ONS: 13 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Guinea Bissau, the army claimed the attempted coup was linked to a secret military deal signed with Angola.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales and US Secretary of State Clinton will discuss the relation between government and civil society.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani parliament approved guidelines to reset of relations with the US.
  • EUROPE: Hungarian PM Orban said the government would reject all political prerequisites in exchange for an IMF/EU loan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the army and opposition clashed in Idlib.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FCC announced it would host a “.Gov Developer Meet-Up” to encourage interaction between web developers and agencies.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Failed rocket launch met with international disapproval.
    • The UNSC and G8 condemned the launch.
    • China, Russia, and India jointly called for restraint.
    • The ROK Defense Ministry said the DPRK may try a nuclear test to boost internal solidarity.
    • The DPRK appointed Kim as the First Chairman of the National Defense Commission.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, NYT, AP, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Guinea-Bissau: The army said it launched a coup because of an alleged secret military deal signed by the government with Angola. (AFP)
  • Mali: French President Sarkozy stressed the importance of preventing the creation of a “terrorist or Islamic state” in northern Mali. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The MEND attacked installations belonging to Italian firm ENI. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The UNSC demanded Sudan and South Sudan stop border clashes. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian President Morales and Secretary Clinton will discuss the relationship between government and civil society. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Mexican President Calderon declared an improvement in Mexican-Cuba relations. (Reuters)
  • Region: Chilean President Piñera met with Colombian President Santos to discuss bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: President Pérez wants the Summit of the Americas to discuss the decriminalization of drugs. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines and China agreed to set aside diplomatic protests to ease tensions in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A motorbike bomb in Helmand province injured 11 people. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: British PM Cameron visited the country and met with Aung San Suu Kyi. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The parliament approved guidelines that frame the reset of relations with the US. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Police detained a group of Iranian and Azerbaijani nationals accused of smuggling a large quantity of drugs and some firearms from Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Hungary: Hungarian PM Orban said the government would reject all political prerequisites in exchange for an IMF/EU loan. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Police continued operations to neutralize a group of militants in Ingushetia. (Interfax)
  • Transdniestria: Russian DM Serdyukov called on Chisinau to refrain from fanning tensions. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: World powers urged Iran to begin a “constructive and serious dialogue” to answer international concerns. (AFP)
  • Syria: Clashes between the army and the opposition broke out in Idlib. (AFP)
  • Syria: An advance team of UN observers is ready to enter Syria. (AP)
  • Yemen: Army forces retook the strategic town of Umm Ayan, killing five tribal fighters and ten terrorists. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology and data: FCC announced it would host a “.Gov Developer Meet-Up” to encourage web developers and agencies to interact.

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 13.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcano: Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14APR)

  • Americas: Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Youth Day celebrated.

 

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