ONS: 30 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s supreme court prepared to rule on a disputed election amid widespread allegations of voting irregularity.
  • AMERICAS: A shooting at a bar in Mexico’s Chihuahua killed at least seven.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a gun and grenade attack on a school in the southern part of the country killed the principal and wounded six children.
  • EUROPE:  Cyprus’ central bank eased some banking restrictions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Baghdad car bombings targeting Shia killed at least 20.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The spokesman for Stophaus denied accusations the group was responsible for the denial-of-service attack on Spamhaus that slowed the global internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea uses aggressive rhetoric as tensions continue; Russia warns against provocation
    • North Korea declared that a “state of war” existed with the South, and that all relations would go through wartime protocol.
    • US officials stated they were taking the threat seriously.
    • Russia called for “maximum restraint” around North Korea and warned the US and South Korea against provocation.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, WaPo, Al Jazeera, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: New President Djotodia said he would review resource deals made by the previous government. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Supporters and opponents of President Morsi clashed in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)
  • Egypt: The country opened flights to Iran after 34 years of severed relations. (DPA)
  • Kenya: The country’s supreme court prepared to rule on a disputed election amid widespread allegations of voting irregularity. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The country proposed conditions for its repayment of remaining debt incurred during its 2001 default. (AP)
  • Mexico: A shooting at a bar in Chihuahua killed at least seven. (Al Jazeera)
  • Venezuela: The opposition expressed hope that in the absence of President Chavez the political playing field would be level. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The government reported at least 5,000 have fled the Malaysian state of Sabah. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The ISAF reported detaining a local Haqqani leader in the eastern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The death toll from unrest in the central part of the country rose to 43. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A WHO official reported that 240,000 children missed polio vaccinations due to security concerns. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: Officials reported a suicide bombing northeast of Peshawar killed a policeman and injured six others. (VoA)
  • Pakistan: A gun and grenade attack on a school in the southern part of the country killed the principal and wounded six children. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country’s central bank eased some banking restrictions. (BBC)
  • Italy: Sicily’s regional government revoked permission for the US military to build a station on the island. (Reuters)
  • Italy: President Napolitano was reported to be considering resigning to allow for a new election. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Protesters clashed with police in Manama. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Car bombings targeting Shia in Baghdad killed at least 20. (BBC)
  • Yemen: A gun attack killed a prison guard and wounded another in Aden amid widespread protests throughout the south. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The spokesman for Stophaus denied accusations the group was responsible for the denial-of-service attack on Spamhaus that slowed the global internet. (NYT-1,  NYT-2)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31MAR)

  • San Marino: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit San Marino and meet with Foreign Minister Pasquale Valentini.
  • South Africa: The South African peace troopers in Central African Republic are set to return home.
  • Christianity: Easter Sunday.

 

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