ONS: 28 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Turkey’s Prime Minister offered to broker a ceasefire in Libya.
  • ASIA: Radioactive iodine might be farther north of the plant than previously thought.
  • EUROPE: London police arrested more than 200 people for violent rioting.
  • LATIN AMERICA: A judge dismissed arrest warrants for former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemen’s president Saleh rescinded his offer to step down this year.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Rebels claimed Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.
    • Nine powerful explosions shook the city this morning, following two explosions from Sunday evening.
    • Military vehicles were spotted leaving Sirte in the direction of Tripoli.
    • Clashes between rebels and Gaddafi forces were reported in Misrata.
    • Coverage: (Al Jazeera, AP)

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The country voted in the second round of parliamentary elections, anticipated to hand President Francois Bozize’s party a large majority after an opposition boycott. (AFP)
  • Libya: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he is willing to broker a ceasefire between Gaddafi and rebel leaders. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed a political party youth leader in northeast Nigeria. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bomb went off in the Paktika province killing 20 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Xinhua, AP)
  • Japan: Highly radioactive iodine might be making its way into seawater farther north of the plant than previously thought. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Britain: Police arrested more than 200 people for violent rioting in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street. (DPA)
  • France: President Sarkozy’s center-right party, Union for a Popular Movement, took a political hit in regional elections. (UPI)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost the key state of Baden-Wuerttemberg after six decades, though leaders of her party emphasized Merkel’s position is safe. (BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Argentina: Israel demanded an explanation over a leaked Iranian diplomatic cable that indicated Argentina would stop investigating Iran for two Israeli embassy bombings if trade ties improved. (BBC)
  • Honduras: A Supreme Court judge dismissed three arrest warrants for former President Manuel Zelaya. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Foreign minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa denied that Kuwait would mediate to resolve Bahrain’s political crisis. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The military denied presidential elections would be postponed until mid-2012 and reiterated it would transfer power to civilian rule as soon as possible. (RIA Novosti)
  • Qatar: The country denied press reports claiming it had seized two Iranian boats carrying weapons in the Gulf. (AFP)
  • Syria: Secretary Clinton said the US has no intention of launching a military intervention in Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh rescinded his offer to step down by the end of this year. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs for a senior role in helping to manage the company’s communications, but talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Bune)
    • Location: 550 NM SSE of Nadi, Fiji
    • Movement: Southeastward at 12 knots.
    • Winds: 060 KT
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 17.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAR)

  • Global: US, European, African and Arab officials gather in London to discuss Libya.
  • Asia: DPRK and ROK discuss joint volcanic research.
  • Philippines: Talks between government and MILF last until 30MAR.
  • Russia: First anniversary of Moscow subway bombings.

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