ONS: 11 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian government extended its state of emergency.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, clashes between gunmen and police killed 14 in Michoacan state.
  • ASIA: One Pakistani soldier and fifteen militants were killed during clashes in the country’s northwest.
  • EUROPE: An EC assessment stated Cyprus would have to sell off much of its gold reserves to help finance its bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported an army assault on two towns in Daraa province left at least 45 dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration’s budget proposal placed a greater emphasis on cybersecurity measures.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: US and South Korea prepared for an expected missile launch by North Korea as tensions remained high.
    • American and South Korean forces increased readiness levels ahead of a planned missile test by North Korea.
    • North Korea’s missile launch system was reportedly moved into position.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel stated the country was ready for any contingency involving North Korea’s missile launch.
    • The US moved a powerful sea-based radar system into position to monitor the missile launch.
    • Coverage: NYT-1, Al Jazeera, Reuters, NYT-2, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi reportedly ordered the withdrawal of complaints against journalists for spreading rumors. (AP)
  • Mali: The government extended the state of emergency it declared in January. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The Red Cross requested an additional USD$43 million in aid for the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram rejected President Jonathan’s amnesty offer. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: ELN rebels demanded a mining corporation give up its concessions in exchange for the release of an executive held hostage by the group. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Clashes between gunmen and police killed 14 in Michoacan state. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The political legacy of Hugo Chavez will be tested by upcoming elections. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials reported two roadside bombings in the southern part of the country killed four. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: An Islamist protester was killed in a clash between protesters and police in Dumuria. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Fifteen militants and one soldier were killed during clashes in the northwestern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: A roadside bombing killed two soldiers and wounded six in Pattani province. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and Norway signed an agreement to conduct a naval exercise. (Xinhua)
  • Cyprus: An EC assessment stated the country would have to sell off much of its gold reserves to help finance its bailout. (BBC)
  • France: President Hollande called for an eradication of the world’s tax havens. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: A meeting of the G8 began in London. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The HRW reported government air raids were targeting civilians. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported an army assault on two towns in Daraa province left at least 45 dead. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi announced a planned purge of the country’s military leadership. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The Obama administration’s budget proposal placed a greater emphasis on cybersecurity measures. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Imelda
    • Location: 545 NM NNE of La Reunion
    • Movement: WSW at 03 MPH
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Victoria
    • Location: 625 NM WNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12APR)

  • Mexico: “Europa 2013” mission will begin, designed to deliver a message of peace and goodwill from Mexico, as well as to promote some of the country’s states as cultural and tourism destinations (to 15NOV).

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