ONS: 26 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Senegalese President Wade admitted defeat in the presidential run-off election.
  • AMERICAS: The Dominican Republic’s anti-drug service seized 1.5 tons of cocaine.
  • ASIA: A man in an Afghan army uniform killed two NATO soldiers at Lashkar Gah in Helmand.
  • EUROPE: South Ossetia’s presidential election will go to a run-off after neither candidate garnered 50% of the vote.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Ahmadinejad said relations between NATO and Pakistan would further deteriorate.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A ten month study found that many single sign-on services supplied by Google, Facebook, and PayPal were all vulnerable to snoops and security breaches

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Annan gathers international support for UN mediation.
    • China said it supports Annan’s efforts to solve the Syrian crisis ahead of his visit.
    • Russian President Medvedev told Annan he backed his efforts to end the crisis in Syria.
    • A Syrian court released two activists after two months in detention for participating in anti-regime demonstrations.
    • Government forces increased the intensity of attacks in Hama and across the country.
    • The Turkish government closed its embassy in Damascus because of deteriorating security conditions in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, DPA, Reuters, AFP-3

AFRICA

  • Mali: Government and diplomatic sources reported Tuareg rebels are negotiating with soldiers in Kidal. (AP)
  • Nigeria: An attack in Maiduguri left a former police officer, two civilian associates, and three suspected members of Boko Haram dead. (AFP)
  • Senegal: President Wade admitted defeat in the presidential run-off election. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: A mortar attack targeting the presidential palace killed two civilians in an adjacent refugee camp. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia’s government criticized a public event held in Venezuela’s capital honoring the late leader of FARC. (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities said the FARC wanted to rescue guerrilla boss “Misael” from custody after he was captured in a battle last week. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Opposition groups said dozens of dissidents were arrested ahead of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Havana. (DPA)
  • Dominican Republic: The anti-drug service, supported by US agents, seized 1.5 tons of cocaine. (RIA Novosti)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A man in an Afghan army uniform killed two NATO soldiers at Lashkar Gah in Helmand. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Uruzgan, injuring four people including three foreign soldiers. (Xinhua)
  • China: President Obama met President Hu for talks expected to focus on an upcoming rocket launch by the DPRK. (AFP)
  • India: A Tibetan protester lit himself on fire at a demonstration in New Delhi ahead of a visit by China’s president. (AP)
  • Japan: The government will deploy surface-to-air missiles in central Tokyo in readiness for the DPRK’s planned rocket launch. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Sarkozy said influential Qatar-based Sunni Muslim cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi was not welcome in France. (AFP)
  • Georgia: A run-off leadership vote in South Ossetia will be implemented after Tibilov did not reach the 50 percent needed to win outright. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Obama will commit to raising the possibility of fresh nuclear arms cuts with President Putin when they hold their first meeting in May. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad said relations between NATO and Pakistan would further deteriorate. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Haaretz reported nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran would be worse than a preemptive strike. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the state’s request to postpone dismantling a large, unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave until late 2015. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Defense Ministry said army forces arrested six Somali gunmen allegedly planning attacks on army bases and military officials in Zinjibar. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A ten month study found many single sign-on services supplied by Google, Facebook, and PayPal were all vulnerable to snoops and security breaches. (Ars Technica)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Maule, Chile
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 34.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAR)

  • Middle East: UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan visits China to discuss Syrian crisis.
  • Japan: Italian PM Monti holds talks with PM Noda.
  • Serbia: General Mladic’s trial held in The Hague for war crimes.

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