ONS: 13 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean police began a series of raids on human rights activists to instill fear ahead of the constitutional referendum and elections this year.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican troops detained 17 members of an armed group claiming to be a “community police force” in the western state of Michoacan.
  • ASIA: The North Korean air force has drastically increased the number of training sorties flown, reaching a total of 700 on 11MAR.
  • EUROPE: The Dutch government raised the terror threat level from “limited” to “substantial,” saying its citizens are traveling to Syria to fight and could return further-radicalized.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, PKK rebels released eight Turkish prisoners who had been held for more than two years in the northern Kurdish autonomous region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Pew report found one in four young people use the internet mostly through smartphones, compared to 15% of adults.

TOP STORY

  • India: Five paramilitary police and two militants died in an ambush on security forces in Srinagar, the main city of Indian Kashmir.
    • The attack is the first to happen in Srinagar in nearly three years.
    • The militants posed as cricket players at the school located next to the base before opening fire on the police.
    • Hizbul Mujahideen, a pro-Pakistan militant group based in Indian Kashmir, claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, Independent, Xinhua, BBC

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The government denounced attempts by the rebel coalition to disrupt the Libreville agreement and called for further dialogue as stipulated therein. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: President Morsi’s government is appealing a court ruling that suspended a controversial parliamentary election, after originally vowing not to challenge the ruling. (AP)
  • Tunisia: A young cigarette vendor who set himself on fire in the capital protesting the economic and political situation in the country died of his burns. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Police began a series of raids on human rights activists to instill fear ahead of the constitutional referendum and elections this year. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Kirchner slammed the Falklands’ referendum as a “parody” and highlighted the importance of the US’s response to the referendum. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Army troops detained 17 members of an armed group claiming to be a “community police force” in the western state of Michoacan. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: The country’s leading pollster released a poll indicating that the approval rating of President Mujica rose to 53 percent. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Election authorities invited international organizations to observe the elections to be held on 14APR. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • India: The house of the former air force chief was raided by police as part of an investigation into allegations of bribery in a deal with an Italian helicopter manufacturer. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government will seek to boost defense ties with ASEAN member states to balance its growing territorial tensions with China. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The air force has drastically increased the number of training sorties flown, reaching a total of 700 on 11MAR. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: The government denied HRW’s allegations that the navy opened fire on Rohingya refugees fleeing the sectarian conflict in Myanmar, killing at least 20. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Europe: The European Parliament is set to overwhelmingly reject the USD1.3 trillion budget negotiated last month, the first budget cut in the organization’s history. (AP)
  • Europe: The College of Cardinals entered its second day of secret deliberations to choose the next pope. (CNN)
  • Germany: Police raided several offices and buildings linked to Salafist associations in several western states because of suspected connection with radical Islamists. (Reuters)
  • Netherlands: The government raised the terror threat level from “limited” to “substantial,” saying its citizens are traveling to Syria to fight and could return further-radicalized. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: PKK rebels released eight Turkish prisoners who had been held for more than two years in the northern Kurdish autonomous region. (AFP)
  • Israel: Troops killed a young Palestinian activist near the city of Hebron and wounded eight others when they opened fire after the men hurled rocks and firebombs at them. (AP)
  • Syria: A British charity organization claimed children are increasingly being used as soldiers and human shields by both sides of the conflict. (AFP)
  • Syria: A policy officer with the EU delegation in the country was killed by a rocket attack in a Damascus suburb. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Tech: A Pew report found one in four young people use the internet mostly through smartphones, compared to 15% of adults. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 310 mi SW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • China: Five-year anniversary of the riots in Lhasa, in which Tibetans lashed out at Han and Hui Chinese, causing an international debate on the status of Tibet – 2008.
  • Malawi: A bail hearing for 11 politicians accused of plotting to hijack the nomination of President Joyce Banda will be held.
  • Russia: Federation of Peace and Accord will host 60 representatives from 20 countries to discuss the role of civil society in the sphere of security in Moscow.
  • Thailand: Last day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok.

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