ONS: 20 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Nigeria and the EU signed a 35 million euro deal to fight corruption.
  • AMERICAS: Peru canceled a visit by a British ship due to disputes over the Falkland Islands.
  • ASIA: North Korea invited IAEA inspectors to help implement a nuclear deal with the US.
  • EUROPE: A grenade attack hit the Seine-Saint-Denis area northeast of Paris with no casualties reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Attacks across Iraq left 44 dead and 180 wounded just days before an Arab League summit in Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers used crowdsourcing to decode the language used in the DuQu virus.

TOP STORY

  • France: Gunman opened fire on Jewish school
    • President Sarkozy said the attack on the Otar Hatorah school in Toulouse was just one in a string of recent attacks.
    • The gunman killed a rabbi and three children.
    • Military police dispatched guards to local mosques and synagogues.
    • Police treated the attacks as acts of terrorism.
    • The murderer may have filmed the shootings, according to Interior Minister Gueant.
    • An alleged unrelated grenade attack hit the Seine-Saint-Denis area northeast of Paris with no casualties reported.
    • Coverage: Telegraph, NYT, AP, AP-2, AP-3, AFP

AFRICA

  • Mali: ECOWAS, West Africa’s decision-making body, urged member states to support Mali with military equipment and logistics in its fight against northern rebels. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The EU signed a 35 million euro deal with Nigeria to finance the fight against corruption. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab seized control of the central town of Dhusamareb, which had been held by a pro-government militia. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru canceled a visit by a British navy frigate in solidarity with Argentina’s claims over the British-controlled Falkland Islands. (AFP)
  • Colombia: US President Obama called President Santos ahead of an upcoming summit of the Americas to be hosted in Colombia. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said he had information about an assassination plot against his rival Henrique Capriles. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia announced a new consulate-general in Chengdu, China in an effort to broaden its diplomatic presence. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: North Korea invited IAEA inspectors to help implement a nuclear deal with the US. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The US and New Zealand held strategic dialogue, agreeing to deepen the partnership. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A parliamentary committee focused on US-Pakistani relations demanded a halt to US drone strikes. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The parliament is set to approve the country’s new bailout deal as Communist party supporters prepare to protest against the imposed austerity. (AP)
  • Turkey: A US government report added Ankara to its list of worst violators of religious rights. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovich said Kiev is approaching the final stage of highly enriched uranium stockpile elimination. (Yonhap)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Attacks in cities across the country killed at least 44 people, left 180 wounded just days before an Arab League summit in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb exploded outside the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: UNSG Ki-moon said the situation has been “unacceptable” and he urged the UNSC to unite on the issue. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Researchers utilized crowdsourcing to decode the language used in the DuQu virus. (ThreatLevel)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21MAR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the first “tweet” recorded on the social media platform Twitter – 2006.
  • Cambodia: Myanmarese President Sein visits Cambodia.
  • Malaysia: UNSG Ki-moon holds talks with PM Razak.
  • Namibia: Independence day celebrated – 1990.

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