Burkina Faso: Soldiers blocked the entrance to the town Fada N’Gourma with tanks after freeing a jailed comrade. (AFP)
Ivory Coast: Pro-Ouattara forces conquered the towns of Duekoue, Bondoukau and Daloa after battling with troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo. (Xinhua, AFP)
Afghanistan: Rolling Stone magazine reported on a review of Army investigative files showing that civilian killings were common knowledge among the soldiers’ unit of the 5th Stryker Brigade. (Reuters)
Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his government is in a “state of maximum alert” over the crisis at Fukushima nuclear plant. (AFP)
Pakistan: Friendly fire killed 13 troops, including a colonel and a captain, caught up in a militant ambush close to the Afghan border. (AP)
Russia: Air and ground forces killed 17 Islamist rebels, possibly including Chechnya’s top terrorism suspect Doku Umarov, in a highly unusual precision strike on a Caucasus base used to train suicide bombers. (AFP)
Argentina: Israel threatened a potential diplomatic fallout with Argentina over a claim that it agreed to drop the probe of a bombing attack against Jewish targets in exchange for improving financial ties with Iran. (Xinhua)
Mexico: A government delegation defended “the necessity and the efficacy” of the war on drug trafficking during a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. (EFE)
Bahrain: 250 people have been arrested and 44 others are missing since a security crackdown crushed weeks of protests, more than double last week’s figures. (Reuters)
Egypt: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are prohibited from leaving the country, according to the military council. (Reuters)
Syria: Thousands poured into central Damascus to show support for President Bashar al-Assad, hours before he is expected to announce the end of 50 years of emergency rule. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Facebook is strategically layering its executive, legal, policy and communications ranks with high-powered politicos from both parties.
In an attempt to be pragmatic, the company is beefing up its firepower for future battles in Washington and beyond.
Some critics argue that Facebook’s growing Washington connections will dampen reasonable criticisms about some of its policies.
Other policy analysts say that, substance aside, the efforts will add up to significant influence.