ONS: 21 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A court confirmed that incumbent Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi had been reelected.
  • ASIA: Workers at Japan’s Fukushima plant were temporarily evacuated as smoke rose from the third reactor.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Medvedev fired six high-level interior ministry officials.
  • LATIN AMERICA: At least two deaths were reported in election violence as Haitians voted in a presidential runoff.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 77% Egyptians voted in favor of passing constitutional amendments aiming to transition the country towards democracy.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google accused the Chinese government of blocking access to Gmail/

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Coalition strikes hit Gaddafi’s compound, destroying his “command and control capability.”
    • Gaddafi subsequently called on his supporters to march to Benghazi in order to foil the plans of foreign forces.
    • A rumor spread on Twitter that as a result of the strike, Khamis al-Gaddafi had been badly burned, and may have died.
    • A spokesman reiterated Qatar and the UAE remained part of the coalition, but did not specify the extent of the role.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Benin: A court confirmed that incumbent President Thomas Boni Yayi had been reelected. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Ouattara urged the international community to “take action to free the Ivory Coast” and protect its civilians. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: DPRK said it warned the ROK that US troops were repeatedly defying the north-south border agreement. (Xinhua, AP)
    • The US and ROK are due to meet 28MAR to discuss deterrence against North Korea. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Der Spiegel published two photos, showing US soldiers posing with the bodies of dead Afghans. (WaPo)
    • The US Army formally apologized for the photos. (AFP)
  • Japan: Workers at Fukushima plant were temporarily evacuated as smoke rose from the third reactor. (AFP)
    • PM Kan earlier said the country was making “slow, but steady progress” in regaining control over Fukushima. (AFP)
  • Laos: The communist party in Laos voted to keep Choummaly Sayasone, current leader of Laos, as the party chief. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf kidnapped three fishermen for ransom. (AP)
  • Thailand: Two soldiers were ambushed and killed, while on patrol in southern Thailand. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: President Medvedev fired six high-level interior ministry officials, as an overhaul of the country’s police system continues. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Chile: 2,000 people marched in Santiago to protest a Chilean nuclear agreement with the United States.
  • Haiti: At least two deaths were reported in election violence as Haitians voted in a presidential runoff. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran expelled a Bahraini diplomat, in retaliation for Bahrain’s expulsion of the Iranian charge d’affaires. (BBC)
  • Bahrain: The king said a “foreign plot being prepared over a period of 30, maybe 20 years” targeting Gulf countries had been thwarted. (Gulf News)
  • Egypt: 77% voted in favor of passing constitutional amendments aiming to transition the country towards democracy.
  • Saudi Arabia: Hundreds of Shiites protested in the city of Qatif. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The government was accused of using live ammunition at protesters in the city of Darra, about 60 miles south of Damascus.
    • Seven policemen and at least one protester were reported killed. (Xinhua, NYT)
  • Yemen: A top army commander Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar defected to the protesters, while Governor of Aden resigned in protest against violence. (AP, AFP)
    • Earlier, President Saleh fired his Cabinet and named a new representative to the UN. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: Google accused the government of blocking access to Gmail. (AP)
  • Japan: A new website was launched to crowd source radiation data. (RTDN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Karangetang, Indonesia
    • 1,200 people evacuated the area.
    • Ash clouds from Mount Karangetang reached 7,500 feet with lava flowing down the mountainside.
    • CNN

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAR)

  • Middle East: Palestinian President Abbas meets Russian President Medvedev to discuss Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • Chile: President Obama visiting.

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