ONS: 22 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya boosted security after bomb threats from Al-Shabaab.
  • ASIA: A Thai-Cambodia border clash killed six soldiers.
  • EUROPE: Russian forces killed a top al Qaeda militant in the N. Caucasus.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The Haitian ruling party used influence to manipulate votes.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Eight killed in clashes in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Samsung sued Apple for patent rights violations.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: President Obama authorized Predator drone strikes
    • The USMIL will maintain at least two drones over Libya at all times.
    • Secretary Gates insisted this did not signify a deeper US commitment.
    • Senator John McCain (R-AZ) traveled to Benghazi to meet with the opposition.
    • Social media users shared a video of Gen. James Cartwright explaining the advantages of drones.
    • Coverage: AP, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, NYT, LAT, WaPo, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya boosted domestic security after Somali Al-Shabaab rebels threatened to bomb public places. (AP)
  • Burkina Faso: President Blaise Compaore named himself defense minister in response to mutiny and student protests. (BBC)
  • Chad: China will build a new international airport near the capital, N’Djamena. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A public prosecutor ordered a former energy minister and five other senior officials detained for questioning into a natural gas deal with Israel. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: A border clash between Thai and Cambodian troops killed three soldiers on both sides. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government expanded its safety zone beyond 20 km due to accumulating radiation. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Hundreds of militants killed 14 Pakistani security forces in an attack on a checkpoint near the Afghan border. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least 25, including an unknown number of civilians. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The Hungarian Red Cross evacuated nearly 300 women and children because a far-right vigilante group set up a training camp nearby. (DPA)
  • Russia: Security forces in Chechnya killed a Saudi militant who was the top envoy of Al Qaeda in the Northern Caucasus. (RIA Novosti)
  • Sweden: Police arrested six people for illegally entering the Libyan embassy following an anti-Gaddafi demonstration. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A botched bomb attack in Istanbul wounded two terrorists. (Xinhua)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Cuba: The US Treasury Dept relaxed travel restrictions for students, journalists and members of religious organizations. (EFE)
  • Haiti: The ruling party used its influence to manipulate votes in several legislative elections. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Federal police arrested a lawyer who helped the Zetas cartel manage ransom and extortion payments. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country will leave the Andean Community of Nations trade pact. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: An international medical charity accused Bahrain of attacking and arresting medical professionals who treated protesters. (AP)
  • Iraq: President Nouri al-Maliki told Admiral Mullen that Iraqi forces can maintain security in the country. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: France and its “European partners” are considering giving formal recognition to a Palestinian state. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Massive crowds in Sanaa demanded that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korea, South: Samsung filed lawsuits against Apple for smartphone and computer patent rights violations. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Near the coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 42.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23APR)

  • Turkey: National Sovereignty Day

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