ONS: 15 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 15, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian secret service said European hostages were dead prior to the raid.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican army seized over 3 tons of opiate-infused liquid.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban released two Swiss hostages.
  • EUROPE: Turkish border provinces built tents to prepare for an influx of Syrian refugees.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli aircraft hit Gaza city with missiles according to sources.
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube and Google began to integrate, allowing users to create a YouTube channel with a Google+ account.

TOP STORIES

  • Afghanistan: US soldier flown out of the country
    • The plane carrying the soldier transported him to Kuwait.
    • Defense Secretary Panetta arrived in Kabul on the same day as the transfer.
    • A pick-up truck crashed on the runway where the Secretary Panetta’s plane intended to land.
    • The driver of the truck died of severe burn wounds.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, AFP
  • Syria: President Assad’s email cache revealed
    • The Guardian received a cache of emails sent between the Assads.
    • According to the emails, Iran offered President Assad advice on the crisis.
    • Assad established a network of trusted aides who reported directly to him.
    • Coverage: The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: Mauritania dispatched its top diplomat to Mali to counter media reports that it supported Malian rebels. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Police beat up demonstrators who planned to protest in Rabat in solidarity with anti-government rallies in the north. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The secret service said British and Italian hostages were killed prior to the British-Nigeria raid. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: PM Jebali said the old regime had not been fully overthrown, and Tunisia was at a crossroads. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The army seized a record 3.6 metric tons of a pre-cursor drug liquid that may be opium paste to be processed into heroin. (AP)
  • United States: Air Force Major General Thompson addressed concerns over the new F-35, hoping to allay concerns over cost and manufacturing delays. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez’s party suspended a state governor after he criticized the president. (AP)

ASIA

  • Korea, North: Kim Jung-Un watched a coordinated strike drill of the Korean People’s Army’s three services, and urged the KPA to remain on high alert. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: President Lee Myung-bak and US President Obama spoke over the phone to celebrate the new FTA. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban released two Swiss hostages that were captured eight months ago. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Three main television channels reported three nearly identical reports on a controversial death case, prompting speculation of propaganda. (AFP)
  • Greece: The IMF will consider LaGarde’s proposal to contribute 28 billion Euros to the bailout. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Border provinces built more tents in an effort to prepare for an influx of Syrian refugees. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli aircraft hit Gaza city with missiles, according to witnesses and medical sources. (DPA)
  • Iran: Lawmakers said they are not satisfied with President Ahmadinejad’s answers during recent questioning. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Turkish families reported that 24 Turkish workers operating in Karbala have been out of contact for three weeks. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US Senator McCain opined the US has a national security interest in stability, and thus should intervene in the Syrian crisis. (USA Today)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Federal Reserve launched a Twitter account, @federalreserve. (Mashable)
  • Technology: YouTube and Google began integration efforts by allowing users to create a YouTube channel with their Google+ profile name. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17S (Lua)
    • Location: 385 NM N of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 02 knots
    • Winds: 60 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 47.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 9.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • The volcano erupted for the third time in a week.
    • Coverage: Alaska Public
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sakurajima, Japan
    • It erupted several times in the past 48 hours.
    • The eruptions sent 18 inch-wide rocks flying up to a mile away.
    • Coverage: Huffington Post

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16MAR)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of the Egyptian kingdom coming into existence – 1922.
  • Moldova: Presidential elections held in parliament.
  • Pakistan: Estimated date of arrival of USCENTCOM General Mattis.

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