ONS: 08 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 8, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast’s Ouattara said his forces will not capture Gbagbo’s compound, but will blockade hi compound.
  • ASIA: ROK PM Kim Hwang-Sik said he would consider deploying troops on the contested islands of Dokdo (Takeshima).
  • EUROPE: Scottish prosecutors and police interviewed former Libyan FM Koussa in connection with the Lockerbie bombing
  • LATIN AMERICA: Clashes between police and protesters opposed to a copper mining project killed two and wounded 41.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahraini Prince al- Khalifa said he was committed to reform but warned there would be “no leniency” for those who tried to divide the kingdom.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook teamed up with Intel, HP, Dell, and AMD to launch the “open compute project.”

TOP STORY

  • Libya: NATO refused to apologize for an incident that killed 4 opposition fighters as Rear Adm. Harding said NATO was unaware the opposition used tanks.
    • The US Treasury said the US could use the $34 billion in frozen Libyan government assets to pay costs for humanitarian needs.
    • Army Gen. Carter Ham said the conflict is in a stalemate and ground troops might be needed to give the rebels the advantage.
    • Both sides responded positively to a peace plan proposed by Turkish PM Erdogan that includes a ceasefire and a withdrawal of Gaddafi troops from the west and the Gaddafi family’s departure.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Djibouti: Presidential elections occurred as the main opposition party boycotted the polls. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Ouattara said his forces will not capture Gbagbo’s compound, but instead will create a perimeter around the compound so no food or water can enter. (AP)
  • Niger: Newly elected President Mahamadou Issoufou appointed Brigi Rafini, a Tuareg from Agadez, as Prime Minister. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik said he would consider deploying troops on the contested islands of Dokdo; Japan also claims the islands and calls them Takeshima. (AFP)
  • Japan: A 7.1 magnitude aftershock off the coast of Sendai killed two and injured about 100. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Fifty militants and four soldiers were killed in various strikes in Mohmand this week. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: France re-staffed its border checkpoint with Italy in the Mediterranean town of Menton to prevent a wave of North African migrants. (WSJ)
  • Kosovo: Atifete Jahjaga, the former deputy general director of Kosovo police, was elected president by the Kosovo Assembly in a special session. (CNN)
  • UK: Scottish prosecutors and police interviewed former Libyan FM Moussa Koussa in connection with the Lockerbie bombing. (WSJ)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: The Inter-American Press Association said Latin America faced attempted government control in Venezuela and Ecuador as well as confronting threats against journalists in Colombia and Mexico. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Former political prisoners and around 200 of their relatives were expected to land in Madrid, Spain. (AFP)
  • Peru: Clashes between police and protesters opposing a copper mining project killed two and wounded 41. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Prince al- Khalifa said he was committed to reform but warned there would be “no leniency” for those who tried to divide the kingdom. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The National Council of Resistance of Iran said two sites northwest of Tehran have produced around 100,000 centrifuges under the direction of Iran’s Defense Ministry. (CSM)
  • Syria: Activists called for protests across several provinces despite President Assad’s concessions. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook teamed up with Intel, HP, Dell, and AMD to launch the “open compute project,” which offers specifications and designs for more power-efficient computers that are geared toward running internet services, shared openly with other companies. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Sendai, Japan
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 49 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Veracruz, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 167.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09APR)

  • Iceland: Referendum on loan guarantees.
  • Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s statue was toppled in Baghdad in 2003.
  • Georgia: 20th anniversary of declaration of independence from USSR.
  • Hungary: Protests against EU austerity measures.
  • Nigeria: New date for parliamentary elections in some districts after organizational difficulties.

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