ONS: 12 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese army said it regained control of  an area of South Kordofan.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez will return from Cuba next Sunday.
  • ASIA: German Chancellor Merkel said she could not be sure that troops could be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014.
  • EUROPE: French President Sarkozy threatened to withdraw France out of Europe’s visa-free zone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Arab League accepted Tunisia’s proposal to set up an Arab defense institute and military academy.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UK Government Communications Headquarters seeks to boost recruitment for the electronic defense sector.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence escalates ahead of UN meeting.
    • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold bilateral talks.
    • Hundreds fled Homs amid reports from opposition groups of soldiers targeting civilians.
    • The Syrian National Council called for an emergency UNSC meeting addressing the heightened violence.
    • UN-Arab League envoy Annan left Damascus without securing a ceasefire.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Washington Post, NYT

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police arrested four in connection with grenade attacks that killed six in Nairobi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed three near Jos in the wake of Sunday’s suicide bombing of a Catholic church. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The Sudanese army said it regained control of the al-Fragil area in South Kordofan from the SPLA. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A bomb detonated by FARC wounded four soldiers and two civilians in San Vicente del Caguan. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The conservative ruling National Action Party and leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution made their official presidential picks. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said he will return from Cuba next Sunday. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: German Chancellor Merkel said she could not be sure that troops could be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: US officials warned of possible reprisal attacks for the “rogue” shootings by a US soldier. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: President Obama will visit the military border and address a message to the DPRK during a trip to South Korea this month. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government invited banned Islamist militant groups for peace talks. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Defense Minister Abiyev will pay an official visit to Iran. (Xinhua)
  • France: President Sarkozy threatened to withdraw France out of Europe’s visa-free zone unless the EU does more to keep out illegal immigrants. (AFP)
  • Russia: Police in Dagestan killed a militant suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks and an assassination attempt on a regional prison chief. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Lawyers for the family of a man killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan said they would begin legal action against British Foreign Secretary Hague. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian Deputy FM Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s support for the Syrian government. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The Arab League accepted Tunisia’s proposal to set up an Arab defense institute and military academy. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Former US Secretary of State Kissinger said the US should assume Iran is actively preparing to build nuclear weapons. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An artillery attack by the Yemeni army, backed by US drone strikes, killed nine suspected Al-Qaeda operatives in Jaar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The UK Government Communications Headquarters backed a series of events designed to boost recruitment to the understaffed electronic defense sector. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Koji)
    • Location: 1310 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13MAR)

  • Italy: German Chancellor Merkel visits PM Monti.
  • United States: President Obama hosts British PM Cameron.

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