AFRICA: The German cabinet approved sending 330 troops to Mali as part of an EU training mission and to provide air transport.
AMERICAS: Caribbean leaders met in Haiti for a trade summit and sought the United States’ help in ensuring an international treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade.
ASIA: Nepali political parties agreed to form an interim government led by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and to hold elections in June ending a political deadlock that has paralyzed the country.
EUROPE: Turkish police launched a large-scale crackdown on the radical Marxist group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the US embassy in Ankara.
MIDDLE EAST: A Gaza military court accepted an appeal by two militants convicted of kidnapping and murdering an Italian national, cutting their sentences to 15 years.
TECHNOLOGY: The European data protection agencies are set to move against Google for failing to comply with EU privacy and confidentiality laws.
China: A US-based security firm, Mandiant, traced cyberattacks on a number of companies and government offices back to a Chinese military unit near Shanghai.
Mandiant said the group called APT1 was behind most of the attacks and conducted most of its espionage from a building in Shanghai with hundreds of English proficient speakers who have advanced computer security and networking skills.
The unit of the People’s Liberation Army, Unit 61398, was found to be in the same area as APT1, which has been linked to attacks on 141 organizations dating back to 2006.
The Chinese government called the accusation “groundless,” saying China had strict laws outlawing hacking and had itself been a victim of such attacks.