ONS: 28 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes killed 10 in Sudan’s Abyei flashpoint
  • ASIA: South Korea-US drills began despite North Korean threat
  • EUROPE: Sarkozy reshuffled his cabinet once again
  • LATIN AMERICA: 28 in Mexico killed in attacks
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Yemenis protested as unrest is high in the south
  • TECHNOLOGY: Qaddafi YouTube spoof by Israeli garnered Arab fans

TOP STORY

  • Rebels in Libya gained power and defectors
    • Military defectors took steps to establish a unified command in Zawiyah and also are contemplating tapping oil for funds.
    • Italy suspended a nonaggression treaty, saying the Libyan state “no longer exists.”
    • Secretary Clinton said the US reached out to rebels to “offer any kind of assistance.”
    • Coverage: NYT, BBC

AFRICA

  • Somalia: EU Naval Force said Somali pirates hijacked the Greek-owned MV Dover, with 23 crewmembers, near the Omani port of Salalah. (AP)
  • Sudan: At least 10 people were killed in clashes between Arab nomads, militia fighters and police in Abyei. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Prime Minister Ghannouchi resigned on Sunday. Interim President Mebazaa replaced him with Beji Caid-Essebsi. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Afghan investigators are convinced that NATO forces were responsible for killing 65 civilians earlier this month in Kunar province. (NYT)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean and American forces began military exercises as North Korea threatened “all out war.” (BBC)
  • Vietnam: Nguyen Dan Que was questioned after an alleged internet appeal for the overthrow of the communist government. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s office accused Belarus of delivering 3 attack helicopters to Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo. Belarus denied the charge. (AP)
  • France: President Sarkozy removed FM Alliot-Marie and replaced her with Alain Juppe, the current defense minister. (NYT)
  • Ireland: Sinn Fein won 15 seats in elections this weekend while the Fine Gael party will struggle to form a coalition government. (Telegraph, Guardian)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: Former President Aristide’s return was delayed due to logistical and security concerns fomented by the US and France, according to his lawyer, Ira Kurzban. (NYT)
  • Honduras: Thousands of protesters marched through the northern city of San Pedro Sula urging the government to improve public security. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Twenty-eight people were killed over the weekend in criminal violence across the northern and western parts of the country. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri urged protesters in Egypt and Tunisia to continue their rebellion and push out interim governments. (AP)
  • Oman: Two people were killed during protests in the northeast port city of Sohar.
    • Sultan Qaboos bin Said gave orders to create 50,000 jobs and that job seekers are paid $386 per month. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sana’a and other Yemeni cities to demand President Saleh step down. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • A YouTube clip mocking Gaddafi’s speech last Tuesday has spread across the Internet and has been received positively by Libyan protesters. (NYT)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01MAR)

  • Europe: Geneva talks on security in the South Caucasus between Georgia, Russia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
  • Iran: Protests to demand release of Green Movement leaders Mousavi and Karroubi.
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of Korean independence uprising against Japanese rule in 1919; commemorated in both the ROK and DPRK.

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