ONS: 07 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Region of Eastern Libya declared itself semi-autonomous
  • AMERICAS: US VP Biden promised additional security assistance for Central America
  • ASIA: A former commander in the Pakistani Taliban publicly supported peace talks
  • EUROPE: Suicide bombing in Russia’s Dagestan killed five
  • MIDDLE EAST: Negotiations with Iran to resume with world powers
  • TECHNOLOGY: US, British and Irish authorities cracked down on “Lulzsec” hacker group, arresting at least six

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government continued to defy international pressure
    • UN Humanitarian chief Amos arrived in Damascus to urge the government to allow aid access.
    • Government forces continued their bombardment of Homs.
    • US CENTCOM General Mattis said the advanced air defense weapons Russia provided to Syria’s regime would make it difficult to establish a no-fly zone there as part of an effort to help the rebellion.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, AP-2, WaPo, AP-3

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN SC rebuked Sudan and South Sudan for border clashes. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: The UNHCR reported a new wave of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Tribal leaders and militia commanders in the eastern part of the country declared the region a semi-autonomous state. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a police station and government office in Kondunga, wounding at least three. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Biden pledged an additional $107 million in security assistance to Central American states during a visit to Honduras. (AFP)
  • Colombia: ELN guerrillas freed 11 oil workers kidnapped in February. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The army confiscated a shoulder-fired missile, a rocket launcher and three grenades during a drug raid in Veracruz. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese officials stated Islamic separatists in Xinjiang want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.
    • Neighboring states, especially Pakistan, are trying to stamp out violence and protect China’s interests. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Six British soldiers were killed in Helmand by a roadside bombing. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s defense chief threatened “revenge” against North Korea in retaliation for any attack. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A former commander of the Pakistani Taliban publicly supported peace talks with the government. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: An EU official stated the debt swap plan will take place “without a hitch.” (AFP)
  • Russia: Activist group League of Voters declared Putin’s election an “insult to civil society” and refused to recognize the results. (AFP)
  • Russia: A suicide bomber killed five police officers in Dagestan. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: World powers agreed to resume negotiations with Iran. (NYT, Reuters)
  • Iraq: A car bombing killed two and wounded seven in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Iraq: Two car bombings in Nineveh killed at least 12 and wounded at least 15. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Eight soldiers were wounded in a shootout with Al Qaeda militants. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Federal authorities arrested at least six members of the “LulzSec” hacker group in a crackdown. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Irina
    • Location: 500 NM ESE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: ENE at 07 knots
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAR)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Coptic Christian and Muslim clashes – 2011.
  • Syria: Aid groups to meet at the UN in Geneva to discuss Syria.
  • United States: President Obama hosts Ghanaian President Mills.

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