ONS: 24 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Artillery shells in Mogadishu killed 7 people.
  • ASIA: S. Korea launched a major live-fire drill on border with the North.
  • EUROPE: Portugal’s prime minister quit after his debt-crisis strategy was rejected.
  • LATIN AMERICA: A French warship seized nearly three tons of cocaine off Costa Rican coast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli jets bombed the Gaza Strip overnight.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google launched its own full length online magazine; Think Quarterly.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi aides exploring way out of crisis, US hints
    • US Deputy National Security Adviser Dennis McDonough said some of Gaddafi’s inner circle are reaching out to get out of the conflict.
    • The Tunisian government froze the assets of Gaddafi and five of his family members.
    • French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the international military operation against Gaddafi’s forces may last days or weeks – but not months.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Libya: A recent poll revealed that 60% of Americans approve the US and allied military action in Libya. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Artillery shells targeting the largest market in Mogadishu killed 7 people. (AP)
  • Sudan: Satellite images showed extra northern based security forces in the Abyei region. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: Scientists from both Koreas have planned to meet next week to discuss joint research into an active volcano in the North. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: S. Korea launched a major live-fire drill yesterday near the land border with N. Korea. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government rejected suggestions that foreign observers were needed to monitor its upcoming election. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s executive and diplomatic corps worked yesterday to ward off a serious cyber attack. (DPA)
  • France: Around 4,000 tourists were evacuated from the Eiffel Tower yesterday after an anonymous caller warned the monument would be blown up at 1700 GMT. (Reuters)
  • Portugal: Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigned after opposition parties united to defeat his latest austerity measures in a parliamentary vote yesterday. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Bolivia decided to turn to international courts in a more than century-old dispute with Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean. (AFP)
  • Costa Rica: A French warship seized nearly three tons of cocaine and arrested a number of passengers on a boat in international waters off the coast. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A recent report revealed that displacements in 2010 due to drug and gang related violence in Mexico are higher than the number of newly displaced in Afghanistan for the same period. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US diplomats expect to get the necessary votes to create a special UN investigator for the human rights situation in Iran. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli jets bombed the Gaza Strip overnight in response to the missiles fired at its southern cities of Beersheba and Ashdod; the airstrikes also came hours after a bomb at a bus stop in Jerusalem killed 1 and wounded 39. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Clashes between the regular army and elite Republican Guard loyal to President Saleh left three wounded. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google launched its own full length online magazine Think Quarterly, a quarterly publication that aims to create a “breathing space in a busy world.”
    • The first edition is 68-pages and looks at the world of data and its impact on business.
    • It’s a rich Flash app.
    • The articles are about major business and technology topics from a variety of freelancers and contributors.
    • Coverage: (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Bune)
    • Location: 260 nautical miles SE of Nadi, Fiji.
    • Movement: SSW at 5 knots over the past 6 hours.
    • Winds: 45 – 55 knots.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 36.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25MAR)

  • Africa: African Commission convenes to discuss Libya.
  • Yemen: Mass protests, known as ‘Friday of the March Forward’ are scheduled.

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