ONS: 29 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 29, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ouattara forces took 3 separate towns from Gbagbo forces in the Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: Friendly fire in Pakistan killed 13 troops, including a colonel and a captain.
  • EUROPE: Russian forces killed 17 Islamist rebels.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Israel threatened a potential diplomatic fallout with Argentina.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands rallied in Syria in support for President Bashar al-Assad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook strategically looks to add Washington friends.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi forces pushed back rebels in east Libya, pinning them down in Nofilia, 62 miles from Sirte.
    • Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Tunisia for a “private visit.”
    • US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Libyan opposition member Mahmud Jibril today.
    • US forces attacked three Libyan ships, including a coast guard vessel, at the port of Misrata.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters


AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Soldiers blocked the entrance to the town Fada N’Gourma with tanks after freeing a jailed comrade. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Pro-Ouattara forces conquered the towns of Duekoue, Bondoukau and Daloa after battling with troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo. (Xinhua, AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Rolling Stone magazine reported on a review of Army investigative files showing that civilian killings were common knowledge among the soldiers’ unit of the 5th Stryker Brigade. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his government is in a “state of maximum alert” over the crisis at Fukushima nuclear plant. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Friendly fire killed 13 troops, including a colonel and a captain, caught up in a militant ambush close to the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Air and ground forces killed 17 Islamist rebels, possibly including Chechnya’s top terrorism suspect Doku Umarov, in a highly unusual precision strike on a Caucasus base used to train suicide bombers. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Argentina: Israel threatened a potential diplomatic fallout with Argentina over a claim that it agreed to drop the probe of a bombing attack against Jewish targets in exchange for improving financial ties with Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A government delegation defended “the necessity and the efficacy” of the war on drug trafficking during a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: 250 people have been arrested and 44 others are missing since a security crackdown crushed weeks of protests, more than double last week’s figures. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are prohibited from leaving the country, according to the military council. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Thousands poured into central Damascus to show support for President Bashar al-Assad, hours before he is expected to announce the end of 50 years of emergency rule. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook is strategically layering its executive, legal, policy and communications ranks with high-powered politicos from both parties.
    • In an attempt to be pragmatic, the company is beefing up its firepower for future battles in Washington and beyond.
    • Some critics argue that Facebook’s growing Washington connections will dampen reasonable criticisms about some of its policies.
    • Other policy analysts say that, substance aside, the efforts will add up to significant influence.
    • Coverage: (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Bune)
    • Location: 600 NM NE of Napier, New Zealand
    • Movement: South-southeast at 12 knots.
    • Winds: 50 knots, gusts up to 65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAR)

  • Asia: India-Pakistan cricket match may stoke regional tensions.

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