ONS: 19 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 19, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Sudan’s President al-Bashir vowed to “liberate” South Sudan in an escalation of rhetoric.
  • AMERICAS: The US Coast Guard announced it had intercepted its 30th drug smuggling submarine in six years.
  • ASIA: US Ambassador to Afghanistan Crocker stated there was “no question” the Pakistan-based Haqqani network was behind Sunday’s attacks on Kabul.  
  • EUROPE: Russian and NATO officials are expected to discuss missile defense at a meeting in Brussels.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Bombings in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Dibi and Tajis killed at least 34 and wounded over 100.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook reported to be planning 17MAY for its IPO

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN leader criticized Syrian government
    • UN SG Ban Ki-Moon stated the government had failed to implement the agreed-upon peace plan and called for an expanded observer mission.
    • Activists reported clashes between security forces and army defectors in Deir el-Zour killed at least one and wounded three.
    • China is considering sending personnel to participate in the UN’s observers mission in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, Al-Jazeera, AP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan’s President al-Bashir vowed to “liberate” South Sudan in an escalation of rhetoric. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Sudan reported Sudan had launched at least four attacks into its territory. (AP)
  • DR Congo: Finance Minister Mapon was appointed PM and asked to form a new government. (AFP)
  • Guinea Bissau: The military junta announced a plan to transition power to a civilian government. (CNN)
  • Mali: Two more politicians were arrested by the ruling military junta. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Coast Guard announced yesterday that on 30MAR it had intercepted its 30th drug smuggling submarine in six years. (Miami Herald)
  • Ecuador: The Ecuadorian government changed its defense and agriculture ministers. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed at least eight in the town of Cheran, which had previously resisted drug-connected illegal logging. (AP)
  • Peru: Shining Path leader Palomino mocked President Humala’s military efforts against the rebel group during a televised broadcast. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Obama administration trimmed the Congress’ decades-long role in vetting billions of dollars in proposed international arms sales in a move that will result in more congressional efforts to block deals. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea threatened “sacred war” with the South for what it considered insults during recent celebrations. (AFP)
  • Region: US Ambassador to Afghanistan Crocker stated there was “no question” the Pakistan-based Haqqani network was behind Sunday’s attacks on Kabul. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban vowed “revenge” over a scandal where US soldiers were photographed with dead militants. (AFP)
  • India: The government successfully test-fired the Agni-5 ballistic missile. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The EU agreed to suspend most sanctions on the country for a year. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian and NATO officials are expected to discuss missile defense at a meeting in Brussels. (RFE\RL)
  • Region: France, Germany and the Netherlands agreed to team up in order to boost Europe’s fleet of air-to-air refueling aircraft. (AFP)
  • Montenegro: Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council of the US, said Montenegro still has a long way to go before meeting the requirements for NATO membership. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Three militants were killed in a clash with police in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: Authorities began searching a German-owned freighter suspected of carrying weapons to Syria. (DW)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian General Pourdastan stated his country was ready for “military action” over a Gulf island dispute with the UAE. (AP)
  • Iraq: Coordinated bombings in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Dibi and Tajis killed at least 34 and wounded over 100. (AP)
  • Yemen: Seven al Qaeda linked militants were killed in a clash with government forces near Lawdar. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: US officials stated the CIA wants to expand the drone strike campaign within the country. (WaPo)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook was reported to be planning 17MAY for its initial public offering. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Gas, rock fragments ejected. (AP)
  • Volcano: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamcatka Peninsula, Russia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20APR)

  • Global: IMF and the World Bank hold meetings in Washington, DC.
  • Europe: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao starts visits to Iceland, Sweden, Poland, and Germany.
  • United States: Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion – 2010.

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