ONS: 14 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Somali suicide bomber attacked the residence of President Ahmed, killing two.
  • AMERICAS: Canada may cancel an order of F-35 jets due to budget constraints.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Finance Ministry said a Chinese state bank will no longer finance the Iran-Pak pipeline.
  • EUROPE: Russia may benefit from a deal with the Pentagon that could include classified data on interceptor missiles.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian parliament began questioning President Ahmadinejad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: BBC’s Persian service alleged Iranian authorities conducted a cyberattack.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Foreign officials arrived despite strained relations
    • US Defense Secretary Panetta arrived for a scheduled trip, while German DM Maiziere made a surprise visit.
    • US authorities showed a video of the soldier surrendering as proof that he acted alone.
    • President Obama vowed to “spare no effort” in investigating the attack on civilians.
    • PM Cameron admitted the British public wants to end the Afghan conflict.
    • German DM Maiziere reiterated a commitment to the 2014 withdrawal deadline.
    • Coverage: AP, Telegraph, Bloomberg, DPA

AFRICA

  • Region: The Mauritanian air force hit al-Qaeda targets in Mali, which Malian officials claimed missed the targets and injured two civilians. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A suicide bomber detonated at President Sharif Ahmed’s compound, resulting in two casualties. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Insurgents claimed responsibility for a downed government drone in rebel-held territory, but the army said the aircraft crashed due to a technical failure. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: NORTHCOM Commander US Gen. Jacoby said the “decapitation” strategy used by Mexico lacks an “appreciable, positive effect.” (Danger Room)
  • Canada: Associate Defense Minister Fantino said Canada may withdraw its purchase of F-35 joint strike fighter jets. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Senate approved constitutional changes that rendered crimes against journalists as federal crimes. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A Pakistani commission left for India to gather evidence for use in the prosecution of seven Islamist militants connected to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (AP)
  • Region: Pakistani Finance Ministry spokesman Iqbal said a Chinese state bank is no longer interested in financing the Iran-Pakistan pipeline. (AP)
  • India: An Indian Space Research Organization official said the Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), a home-made spy satellite, is “likely to be launched in the second half of April.” (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Nearly 3,000 Buddhist monks submitted a petition to the US ambassador in Colombo to protest a UN-backed draft resolution. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Pentagon confirmed the US is considering a deal with Russia that could include US classified data regarding interceptor missiles. (Reuters)
  • Region: Belarusian Deputy FM Guryanov said he considers the EU sanctions unproductive. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: South Ossetian presidential candidate Kochiyev warned that a coup was being plotted. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish warplanes launched air strikes targeting Kurdish separatist bases in Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Iran: David Albright, a US non-proliferation expert, identified a building suspected of containing a high-explosive test chamber at Parchin military site. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Parliament began questioning President Ahmadinejad over accusations such as mismanaging the economy and challenging the Ayatollah. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity:  BBC alleged Iranian authorities conducted a cyberattack against the media’s Persian service. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17S (Lua)
    • Location: 350 NM NNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: NW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 26.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15MAR)

  • Pakistan: Former Ambassador to the US Haqqani testifies before the memo commission.
  • South Korea: Free Trade Agreement with the US goes into effect.
  • Syria: Anniversary of Syrian protests erupting – 2011.

 

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