ONS: 17 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  ECOWAS officials stated they are close to a deal with Guinea Bissau’s junta to return constitutional power
  • AMERICAS: Brazil hosted US Secretary of State Clinton to discuss improving business ties.
  • ASIA: The UN increased sanctions against North Korea in response to the failed rocket launch.  
  • EUROPE: Spain’s successful bond sale eased fears of a resurrected debt crisis
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iranian FM Salehi stated Tehran might be willing to “resolve” nuclear issues if sanctions are removed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is reportedly launching “Google Drive,” a cloud storage service, next week

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Aftermath of Sunday’s attacks on Kabul
    • US officials stated the Haqqani network was behind Sunday’s attacks on Kabul.
    • President Karzai criticized the Afghan and NATO intelligence services for failing to predict the attack.
    • President Karzai also criticized the insurgents, and challenged them to do more for the country.
    • NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed strong concern over the buildup of forces along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ethiopian militia killed two Kenyan police and wounded five in a cross border raid. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS officials stated they are close to reaching deal with the ruling junta to ensure the return of constitutional power. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The military arrested former PM Sidibe for the third time since the 22MAR coup. (AP)
  • Somalia: A suicide bomber killed a soldier in Baidoa. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan FM Maduro strongly criticized Britain’s “threats” against Argentina over the Falkland Islands. (AP)
  • Brazil: US Secretary of State Clinton visited the country to discuss improving business ties. (AP)
  • Peru: Two police officers were reported missing in the same jungle where Shining Path rebels had kidnapped 36 pipeline workers. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Australia announced it would withdraw its forces a year ahead of schedule. (Al Jazeera)
  • East Timor: Former guerrilla fighter Taur Matan Ruak was elected president. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government will refuse entry to IAEA inspectors. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UN increased sanctions in response to the failed rocket launch. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Foreign Ministry announced a round of talks with the US on “new terms of engagement.” (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: A senior NATO official stated the dispute over missile defense hampered cooperation between the alliance and Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: A successful bond sale eased fears over the exacerbation of the debt crisis. (AP)
  • Turkey: A NATO official stated Turkey had not yet requested the alliance to intervene in Syria. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Amnesty International claimed the government’s reform efforts were “flawed” and “inadequate.” (CNN)
  • Iran: FM Salehi stated Iran might be willing to “resolve” nuclear issues if sanctions are removed. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Police reported an attack by Al Qaeda gunmen on a government office was thwarted. (DPA)
  • Syria: Continued clashes between opposition and government forces endangered the ceasefire agreement. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: US drone strikes killed at least 6 Al-Qaeda militants in Shabwa. (CNN)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cloud Computing: Google will reportedly launch “Google Drive,” a cloud service offering 5gb of storage for free, next week. (TNW)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 37 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 201.1 km
    • Map
    • Note: No damage reported, no tsunami warning issued.
  • Volcano: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • Began ejecting hot rock fragments, alert level raised. (Reuters)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18APR)

  • Europe: Two-day Russia-NATO Council meeting takes place in Brussels.
  • India: Test of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • Iran: National Army Day celebrated.
  • Iraq: Egyptian Abu Ayuub al-Masri killed – 2010.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of raid on Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayub al-Masri – 2010.
  • Israel: Memorial Day celebrated.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the US Embassy bombing – 1983.
  • Zimbabwe: Independence Day celebrated.

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