ONS: 27 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US provided a draft UNSC resolution warning of possible sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: A report stated two out of every three firearms seized in Mexico came from the US.
  • ASIA:  The US and Japanese governments announced a plan to relocate 9,000 US Marines from Okinawa.
  • EUROPE:  In Spain, low employment figures and a credit rating downgrade incited fears of a worsening debt crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Iraq, at least 12 were killed in bombings.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  The US FTC brought in experienced litigator Beth Wilkinson in the antitrust case against Google.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Peace plan uncertain
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon warned that Syria was in contravention of the peace plan, as UN monitors reported a continued violent crackdown.
    • A spokesman for UN Envoy Annan stated the full 30-man advance team for the UN observer mission would be on the ground by 30APR.
    • Israeli officials called on President Assad to step down.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, BBC, Al-Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: The US provided a draft UNSC resolution warning of possible sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Region: ECOWAS announced it would send troops to Mali and Guinea Bissau to protect institutions and support the return of civilian rule. (AFP)
  • Libya: The ruling interim government fired the cabinet over alleged incompetence. (AP)
  • Libya: A bombing at a courthouse in Benghazi injured at least one. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UN recommended a reduction in the Darfur peacekeeping force. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Navy reported seizing more than 4,800 lbs of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea on 17APR. (AP)
  • Colombia: More than 500 were displaced by fighting between the FARC and government forces near Caloto. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The US BATF reported two out of every three firearms seized in Mexico originated in the US. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier killed a US soldier and Afghan interpreter in the south. (AP)
  • Japan: The US and Japanese governments announced a plan to relocate 9,000 US Marines from Okinawa. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: Missile experts alleged Pyongyang unveiled fake missiles after the failed rocket launch. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani refused to resign following a conviction for contempt of court. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The government faced a no-confidence vote in parliament. (AP)
  • Romania: The government faced a no-confidence vote. (AP)
  • Spain: Poor employment figures and a credit rating downgrade incited fears of a debt crisis. (AP)
  • Ukraine: At least 12 were injured by two bombings in Dnipropetrovsk. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN

  • Region: Israeli DM Barak stated chances “appear low” that Iran will end its nuclear program, contradicting previous statements by IDF Chief of Staff Gantz. (NYT)
  • Iraq: At least 12 were killed in bombings near Baquba and in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Yemen: It was reported that Al-Qaida bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri has resurfaced. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FTC brought in experienced litigator Beth Wilkinson for its antitrust case against Google. (SlashGear, NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28APR)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the fall of Marxism – 1992.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal – 2004.
  • Nepal: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits Lumbini.

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