ONS: 26 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebel Congolese GEN Ntaganda is set to make his first appearance before the ICC, facing charges of murder, raping and pillaging, and using child soldiers in the DRC.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, at least four civilians and a police officer died in a shootout in an attack in the northwestern city of Los Mochis.
  • ASIA: North Korean state media reported the country put its artillery and “strategic” rockets on combat ready status with orders to prepare strikes against Hawaii, Guam, and the US mainland.
  • EUROPE: EU officials announced Croatia has kept pace with reforms and will join the EU after signing and ratifying the accession treaty on 01JUL.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar began a two-day Arab summit in Doha where opposition leaders will represent Syria for the first time despite political rifts within the group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Specialist anti-North Korean websites and organizations run by defectors in South Korea said they were the victims of a coordinated cyber attack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Central African Republic: Strongman Michel Djotodia dissolved the country’s institutions and declared “transitional rule.”
    • Djotodia also declared he will rule by decree until elections can be held in three years.
    • The African Union suspended the country’s membership and the UNSC condemned the coup and threatened further measures.
    • Despite the suspension, Uganda announced it would keep its AU-troops in the country to fight the remnants of the LRA.
    • French troops in Bangui shot two attackers dead after coming under fire at the country’s international airport.
    • Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, LAT, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rebel GEN Ntaganda is set to make his first appearance before the ICC, facing charges of murder, raping and pillaging, and using child soldiers. (AP)
  • Egypt: Authorities extradited two Libyan officials from the deposed Gaddafi regime and were arrested resisting the transfer. (AP)
  • Mali: PM Cissoko said the government is proceeding with plans to organize presidential and legislative elections in July. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: The EU removed 81 individuals and eight companies from its sanctions list after the outcome of the referendum. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: A group of retired soldiers and their families launched a campaign denying the accusations of genocide against former leader Rios Montt. (AP)
  • Mexico: At least four civilians and a police officer died in a shootout in an attack in the northwestern city of Los Mochis. (EFE)
  • Peru: The government declared an environmental state of emergency in an Amazon jungle region due to years of contamination from oil drilling. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro called on the population to rebuff a smear campaign against deceased President Chavez. (Itar-Tass)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan, China, and South Korea began the first round of talks on a free trade agreement in Seoul. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Six militants with suicide vests attacked a police station in the city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine and injuring eight. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: State media reported the country put its artillery and “strategic” rockets on combat ready status with orders to prepare strikes against Hawaii, Guam, and the US mainland. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government gave permission to 16 media groups to begin publishing daily newspapers, including Suu Kyi’s opposition group, next month, ending five decades of government monopoly over daily news. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The government announced plans for its largest live-fire exercise since 2008, aimed at reviving the country’s defense capability. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: EU officials announced the country has kept pace with reforms and will join the EU after signing and ratifying the accession treaty on 01JUL. (AP)
  • Cyprus: Hundreds of young men and women gathered in Nicosia to protest the bailout that will shut down the country’s second largest bank and impose huge levies on savings. (AFP)
  • Poland: Thousands of workers held work stoppages in the country’s southern industrial region to demand more job security, higher pensions and government protection for coal mines. (AP)
  • Spain: The government will revise its economic projections after experts said the economy will contract more than expected, with unemployment jumping to 27%. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar began a two-day Arab summit in Doha where opposition leaders will represent Syria for the first time despite political rifts within the group. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A roadside bomb targeted an armored car, killing two local politicians and badly wounding a third in a disputed town north of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Oil exports to Turkey were halted after insurgents blew up a major pipeline near the town of Tulool al-Baj, north of Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A human rights watchdog said government forces reclaimed control of Baba Amr, a contentious area in the city of Homs. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Specialist anti-North Korean websites and organizations run by defectors in South Korea said they were the victims of a coordinated cyber attack. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 4 mi NW of San Jose, Guatemala
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 124.6 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAR)

  • Global: Russian spaceship Soyuz will take members of international crew on an expedition to the International Space Station.
  • Kenya: Governors-elect will be sworn in.

 

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