ONS: 11 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Lawyers of Kenyan President-Elect Kenyatta are urging judges at the ICC to order a review of the evidence that he orchestrated post-election violence.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced he will once again run for president in the April 14th elections.
  • ASIA: US and South Korean authorities found dozens of accounts presumed to belong to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that were excluded from international sanctions in several banks throughout China.
  • EUROPE: A German opinion poll suggested one in four voters would vote for a euro-skeptic party in September’s federal election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda in Iraq announced it conducted an attack on a convoy that killed nine guards and 48 Syrian soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia have been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai accused the US of working with the Taliban to sowing doubt about post-2014 prospects among the population.
    • ISAF Commander Gen. Dunford called the statement “categorically false” and reiterated the American commitment to a stable Afghanistan
    • Secretary Hagel finally met with President Karzai to discuss key issues after their first meeting was postponed by a suicide attack in Kabul.
    • The statement comes as American and Afghan military officials are negotiating the terms of an American withdrawal from Wardak province.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, WSJ, NYT, LAT

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Police dispersed supporters of the opposition UDPS party who were celebrating the return of leader Etienne Tshisekedi with tear gas. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Lawyers of President-Elect Kenyatta are urging judges at the ICC to order a review of the evidence that he orchestrated post-election violence. (AP)
  • Malawi: Police arrested at least two ex-ministers for an alleged coup plot that aimed to prevent President Banda from taking power last year. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Falkland Islands: The first day of a referendum on the political future of the islands ended peacefully, with more than 60% of eligible voters going to the polls. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Marines freed over 100 kidnapped Central American migrants being held in a house in the border city of Nuevo Leon. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced that he will once again run for president in the 14APR elections. (AP)

ASIA

  • China: US and South Korean authorities found dozens of accounts presumed to belong to Kim Jong-un that were excluded from international sanctions in several banks throughout the country. (Kyodo)
  • Malaysia: Nearly 3,000 people have fled their homes in northern Borneo as soldiers widen their search for militant followers of a secessionist Philippine sultan. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: The government and Kachin rebels resumed peace negotiations in China, hoping to end the violence that has displaced tens of thousands. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The TTP is presumed to be behind a roadside bomb that killed three soldiers in the NWFP near the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: A soldier was killed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh frontline, highlighting the risk of fresh confrontation with Armenia over the region. (Reuters)
  • Germany: An opinion poll suggested one in four voters would be ready to vote for a euro-skeptic party in September’s federal election. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The navy announced plans to create a permanent deployment group in the Mediterranean Sea. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Home Secretary May is appealing an immigration tribunal’s decision to allow a radical Islamist cleric to remain in the country. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: EU leaders imposed a new round of sanctions on the country, including travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and institutions, over human rights violations. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda announced it conducted an attack on a convoy that killed nine guards and 48 Syrian soldiers. (AP)
  • Jordan: A weekend fire at a refugee camp near the Syrian border killed a 40-year old man and injured his two children and burned down more than 20 tents. (AP)
  • Syria: EU foreign ministers are set to meet to discuss ways to stem the violence in the country that has killed nearly 70,000. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia have been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 472 mi NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SE at 4.6 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 19.8 mi E of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 17.9 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAR)

  • Global: Conclave to elect next pope will begin in Vatican City.
  • France: Offshore Patrol Vessel & Unmanned Systems Forum in Marseille (to 14MAR).
  • Russia: Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab will pay a working visit to Russia to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
  • Tunisia: National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will conduct confidence vote for new government line-up.
  • United States: Seventh Annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix (to 13MAR).
  • United States: Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, will visit President Obama at the White House.

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