ONS: 28 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese rebels said they killed 150 government soldiers along the disputed border with South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian authorities launched an investigation against former president Aristide for drug trafficking and corruption.
  • ASIA: A ROK newspaper reported the DPRK deployed an improved, longer-range version of its 240 mm multiple rocket launcher.
  • EUROPE: A German court ruled the committee charged with handling eurozone issues was illegal
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli officials say they do not plan to warn the US if they decide on a preemptive strike on Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google pledged more than $1 million in prizes to hackers capable of detecting security flaws in Chrome.

TOP STORY

  • Syrians approved new constitution.
    • The referendum received nearly 90% approval.
    • The UN displayed concern over the results.
    • US called the vote “absolutely cynical” as the country is increasingly militarized.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Chinese UN envoy Wang Min called for enhanced international cooperation and comprehensive strategies to handle piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen from Boko Haram hurled explosives and fired at a police station and a nearby bank in Jama’are, a town in Bauchi state. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Rebels said they killed 150 government soldiers along the disputed border with South Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Five FARC members and four Colombian army soldiers were killed after a confrontation in the southwestern department of Putumayo. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Russian anti-drug chief Ivanov and Cuban Minister of the Interior Ibarra agreed to cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking. (Itar-Tass)
  • Haiti: Authorities launched an investigation against former president Aristide for alleged drug trafficking and corruption. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korea, Peninsula: A South Korean newspaper reported North Korea deployed an improved, longer-range version of its 240 mm multiple rocket launcher. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed 18 when they opened fire on a bus in Kohistan. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Political activist Surachai Danwattananusorn was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison under a royal defamation law. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU cancelled talks intended to focus on increasing the financial firewall against debt contagion. (AFP)
  • Region: The German top court ruled the committee charged with fast-tracking Eurozone issues was illegal. (AFP)
  • Belarus: The EU imposed new sanctions against Belarus with 21 additional visa bans. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli officials say they won’t warn the US if they decide to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. (AP)
  • Egypt: The newly elected upper house of parliament held its inaugural session with 180 members attending the Shura Council. (AP)
  • Iran: Amnesty International reported the government “dramatically escalated” a crackdown on dissent in a run-up to parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The decision of MPs to spend $50 million on armored cars drew sharp criticism across society. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Google pledged to debut cash prizes totaling $1 million to hackers that expose security flaws in the Chrome browser at next week’s Pwn2Own contest. (Ars Technica)
  • Technology: UPlanMe tailors the user’s events calendar based on previous preferences: things the user has liked on Facebook, categories the user has unlocked, and events the user has found interesting. (Mashable)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK  (29FEB)

  • Europe: ECB launches second round of unlimited three-year loans to the continent’s banks.
  • Pakistan: Supreme Court hears petition against Air Marshal Asghar Khan.

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