ONS: 08 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Police in Mozambique arrested 20 in a rebel camp in the north.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos shot down plans to invite Cuba to the Summit of the Americas.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on British troops.
  • EUROPE: French President Sarkozy promised to punish those who deny the historical genocide of Armenians.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran increased executions and rights abuses over the past decade, a UN report found.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Red Cross and Dell launched a Digital Operations Center, the first social media-monitoring platform dedicated to humanitarian relief.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: An alleged defection amid continued violence
    • Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameldin allegedly announced his defection via YouTube.
    • He also resigned from the Baath Party in the video.
    • The “crimes of the regime” served as his reason for leaving the government post.
    • Russia remained obstinate in opposition to Western and Arab pressure to intervene.
    • US intelligence officials tracked millions of dollars in an effort to ascertain whether to arm the opposition.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, AFP, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Madagascar: Authorities said Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 72 and displaced nearly 78,000. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: Police arrested 20 in a camp housing 300 armed rebels in the north. (AP)
  • Sudan: The EU blamed both Sudan and South Sudan of taking “unilateral” steps that hinder peace talks. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Santos said the upcoming Summit of the Americas will not likely include Cuba. (AP)
  • Colombia: As acid attacks on women increased in frequency, Bogota City Council used International Women’s Day to promote solidarity with the victims. (AFP)
  • Haiti: EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs pledged an additional $100 million in aid to the devastated Caribbean nation. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack that injured six British troops. (AFP)
  • Korea, Peninsula: Troops from South Korea held a live-fire exercise near the border with the North. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Canadian FM Baird made an official one-day visit to Nay Pyi Taw for the first time since 1988. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Militants detonated a roadside bomb in the south, killing four soldiers. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Sarkozy promised to provide criminal punishment for the denial of Armenian genocide. (Itar-Tass)
  • Greece: Authorities worried whether private investors would participate in the crucial debt-swap by the deadline on 09MAR. (DPA)
  • Slovakia: A grenade explosion in western Slovakia killed one and injured three. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US offered advanced weaponry to Israel in return for a commitment to refrain from attacking Iran. (AFP)
  • Iran: A new UN report spotlighted Tehran’s increased executions over the past decade and its abuse of the rights of students, women, journalists, and religious minorities. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: The army killed seven suspected al Qaeda militants in an artillery strike in Zinjibar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Red Cross and Dell jointly launched a Digital Operations Center, the first social media-monitoring platform dedicated to humanitarian relief. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Apple unveiled its third generation iPad with a more powerful processor, upgraded resolution, and 4G LTE compatibility. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Sixteen)
    • Location: 255 NMSW of Cocos Island, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at 07 knots
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Irina)
    • Location: 470 NM ESE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: 03 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Solar Storm
    • The biggest storm in five years hurtled to Earth, possibly disrupting power grids, GPS systems, satellites, and flights. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAR)

  • Afghanistan: Deadline for the US to transfer authority of Bagram prison to Afghanistan.

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