ONS: 31 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 31, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ouattara forces seized the port of San Pedro in Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: A Pakistan blast killed at least 10 people and injured 29 others.
  • EUROPE: A letter bomb exploded at an office of the Swiss nuclear power industry.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Brazil and Bolivia signed an agreement to tackle cocaine production.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech did not address any of the reforms demanded by protesters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft filed a “formal” anti-trust complaint against Google.


TOP STORY

  • Libya: NATO took full command of all Libyan operations today
    • Libyan opposition forces massed outside Brega to fight Gaddafi’s troops for control of the oil town.
    • The opposition still controls Ajdabiyah today; it was reported Gaddafi’s forces have sown land mines in the city.
    • Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa fled to Britain, defecting from the Gaddafi regime.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, Reuters-2, AFP, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Chad: The presidential elections have been pushed to 25APR11; the electoral campaigns are scheduled to begin on 04APR and end on 23APR. (Xinhua)
  • Ivory Coast: Ouattara forces seized the strategic cocoa-exporting port of San Pedro; earlier in the day, his forces seized the capital, Yamoussoukro. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO forces admitted an airstrike targeting insurgents accidentally killed two children and two women. (AFP)
  • China: The country agreed to enhance its military transparency to demonstrate its commitment to peaceful development. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least 10 people died and 29 others were injured in a blast in the northwest city of Charsadda. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: President Beghjet Pacolli resigned yesterday following a Constitutional Court ruling that his election was illegal. (UPI)
  • Switzerland: A letter bomb exploded at an office belonging to the Swiss nuclear power industry in the northern city of Olten. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Brazil and Bolivia signed an agreement to tackle cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia. (BBC)
  • Guatemala: Juan Ortiz Lopez, reputedly the country’s top drug trafficker, was captured in a joint operation with the US. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Kuwait: The country recalled its ambassador from Iran, a day after an Iranian court sentenced three alleged spies to death. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad failed to address any of the reforms demanded by anti-government protesters. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Microsoft filed a “formal” anti-trust complaint against Google with the EU, amid accusations Google has rigged the search market for consumers.
    • The move heightens the intensity of a probe officially launched by EU regulators at the end of November.
    • The investigation is seeking to determine whether Google is guilty of “unfavourable treatment” of rival search services providers and whether its own services — including YouTube video, book-scanning or telephony — are getting “preferential placement” in consumer queries.
    • Coverage: AFP

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 39.6 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 23.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01APR)

  • South America: Venezuelan President Chavez meets Colombian President Santos.
  • Colombia: Assumes Presidency of the UN Security Council.
  • Iran: Independence Day.
  • Syria: IAEA inspectors will visit possible nuclear plant.
  • USA: 35th anniversary of founding of Apple computer.

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