ONS: 20 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand the military council hand over power to civilians.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, President Santos announced the resignation of the head of the national police.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a US helicopter crashed with four people believed to be on board.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Clinton said Turkey is considering invoking the NATO alliance’s mutual defense treaty over Syrian shelling.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks that struck 10 cities.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A survey released from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth says companies are shifting away from maintaining blogs and towards other social media platforms.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Increased violence amid calls for intervention
    • The government reinforced posts on the borders of Homs.
    • The UN aims to have 30 cease-fire monitors in Syria next week and up to 300 overall.
    • The proposed plan will include deployment in 10 locations throughout Syria.
    • French FM Juppe warned if Annan’s peace plan “doesn’t function, we have to envisage other methods.”
    • Coverage: DPA, Xinhua, AP, Reuters, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda’s military said it would intervene if fighting between Sudan and South Sudan escalated to full-scale war. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand the military council hand over power to civilians. (AP)
  • Mali: Ex-president Toure left the capital for Senegal. (AP)
  • Somalia: AU troops in Somalia took control of al Shebab insurgent bases near Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Rebels in the Blue Nile state said they killed 79 government troops and militiamen in two ambushes on Tuesday and Wednesday. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Two men from China held at Guantanamo Bay were released in El Salvador. (AP)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced the resignation of the head of the national police. (AP)
  • Mexico: Members of an indigenous community released 14 police and a local official seized to protest weak security. (AFP)
  • United States: Airborne troops from Russia and the US will hold joint anti-terror drills between 24MAY and 31MAY in Colorado. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Secret Service’s investigation into alleged misconduct expanded to determine involvement beyond the current 11 individuals. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines accused China of escalating the ten-day standoff by sending a third patrol vessel. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A US helicopter crashed with four people believed to be on board. (Reuters)
  • Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi and other party members plan to boycott parliament next week over the constitutional oath. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A fisherman died when his boat collided with a US Special Forces vessel on a mission to contain Islamic extremists. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Security forces killed five suspected insurgents including a most-wanted leader during a shootout in Yala province. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Ukraine and the EU will negotiate issues on Schengen visas on 15MAY. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: US Secretary Clinton said Turkey is considering invoking the NATO alliance’s mutual defense treaty over Syrian shelling along its border. (AFP)
    Turkey: FM Davutoglu urged the leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region for tougher action against the PKK insurgency in the southeast of Turkey. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested three men on suspicion of possessing documents intended for “terrorist purposes” overseas. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A defense official says rockets fired from Egypt toward Israel earlier this month were smuggled from Libya. (AP)
  • Region: Iran wrote to the UN reasserting its claim to sovereignty over three Gulf islands amid counterclaims by the UAE. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks yesterday that struck 10 cities across Iraq, killing at least 30 and wounding 117. (AP)
  • Yemen: Clashes between al Qaeda militants and the army, on the outskirts of Zinjibar in Yemen’s restive south, left 20 people dead. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: A survey released from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth says companies are shifting away from maintaining blogs and towards other social media platforms.(USA Today)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Super-heated rock fragments ejected. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21APR)

  • Colombia: Shared Responsibility Campaign launched – 2006.
  • France: First round of presidential elections.

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