ONS: 20 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

April 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Election riots in Nigeria killed scores
  • ASIA: India launched three satellites
  • EUROPE: Belarus released rights activist
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican marines killed 10 gunmen in Veracruz
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria lifted rescinded its emergency law.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intel made high profits from the traditional PC market

TOP STORY

  • West increases efforts to break Libyan stalemate
    • The UK announced it will dispatch 20 military advisors to help the opposition organize its military forces.
      • France announced it will send “a very small number” of advisors as well.
    • The Libyan government’s foreign minister, Abdul ati al Obeidi, suggested that elections could be a possibility following a ceasefire.
    • The opposition leadership went to France in an effort to acquire more assistance from intervening Western governments.
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters, NYT, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An official report by the interim Egyptian government concluded police used excessive force against protestors, killing at least 846. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The post-election riots killed scores and injured hundreds. The Red Cross estimated that at least 40,000 people have been displaced by the violence. (Reuters, AP)

ASIA

  • India: The Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched three satellites. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Admiral Mullen visited Pakistan to discuss security issues and the points of contention between the US and Pakistan. (Reuters, Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: A human rights activist held in connection to the Minsk metro bombing was released. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: Prime Minister Putin announced that Russia will double the production of ballistic missiles in 2013. (RIA Novosti)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Cuba: The Communist Party assembly ended, with Raul Castro named as its leader and Jose Machado, an old guard “hard-liner,” as its deputy. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: Ten suspected cartel gunmen were killed in a battle with marines in Veracruz. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The government lifted the state of emergency in an effort to mollify protestors, but continued to crack down on anti-government activism. (Reuters, NYT)
  • Yemen: A policeman and a protestor were killed in separate incidents of violence in Yemen. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Commercial PCs: Intel delivered unexpectedly high quarterly profits despite having little success in breaking into the tablet or smartphone markets. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21APR)

  • Global: Christians celebrate Maundy Thursday.
  • Global: Start of Bahai festival Ridvan.

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