ONS: 22 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Pro-Outtara forces, known as the FN, made further progress by seizing a fifth Ivorian town from the Gbagbo’s government.
  • ASIA: Workers in Japan returned to Fukushima after yesterday’s temporary evacuation, aiming to restore cooling systems.
  • EUROPE: The Georgian Interior Ministry accused Russia of being involved in the May 2010 assassination of a police official in the town of Batumi.
  • LATIN AMERICA: President Obama , in the keynote address of his trip through Latin America, praised the region for its progress towards democracy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Saleh indicated he was willing to leave office by the end of 2011.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to Google’s allegation that it was blocking Gmail by calling it an “unacceptable accusation”.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: A US F-15E Eagle crashed as a result of a mechanical failure.
    • Telegraph journalist Rob Crilly reported on Twitter that the crew was believed to be safe.
    • Brazil, India, and China all issued fresh calls for a cease-fire.
    • Social media shared a new video from Misrata, purporting to show tanks firing upon unarmed civilians.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Pro-Outtara forces, known as the FN, made further progress by seizing a fifth town from the government. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Southern Sudan asked the UNSC to deploy a peacekeeping force along its border with the north. (AP)

ASIA

  • Japan: Workers returned to Fukushima after yesterday’s temporary evacuation, aiming to restore cooling systems.
    • The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has exceeded 9,000 with 12,600 remaining missing. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK and the ROK agreed to conduct joint research on volcanic activity. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Nine men were rescued from a coal mine in Baluchistan, only a few hours after authorities recovered 43 bodies and confirmed there were no survivors from the mine blast. (AFP, AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Georgian Interior Ministry accused Russia of being involved in the May 2010 assassination of a police official in the town of Batumi. (AFP)
  • Montenegro: A few hundred people protested outside the parliament building, demanding more jobs and less corruption. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: In the keynote address of his trip through Latin America, President Obama praised the region for its progress towards democracy, and noted it was key to the economy of the United States. (NYT, Reuters)
  • Guatemala: President Colom and his wife filed for divorce, in order for his wife to bypass a constitutional provision preventing close kin of a president from succeeding him. (AP)
  • Mexico: 9 people were killed in a series of attacks in the state of Sinaloa. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Three separate IED incidents in Baghdad wounded 13 people, and killed an army lieutenant colonel and a policeman. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: President Saleh indicated he was willing to leave office by the end of 2011. (AP)
    • Journalists at the Yemeni state newspaper, as well as ambassadors to the Arab League, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Kuwait, India, UK, France and others all joined calls for President Saleh to step down. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: The Foreign Ministry responded to Google’s allegation that it was blocking Gmail, by calling it an “unacceptable accusation.” (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu,
    • Magnitude: 6.6
      Depth: 15.5 km
    • Map
  • Off the coast of Honshu,
    • Magnitude: 6.4
      Depth: 27 km
    • Map
  • Off the coast of Honshu,
    • Magnitude: 6.6
      Depth: 26.5
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAR)

  • ECOWAS summit will discuss crisis in Ivory Coast.

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