ONS: 15 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 15, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

15 March 2011

  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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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