ONS: 15 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 15, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

15 March 2011
KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ivorian gunmen inch toward Gbagbo palace in Abidjan.
  • ASIA: Pakistan delayed ruling on US operative Davis.
  • EUROPE: A former Belarussan presidential candidate fled the country.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The US warned Aristide to delay return to Haiti.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US issues travel warning for Bahrain.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Online magazine marketed towards female jihadists launched.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Radiation levels rise near damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
    • A fire broke out in Fukushima reactor 4, which had been shut down for maintenance prior to the earthquake.
    • A third explosion was also reported, this time at reactor 2, spurring fears that the containment dome was damaged and prompting a government warning for citizens to stay indoors.
    • While leaked radiation amounts spiked following the explosion and fire, city government officials are maintaining radiation has fallen toward normal levels since the morning.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, LA Times, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Region: Five Somali men accused of attacking the USS Nicholas last November were convicted to life in prison in a Virginia court. (BBC)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunman loyal to Alassane Outtara moved closer to the palace of Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan, with reports of heavy gunfire in the suburb of Adjame. (Reuters)
  • Libya: US Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman authored a resolution urging President Obama to recognize the rebel Libyan council “like the French did.” (AFP)
  • Libya: Intense fighting between Gaddafi and rebel forces continued across the country, most notably in the rebel-held Brega. (BBC)
    • The G8 failed to reach an agreement on intervention in Libya, with France saying the events on the ground have outpaced diplomatic efforts. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: Police raided the headquarters of the political party of the prime minister and arrested three staff members. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: General Petraeus is expected to give a generally “upbeat” account of the war today in his first appearance in Washington since taking over command. (AP)
    • Petraeus is also set to announce the military is on track to begin withdrawing forces this July.
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK agreed to the repatriation of 27 of 31 people whose boat drifted into ROK waters after a shift in the weather. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Punjab High Court ruled the Foreign Ministry had not adequately stated that US operative Raymond Davis was subject to diplmatic immunity; therefore, he will be tried by a trial court on murder charges. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: Governments across Europe, notably Germany and Switzerland, are suspending decisions related to their nuclear programs in the wake of the crisis in Japan and renewed protests at home. (BBC)
  • Belarus: Ales Mikhalevich, a former presidential candidate, fled the country claiming he was tortured while being held in prison for protesting December’s election. (NYT)
  • Russia: Despite easily winning all of the regional elections, United Russia, the ruling party, lost ground by only winning less than half of the popular vote in this weekend’s elections. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Labor unions and civic groups are planning mass demonstrations during President Obama’s visit this weekend, calling him “persona non grata.” (AFP)
  • Haiti: The US urged Haiti’s former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to postpone his return from exile until after presidential elections on 20MAR. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The US State Department issued a travel warning for US citizens wishing to visit the country following the entry of GCC troops and flaring violent unrest. (AP)
    • The UN and US both issued statements of “alarm” over the entry of troops from Saudi and the UAE, who are both loyal to the Bahraini government.
  • Iran: UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon noted the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, saying that the government ratcheted up its crackdown on activists and journalists. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A provincial governor was stabbed by antigovernment protestors, causing his security detail to open fire at the demonstrators. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Al Qaeda: A jihadist media distribution outlet has published the first issue of Al-Shamikha, “The Majestic wWman,” an online magazine marketed exclusively towards a female jihadi audience. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Mag: 6.0
    • Depth: 15.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Palestine: PLO body convenes to assess peace talks with Israel.
  • Pakistan: Court may indict Raymond Davis for double murder.
  • Qatar: Protests.

 

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