ONS: 27 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France called for negotiations between Mali and Tuareg rebels
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC announced it would stop kidnapping
  • ASIA: South Korea and US launched military exercises
  • EUROPE: Russian media reported an assassination plot against President Putin was foiled  
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fighting in Syria continued as a referendum took place
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks started releasing e-mails from Stratfor  

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Unrest and violence over burned Korans continued
    • A suicide attack on a NATO base at Jalalabad airport killed nine.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it revenge for the burning of the Korans.
    • Countrywide protests continued over the burning of Korans by US forces at Bagram air base.
    • Coverage: WaPo, Reuters, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Mali: France called for talks to end fighting with Tuareg rebels. (Reuters)
  • Niger: The government issued a warning against travel to Libya. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Preliminary results indicated the presidential race is close between incumbent President Wade and challenger Macky Sall. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities seized 6.5 tons of marijuana in Sao Paolo state. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The FARC announced it would stop kidnapping. (WaPo)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested several members of the Sinaloa cartel. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: The military launched joined exercises with the US forces despite threats by North Korea. (AFP)
  • Nepal: A bombing killed two and wounded six in Katmandu. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing at a political meeting in Nowshera killed at least five and wounded 11. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Sarkozy ruled out the possibility of a referendum on a new European fiscal treaty. (AFP)
  • Belarus: EU diplomats announced they planned additional sanctions against 21 Belarus officials. (AFP)
  • Russia: Russian and Ukrainian authorities were reported to have foiled an assassination plot against President Putin. (The Guardian)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Opposition activists and US officials rejected the ongoing constitutional referendum. (LA Times)
  • Syria: Government forces launched a rocket and artillery barrage on Homs. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Former President Saleh formally handed power to Vice President Hadi. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: WikiLeaks started releasing more than five million e-mails from Stratfor. (BBC)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28FEB)

  • China: Colombian FM Holguin visits China.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the end of the Gulf War – 1991.
  • Ireland: Transdniestria-Moldova negotiations held in Dublin.
  • Sweden: Anniversary of Swedish PM Palme’s assassination – 1986.
  • United States: Republican primaries held in Michigan and Arizona.

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