ONS: 23 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Southern Sudan claimed the north dropped bombs on its territory on 21MAR, violating the 2005 peace deal.
  • ASIA: Workers in Japan were temporarily evacuated again as black smoke rose from Reactor No. 3 at the Fukushima plant.
  • EUROPE: The Italian Interior Minister will visit Tunisia today to discuss the influx of migrants into the island of Lampedusa.
  • LATIN AMERICA: President Obama promised $200 million to aid Central America against drug trafficking and street gangs.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Six killed in clashes between police and protesters in the Syrian city of Darra.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mozilla launched Firefox 4, a revamped version of its Web browser.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Two AFP journalists and a Getty photographer were freed and brought to Tripoli.
    • In the meantime, President Obama has also cut short his Latin America trip to focus on developments in Libya.
    • He also indicated the US made a “significant reduction” in the number of US flights over Libya, but warned that Gaddafi “may try to hunker down and wait it out, even in the face of a no-fly zone.”
    • A number of Twitter users noted the high cost of the “over 100 Tomahawk missiles” fired.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Gunfire heard in the capital, believed to be a result of army protests. (Reuters)
  • Chad: At least three opposition candidates confirmed they would boycott the 24APR presidential elections, alleging fraud. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The South claimed the north had dropped bombs on its territory on 21MAR, violating the 2005 peace deal. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Two UN peacekeepers were shot and severely wounded in Darfur. (UN)
  • Uganda: Human Rights Watch alleged human rights abuses committed by members of a special unit within the police force. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai urged the Taliban to join peace talks with the government. (AP)
  • Japan: Workers were temporarily evacuated again as black smoke rose from Reactor No. 3 at the Fukushima plant. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Radiation in the tap water of Tokyo has been deemed unsafe for infants. (VOA)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb exploded in southern Thailand, where earlier gunmen shot dead three people. (AFP, AP)

EUROPE

  • Albania: Authorities seized 200 kilograms of cocaine and arrested three traffickers. (AP)
  • Italy: The Interior Minister will visit Tunisia today to discuss the influx of migrants into the island of Lampedusa. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: President Obama promised $200 million to aid Central America against drug trafficking and street gangs. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The FARC attacked a pipeline at two different points in the northeastern Tibu municipality. (El Universal)
    • Colombia subsequently warned neighboring Venezuela of an oil spill in Catatumbo river.
  • Venezuela: A decree authorizing the military to dispense weapons to pro-government militias has taken effect. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A rocket fired from Gaza landed in the center of the Israeli city of Beersheva, injuring one. (AFP)
    • The Islamic Jihad militant group claimed responsibility. (AFP)
    • In response, Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a militant location in the Gaza Strip.
  • Egypt: A committee submitted charges against Mubarak and his interior minister to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for their role in the deaths of protesters during the Jan25 demonstrations. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Six killed in clashes between police and protesters in the city of Darra. (AFP, Reuters)
    • Syria blamed an “armed gang” for the violence. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Opposition groups called for a ‘Friday of the March Forward’ on 25MAR to demand President Saleh’s ouster. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Global: Mozilla launched a new Firefox browser, available free to users of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux operating systems. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPS22
    • Location: 275 nautical miles ESE of Nadi, Fiji
    • Movement: SW at14 knots
    • Maximum Winds: 25 to 30 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAR)

  • Global: UNSC meeting will discuss implementation of UNSC 1973.
  • Africa: ECOWAS summit, discussing Ivory Coast crisis, continues until 24MAR.
  • Middle East: Israeli President Netanyahu meets Russian President Medvedev to discuss Israel Palestine conflict.

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