ONS: 29 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan withdrew its troops from the disputed Heglig region where clashes with Sudanese forces had taken place.
  • AMERICAS: Pope Benedict XVI met with Fidel Castro and criticized the US embargo on Cuba.
  • ASIA: An ISAF supply convoy was ambushed in southern Afghanistan leaving at least 14 insurgents, five security guards, and one Afghan soldier dead.
  • EUROPE: Swedish DM Tolgfors resigned over the Saudi arms scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian oil exports dropped in March as international markets prepared for expected new sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced a feature to allow users to track their online activity on Google services.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Diplomatic pressure increased on Assad
    • The Arab League agreed on a draft resolution supporting Kofi Annan’s peace proposal.
    • Gunmen assassinated two Syrian army colonels in Damascus as clashes between rebel and government forces continued throughout the country.
    • Activists and refugees reported the government expanded its crackdown to smaller towns and villages.
    • Coverage: NYT, Al Jazeera, AP, Reuters-1, WSJ, Reuters-2, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan withdrew its troops from the disputed Heglig region where clashes with Sudanese forces had taken place. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Ousted President Toure confirmed he is in Bamako and is not being held by the junta. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UN officials stated the organization was considering reducing its peacekeeper force in Darfur. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities announced eight FARC leaders were killed in Monday’s airstrike that killed 36 guerrillas. (Al Jazeera)
  • Cuba: Pope Benedict XVI met with Fidel Castro and criticized the US embargo on the country. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed five police officers in Ciudad Juarez. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A NATO supply convoy was ambushed in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 14 insurgents, five security guards, and one Afghan soldier dead. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The fueling process started for the controversial rocket launch scheduled for April.  Additionally, the US suspended food aid due to the planned launch. (AFP, Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed at least six in two incidents across Balochistan, including one UN employee. (RFE/RL)

EUROPE

  • Region: An OECD interim assessment predicted very slow growth for the Euro zone in 2012. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Unions launched a general strike against proposed labor reforms. (BBC)
  • Sweden: DM Tolgfors resigned over the Saudi arms scandal. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Oil exports dropped in March as international markets prepared for expected new sanctions. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: US drone strikes on targets in Yemen were reported to be increasing in frequency. (Telegraph)
  • Qatar: PM Thani stated that his country’s low-level delegation to the Arab League summit in Baghdad was intended to signify criticism of Baghdad’s government. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The company announced a new feature that will allow users to track their online activity on Google services. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Two
    • Location: 320 NM E of Ho Chi Minh City
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Alert level raised, increased activity detected. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAR)

  • Nothing to report.

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