ONS: 12 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 12, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition rejected AU ceasefire proposal.
  • ASIA: Pakistan demanded the CIA stop drone attacks.
  • EUROPE: Terrorist bombing in Minsk metro killed 12.
  • LATIN AMERICA: FARC sustained losses in Colombia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran announced it is on the verge of starting its first reactor.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Zuckerberg won Facebook lawsuit filed by former classmates.

TOP STORY

  • Japan raised the severity level to 7 at the Fukushima reactor disaster.
    • A 7 is the highest possible level on the International Nuclear Event scale and on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
    • Officials stressed that while they carried the same rating, the Fukushima incident is not comparable to the Chernobyl disaster.
    • Prime Minister Kan declared that the reactor was “stabilizing, step by step” and urged the Japanese public not to panic.
    • Coverage: WSJ, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Hosni Mubarak received a summons to appear in court for questioning. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: UN officials urged peace and unity after the standoff with Gbagbo ended; President Ouattara announced Gbagbo will stand trial. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The opposition rejected the AU ceasefire proposal. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Amnesty International claimed Gaddafi forces had executed prisoners. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Pirates released the Thai-owned Thor Nexus after receiving a $5 million ransom payment. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Asian stock market declined in response to worsening estimates of the quake damage in Japan. (Bloomberg)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan demanded the CIA halt its drone operations and reduce the number of personnel operating within Pakistan. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: A bomb blast in a Minsk metro station left 12 dead and at least 200 injured. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested over 40 suspected Islamists, including a man thought to be the head of al Qaeda operations in Turkey. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: The Colombian army claimed to have killed or captured several key members of the FARC in operations over the weekend. (UPI)
  • Peru: Stock indexes declined in response to news that leftist candidate Ollanta Humala is leading in votes for the Presidential election. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Scientists announced they were less than a month from starting the country’s first nuclear reactor. (WP)
  • Syria: The Human Rights Watch claimed Syrian forces were preventing medical aid from reaching injured protestors. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Yemeni opposition asked the Gulf Cooperation Council for clarification on whether President Saleh would transfer power immediately under their proposal. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg won a court case against former classmates suing him for stealing their idea for Facebook. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 3 near Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0 / 6.2 / 6.6
    • Depth: 10.6km / 13.1km / 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13APR)

  • Global: Contact group meets to discuss Libya in Doha, Qatar.
  • Global: Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi.
  • Asia: Cambodian, Thai and Lao New Year begin.

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