- 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.
- 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: BBC, Reuters-1, AP-1, Reuters-2, AP-2
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10 km
- 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.