ONS: 23 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Secretary Clinton will allow some US military assistance to go forward to Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: The UN mission in Haiti said increased stability would allow for a troop reduction.
  • ASIA: The US military will charge Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of murder.
  • EUROPE: French PM Fillon said the government will draft new anti-terrorism legislation within two weeks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The EU expanded and extended restrictive measures against Iran over human rights abuses.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A university website offering ordinary Hong Kong denizens a chance to vote for their next leader ahead of Sunday’s election is under “systematic attack” from hackers.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Renewed clashes across Syria.
    • Clashes in Azaz near the Turkish border left at least three soldiers dead.
    • Rebels attacked an army checkpoint in al-Qaboon, in the suburbs of Damascus.
    • Clashes resulted in heavy shelling of Arbeen.
    • Kofi Annan, joint special envoy of the UN and Arab League, will travel to Moscow and Beijing this weekend for talks on the crisis.
    • Coverage: AP, DPA, AFP, Reuters
  • Mali: Continued instability in the wake of coup
    • Local media reported President Toure is inside a military camp guarded by loyal troops.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton called for the constitution in Mali to be restored “very quickly.”
    • The World Bank and the African Development Bank announced the suspension of development aid.
    • Tuareg rebels occupied positions vacated by government forces as mutinous soldiers searched for the president.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Secretary Clinton will allow some US military assistance to go forward despite failures to meet pro-democracy conditions. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: FinMin Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced candidacy for head of the World Bank. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected members of Boko Haram killed an Islamic cleric and another man, and planted a bomb at a school in Maiduguri. (AP)
  • Sudan: The US said it is alarmed by the escalating violence between government forces and rebels near the South Sudan border. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police reported a member of FARC known as Marquetaliano was captured in Venezuela. (AP)
  • Colombia: The release of ten security force members held by FARC will begin four days late on 30MAR. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Force commander of the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti, Brazilian Major General Pereira, said Haiti is stable enough for a reduction in UN troops. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The army arrested the municipal police chief of Huetamo in connection with ties to the Knights Templar drug cartel. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US military will charge Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of murder for the 11MAR killings of Afghan villagers. (WaPo)
  • Korea, North: The US said the DPRK will face a “strong response” if it launches a long-range rocket next month. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani expects to meet US President Obama during a nuclear security summit in the ROK on 27MAR. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The US eased restrictions on defense sales to Sri Lanka to allow exports of equipment for aerial and maritime surveillance. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: PM Fillon said the government will draft new anti-terrorism legislation within two weeks. (AP)
  • Belarus: The EU applied sanctions to pressure President Lukashenko to free all political prisoners. (AFP)
  • Germany: The government swore in former East German rights campaigner Gauck as president. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Medvedev said the US and NATO should develop an alternative missile defense plan that will not jeopardize nuclear parity with Moscow. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained two people after an attack on the Iranian embassy in Ankara. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Nineteen detainees, including members of Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sunna, escaped from a prison in Kirkuk. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Four Iraqi soldiers and policemen were killed and six wounded while defusing a bomb in Madain. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The EU expanded and extended sanctions against Iran over human rights abuses. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Gunmen wounded three Saudi policemen who were on patrol in the eastern Shiite province of Qatif. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyberattacks: A university website offering ordinary Hong Kong denizens a chance to vote for their next leader ahead of Sunday’s election is under “systematic attack” from hackers. (AFP)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Egypt: Shura Council convenes for the first time.
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Romero – 1980.
  • Serbia: Anniversary of NATO intervention – 1999.
  • United States: Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill – 1989.

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