ONS: 23 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria multiple explosions and sporadic gunshots hit the Hotoro area of northwest Kano State.
  • AMERICAS: The Senate narrowly passed its first budget proposal in four years.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s Taliban threatened to dispatch suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Musharraf when he returns to the country on Sunday.
  • EUROPE: The Cypriot parliament gave its approval to the first two of eight bailout measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese President Suleiman formally accepted the resignation of the PM who stepped down blaming government infighting.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill that would establish teams of cyber guards in each state and territory.

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Israel: Relations with Turkey improve as tensions in Syria increase
    • PM Netanyahu announced the restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Turkey after apologizing for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a 2009 Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla.
    • Turkish PM Erdogan phoned Palestinian leaders following his Israeli counterpart’s apology and said Israel has promised to lift the blockade on imports to the Palestinian areas.
    • The US demanded that the Syrian regime allow full access to UN weapons inspectors and cooperate with a probe into claims that chemical arms may have been used in the conflict.
    • Opposition campaigners from Syrian President Assad’s Alawite sect will meet this weekend to support a democratic alternative to his rule.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, LaT, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

 

  • DR Congo: The interior minister said that the government forestalled a coup against the president after the arrest of two people. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: The UNSC and UNSG Ban Ki-moon expressed strong concern at reports that rebels are advancing toward the capital and demanded an immediate halt to the offensive. (AP)
  • Egypt: Protesters set fire to the headquarters in Mahalla of the Muslim Brotherhood as clashes took place at the Islamist group’s offices in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Multiple explosions and sporadic gunshots hit the Hotoro area of northwest Kano State. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A Sudanese army plane killed four people after it mistakenly bombarded a village in North Darfur State. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Region: The OAS reaffirmed the financial autonomy of Latin America’s premier human rights body and rejected attempts by Venezuela and its allies to block US-financed programs. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The president urged the UN to divert funds spent yearly on peacekeeping efforts to infrastructure projects, job creation and poverty alleviation. (AP)
  • United States: The Senate narrowly passed its first budget proposal in four years. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities in Arizona seized two tons of marijuana and arrested nine illegal immigrants in two unrelated cases of drug trafficking and human smuggling. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of drug trafficking after finding $11 million of cocaine in his semitrailer. (AP)

 

ASIA

 

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin vowed to enhance their countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Police backed by the army and ISAF killed 46 Taliban fighters across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: A group of 20 well-trained gunmen stormed a jail on the main island of Java and executed four detainees accused of murdering a special forces soldier. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan’s Taliban threatened to dispatch suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Musharraf when he returns to the country on Sunday. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: lslamic militants released Australian Warren Rodwell 14 months after kidnapping him from his home in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: IMF chief Lagarde will attend the meeting Sunday of Eurozone finance ministers on Cyprus. (AFP)
  • Region: EU leaders announced the indefinite postponement of a key summit with Japan intended to launch crucial free trade negotiations next week because of the mounting debt crisis in Cyprus. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: The parliament gave its approval to the first two of eight bailout measures measures. (AFP)
  • Greece: Protesters held a series of rallies in Athens and other cities across Greece in solidarity with Cypriots against the conditions of a bailout aid package. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: General Lloyd Austin took over command of CENTCOM. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry urged Iran to immediately free an Iranian-American Christian pastor who was sentenced to eight years in jail. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman formally accepted the resignation of the PM who stepped down blaming government infighting. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The US unblocked $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months. (AFP)
  • Syria: The CIA is expanding its role in the campaign against the Syrian regime by feeding intelligence to select rebel fighters to use against government forces. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Cybersecurity: A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill that would establish teams of cyber guards in each state and territory. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

 

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAR)

 

  • Global: WHO World Tuberculosis Day.
  • Europe: Eurozone finance ministers and IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will meet in Brussels to discuss Cyprus crisis.
  • Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) will review the appeal against the suspension of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Rally planned in Jalal-Abad to discuss the political, economic and social situation in the country and put a set of demands before the government.
  • Pakistan: Ex-President Pervez Musharraf will return home to Pakistan on March 24 in anticipation of upcoming elections, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai.
  • Serbia: Anniversary of the start of NATO’s intervention in Serbia – 1999.
  • Togo: Parliamentary elections will begin.
  • United States: Anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill – 1989.
  • Christianity: Palm Sunday.

 

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