ONS: 29 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Bombing in Morocco killed at least 16
  • ASIA: Cambodia and Thailand continued to clash along border amidst a ceasefire deal
  • EUROPE: Russia conducted an operation against militants in Dagestan  
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Chile signed a new trade pact
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian army units seen fighting one another
  • TECHNOLOGY: Rumored 2.2 million credit card numbers stolen by PSN hack

TOP STORY

  • Aftermath of devastating storms in US South
    • The death toll from a series of tornadoes in several southern states reached at least 310.
    • President Obama announced he will tour the region on Friday.
    • Meteorologists stated prevailing climate conditions make a large number of tornadoes likely this year.
    • Coverage: NYT, WP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Officials announced they were planning to open the border with Gaza, and normalize relations with Hamas and Iran. (NYT)
  • Libya: Intense fighting continued in and around the city of Misrata. (WP)
  • Morocco: A terrorist bombing in Marrakesh killed at least sixteen. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Libyan soldiers pursed opposition forces across the border, triggering a diplomatic incident. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Riots broke out in Kampala over the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Despite the ceasefire agreement, border skirmishes between Cambodian and Thai troops continued. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The US was forced to delay several aid programs deemed important by military officials due to budget cuts. (WP)
  • Pakistan: The Army announced it had successfully test-fired a nuclear capable cruise missile. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU regulators began an antitrust investigation into sixteen investment banks and two major credit default swap companies. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A special forces operation killed at least ten militants in Dagestan. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru signed a trade agreement aimed at Pacific trade. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: Prominent dissident Darsi Ferrer was arrested after staging a small protest in Havana. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Army units were reported to have clashed with one another, as a brutal crackdown on protests continued. Activists planned a “day of rage.” (AP, AFP-1, AFP-2)
  • Yemen: Protesters rejected the transfer-of-power deal brokered by the GCC, continuing to protest and planning more rallies. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A rumored 2.2 million credit card numbers acquired by hackers from the breach of the Playstation Network’s security may be up for bidding on the internet. (Mashable)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30APR)

  • Benin: Parliamentary elections.
  • Korea, South: Full completion of Foal Eagle/Key Resolve drills with the United States.
  • Laos: Parliamentary elections.
  • Vietnam: Liberation Day.

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