ONS: 10 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s al Shebab claimed responsibility for a bombing in Baidoa that killed at least 12
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities began the trial of suspected drug lord Walid Makled
  • ASIA: North Korea announced it was ready to continue with a planned rocket launch.  
  • EUROPE:  Russian Security forces killed at least six suspected militants in the North Caucasus.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iran’s chief nuclear official expressed the possibility of a compromise over nuclear materials production.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Department of Homeland Security started a project to find ways to hack into gaming consoles.  

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Ceasefire unlikely to take effect
    • Activists reported continued attacks by security forces as the government claimed it had begun withdrawing troops.
    • Syrian forces fired across the border into Turkey during a clash with opposition groups.
    • Lebanon condemned the killing of a local journalist by Syrian soldiers firing over the border.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, Al Jazeera, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court blocked parliament’s creation of a constitutional assembly. (Reuters)
  • Guinea Bissau: The Angolan government announced it was ending its military reform support effort for the country. (Reuters)
  • Mali: A high court met to choose the country’s interim president. (Al Jazeera)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least six across the country’s northeast. (Al Jazeera)
  • Somalia: Al Shebab claimed responsibility for a bombing in Baidoa that killed at least 12. (Al Jazeera)
  • Tunisia: The government forcibly dispersed a protest regarding the right for people to protest along Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Costa Rica’s trade attaché to Venezuela, who was kidnapped over the weekend by gunmen in Caracas, was released today. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities reported they had discovered a tunnel containing a light aircraft, drugs and weapons allegedly belonging to the Sinaloa cartel. (AFP)
  • Peru: Suspected Shining Path rebels kidnapped seven workers on the Camisea natural gas project. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Authorities began the trial of suspected drug lord Walid Makled, captured in Colombia in 2010. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea announced it was ready to continue with a planned rocket launch. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing in Herat killed at least 14. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing at a police compound in Helmand killed at least seven. (AP)
  • Philippines: A bombing in Basilan wounded at least 22 soldiers. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Security forces killed at least six suspected militants in the North Caucasus. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Shiite groups expressed fear that sectarian conflict in Syria might spread to Turkey. (WSJ)
  • United Kingdom: The European Court of Human Rights supported the extradition of five terror suspects to the US. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A bombing in Manama wounded seven police officers during protests. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoun Abbasi, expressed the possibility of a compromise over 20%-enriched uranium for its medical needs, which the West says can be used to produce weapons. (LAT)
  • Yemen: Clashes between al Qaeda linked militants and security forces killed at least 57 in Abyan. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Law Enforcement: The Department of Homeland Security launched a research project to find ways to hack into gaming consoles to obtain sensitive information stored on the devices about gamers. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of the International Labor Organization – 1919.
  • Middle East: Two-day Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium begins.
  • Belarus: Anniversary of subway blast – 2011.
  • Ivory Coast: President Gbagbo ousted – 2011.
  • Philippines: Ex-President Arroyo’s arraignment on corruption charges scheduled.
  • North Korea: Workers’ Party political conference held ahead of satellite launch.
  • South Korea: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Spain: UN Secretary General Ki-moon visits PM Rajoy to discuss international agenda, with a focus on Syria.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of attempted coup on Hugo Chavez – 2002.

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