ONS: 27 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban said up to 11,200 troops could be needed for a UN peacekeeping mission in the country but that a “parallel” military force would be needed to combat Islamists in the north.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police seized 7.7 tons of marijuana that was being transported by the FARC between a southwestern province and Bogota.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, supporters of opposition parties are suspected of detonating homemade explosives in the capital during a nationwide general strike.
  • EUROPE: Belgian police shot a terrorist suspect of Algerian origin dead and later discovered a weapons’ cache in his apartment which included weapons linked to an earlier armed robbery.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli soldiers arrested five members of Hamas in the West Bank city of Hebron, including a member of parliament.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wells Fargo & Co claimed it believed that its website was being targeted by a “denial of service cyber attack” but did not experience any material loss.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The government said it was cutting a military hotline with South Korea and that it would stay severed as long as “hostile acts continue.”
    • This line remained the last direct means of communications between the two countries, who do not have diplomatic relations.
    • The state-run media stated such means of communication were unnecessary because “war may break out at any moment.”
    • Overnight the South Korean military was put on high alert after a soldier threw a grenade at a ‘strange object’ near the border, preparing for a possible incursion.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, BBC, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The family of ousted CAR President Bozize joined the ex-president in the country where they took refuge after a rebel leader took control of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: President Morsi said parliamentary elections could begin in October after a court ruling nullified his original decree calling for elections at the end of April. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: A court once again delayed the appeal of a blogger and opposition leader jailed last year on terrorism-related charges in connection with the outlawed group Ginbot 7. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban said up to 11,200 troops could be needed for a UN peacekeeping mission in the country but that a “parallel” military force would be needed to combat Islamists in the north. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: FM Timerman once again called for negotiations with the British government over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, in spite of the referendum. (AP)
  • Brazil: AI criticized the appointment of an evangelical pastor accused of racism and homophobia as the head of a congressional human rights panel (AFP).
  • Colombia: Police seized 7.7 tons of marijuana that was being transported by the FARC between a southwestern province and Bogota. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Soldiers patrolling the border in Real Cuembi repelled a cross border guerrilla attack, pushing them back to the Colombian border. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Supporters of opposition parties are suspected of detonating homemade explosives in the capital during a nationwide general strike. (AP)
  • China: The Navy conducted military drills on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea including landing drills making a show of the country’s determination to claim a number of disputed territories. (AP)
  • Malaysia: The military’s commander-in-chief said the military will continue to play a role in politics as the country transitions to democracy. (AP)
  • Thailand: The government and a key rebel group in the country’s restive southern provinces are set to begin talks with the goal of stemming violence that has killed thousands in the last decade. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Police shot a terrorist suspect of Algerian origin dead and later discovered a weapons’ cache in his apartment, which included weapons linked to an earlier armed robbery. (AFP)
  • Greece: Subsidiaries of three Cypriot banks reopened after having been taken over by another domestic bank, Piraeus. (AFP)
  • Russia: Officials began searching the offices of HRW and Transparency International in Moscow as part of a recent wave of pressure on international NGOs. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police said two explosions, one targeting a restaurant and the other a residential area in Musayyib, 40 miles south of Baghdad, killed five and wounded at least 25. (AP)
  • Israel: The government was at odds with Turkey over the amount of compensation to be paid to the families of Turkish nationals killed in the 2010 flotilla raid. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers arrested five members of Hamas in the West Bank city of Hebron, including a member of parliament. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad said a political solution required international will to stop the “two-year terrorism plot” backed by Arab states and the West. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Wells Fargo & Co claimed it believed its website was being targeted by a “denial of service cyber attack” but did not experience any material loss. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 13 mi SE of Buli, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 12.9 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAR)

  • Africa: President Obama will meet with leaders of Sierra Leone, Senegal, Malawi and Cape Verde in Washington to discuss institutions and democracy building.
  • Cyprus: Banks will reopen.
  • Japan: FM Fumio Kishida will meet with Indian FM Salman Khurshid in Tokyo for talks aimed at strengthening bilateral relations on a wide range of areas.
  • Russia: Thai FM Surapong Tovichakchaikul will meet with Russian counterpart Lavrov in Moscow to discuss ways to advance trade, economic and investment cooperation as well as prospects for a political dialogue between Russia and Thailand.
  • Thailand: The government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group will open talks in Malaysia on ending a nine-year revolt that has claimed more than 5,500 lives.

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