ONS: 14 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Africa was rocked by footage of a protester’s death.
  • ASIA: Pakistan released 89 Indian prisoners.
  • EUROPE: Berlusconi said he was unlikely to run for new term.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ten more bodies found in Mexico graves, totaling 126.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US said Iran helps crackdown in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US targeted a computer network used in ‘massive’ hacker fraud.

TOP STORY

  • Libya was the focus of multiple international meetings.
    • Libya is set to dominate the discussion at the NATO meeting in Berlin.
    • Britain and France will press others in the alliance to contribute more combat jets.
    • The BRICS countries said the use of force “should be avoided” in Libya and across the Arab world.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, AFP, BBC, AP

AFRICA

  • Somalia: A UN envoy urged the country to hold elections and end its transitional government. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The ruling party called for a probe into the death of an unarmed protester after footage surfaced depicting police brutally killing him. (DPA)
  • Sudan: 12 Sudanese aid workers taken hostage in Darfur were freed. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan released 89 Indian prisoners amid the first official talks between the two countries since the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bomb blast outside of a government building in Kabul injured three while a separate suicide attack on a police station in Paktya province killed three officers. (Xinhua, AFP)
  • Vietnam: Authorities released two dissidents after jailing them for nine days. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko fear he will use this week’s deadly subway bombing as a pretext to enforce internet restrictions. (AP)
  • Iceland: The government survived a no-confidence vote. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he was unlikely to seek another term in 2013 and indicated that Justice Minister Angelino Alfano may succeed him. (RIA Novosti)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: An envelope containing unidentified powder was found on Wednesday at the US consulate building in Rio de Janeiro. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered ten more bodies in mass graves in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, bringing the total to 126. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US officials claimed Iran is helping the Syrian government put down pro-democracy demonstrations. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Roadside bombs killed three at a market south of Baghdad. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A British tourist died in police custody, according to the British embassy in Dubai. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: The US Justice Department said it disabled Coreflood, a “massive fraud scheme,” that infected more than 2 million computers worldwide with malicious software. (Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 11.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15APR)

  • Europe: Russia-NATO Council meet in Berlin.
  • China: Anniversary of start of Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
  • Korea: Birthday of Kim Il Sung.
  • Libya: TNC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil visits Italy.
  • Philippines: Annual Balikatan exercises with the US end.

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