ONS: 14 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by The Rendon Group

14 March 2011



  • AFRICA: S. Sudan said it will suspend talks with N. Sudan
  • ASIA: Attack on Afghan army center leaves 33 dead.
  • EUROPE: US and Russia account for half of world arms sales.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haitian presidential candidate Michel Martelly backed by losing candidates.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain lawmakers call for martial law after violent clashes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s paramilitary launched cyber attack.



  • Japan: Fukushima 1 Reactor No. 3 explodes injuring 11
    • Authorities said the reactor’s pressure valve is undamaged.
    • Cooling functions have been lost at reactor No. 2 and coolant levels are falling.
    • The US 7th Fleet relocated its vessels after the USS Ronald Reagan passed through a small radiation cloud.
    • 2,000 bodies were recovered in the Miyagi region.
    • Some scientists are advising local residents to take Iodine pills.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, Guardian
  • Libya: Fighting continues in Libya
    • Control of the city of Brega remains disputed, with pro-Gaddafi forces claiming to have taken the town and rebel forces claiming to have taken it back.
    • Rebels vowed to defend the town of Ajdabiya from an expected attack.
    • Pro-Gaddafi forces vowed to take the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
    • Coverage: NYT, Washington Post, VOA



  • Ivory Coast: Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s Ouattara took control of a fourth town in the west. (VOA)
  • Nigeria: The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta warned of renewed attacks on the oil and gas industry and bombings at political rallies ahead of next month’s national elections. (Reuters)
  • Southern Sudan: The government announced it is suspending talks with the North, which it accused of sponsoring rebel militias. (AP)
    • Forty militiamen and two Southern soldiers were killed after a raid on Malakal, a town in the Upper Nile state. (Reuters)



  • Afghanistan: Thirty-three people were killed and more than 40 were wounded in a suicide attack at a recruitment center in Kunduz city. (AFP)
  • India: Naval patrols captured 61 Somali pirates on the Mozambican-flagged Vega 5,600 nautical miles west of the country in the Arabian Sea. (CNN)
    • Thirteen crew members were rescued as well.
  • Pakistan: Former Pakistani President Musharraf accused the UK government of giving “tacit approval” of torture. (BBC)


  • Germany: Thousands of Germans formed a 27-mile human chain in Stuttgart to protest the country’s use of nuclear power. (BBC)
  • Russia: Between 2006-2010, the US and Russia accounted for half of the world’s arms sales, while India was the world’s highest importer of arms. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Hundreds of journalists protested the detention of reporters that authorities allege were involved in an attempt to bring the government down. (AP)



  • Brazil: According to a report by the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, 50% of Brazil’s military is either obsolete or is unusable. (EFE)
  • Haiti: In a joint statement, defeated presidential candidates Josette Bijou, Wilson Jeudy, Genard Joseph, Chavanne Jeune ,and Eric Smarki Charles urged support for Michel Martelly in the second round run-off election. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The federal police program, “We are All Juarez,” collapsed according to residents. (AP)
    • The program sought to develop “safe corridors” to protect businesses in February 2010, but it failed as the federal police transferred responsibility to the state police, who then in November transferred responsibility to city police.



  • Bahrain: Lawmakers urged the King to impose martial law. (CNN)
    • Security forces from neighboring GCC countries arrived to help secure order in the country. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The Islamic Action Front’s leader, Hamza Mansour, was threatened and is now under police protection. (AP)
  • Yemen: President Saleh fired a government minister for failing to negotiate with opposition parties to resolve month-long protests. (AP)
    • Clashes continued for a second day in Sanaa and Aden, where 1 protester was killed by security forces. (NYT)



  • Iran: Hackers working for the Revolutionary Guard’s Basij militia launched cyber attacks against enemies of Iran. (AP)



  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Mag: 6.1
    • Depth: 14.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shinmoedake volcano, Kyushu, Japan
    • Ash and rock have been shot thousands of feet into the atmosphere.
    • There is no information pertaining to aviation restrictions in the area.



  • Global: Secretary Clinton travels to Egypt and Tunisia.
  • Albania: Anti-government protests.
  • Belarus: Constitution Day.
  • Iran: Protests.
  • Palestine: Protests in Gaza and refugee camps.

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