ONS: 27 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese and South Sudanese forces clashed along a disputed border region.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian military air strike on a FARC camp killed at least 36 guerrillas
  • ASIA: Afghan soldiers killed two British soldiers and one American in two separate incidents.
  • EUROPE: Former Turkish army chief of staff General Basbug refused to offer a defense against terrorism charges.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian opposition leaders met in Istanbul as violence continued throughout the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FTC released guidelines for how companies should protect consumer privacy.

TOP STORY

  • Global Issues: Nuclear security summit in Seoul
    • Agreement was reached on a stronger effort to strengthen nuclear security.
    • Japanese PM Noda urged North Korea not to conduct a planned rocket launch.
    • US President Obama called for Chinese President Hu Jintao to help pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
    • Coverage: LA Times, Reuters, Telegraph, AP,

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese and South Sudanese forces clashed along a disputed border region. (Al Jazeera)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood faced a political backlash from the military government and liberal factions. (AP)
  • Libya: Tribal clashes in the southern part of the country left at least 20 dead. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The US announced a suspension of some aid to Mali. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: An air strike on a FARC camp killed at least 36 guerrillas. (AP)
  • Cuba: Pope Benedict XVI called for a more open society during a visit to the country. (LA Times)
  • Mexico: Ten were killed in a clash between gunmen in Chihuahua. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO and Afghan forces killed a senior al Qaeda-linked militant in the northwestern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan soldiers killed two British soldiers and one American in two separate incidents. (WSJ)
  • India: Maoist rebels killed 15 paramilitary police officers in Maharastra. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The government declared it would never abandon its rocket launch plans. (AP)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani and US President Obama held private talks during a conference in Seoul. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Sarkozy stated he would bar from the country some Muslim clerics invited to an upcoming Islamic conference. (Reuters)
  • Russia: US President Obama told President Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” on missile defense following re-election. (AFP)
  • Spain: Authorities arrested a suspected al Qaeda member in Valencia. (AP)
  • Turkey: Former army chief of staff General Basbug refused to offer a defense against terrorism charges. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government and the 5+1 Group are expected to resume talks on Iran’s nuclear program on 13APR-14APR. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The government is attempting to improve regional relations during an Arab League summit in Baghdad. (WSJ)
  • Syria: Fighting broke out near Lebanese border between Syrian government troops and rebels who have taken refuge. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FTC released guidelines for how companies should protect consumer privacy. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Northern East Pacific Rise
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 9.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAR)

  • Asia: Cambodia hosts ASEAN’s 9th Annual Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the FARC release of Corporal Calvo – 2010.
  • Libya: Anniversary of British forces leaving Libya – 1970.

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