ONS: 21 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A British hostage held in Somalia for six months was released and flown to Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police arrested two members of a sex-trafficking ring operating in Mexico and the US.
  • ASIA: In South Korea, a US military jet crashed with no casualties reported.
  • EUROPE: A parcel bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US exempted 11 nations, including EU members and Japan, from new sanctions on Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Technology focused on decision-making in chess has broader benefits for sites and services seeking a glimpse into human thinking.

TOP STORY

  • France: Pre-dawn raid launched in school killing
    • Dozens of police officers conducted a 0300 raid.
    • A self-described Al-Qaeda member was hiding in Croix-Daurade district of Toulouse.
    • Six or seven gunshots were heard by journalists during the raid.
    • Two officers were wounded in the raid.
    • Police detained the suspect’s brother, and used his mother to negotiate with the suspect.
    • The suspect had previously been arrested in Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: CNN, Reuters, AP, AFP, AFP/Reuters-2, AFP-3

AFRICA

  • Region: British hostage Judith Tebbutt was released and flown to Nairobi, Kenya. (AFP)
  • Guinea Bisseau: The top opposition presidential candidates called for the dismissal of election results due to concerns over “massive fraud.” (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram said it “closed all possible doors of negotiation” with a government of “unbelievers” that it cannot trust. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A car bomb exploded in Mogadishu, wounding two. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican police arrested two suspected members of an international sex-trafficking ring that operates in Mexico and the US. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Authorities ordered veterans and would-be soldiers to clear old barracks they have taken over in recent weeks in hopes the disbanded army will be revived. (AP)
  • Mexico: Cartel gunmen kidnapped five police officers in the southwestern state of Michoacan. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese spies, of Taiwanese origin, sought information about systems integral to Taiwan’s defenses primarily built with sensitive US technology. (AP)
  • Korea, North: At next week’s Seoul summit, five nations will dicuss ways to press DPRK to scrap a planned rocket launch. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: A US military jet crashed, but its pilot ejected to safety and there were no casualties. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: A government official said observers from the US, EU, and UN have been invited to observe the by-elections. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Heritage Foundation called on President Obama to lobby for NATO to admit qualified candidates at upcoming Chicago summit (UPI)
  • Bulgaria: Parliament elected two new ministers: Desislava Atanasova as the Health Minister, and Delian Dobrev as the Economic Minister.
  • France: A parcel bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris, without causing any injuries. (AFP)
  • Greece: Parliament approved a new bailout deal where Athens will receive an additional 172 billion Euros in rescue loans. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Israel asked for permission to send planes to remove the contents of its embassy in Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The US exempted 11 nations, including EU members and Japan, from new sanctions on Iran. (AFP)
  • Syria: A suicide bomber detonated in southern Daraa province, without causing any casualties. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Japan’s Foreign Ministry said it would close its embassy due to deteriorating security conditions. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Anonymous blocked access to two websites linked to Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to Mexico. (DPA)
  • Technology: A computer science professor and chess master Kenneth Regan spent five years developing a technology focused on decision-making in chess that may have broader implications for sites and services seeking a glimpse into human thought. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Oaxaca, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 7.4
    • Depth: 20 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Papua, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 66.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Volcano Shiveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula
    • Five earth jolts were recorded in the volcano area.
    • The ash reached altitudes of 5.4 kilometres to 7.2 km above sea level.
    • Itar-Tass

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAR)

  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf summoned to end exile and appear before the Supreme Court.
  • Portugal: Nation’s biggest union, CGTP, holds nationwide strike.

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