ONS: 25 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 25, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: NATO airstrikes on Tripoli hit Gaddafi’s compound
  • ASIA: Nearly 500 Taliban detainees escaped an Afghan prison
  • EUROPE: An attempted hijacking of a Paris-Rome flight failed
  • LATIN AMERICA: FARC guerillas killed two Colombian soldiers
  • MIDDLE EAST: A new cyber attack hit Iran
  • USA/CANADA: US freed dangerous Guantanamo inmates: WikiLeaks
  • TECHNOLOGY: iPhone collected location information even when disabled

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violent crackdown on protesters continued
    • Tanks and armored cars entered Daraa and opened fire, killing at least 20.
    • Syria closed its border with Jordan.
    • The US is preparing sanctions against the Syrian government.
    • A video of a protester hurling rocks at a tank was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, BBC, DPA, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Libya: NATO airstrikes on Tripoli destroyed several buildings in Gaddafi’s compound. (AP, DPA)
  • Morocco: Thousands gathered in Rabat and Casablanca to demand political reform. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Three bomb blasts in Maidiguri killed at least three. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The government will postpone elections until 2012 to focus on security. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan protesters lifted a blockade on a NATO supply route to Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Nearly 500 Taliban detainees escaped from a Kandahar prison. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Jimmy Carter visited to discuss food shortages and the country’s nuclear program. (BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea deployed rockets on two islands near its Yellow Sea border with North Korea. (RIA Novosti)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia said it was ready to do anything to protect South Ossetia from Georgian “provocations”. (Reuters)
  • France: A Kazakh man attempted to hijack a flight and direct it to Libya, but was overpowered by the cabin crew. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained 35 people suspected of having ties to Kurdish rebels. (AP)
  • Russia: A gunman killed a North Caucasus police officer. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Weekend landslides killed at least 12 and affected 40,000 people. (BBC)
  • Colombia: FARC guerillas killed two soldiers near the southern town of San Juan de Lozada. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A woman’s dismembered body was found in Mexico City. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran and Iraq signed an extradition agreement. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A new cyber attack hit an unspecified target in the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces wounded dozens as they dispersed hundreds of thousands of protesters in Taez. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a clash with Yemeni soldiers. (Xinhua)

CANADA/USA

  • USA: WikiLeaks cables revealed that the US freed “high-risk” Guantanamo inmates. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • iPhone: Tests revealed that the device collects and stores location information even when location services are turned off. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26APR)

  • Asia: Indian Commerce Secretary visits Pakistan for talks.
  • Belarus: Opposition rally.
  • Middle East: Sixth anniversary of 2005 Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • Nigeria: Gubernatorial elections.
  • Ukraine: 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster.
  • United Arab Emirates: Crown Prince holds talks with President Obama.

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