ONS: 16 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clinton visits Egypt’s Tahrir Square.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani court formally indicts US operative.
  • EUROPE: Germany closes seven nuclear plants.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The US is flying drones to combat drug operations in Mexico.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahraini protests turn violent as government takes back square.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter reaches one billion tweets per week.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Second nuclear reactor may have ruptured.
    • The containment dome of Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant looks to have cracked and is releasing radioactive steam, prompting a temporary evacuation of all plant employees.
    • The Defense Ministry announced that it was preparing to drop water on the stricken reactor by helicopter in what is seen as a sign of desperation to prevent a total meltdown.
    • Emperor Akihito, in a rare address, gave his sympathies to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake while expressing deep worry for the ongoing nuclear crisis.
    • Coverage: NYT-1, NYT-2, BBC

AFRICA

  • Egypt: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured Tahrir Square today during her visit to encourage democratic reforms. (AP)
    • The country also announced that it has disbanded its state security organization that many believe is responsible for spying and torture, but will be creating a new national security agency. (NYT)
  • Ivory Coast: Four people were killed at a checkpoint by gunmen loyal to internationally recognized president Alassane Outtara in the Cocody suburb. (BBC)
  • Ivory Coast: Human Rights Watch released a statement saying that atrocities committed by forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo may constitute war crimes. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Following the G8’s failure to come to agreement on a plan for intervention, rebel troops suffered set backs as forces Loyal to Gaddafi gained ground throughout the country. (BBC, NYT)
  • Mauritania: Four members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are standing trial for the 2009 death of American missionary Christopher Leggett. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Malaysia: The government will release 35,000 Bibles it had impounded for a month which controversially use the name “Allah” for God. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: As US drone killed at least four people in a vehicle in the northwest region of North Waziristan. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Today a Pakistani court at a Lahore prison formally charged US operative Raymond Davis on two counts of murder. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: EU members issued a statement saying that they are “deeply concerned about the continued lack of progress in the government formation in Bosnia.” (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the country will close 7 nuclear reactors built before 1980 for a 3-month safety check. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: Colombian armed forces killed FARC rebel leader Oliver Solarte who acted as the group’s main contact with Mexican drug cartels. (BBC)
  • Honduras: The government announced that it may be shutting embassies in five Unasur nations as it seeks to seeks to manage its resources better and open embassies in countries whose cooperation with Honduras has better prospects. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A report indicates that the Pentagon has been using high-flying, unmanned drones in the country to gather intelligence that helps locate major traffickers and their networks. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez announced a suspension of his country’s nuclear program, citing the crisis in Japan as the reason for his decision. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Following a presidential decree of a state of emergency, protests in the capital turned violent after police fired tear gas and unleashed tanks on the protester-held Pearl Square. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: According to a report, the delay in finalizing the country’s government has delayed or halted US security initiatives following the withdrawal of US troops. (NYT)
  • Syria: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators held a rare protest in Damascus, which disbanded after pro-government supporters reportedly punched demonstrators. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Twitter: Company founder Jack Dorsey announced that the micro-blogging site has reached the threshold of serving one billion tweets per week. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: East of Honshu, Japan
    • Mag: 6.0
    • Depth: 25km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAR)

  • Armenia: Protests expected.

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