ONS: 15 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 15, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Burkina Faso mutiny spread to military compounds.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber at an Indonesian mosque killed one and injured 17.
  • EUROPE: NATO and EU to hold first joint meeting and will discuss Libya.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Panamanian president supports Honduran re-entry to OAS.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain retreated from plans to dismantle Shiite opposition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google faces antitrust complaints in South Korea.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: US, Britain, and France say they intend to fight until Gaddafi leaves
    • However, the US and other NATO members spurned French and British calls for more air strikes.
    • NATO and the EU will hold their first joint meeting and discuss Libya.
    • France and Britain considered striking Gaddafi’s logistical and decision-making centers instead of arming opposition fighters.
    • A video of Gaddafi defiantly parading through Tripoli in an open-top car was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Xinhua, DPA Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: President Blaise Compaore left the capital Ouagadougou amid a spreading mutiny by his personal guard. (AFP)
  • Senegal: President Abdoulaye Wade met with a visiting Chinese lawmaker to further develop a strategic partnership between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Pirates released two ships from Germany and Thailand. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: A suspected suicide bomber at a mosque in the West Java town of Cirebon killed at least one and wounded 17. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea-based North Korean defectors flew propaganda leaflets across the border denouncing political succession in the DPRK. (AP)
  • Philippines: The military will use a new US-made vessel to boost patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, amid tensions with China over the Spratly islands. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Hungary appealed for EU expansion into the Balkans. (NYT)
  • Region: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found two Croatian generals guilty of war crimes against Serbs. (BBC)
  • Italy: Authorities arrested four suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate in connection with last year’s bombing of an anti-Mafia magistrate building. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said he supported Honduras’ re-entry to the OAS. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Three children were killed after attackers hurled Molotov cocktails into their home. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Police seized 30 kilos of cocaine on a bus transporting members of the country’s government-organized militia. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government retreated from plans to dismantle Shiite opposition parties after heavy criticism from the US and other allies. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The body of an abducted Italian pro-Palestine activist was found in a Gaza City house after a clash between Hamas police and the abductors. (AP)
  • Yemen: Tribal chiefs called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The company faces antitrust complaints in South Korea as mobile phones using its Android software gain dominance. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 21S
    • Location: 270 NM W of Darwin, Australia
    • Winds: 28 kts
    • Movement: SSW at 02 kts
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16APR)

  • Global: IMF-World Bank meeting.
  • Cuba: First Communist Party Congress in 14 years lasts until 19APR.
  • Nigeria: Presidential elections.

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