ONS: 23 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan reportedly launched an air raid on South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, eight people were injured after two explosions on public buses.
  • ASIA: The DPRK threatened to launch “special operations” against the ROK and President Lee Myung-Bak.
  • EUROPE: The Dutch Cabinet held crisis talks after budget talks collapsed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An explosion at a restaurant in the Lebanese town of Tyre wounded seven.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s oil ministry was reportedly hit with a cyberattack.

TOP STORY

  • France: Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande advanced to the second round of elections.
    • Preliminary results showed Hollande with 29 percent of the vote, to Sarkozy’s 27 percent.
    • Marine LePen garnered approximately 18 percent of the vote.
    • Twitter users initially posted results from the elections using the hashtag #RadioLondres to circumvent a ban on the release of electoral results before 2000 CET.
    • Coverage: NYT, CNN

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan reportedly launched an air raid on Bentiu in South Sudan, killing at least one. (AFP)
  • Mali: Islamist group Ansar Dine is prepared to free Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly. (AP)
  • Western Sahara: The United Nations will renew its peacekeeping mandate despite opposition from Morocco and France. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Eight people were injured after two explosions on public buses in Ibague. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Soldiers raided a drug laboratory in Narino, seizing two tons of cocaine. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Apparent gang violence in Santa Catarina left six dead. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: The DPRK threatened to launch “special operations” against the ROK and President Lee Myung-Bak. (AFP)
  • Region: China reiterated its friendship with the DPRK, and vowed to deepen relations. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The US finalized a strategic partnership agreement pledging American military and financial support for 10 years after the withdrawal. (NYT)
  • Myanmar:Suu Kyi and MPs from the National League for Democracy boycotted the opening of the Parliament due to a dispute over the oath of office. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The three ruling parties dissolved their coalition. (AP)
  • Netherlands: The Dutch Cabinet held crisis talks after budget talks collapsed. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Military officials claimed they reverse-engineered a crashed American drone. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: An explosion at a restaurant in Tyre wounded seven. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Eighteen Al Qaeda militants were killed in air strikes. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Global: President Obama will announce a plan to allow the US to impose sanctions on foreign nationals who employ technology to carry out human rights abuses. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A cyberattack reportedly hit the website of the Iranian Oil Ministry and its affiliates. (Tehran Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Europe: Anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide – 1915.

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