ONS: 17 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 17, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Four NYT journalists are missing in Libya.
  • ASIA: Suspected nuclear material seized from ships across the region.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities forced an Iranian cargo plane to land for inspection.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Former Haitian president Aristide expected to return Friday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain detains prominent activists.
  • USA/CANADA: Massachusetts inspecting possible radioactive uranium at armory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook “like” feature more lucrative than tweets.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Nuclear crisis worsens, while evacuations continue
    • The chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that American officials believed that the damage to at least one reactor was much more serious than Tokyo had acknowledged.
    • Japan today continued to use unconventional means to deal with the potential meltdowns, including dropping water from helicopters and spraying water from cannons.
    • The US authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan while warning US citizens against all non-essential travel to the country.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Benin: Hundreds of opposition supporters rallied in front of the country’s electoral commission, claiming presidential vote results were mishandled. (AFP)
  • Libya: The New York Times lost contact with four of its journalists covering the unrest, including Pulitzer Prize winner and Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Two Ugandan AU troops were sentenced to two years in prison for injuring citizens in two shooting incidents in Mogadishu. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Singapore announced that they have intercepted suspected nuclear and weapons materials bound for Iran that breach UN sanctions. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Suspected Islamic militants mailed a bomb to a popular Jewish musician, making it the fourth such package received this week in Jakarta. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Police seized suspected nuclear bomb-making equipment on a ship bound from China to the Middle East. (AP, BBC)
  • Pakistan: Following yesterday’s release of American Raymond Davis, the CIA said it continued to enjoy a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Russian human rights activist Andrei Yurov was detained in Belarus and will be deported from the country. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: Authorities forced a suspicious Syria-bound Iranian cargo plane to land for inspection, which discovered the plane was only carrying food. (VOA)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: The UN announced its intention to combat violence in Central America in addition to extending the UN Commission against Impunity in Guatemala for two more years. (BBC)
  • Haiti: Exiled former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is expected to return to Haiti on Friday, despite President Obama and UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s calls to delay his return until after the presidential vote. (Miami Herald)
  • Haiti: A US missionary was released from jail following a five-month incarceration for alleged theft. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities have arrested at least five key opposition figures following the government imposition of a curfew and state-of-emergency. (BBC)
    • Given the increased unrest, the US has also authorized the departure of US military family members and non-essential civilian personnel from the country. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he will travel to Gaza to try and end the division between his Fatah party and Hamas. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Security personnel shot live ammunition and tear gas after men in plainclothes attacked hundreds of protesters who were staging a sit-in in the western city of Hodeidah. (NYT)

USA/CANADA

  • US: Massachusetts environmental experts are investigating the possible presence of radioactive depleted uranium at the site of the historic Springfield Armory. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Event registration website Eventbrite announced that it gained more revenue from ticket sales to events advertised through Facebook “likes” than through tweets. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18S
    • Location: 400 nm SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 14kts
    • Winds: 40kts
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Mag: 6.1
    • Depth: 25.3km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Mag: 6.3
    • Depth: 167.7km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18MAR)

  • Ivory Coast: Court rules on President Gbagbo’s case against ECOWAS.

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