ONS: 09 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Obama praised Ghana as an example of democratic hope for the continent.
  • AMERICAS: The US State Department conducted its first press conference in Spanish.
  • ASIA: Afghan and US officials are expected to reach a deal on a prison transfer.
  • EUROPE: IMF Chief LaGarde saw promise in the Greek default swap.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran was urged to grant access to the Parchin military facility by six world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In iPhoto for iPad, Apple intentionally omitted Google Maps.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels rejected Annan’s call for talks
    • The UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan said he would urge President Assad to stop fighting and pursue dialogue.
    • The opposition rejected the deal due to Assad’s brutal crackdown.
    • Lebanese Army Commander Qahwaji rejected a US request to allow armed opposition to cross the border.
    • An Iraqi official said Syria would not be invited to the upcoming AL summit in Baghdad.
    • Japan increased sanctions by adding organizations’ and individuals’ names to asset freezes.
    • Coverage: DPA, Reuters, DPA-2, Kyodo, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Region: Algerian FM Medelci said his government is committed to assisting Libya in creating an army and police force. (AFP)
  • Ghana: US President Obama praised Ghana as a model for democratic practices and economic development. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Italian PM Monti held a security meeting in light of spreading anger over Britain’s failed attempt to rescue citizens. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Chinese Representative to the UN Baodong urged the government to speed up reconstruction and promote development. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Amnesty International said forced disappearances have become a “recurring pattern.” (EFE)
  • United States: The State Department held its first press conference in Spanish, an effort to respond to the “Hispanic interest” in foreign policy. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Afghan and US officials are expected to sign an agreement on the transfer of detention centers. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Defense Minister Tanaka considered relaxing restrictions on arms use overseas by Self-Defense Forces personnel during UN peacekeeping missions. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Al-Qaida confirmed the death of one of its commanders Badr Mansoor by US drones. (AP)
  • Philippines: The air force received four new combat helicopters from Polish PZL-Swidnik SA. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: French presidential front-runner Hollande indicated he will not ratify the Eurozone budget pact unless it comes with a strategy for longterm growth. (AFP)
  • Region: IMF Chief LaGarde indicated that the participation of private creditors in Greece’s default swap looks promising. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government started a project intended to produce its own warplanes by 2023 with a budget of $20 million. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The former chief of Mossad Dagan cautioned against an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, and placed his trust in President Obama to decide if and when to intervene. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A women’s conference organized by the Freedom and Justice Party called for a council of families in place of the existing National Council for Women. (AFP)
  • Iran: US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany used a UN meeting to urge Tehran to grant access to its Parchin military facility. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: When Apple unveiled iPhoto for iPad, it omitted connecting images to Google Maps technology. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Irina)
    • Location: 415 NM ESE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: WNW at 04 knots
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Koji)
    • Location: 1000 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 12 knots
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 36.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Alaska Volcano Observatory reported a small explosion.
    • Cloud cover prevented observation.
    • Coverage: AP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAR)

  • China: Anniversary of failed Tibetan uprising – 1959.
  • Egypt: Nominations to Egypt’s presidential elections accepted.
  • Georgia: Abkhaz parliamentary elections held.
  • Pakistan: Difa-e-Pakistan Council announced the country will observe a day of solidarity of the Balochi people.
  • Slovakia: General elections held.

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