ONS: 24 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: Rebels in the CAR fighting to topple President Bozize said they had seized the presidential palace in an assault on the capital Bangui.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivia’s president said he would file a suit against Chile at the ICJ “in the coming days” in a bid to reclaim access to the sea lost in a 19th century war.
  • ASIA: The Pentagon said the US reached an agreement on a deal that will see Bagram military prison handed over to Afghan authorities next week.
  • EUROPE: Negotiations for a Cyprus bailout failed to reach agreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s new Defence Minister Yaalon vowed an “immediate” answer to Syrian gunfire onto the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Faculty members at a top Chinese university have collaborated for years on technical research papers with a PLA unit accused of being at the heart of China’s alleged cyber-war against Western commercial targets.

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Pakistan: Election preparations continue amid instability and reutrn of Musharraf
    • Pakistan’s Election Commission chose former high court chief justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso to serve as caretaker PM in the run up to the national election.
    • The Election Commission formally kicked off the process for the May 11 parliamentary polls with the issuance of nomination papers across the country.
    • Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returned to the country after more than four years in exile.
    • A suicide bomber rammed a water tanker into a Pakistani check post killing 17 soldiers in North Waziristan.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, LaT, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

 

  • Central African Republic: Rebels fighting to topple President Bozize said they had seized the presidential palace in an assault on the capital Bangui. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Cairo airport officials confiscated 10,000 pieces of military-style clothing and officials in Alexandria seized 25 tons of camouflage material used for making military uniforms. (AP)
  • Mali: Radical islamists attacked Gao but were pushed back by Malian soldiers. (AP)
  • Sudan: Three Sudanese opposition members were detained after police forcibly dispersed a rally demanding the release of other opponents of the regime. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir said he intends to step down in 2015. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Region: Bolivia’s president said he would file a suit against Chile at the ICJ “in the coming days” in a bid to reclaim access to the sea lost in a 19th century war. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police captured a high-ranking member of the FARC’s Eastern Bloc who is suspected of participating in a deadly 2002 mortar attack during former President Uribe’s first inauguration. (EFE)
  • Honduras: The AP reported that the US State Department’s monetary support for the Honduran National Police goes to units technically under the supervision of a police chief accused of extrajudicial killings and “social cleansing.” (AP)
  • Mexico: Several off-duty federal police officers were killed in the city of Altamirano. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

 

  • Region: Afghan president Karzai will travel to Qatar this month to hold meetings about the establishment of peace talks with the Taliban. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan’s FM Kishida said that China’s rising military power is “a threat” to the region. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon said the US reached an agreement on a deal that will see Bagram military prison handed over to Afghan authorities next week. (AFP)
  • Burma: The UN envoy to the country visited the location of ongoing communal riots in the center of the country. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The militaries of the US and ROK said they finalized and signed a new joint operational plan for responding to future DPRK provocations. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: Spanish, Portuguese and British police boarded a ship loaded with two tons of cocaine destined for sale in Europe and arrested nine people. (AP)
  • Cyprus: Negotiations for a Cyprus bailout failed to reach agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Macedonia: Macedonians began voting in local elections historically marred by unrest. (AP)
  • Turkey: The PKK officially ratified a ceasefire with the Turkish government declared by the separatist movement’s jailed leader. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Bahrain: Political dialogue to seek a solution to the crisis triggered by Shiite protesters in the country since February, 2011, stalled. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The government denied any link to a spy cell dismantled in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US Secretary Kerry landed in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to press Iraqi leaders for greater cooperation over the conflict in Syria. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israel’s new Defence Minister Yaalon vowed an “immediate” answer to Syrian gunfire onto the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels fighting the regime of President Assad seized a key air base in the southern province of Daraa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Cybersecurity: Faculty members at a top Chinese university have collaborated for years on technical research papers with a PLA unit accused of being at the heart of China’s alleged cyber-war against Western commercial targets. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: 162km NW of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 269km ESE of Ozernovskiy, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 9.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25MAR)

 

  • Asia: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun will visit China, the Republic of Korea and Japan to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues (to 27MAR).
  • Afghanistan: The Bagram military prison will be transferred to Afghan authorities, as agreed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
  • Italy: The trial of former PM Silvio Berlusconi is set to resume, although the trial has already been delayed three times.
  • Kenya: Pre-hearing conference held for petition challenging election of Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • Pakistan: Former interior minister Rehman Malik will be indicted over a contempt of court notice issued over the case pertaining to corruption in the Pakistan steel mills.
  • United States: 8th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security will begin in Denver (to 26MAR).
  • Judaism: Pesach, Passover, will begin at sundown (to 02APR).

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.