ONS: 31 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A suicide bombing in Timbuktu and a landmine in the northern part of the country killed at least four.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC rebels agreed to pause peace talks for three weeks.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai arrived in Qatar for talks on the possibility of the Taliban opening an office there.
  • EUROPE: Cyprus’ central bank confirmed that large depositors could lose 60% of their savings.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported fighting has caused Aleppo residents to flee the northern district of the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Hacker group “Anonymous Korea” claimed to have struck several North Korean government websites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Continued tension while North Korea fails to follow through on threat to close industrial complex
    • Despite a threat to close an inter-Korean industrial complex by the North, it remained open.
    • The complex is seen as one of the last major symbols of cooperation between the two countries.
    • Analysts expressed concern that the US response to North Korea’s recent aggressive moves may exacerbate the tension in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, NYT, AFP-2, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Telegraph

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: 22 policemen were injured during attacks on two police stations north of Cairo. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Riots in the western part of the country killed at least two. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country’s supreme court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s controversial election victory. (Reuters)
  • Mali: A suicide bombing in Timbuktu and a landmine in the northern part of the country killed at least four. (AP)
  • Mali: An EU mission to improve the country’s military’s capability to combat insurgents in the north began. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Officials reported attacks in Jos killed fifty people in the previous week. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC rebels agreed to pause peace talks for three weeks. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A new study reported that narcotics trafficker “El Chapo” Guzman is the main methamphetamine smuggler in the Asia-Mexico-US triangle. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro accused the opposition of seeking to provoke violence. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials stated the government plans to destroy 15,000 hectares of poppy fields this year. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai was in Qatar for talks on the possibility of the Taliban opening an office there. (BBC)
  • Burma: President U Thein Sein organized a committee to deal with the rioting in central parts of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb struck a convoy of a secular party candidate in the northwestern part of the country, killing two. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The main Tamil party accused a pro-government mob of attacking them amid heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Russia reportedly toned down its criticism of the bailout of the country’s banks. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: The country’s central bank confirmed that large depositors could lose about 60% of their savings. (Al Jazeera)
  • France: A bomb threat caused the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government stated it would search more Syria-bound flights. (Al Jazeera)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II swore in a new cabinet, the first led by a PM elected by lawmakers. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported fighting has caused Aleppo residents to flee the northern district of the city. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hacker group “Anonymous Korea” claimed to have struck several North Korean government websites. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01APR)

  • Global: UN Disarmament Commission will meet in New York (to 19APR).
  • Global: Rwanda will take over as president of the UN Security Council.
  • China: Anniversary of US spy plane collision with Chinese plane, which caused an international dispute between the United States and the People’s Republic of China – 2001.
  • Iran: Islamic Republic Day, commemorates Ayatollah Khomeini’s declaration of Iran as an Islamic republic after the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi fled the country – 1979.
  • Global: April Fools’ Day.

 

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