ONS: 16 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Eritrean government said it will not retaliate after Ethiopia attacked its territory.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan military will deploy 15,000 soldiers to regions along the borders.
  • ASIA: The US denounced the DPRK’s plan to launch a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit.
  • EUROPE: The Moldovan parliament elected senior judge Timofti as president.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The GCC said the six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria in protest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA is building a $2 billion data collection, processing, and cryptography center.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Turkish military helicopter crashes in Kabul.
    • The crash killed twelve Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground.
    • ISAF said that the cause of the crash was still unknown.
    • The US military said the attack on Camp Bastion was more serious than initial accounts suggested.
      • The attack targeted a top American commander as US Defense Secretary Panetta was flying in for a visit.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, Telegraph, AP

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: The government said it will not retaliate after rival neighbor Ethiopia attacked its territory. (AFP)
  • Libya: Two British journalists detained by a Libyan militia last month will be released within 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN envoy to South Sudan says traditional cattle raids between rival ethnic groups in Jonglei state have escalated with advanced weapons. (AP)
  • Uganda: The government warned the rebel ADF opened three military camps in eastern Congo and is actively recruiting in central Uganda. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Santos announced Bolivian President Morales will participate in discussions on establishing alternatives in the fight against drugs. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Police evicted 13 dissidents from a church they had been occupying for two days demanding Pope Benedict XVI air a list of grievances. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The military will deploy 15,000 soldiers to regions along the borders in order to combat armed groups and drug trafficking. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Australian FM Carr backed away from comments that Canberra would impose sanctions on Papua New Guinea if it did not go to the polls. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Talks with the Afghan government about night raids by NATO troops will go ahead despite political roadblocks. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The US denounced as “highly provocative” the DPRK’s plan to launch a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit, in defiance of a UN ban. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A remote-controlled bomb in Kurram Agency injured sixteen people. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel indicated Finance Minister Schaeuble is to head the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers. (AFP)
  • Greece: The IMF said the Greek economy is expected to exit recession only by 2014. (AFP)
  • Hungary: PM Orban accused the EU of colonialist behavior, disrespecting his country’s sovereignty and meddling in its domestic affairs. (AP)
  • Moldova: The parliament elected Nicolae Timofti, a senior judge and lawyer, as President, ending a three year political stalemate. (AFP)
  • Portugal: EU Economy Commissioner Rehn said the country is “on the right path” to address its financial woes and obtain competitiveness. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Shi’ite Muslims clashed with riot police across the country on the anniversary of a government crackdown. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi wing of al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack in Haditha that left 25 policemen dead. (AP)
  • Syria: The GCC said the six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria in protest at the year-long violence in the country. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Suspected al Qaeda militants kidnapped a Swiss woman in Hodeida and are holding her in the province of Shabwa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Intelligence: The NSA is building a $2 billion data collection, processing, and cryptography center. (Threat Level)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17S (Lua)
    • Location: 260 NM NNW of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 10 knots
    • Winds: 75 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAR)

  • East Timor: Presidential elections held.
  • Egypt: People’s Assembly meets for the first time.
  • Myanmar: Scheduled end of US envoy Mitchell’s trip to the country.
  • Pakistan: Parliament to review Pakistan’s foreign policy towards the US.

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