ONS: 30 March 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS gave the junta in Mali three days to restore constitutional order.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian lawmakers introduced a bill to decriminalize coca cultivation.
  • ASIA: The DPRK fired two short-range missiles off its west coast
  • EUROPE: French police detained 19 people in a crackdown on suspected Islamist extremists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is helping Syria defy Western sanctions by providing ships to transport oil.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China said its government and military websites received an average 80,000 cyber attacks each month.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Violence across country amid negotiations failure
    • A second insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, withdrew from stalled peace negotiations.
    • A police officer killed nine colleagues and blamed the attack on the Taliban.
    • Two NATO troops were killed in the south, one in a roadside bomb explosion and the other one in an insurgent attack.
    • US air strikes and a gun battle in Farah province killed dozens of Taliban fighters.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Liberal groups said they were back to square one in a struggle with Islamists over the drafting of a new constitution. (AFP)
  • Mali: ECOWAS gave the junta in Mali three days to restore constitutional order or face diplomatic and economic isolation. (BBC)
  • Mauritius: President Jugnauth said he would step down and return to party politics to challenge current PM Ramgoolam. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: President Bashir said Sudan wants to peacefully resolve all disputes with South Sudan after two days of border clashes. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Government troops clashed with rebel fighters in the strategic village of Talodi near the southern border. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales issued a new law to ratify the Framework Agreement that regulates the relationship with the US. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Colombian lawmakers introduced a bill to decriminalize coca cultivation. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The US military is pushing to expand the Pentagon’s advisory role in the fight against insurgents and narcotics traffickers. (WSJ)
  • Honduras: A union leader said four farm workers were shot to death by assailants in a region torn by an ongoing violent land dispute. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: FMs from ROK, China, and Japan will hold three-way talks in early APR on regional security and cooperation. (Yonhap)
  • Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi said that the upcoming by-elections would not be completely democratic because of irregularities during campaigning. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The military fired two short-range missiles off the west coast in a suspected test to upgrade capabilities. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A US drone launched a missile attack on a militant compound in North Waziristan, killing four insurgents. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Euro zone finance ministers agreed to boost the currency bloc’s firewall to roughly 800 billion euros in total. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry denied claims that it granted Israel access to air bases on the border it shares with Iran. (Xinhua)
  • France: President Sarkozy said police in cities around France detained 19 people in a crackdown on suspected Islamist extremists. (AP)
  • Spain: EU Economy Commissioner Rehn said Spain “is in a very difficult situation” ahead of expected announcements of fresh austerity measures. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Secretary Clinton will meet with Gulf allies to weigh limited options available to end the violence in Syria and launch a “strategic forum.” (Reuters)
  • Region: Iran is helping Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Police and the army prepared for demonstrations and marches expected to take place across Israel and the Palestinian territories to mark Land Day. (AFP)
  • Syria: Kofi Annan called on President Assad to implement his peace plan immediately amid ongoing violence. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda in the south named new leaders to replace those killed in recent attacks. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China’s Ministry of National Defense said the websites of the ministry and the Chinese military received an average of over 80,000 cyber attacks from overseas each month from January to March. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 02W (Pakhar)
    • Location: 260 NM ESE of Ho Chi Minh City
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31MAR)

  • Nothing to report.

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