President’s authority to shut down the Internet.




  • Libya:
    • At least 12 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in clashes between rebels and Gaddafi supporters in Bin Jawad.
    • The casualty list posted at Ajdabiya hospital, where most of the wounded were taken, reported 7 dead and 52 people injured.
    • The dead were mostly Benghazi volunteer fighters.
    • Coverage: AFP



  • Algeria: Thousands of community police officers rallied in Algiers demanded higher wage and broke through heavy security cordons to reach parliament. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The prime minister-designate named a caretaker Cabinet to help lead the country through reforms and toward free elections; changes include new members in the key foreign, interior, and justice ministries. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Outtara’s New Forces rebels gained control of the western town, Toulepleu, after defeating Gbagbo forces in the area. (AFP)
  • Malawi: President Mutharika urged party members to “beat up” his regime’s critics. (AP)
  • Morocco: Using Facebook to improvise a pro-democracy rally, hundreds gathered in front of Moroccan parlaiment to call for the rule of law and radical political reform. (AFP)



  • Afghanistan: President Karzai rejected General Petraeus’ apology for the accidental killing of nine Afghan children in Kunar Province on 01 March. (McClatchy)
  • China: The Foreign Minister warned the US risks threatening relations with Beijing if it continues to sell weapons to Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • China: Over a hundred protesters were arrested in Hong Kong after clashing with police; most were released today. (DPA)



  • Croatia: Nearly ten thousand held protests in Zagreb to demand the resignation of the cabinet of ministers led by Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor. (AP)
  • France: Former President Chirac appeared for an unprecedented corruption trial for using public money to pay people working for his party while he was mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995. (AFP)
  • Ireland: The Fine Gael and Labour parties agreed to form the next coalition government after compromising on economic reformation plans. (AP)



  • Mexico: Authorities arrested high-ranking figure, Julio Cesar Aguilar Garcia, from the Sinaloa drug cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested detailed information from the US regarding Operation “Fast and Furious,” which allegedly allowed illegal smuggling of guns into Mexico. (AFP)
  • Peru: Pirates raided a 15-person Japanese tuna trawler off the Peruvian coast. (AFP)



  • Bahrain: Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered at Manama’s Al-Qudaibiya Palace. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Forces detained at least 22 minority Shi’ites who protested last week against discrimination. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Opposition groups called for an escalation in anti-regime demonstrations to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. (AFP)



  • A bill that became known as the internet “kill switch” came up last summer which introduced the controversial “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010.″
  • A provision in the bill allowed the President the power to “authorize emergency measures to protect the nation’s most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited.”
  • The bill was popular with the public and a study revealed a majority of Americans agree the president should have the power to control or kill portions of the internet if the U.S. was under a cyberattack by a foreign government.
  • The bill has since been re-branded and revised as the “Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011,” and states “neither the President, the Director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications, or any officer or employee of the United States Government shall have the authority to shut down the Internet.”
  • Coverage: (TechCrunch)



  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 37.9 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Tarapaca, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 101.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: South Sandwich Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 84.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Kilauea, Hawaii



  • Kuwait: Anti-government protests.
  • Pakistan: Hearing on Raymond Davis’ case.



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