ONS: 29 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN approved the first “offensive” peacekeeping brigade, for combat against rebel groups in the DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS:  The Colombian army reported an ELN guerilla leader killed in a clash in the country’s southwest.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a suicide bombing struck Peshawar killing at least 10.
  • EUROPE: US President Obama reportedly nominated USAF General Breedlove to be the next NATO supreme commander.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a mortar strike by rebels killed at least 15 students at Damascus University.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Internet measuring company Renesys reported widespread degradation in service across Asia, the Middle East and Africa following damage to an undersea cable off the coast of Egypt.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North readied rocket force, escalated its rhetoric against the US; China called for restraint
    • North Korea announced it had put its rocket force on “standby” and said it was prepared to strike US targets in the region.
    • The move reportedly came in response to a US flight of two B-2 stealth bombers over the peninsula.
    • China issued a call for efforts to reduce tensions from both sides.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, Reuters-1, NYT, BBC, AFP, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN approved the first “offensive” peacekeeping brigade, for combat against rebel groups in the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mali: Senegalese President Macky Sall said his country’s forces will take on a greater role in combating the country’s Islamist rebels. (AFP)
  • Mali: French President Hollande stated French troops would remain in the country until the end of the year, though in smaller numbers. (AP, Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Officials reported at least 150 killed in a battle between army and rebel forces in eastern Jonglei. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Student protesters clashed with police in Santiago over education reform. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The army reported an ELN guerilla leader known as “Omar” was killed in a clash in the country’s southwest. (Fox News)
  • Haiti: The UN official in charge of monitoring human rights in the country criticized its record as he departed his post. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF and Afghan forces detained two Taliban, including a local leader. (Xinhua)
  • China: A US business lobby reported a quarter of US firms operating in China faced data theft. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bombing in Peshawar killed at least 10. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Government and rebel negotiators agreed to meet again next month, following peace talks in Malaysia. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Obama nominated USAF General Breedlove to be the next NATO supreme commander. (RFE\RL)
  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades stated his country had no intention of leaving the Eurozone. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Putin ordered surprise military exercises be conducted in the Black Sea to test military readiness. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country denied it had deported a large numbers of Syrian refugees. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon:  President Suleiman set the date of parliamentarian consultations to name a new PM for 05APR. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Activist groups reported rebel forces seized a key town on the Jordanian border. (AFP)
  • Syria: A rebel mortar strike killed 15 students at Damascus University. (Reuters)
  • Syria: French President Hollande walked back on a push to arm rebel groups in the country. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Global Telecommunications: Internet measuring company Renesys reported widespread degradation in service across Asia, the Middle East and Africa following damage to an undersea cable off the coast of Egypt. (Guardian)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAR)

  • India: Anniversary of Dalai Lama’s escape to India (to 31MAR) – 1959.
  • Christianity: Holy Saturday.

 

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