ONS: 09 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan election commission announced final vote tallies where Deputy PM Kenyatta appears to have won with 50.03 percent of the vote.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezeualan Supreme Court ratified that Nicolas Maduro can swear in as “acting president” and also be presidential candidate in upcoming elections.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a bomb inside a Sunni Muslim mosque killed four people and wounded 28 others in Peshawar.
  • EUROPE: Voters in Malta head to the polls to decide whether to grant the center-right Nationalist Party a fourth straight term
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, clashes between rebels and regime forces erupted near a village where UN peacekeepers are being held hostage.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Deutsche Telekom, a German telecommunications company, developed a website that allows users to monitor cyberattacks as they happen.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Suicide bombings hit the country during Hagel visit
    • A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed nine people outside the defence ministry in central Kabul during a visit to the capital by new US Defense Secretary Hagel.
    • The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said the ministry was the target. They said in a statement the attack “is a kind of message” for Hagel.
    • A suicide attack in Khost targeting international forces killed eight children and one policeman.
    • A ceremony in which the American military had planned to hand over full control of the Bagram Prison to Afghanistan was canceled.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The election commission announced final vote tallies where Deputy PM Kenyatta appears to have won with 50.03 percent of the vote. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Seven loud explosions hit Maiduguri hours after President Jonathan ended a trip there to increase support for his battle against islamist insurgents. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon welcomed the agreement signed by Sudan and South Sudan that aims to strengthen border security. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Premier-designate Ali Larayedh unveiled the country’s new coalition government. (AFP)
  • Uganda: A soldier allegedly shot and killed nine people, including three fellow troops. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government said the upcoming referendum in the Falklands Islands on whether to keep the archipelago British will have no impact on the dispute. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Rio de Janeiro’s police arrested more than 40 people in an operation to fight drug trafficking around the city’s port and Providencia. (AP)
  • Mexico: A federal prosecutor said a group of vigilantes in the west of the country appears to have links to the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court ratified that Nicolas Maduro can swear in as “acting president” and also be presidential candidate in upcoming elections. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Burma: The National Congress of Myanmar’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy, opened for the first time in 25 years. (AP)
  • China: FM Yang Jiechi said China is looking to be more actively involved in international affairs. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The govnerment warned of future nuclear and rocket efforts that it said are warranted because of new UN sanctions over its third nuclear test. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Police said they had arrested 79 people in Sabah state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb inside a Sunni Muslim mosque killed four people and wounded 28 others in Peshawar. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Law enforcement agents arrested three opposition activists accused of preparing to use incendiary bombs during an upcoming protest. (AP)
  • Malta: Voters head to the polls to decide whether to grant the center-right Nationalist Party a fourth straight term. (AP)
  • Russia: US Ambassador to Russia McFaul said the US and Russia will discuss European missile defense this year. (UPI)
  • United Kingdom: Five police officers were injured in the worst rioting for weeks in Belfast. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: French President Hollande and his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres said sanctions on Iran need to be strengthened further. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Agriculture Minister Ezzedine al-Dawleh resigned over the killing of a protester by security forces. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were seriously injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in Gaza City and Hebron. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces erupted near a village where UN peacekeepers are being held hostage. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two counter terrorism police officers survived an assassination attempt in Aden. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Deutsche Telekom, a German telecommunications company, developed a website that allows users to monitor cyberattacks as they happen. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 615 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: ESE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, russia.
    • Ash spew. (Itar-Tass)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAR)

  • Afghanistan: Senior Pakistani and Afghan clerics will hold a peace conference in Kabul.
  • Falkland Islands: The Falkland Islands government has scheduled a referendum on the islands’ political status and arranged for outside observers to show the world that it is free and fair (to 11MAR).
  • United States: Daylight savings time begins.

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