ONS: 22 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 22, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian rebels seized the presidential palace after a mutiny against President Toure.
  • AMERICAS: US authorities arrested a man suspected of using Craigslist to recruit drivers for smuggling.
  • ASIA: Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri urged Afghans to rise up against “Crusader pigs.”
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, six members of the outlawed PKK were killed in clashes with security forces.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaida suspects kidnapped a Yemeni intelligence officer.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Verizon report found that in 2011, hacktivists were responsible for more data breaches than cybercriminals.

TOP STORY

  • France: Mohamed Merah reported dead
    • Riot police set off explosions in an attempt to force Merah’s surrender.
    • Interior Minister Gueant said Merah “wants to die with a gun in his hand.”
    • Merah expressed regret that he could not carry out additional killings.
    • Gueant said the suspect has not communicated with authorities since late 21MAR, alleging he may have committed suicide.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Mali: Rebel soldiers seized the presidential palace and arrested several ministers in a mutiny against President Toure. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Sudan accused South Sudan of aiding rebels in an attack on an oil-producing border area. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Six activists convicted of airing Arab Spring videos, in part of a plot against President Mugabe, were fined and sentenced to community service. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Newly obtained internal emails indicated two drug lords wanted by the US ATF were secretly serving as informants to the FBI. (LA Times)
  • Cuba: Amnesty International designated four Cubans as prisoners of conscience and denounced the government for its campaign of intimidation and short-term detentions. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities in central Mexico State found seven mutilated bodies near a shopping mall. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities said they arrested a man suspected of using Craigslist to recruit drivers for a people-smuggling scheme. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: In response to a video of US Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri urged Afghans to rise up against the “Crusader pigs.” (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said the international community will subsidize security forces by more than $4 billion a year until 2024; Western officials denied the agreement. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: President Lee indicated Seoul and the US are nearing an agreement to extend South Korea’s missile range beyond the current 300 km limit. (WSJ)
  • Philippines: Five government troops were wounded in an attack by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the southern province of Surigao del Norte. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia accused the OSCE of double standards for not sending a mission to monitor the French presidential election. (Xinhua)
  • Belarus: FM spokesman Andrei Savinykh said, “a mutually acceptable settlement of the existing differences is the only reasonable way [to settle relations with the EU].” (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Six members of the outlawed PKK were killed in clashes with security forces. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Two people were killed, and another two were injured, in an armed attack on a military unit in Kharkov. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Syrian troops fired rocket-propelled grenades into northern Lebanon overnight. (AFP)
  • Iran: China called on all parties concerned to adopt constructive measures and start sustainable dialogue on Iran’s nuclear issue. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A Chinese telecom equipment supplier sold Iran’s largest telecom firm a surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile, and internet communications. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida suspects kidnapped an intelligence officer in the Hadramout province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: In a report released by Verizon, hacktivists out-stole cybercriminals in 2011: Of 174 million stolen records, 100 million were seized by hacktivists. (ThreatLevel)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: New Guinea, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 105.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAR)

  • Europe: Spacecraft launches to the International Space Station.
  • Afghanistan: UN Security Council mandate for international forces expires.
  • Mexico: Pope Benedict XVI visits central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
  • Pakistan: Republic day celebrated – 1940.
  • Singapore: UNSG Ki-moon holds talks with President Yam and PM Loong.
  • United States: Anniversary of President Reagan unveiling the Strategic Defense Initiative – 1983.

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