ONS: 28 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan separatist attack on a casino killed seven in Malindi.
  • AMERICAS: Dominican Republic authorities seized two tons of cocaine off the country’s east coast.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s government began peace talks with Muslim insurgents in the country’s south as a bombing killed three.
  • EUROPE: Cyprus’ banks prepared to reopen amid tighter controls
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two Yemeni soldiers were killed during a clash in Abyan province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japan will launch a 140-strong nationwide police task force next week to fight cyber attacks, including those from abroad.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: US flies stealth bombers; Border crossing still open
    • The US flew two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers over the country on a practice bombing mission.
    • A border crossing allowing trade between the North and South remained open.
    • North Korea’s propaganda campaign continued with the photoshopping of an image of a DPRK troop landing drill.
    • North Korea stated it planned to “sweep away” America’s Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, Al Jazeera, NYT, AP, Telegraph

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN gave the country one week to take action against two army battalions accused of numerous rapes. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A separatist attack on a casino left seven dead in Malindi. (AFP)
  • Mali: The Tuareg rebels in the country’s north appointed an administrator for the Kidal province. (AP)
  • Tunisia: A fugitive Islamist leader threatened to oust the government. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Former President Bachelet announced she would seek presidential election. (BBC)
  • Dominican Republic: Two tons of cocaine were seized off the country’s east coast. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles stated he sees his campaign as a “heroic and epic crusade.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan accused Afghanistan of “overreaction” after Kabul cancelled a military visit in protest due to cross-border firings. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: UN officials reported they would launch an investigation into fraud allegations against the UNHCR’s Kabul office. (WSJ)
  • China: A spending provision in a US bill prohibited the purchase of information technology from companies linked to the government. (AP)
  • India: Clashes between rival Maoist insurgents killed at least ten in Jharkhand. (DPA)
  • Thailand: Peace talks began with Muslim insurgents in the country’s south as a bombing killed three. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country’s banks reopened amid tighter controls. (NYT)
  • Italy: Talks to form a government broke down as the country’s political crisis continued. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Police clashed with Syrian refugees over poor conditions in refugee camps. (Al Jazeera)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Syrian opposition opened an embassy in Qatar. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iran: The government rejected Saudi allegations it was running a spy ring in the country. (AP)
  • Syria: President Assad sent a letter asking for help ending the conflict from the BRICS group of developing nations. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Two soldiers were killed during a clash in Abyan province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Japan will launch a 140-strong nationwide police task force next week to fight cyber attacks, including those from abroad. (AFP)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAR)

  • Chile: Day of the Young Combatant, commemorates the assassination of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo in 1985; has evolved into a common day of protest.
  • Congo, Republic of: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Republic of Congo, marking the first time for a Chinese president to visit the country since diplomatic relations were forged 49 years ago (to 30MAR).
  • Egypt: The National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition bloc, will demonstrate against the recent arrests of political activists outside the general prosecution headquarters in Cairo.
  • Pakistan: Last day to file nomination papers for the presidential election.
  • Russia: Russian and Ukrainian FMs Lavrov and Kozhara will meet in Moscow to discuss relations between the two countries and the OSCE agenda.
  • Russia: Third anniversary of the Moscow subway bombings – 2010.
  • Christianity: Good Friday celebrated.

 

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