ONS: 09 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The French military began withdrawing its troops from Mali, redeploying 100 troops to the Ivory Coast.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities seized more than one ton of cocaine off of the country’s Pacific coast heading towards Central America.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, a driver was killed when demonstrators attacked his truck during a general strike called by the main opposition party to protest the arrest of its leaders.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government delayed the start of talks with Israel over compensation that it will pay to the families of victims of the deadly 2010 flotilla raid
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda in Iraq for the first time acknowledged that al-Nusra Front, a Syrian jihadist anti-regime militia, was part of its network and is fighting for an “Islamic state.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: A group that includes Microsoft filed a complaint with a European regulator saying that Google providing Android for free is “anti-competitive.”

TOP STORY

  • Iran: The government announced operation had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant after failing to come to a consensus at the P5+1 talks in Almaty.
    • The milling plant is capable of producing yellowcake uranium, which can be further enriched to create nuclear fuel.
    • These new facilities increase the country’s self-sufficiency for the raw materials needed to pursue its nuclear program.
    • The recent P5+1 talks failed to come to an agreement in Kazakhstan over the issue of the country’s nuclear “rights.”
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Reuters, Telegraph, WaPo, RFE/RL

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Coptic Pope blasted the country’s Islamist leadership over its handling of the recent sectarian violence, which included an attack on a cathedral in Cairo. (AP)
  • Libya: Mohammed Ali al-Gattus, a top aide to Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan kidnapped at the end of last month in a Tripoli suburb has been released. (AFP)
  • Mali: The French military began withdrawing its troops from the country, redeploying 100 troops to the Ivory Coast. (AP)
  • Sudan: The office of the president announced that President al-Bashir will visit South Sudan later this week, the first visit since attending the country’s independence celebrations. (AFP)
  • Western Sahara: UN Secretary General Ban called for an urgent international effort to end the conflict in the country for fear that the war in Mali will spill over into the territory. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Students announced plans for nation-wide protests supporting education reforms while miners began a 24-hour strike calling for a number of labor reforms. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized more than one ton of cocaine off of the country’s Pacific coast heading towards Central America. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Unasur praised popular participation in the country’s political and economic affairs as voters prepare for a presidential election. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two service members died in a NATO helicopter crash in the eastern Nangarhar province which local officials blamed on technical issues. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A driver was killed when demonstrators attacked his truck during a general strike called by the main opposition party to protest the arrest of its leaders. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea urged foreigners living in South Korea to consider evacuating, citing risk of “thermo-nuclear war” breaking out on the Korean peninsula. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The Philippine government and the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group resumed peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The next round of peace talks between the government and Muslim insurgent leaders will likely be postponed due to Malaysia’s general election. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: President Sargarsyan was sworn in amid protests after being reelected with 58.64 per cent of the general vote. (AP)
  • Germany: A new survey suggests that nearly 70 per cent of people in the country now support the euro while only 27 per cent support leaving the currency all together. (AFP)
  • Italy: Center-left leader Bersani will meet with rival Berlusconi about the upcoming presidential election, which has become a stumbling block between parties. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government delayed the start of talks with Israel over compensation that it will pay to the families of victims of the deadly 2010 flotilla raid. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Unknown assailants threw petrol bombs at the foreign ministry building in the first attack on a government building since public unrest began two years ago. (AFP)
  • Iraq: PM al-Maliki’s spokesman said the government grounded a second Iranian aircraft bound for Syria but found only humanitarian aid. (AFP)
  • Israel: A large explosion was heard along the southern Gaza border as army vehicles entered the strip and began bulldozing farmland. (AFP)
  • Syria: Al-Qaeda in Iraq for the first time acknowledged that al-Nusra Front, a jihadist anti-regime militia, was part of its network and is fighting for an “Islamic state.” (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: A group that includes Microsoft filed a complaint with a European regulator saying that the company providing Android for free is “anti-competitive.” (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 21S (Imelda)
      • Location: 869 mi NE of La Reunion
      • Movement: W at 10 mph
      • Winds: 51.8 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Cyclone 22S (Twentytwo)
        • Location: 368 mi E of Cocos Island
        • Movement: S at 10 mph
        • Winds: 40.3 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10APR)

  • Global: Secretary Kerry will meet with the foreign ministers of the G8 in London (to 11APR).
  • Armenia: The Heritage opposition party will hold rallies on Yerevan’s Freedom Square up until this day.
  • Germany: Indian PM Manmohan Singh will visit Germany this week along with five ministers and will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (to 12APR).
  • Japan: US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats will visit Tokyo to engage Japanese government officials and private sector representatives on a wide range of economic, energy and environment issues (to 11APR).
  • Korea, North: The last day that Pyongyang can guarantee embassies’ safety, according to the North Korean government.
  • Malaysia: The Malaysian election commission will decide the nomination and polling dates for the general election.
  • Nigeria: Trial for 15 Russian seamen detained since October 19th over alleged illegal possession of arms will begin in Lagos.
  • Russia: Chiefs of Staffs Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States will convene in Moscow to discuss multilateral interaction between the CIS member countries’ armed forces and other issues.
  • Russia: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev will hold talks with Serbian PM Ivica Dacic in Moscow to discuss bilateral cooperation.
  • Russia: Indian Interior Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit Russia to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov and director of the Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov to discuss fighting international terrorism and drug trafficking (to 12APR).

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