ONS: 19 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 19, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Guinea Bisssau’s former head of military intelligence was killed.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia rejected a FARC condition for the release of hostages.
  • ASIA: Japanese DM Tanaka said he is considering ordering the SDF to destroy the DPRK’s rocket-mounted satellite should it pass over Japan.
  • EUROPE: French Interior Minister Gueant ordered tightened security around all Jewish schools after an attack in Toulouse that left four dead.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Technical experts from the UN and OIC are in Syria on a mission to assess the humanitarian impact of its year-long conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyber weapons

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Clashes renewed in Damascus and Homs
    • Heavy firefights occurred between FSA rebels and security forces in Damascus.
    • State television reported three “terrorists” and one security force member killed.
    • Activists reported 50 security force members dead.
    • Fourteen people were killed in central Homs, with the government blaming ‘terrorists’.
    • Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, Reuters, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Guinea Bissau: The former head of military intelligence was killed near his residence in Bissau. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Amnesty International reported NATO failed to properly investigate or provide compensation for civilian deaths caused by its air strikes during operations in Libya. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Mortar shells killed six civilians in a camp for displaced people near the presidential palace in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The army accused rebels in South Kordofan of planning a wide-range attack backed by South Sudan. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos rejected a FARC demand that peace activists be allowed to visit imprisoned guerrillas as a condition for the release of hostages. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police found the severed heads of ten people killed in a suspected outbreak of drug gang violence. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Banners in Guanajuato purportedly signed by drug cartel The Knights Templar promised there will be no violence during the state by Pope Benedict XVI. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese DM Tanaka said he is considering ordering the SDF to destroy the DPRK’s rocket-mounted satellite should it pass over Japan. (Kyodo)
  • Maldives: Police used tear gas to disrupt demonstrators preventing the new president from opening Parliament. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Counter-terrorism police killed five men suspected of planning a series of attacks on Bali. (Reuters)
  • East Timor: A second round of presidential elections are expected be held on 16APR. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Interior Minister Gueant ordered tightened security around all French Jewish schools after an attack in Toulouse that left four dead. (AFP)
  • Germany: Public-service workers began strikes in a dispute over wages. (AP)
  • Germany: Activist Gauck was elected German president with 991 of 1,232 votes from a special assembly of MPs. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey reported two Syrian generals crossed into Turkey to support rebel forces, bringing the total to nine. (AFP)
  • Syria: Technical experts from the UN and OIC are in Syria on a mission to assess the humanitarian impact of its year-long conflict. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Syria imported six times more weapons in 2007-2011 than in the previous five-year period. (AP)
  • Yemen: Authorities tightened security around Taez, a day after an American was killed in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyber weapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks, even when those networks are not connected to the Internet. (Washington Post)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
    • Eruptions occurred as well as a seven-kilometer-high plume of ash.
    • Lava flowed into the uninhabited valley of Valle del Bove.
    • Coverage: Telegraph

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20MAR)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of the start of the US invasion of Iraq – 2003.
  • Japan: Kuwaiti ruler al Sabah visits Japan.
  • Myanmar: Anniversary of the dissolution of the military junta – 2011.
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court hears the “Balochistan law & order situation suo moto” case.

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