ONS: 18 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Election-related violence broke out in northern Nigeria
  • ASIA: 12 Iranian engineers abducted in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: The Finnish nationalist party made large gains in the parliamentary election
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican state government in Tamaulipas dismissed its security chief
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb at the Green Zone entrance killed three, wounded ten
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UAE will bar BlackBerry users from accessing corporate email

TOP STORIES

  • Afghanistan: Suicide bomber in army uniform attacked the defense ministry
    • The attack killed two and wounded seven.
    • The Taliban said the attack was an attempt to kill the French and Afghan defense ministers, though France rejected this claim.
    • There are conflicting reports on whether or not the bomber successfully detonated his vest.
    • Coverage: AFP, DPA, LAT, Xinhua
  • Syria: US secretly backs opposition groups: WikiLeaks cables
    • The State Department gave up to $6 million since 2006 to Syrian exiles to finance a satellite channel in London and activities within Syria.
    • Security forces killed eight protesters in Homs.
    • A video of a government water cannon truck driving into a crowd of protesters was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, Reuters, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: A mutiny against President Blaise Compoare reached its fourth city; Kaya. (AFP)
  • Libya: Pro-Gaddafi forces shelled Misrata and launched 12 rockets near the western entrance of Ajdabiya. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Rioting and violence broke out in the north as President Goodluck Jonathan looked set to win re-election. (AFP, Xinhua)
  • Uganda: Police arrested 17 opposition leaders ahead of new inflation protests. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Armed men abducted 12 Iranian engineers in Farah province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: President Lee Myungbak met with visiting Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) to discuss regional security and trade. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: An attack by suspected communist rebels killed two in eastern Masbate province. (DPA)
  • Thailand: A car bomb explosion in the southern city of Yala killed a soldier and injured 23 people. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Italian foreign minister said that Italy and France must work together to overcome a dispute over Tunisian migrants. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Parliament looked set to approve a new constitution, which critics say will enhance executive power. (AFP)
  • Finland: The nationalist True Finns, opposed to Euro zone bailouts and immigration, made big gains in the parliamentary election. (AP)
  • Russia: Security forces killed four suspected militants in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Cuba: Dissidents took to the streets in defiance of Raul Castro’s warnings against demonstrations. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Tamaulipas state replaced its public security chief after the recent discovery of 145 bodies in mass graves. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country successfully tested its new air defense system, Sayyad-2. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Two suicide car bombs detonated at an entrance to the Green Zone killed three and wounding ten. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in Sanaa. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • UAE: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. confirmed the UAE will bar users from accessing the device’s corporate email services. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 21S (Errol)
    • Location: 160 NM E of Sumba, Indonesia
    • Winds: 25 kts
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Taal volcano, Philippines
    • Authorities are executing evacuations amid increasing seismic activity. (AFP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19APR)

  • Global: Passover.
  • Egypt: Mubarak and sons make court appearance.

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