ONS: 10 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Hundreds of people protested in Tunis against the islamist-dominated regime in a rally that was orginially planned in support of women’s rights.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan main opposition coalition picked Miranda state Governor Capriles as a unity candidate to run in the April 14 presidential election.
  • ASIA: Pakistani intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike has killed a foreign militant in country’s northwest near the Afghan border.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside parliament in Budapest in protest of changes to the new constitution.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebels launched a surprise attack on Baba Amr, a former rebel stronghold in the central city of Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Iranian government blocked the “illegal” VPN filter pass software which was used as a means of gaining access to controlled websites.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Karzai levels accusations at US in wake of increased violence
    • Afghan President Karzai accused the Taliban and the US of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if foreign troops leave.
    • President Karzai said the Afghan Taliban and the US have been holding talks in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar.
    • The US military said that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries.
    • The head of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said that the transfer of detainees from US to Afghan control will not take place if they pose a threat to international troops.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Kenya: UNSG Ban Ki- moon congratulated the Kenyan people on the peaceful presidential polls. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The General National Congress decided to suspend its meetings after protesters besieged the parliament building and assaulted some lawmakers on Tuesday. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Chad’s 2,000-strong contingent in Mali officially joined the regional African force. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Hundreds of people protested in Tunis against the islamist-dominated regime in a rally that was orginially planned in support of women’s rights. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Inhabitants of British origin on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands are to vote on Sunday and Monday to decide whether to keep the islands as a “British Overseas Territory.” (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The president said he planned to challenge several bilateral investment treaties after the country was ordered to pay billions of dollars in damages by overseas courts. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The main opposition coalition picked Miranda state Governor Capriles as a unity candidate to run in the April 14 presidential election. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Chinese President Hu Jintao’s special envoy said China is willing to continue to strengthen the development of bilateral relations with Venezuela. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A policeman was killed in a gunfight with islamists in a remote southern village. (AFP)
  • Burma: The long-banned opposition reappointed Aung San Suu Kyi as party leader. (AFP)
  • China: China claimed that the US was the origin of more than half of the hacking attacks on China in the first two months of 2013. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Police said two officers were injured in shootouts with Filipino gunmen as they try to end a month-long incursion in remote Sabah state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike has killed a foreign militant in the country’s northwest near the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A group of 15 to 20 individuals attacked a police precinct in central Athens with firebombs, burning 2 motorcycles before escaping on foot. (AP)
  • Hungary: Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside parliament in Budapest in protest of changes to the new constitution. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said the Turkish government will act as interlocutor during the ongoing peace process only if the PKK laid down weapons. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: An anti-government protest organizer was killed in a drive-by-shooting in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Two Saudi rights activists were sentenced to prison terms for criticizing the government online. (UPI)
  • Syria: Syrian rebels launched a surprise attack on Baba Amr, a former rebel stronghold in the central city of Homs. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Philippine government welcomed the release of its 21 UN peacekeepers after they were freed by Syrian rebels and crossed to Jordan. (AFP)
  • Yemen: South Yemen leaders vowed to continue talks on participating in a national dialogue as a separatist faction withdrew from negotiations. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Iranian government blocked the “illegal” VPN filter pass software which was used as a means of gaining access to controlled websites. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 510 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: E at 5 mph
    • Winds: 97 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Noting to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAR)

  • Middle East: Philip Gordon will join the US National Security Staff as the new coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region.
  • Middle East: Prince Charles will arrive in Jordan before heading to Qatar and Oman to help boost Britain’s economic, political and other ties.
  • Middle East: Coordinator of the Syrian National Coordinating Committee (NCC) for Democratic Change abroad Haytham Manaa and other representatives will pay a visit to Moscow.
  • Colombia: Peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC will resume in Havana.
  • Falkland Islands: Referendum on the islands’ political status will be completed.
  • Iran: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Iran for the groundbreaking of a much delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan.
  • Japan: Second anniversary of 9.0 magnitude earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami off northeast Japan, killing tens of thousands and crippling the Fukushima nuclear power plant – 2011.
  • Korea, South: US and South Korean troops will stage a computer-simulated drill named Key Resolve, involving 3,500 US soldiers and 10,000 South Korean troops (to 21MAR).

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