ONS: 09 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

09 March 2011



  • AFRICA: A Tunisian court dissolved form President Ben Ali’s party.
  • ASIA: Takeaki Matsumoto will become Japan’s new foreign minister.
  • EUROPE: Denmark announced four new ministerial appointments.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Cuba accused the US of instigating a “cyberwar.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemen’s army stormed Sanaa University, wounding 98.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The number of websites infected with malware has doubled.



  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber detonated explosives during a funeral near Peshawar.

◦       According to a government official, the blast killed at least 25 people and injured 50.

◦       The explosion took place when around 150 people were attending the funeral of a pro-government tribal leader in the Adezai area.

◦       Coverage: DPA



  • Egypt: After breaking into the premises of a state security agency, activists posted videos and documents online as evidence of spying and torture by the agency. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Ten were killed and 110 wounded when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church last week. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: At least four were killed in post-electoral clashes, while several others were injured. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A Tunisian court dissolved the party of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. (Reuters)



  • Afghanistan: US commanders reported that Taliban fighters are actively trying to reassert their control into Sangin as spring approaches. (UPI)
  • Japan: Takeaki Matsumoto, who currently holds the ministry’s # 2 spot, will become the new foreign minister. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The “Peace-11 Exercises” drew delegations from 40 countries for the multi-national naval exercises. (Xinhua)



  • Denmark: Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen announced four new ministerial appointments in a cabinet reshuffle. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The Supreme Board of Election (YSK) set the timetable for the 12JUN general elections – the process will officially kick-off 14MAR, and candidates will be announced by 29APR. (Xinhua)



  • Colombia: Six politicians plan to seek $20 million for financial and emotional losses from the government, blaming it for allowing them to be kidnapped. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Authorities accused the US of instigating a “cyberwar” and seeking to set up communications networks to promote subversive activities. (Dow Jones)
  • Mexico: Assailants torched the health department, the interior department, and a federal government health insurance program in Chilpancingo, destroying documents and computer equipment. (AP)



  • Iran: Obama extended a national emergency by another year because of Iranian actions and policies, which he said continued to pose “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.” (RIA Novosti)
  • Yemen: The government augmented efforts to stop mass protests using tear gas and rubber bullets aimed at students at Sanaa University, wounding 98 people. (AP)



  • A new Dasient report announced the number of websites infected with malware doubled in the past year.

◦       There are now a little under 1.2 million websites infected with malware.

◦       The implications are that in about 3 months of Web surfing, the average person now has a 95 percent chance of running into malware.

◦       Coverage: (CrunchGear)



  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu, Japan

Magnitude: 7.2

Depth: 14.1km


  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report



Europe: NATO defense ministers meet at headquarters.

Ivory Coast: African Union holds talks to resolve crisis.

South Korea: Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drills with the United States conclude.

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