ONS: 28 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes between Sudan and South Sudan forces continued for a second day along a contested border region.
  • AMERICAS: Defense officials from the US, Canada, and Mexico concluded a forum in Ottawa and called for cooperation to combat drug-trafficking.
  • ASIA: Pakistan Army Chief General Kayani is meeting with the US military leaders of the Afghanistan campaign and US Central Command.
  • EUROPE: A Greek government spokesmen stated the government aims to pass the final reform measures, a precondition of the financial bailout, by mid-April.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran FM Salehi announced nuclear talks would resume on 13APR.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU Commission wants to set up a special center to deal with cyber crime to protect citizens against illegal online activities.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Continuing developments
    • Opposition groups, except for the Kurdish delegation, agreed to unite behind the Syrian National Council during a meeting in Istanbul.
    • Arab League ministers meeting in Baghdad called on a halt to the violence and were expected to support Kofi Annan’s peace proposal.
    • Damascus was reported to have accepted Annan’s peace proposal.
    • At least three Syrian soldiers were killed in clashes with rebels in Homs.
    • Coverage: BBCReuters-1AP-1Reuters-2AP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Clashes between Sudanese and South Sudanese forces continued for a second day along a contested border region. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Clashes between rival militias in the south killed at least 50. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Neighboring countries expressed a willingness to confront the coup leadership with sanctions and possible military force. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Defense officials from the US, Canada, and Mexico concluded a forum in Ottawa and called for cooperation to combat drug-trafficking. (CBC)
  • Cuba: Pope Benedict XVI will meet with Fidel Castro on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered seven dismembered bodies near Nuevo Laredo. (UPI)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez stated his cancer treatment was going well in a televised broadcast to the country from Cuba. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The defense ministry denied reports a suicide bomb plot was discovered within the Kabul compound. (Reuters)
  • China: The foreign ministry condemned a US Senate resolution on Tibet. (Xinhua)
  • Kazakhstan: Authorities reported they intercepted a series of planned bomb attacks on Almaty. (AP)
  • Pakistan: General Kayani will hold high-level talks with US military officials on Wednesday. (WSJ)
  • Philippines: Forty-five members of the NPA rebel movement surrendered to the military in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A Greek government spokesmen stated the government aims to pass the final reform measures, a precondition of the financial bailout, by mid-April. (WSJ)
  • Moldova: PM Filat stated he wanted to broaden his country’s cooperation with NATO. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Russia: President Medvedev criticized US presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his comments on US-Russia relations. (AP)
  • Turkey: The World Bank launched a program that could provide up to $4.45 billion in aid for Turkish government programs. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Salehi stated nuclear talks would resume on 13APR. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Shaul Mofaz won the leadership of opposition party Kadima in a primary election. (LA Times)
  • Yemen: Gunmen kidnapped the deputy consul of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Aden. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The EU Commission wants to set up a special center to deal with cyber crime to protect citizens against illegal online activities. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAR)

  • India: Anniversary of US-India nuclear deal – 2010.
  • Iraq: Arab League summit held in Baghdad.
  • Russia: Anniversary of Moscow’s subway bombings – 2010.
  • The Gambia: Parliamentary elections held.

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