ONS: 11 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 11, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

11 March 2011

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Police in Egypt were urged to return to work as sectarian violence increases.
  • ASIA: Experts say the DPRK will face worsening food shortages due to cold weather and high international food prices.
  • EUROPE: The head of the ETA was arrested in France.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Bolivia’s Evo Morales accused the US and UN of conspiring to slander him in two separate drug reports.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi government delayed appointing leaders to critical government departments.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google has started using personalized searches.

 

TOP STORY

  • 8.9 Earthquake strikes Japan
    • A 10 meter wave hit the port of Sendai.
    • The tarmac at Sendai airport was submerged.
    • Miyagi police say a ship with 100 people on board was swept away in the tsunami.
    • The Government issued an emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where coolant generators are offline at the reactor.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NHK, BBC, Twitter
  • Libya: Gaddafi forces make major gains
    • Gaddafi troops have taken Ras Lanuf, landing in the city by land and sea.
    • US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that Gaddafi would likely prevail in the long-run.
    • Coverage: CNN, Washington Post, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police were urged to return to work as sectarian violence increases. (Washington Post)
  • Sudan: Troops from the North and South began massing in the oil-rich Abyei region. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Puntland soldiers failed in an attempt to free a Danish family taken hostage by pirates. (BBC)
    • The family is said to be unharmed.

ASIA

  • India: The military tested two nuclear capable short-range missiles. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UN’s pointman for North Korea has called on nations to give humanitarian aid to DPRK, saying that support should not be dependent on political conditions. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Experts at the Korea Rural Economic Institute said the DPRK will face worsening food shortages due to cold weather and high international food prices. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military test fired a short-range nuclear capable missile. (PTI)

EUROPE

  • France: The head of ETA was arrested in northeast France. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Bolivia: Evo Morales accused the US and UN of conspiring to slander him in two separate drug reports. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Santos threatened to expel foreign companies that pay ransoms for the release of kidnapped employees. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The Provea rights group stated Venezuelans are increasingly resorting to hunger strikes to protest Chavez’s government. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government delayed appointing leaders to critical departments due to a continued political deadlock. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: Massive protests planned for today’s “Day of Rage.” (CNN)
    • Police in the town of Qatif dispersed crowds using gunfire. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Google started using personalized search results, which allows users to block websites from their search results. (Inquirer)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 8.9
    • Depth: 24.4 km
    • Map
    • 16 aftershocks were reported with a magnitude of greater than 6.0.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Karangetang, Indonesia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAR)

  • Niger: Presidential elections runoff.

 

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