ONS: 12 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A man set himself on fire in central Tunis hours before Tunisian lawmakers were to vote on a new government.
  • AMERICAS:  Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Qur’ans.
  • ASIA: Afghan law enforcement, in conjunction with Russian authorities, seized over 20 tons of opiates in a joint operation in Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: The College of Cardinals began private deliberations that will decide the next leader of the Catholic Church.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli air force helicopter crashed in a southern province while flying a routine training flight, killing its two pilots, while the cause of the clash was not clear
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Commerce called on Congress to enact legislation incentivizing companies to increase the security of their computer networks.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un threatened to “wipe out” a small South Korean island on the south side of the disputed maritime border.
    • Military units stationed on the border have been hit by increasing numbers of desertions as the units are faced with insufficient food supplies.
    • South Korea refused to recognize the country’s unilateral annulment of the 1953 armistice.
    • A South Korean official stated that US vessels equipped with nuclear warheads will be stationed in the country’s waters to ensure a “nuclear umbrella.”
    • Coverage: AFP-1, Yonhap, AFP-2, Kyodo, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The government jailed four people in the southern city of Laghout for protesting high unemployment rates outside the national employment agency. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The ICC dropped charges of fueling violence in the country’s 2007 elections against Francis Muthaura, who had been accused alongside President-Elect Kenyatta. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The government and South Sudan agreed to restart oil production in the south within two weeks after over a year of stopped production. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A man set himself on fire in central Tunis hours before the country’s lawmakers were to vote on a new government. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: A spokeswoman for the dissident group Ladies in White in Madrid claimed that political repression in the country had worsened and called for further international pressure on the regime. (AFP)
  • Falkland Islands: 98.8 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of remaining an oversees British territory, despite Argentina labeling the referendum illegal. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Government and US authorities captured the leader of a Dominican international crime ring in the capital. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Qur’ans. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Law enforcement, in conjunction with Russian authorities, seized over 20 tons of opiates in a joint operation in the country. (Itar-Tass)
  • Bangladesh: Police clashed with protestors from the opposition Bangladesh National Party, protesting police abuses against Islamist protestors on Monday. (AP)
  • China: Officials announced plans to send a team of surveyors to the disputed Diaoyu islands, a further escalation of an increasingly dangerous dispute with Japan. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government and Kachin rebels reached an agreement in renewed talks to seek a ceasefire and to hold the next round of talks before 10APR. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • France: Three young men arrested in the southern city of Marignane were accused of planning a bomb attack after one of the men sent an email to the White House. (AP)
  • Germany: A new party, Alternative for Germany, is hoping to capitalize on rising euro-skepticism after a poll indicated one in four voters support such ideas. (AFP)
  • Greece: The cash-strapped government announced that it would begin to sell 28 state-owned buildings on long-term leases in a move to increase revenue and appease lenders. (Telegraph)
  • Vatican City: The College of Cardinals began private deliberations that will decide the next leader of the Catholic Church. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: An air force helicopter crashed in a southern province while flying a routine training flight, killing its two pilots, while the cause of the crash was not clear. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: A member of the extremist group Fatah al-Islam was shot and killed in the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, Ain al-Hilweh. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: The World Bank warned that Israeli economic restrictions and border closures, coupled with the PA’s worsening fiscal situation is causing lasting damage to the competitiveness of the economy. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel fighters and government soldiers remain locked in heated battles for control of key neighborhoods in the cities of Homs and Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Department of Commerce called on Congress to enact legislation incentivizing companies to increase the security of their computer networks. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 305 mi NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: S at 9.4 mph
    • Winds: 97.8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13MAR)

  • Russia: Palestinian President Abbas visits Moscow for talks on the Middle East Summit (to 15MAR).
  • United Kingdom: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit London with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to meet with their British counterparts for the first RF-UK Strategic Dialogue meeting.

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