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  • 15 March 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Mar 2012
  • Status quo in Syria 'indefensible,' Ban says on anniversary of uprising UN News Centre 15 Mar 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the anniversary of the uprising in Syria by calling for an end to the ongoing bloodshed, which has claimed more than 8,000 lives since popular protests began a year ago, and for a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
  • Iran starts humanitarian aid to Syria via air IRNA 15 Mar 2012 -- Iran supports Syrian nation's resistance toward western-motivated unrests and Tehran started sending its humanitarian aid to Damascus via air, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian , Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs said on Wednesday.
  • Turkey May Set up Buffer zone at Syrian Border RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2012 -- Turkey is considering the creation of a buffer zone at the Syrian border to support refugees fleeing the conflict-stricken country, Turkish deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told the NTV channel on Thursday.
  • Damascus 'Positive' on UN-Arab Mission After Year of Unrest RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2012 -- Damascus is interested in the success of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's mission intended to restore peace in Syria, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said as the bloody uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad entered its second year on Thursday.
  • Saudi Arabia Closes Embassy in Syria RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2012 -- Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Syria and has withdrawn all its staff and diplomats, al-Arabiya reported citing a statement by Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry.
  • Syria's Assad Withstands Pressure That Toppled Other Arab Leaders VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak's long-trusted military helped force him from office. In Libya, top officials scrambled to distance themselves from Moammar Gadhafi almost from the start. Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled his country within weeks, while in Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh took his time. But he, too, prodded by neighboring countries, is now in exile.
  • Death Toll Mounts as Syria Marks Uprising Anniversary VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- At least 23 people are reported dead as Syrian forces continue a crackdown on dissent Thursday, the first anniversary of the uprising, while state television showed huge rallies in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • SECURITY: Fighting Kony with beer, spy planes and YouTube IRIN 15 Mar 2012 -- It is just before noon in the village of Limayi in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Half a dozen empty beer bottles lie scattered at the feet of five Congolese soldiers lounging in easy chairs beneath a mango tree. A freshly opened bottle is propped-up against an automatic assault rifle lying in the dust.
  • Ethiopia Attacks Military Base Inside Eritrea VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- Ethiopian troops have carried out a cross-border attack against military training camps inside Eritrea.
  • AMISOM to Replace Ethiopian Troops in Central Somalia VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- Somalia's joint security committee has agreed to deploy AU troops to areas of central and southern Somalia captured recently from militant group al-Shabab by Ethiopian forces. The announcement came Wednesday at a meeting in Mogadishu.
  • SOMALIA: Thousands displaced by fighting in Gedo IRIN 15 Mar 2012 -- Several thousand people have been displaced by clashes between Al-Shabab insurgents and Somali troops assisted by Ethiopian and Kenyan soldiers in Somalia's southwestern Gedo region, locals told IRIN.
  • UN envoy strongly condemns attack on Somali government compound UN News Centre 15 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations envoy for Somalia has strongly condemned the suicide attack that took place yesterday at a government compound in the capital of the Horn of Africa nation.
  • ICC Prosecutor to seek near maximum sentence for convicted Congolese warlord UN News Centre 15 Mar 2012 -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today described the conviction of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo on charges of recruiting child soldiers as 'a victory for humanity,' adding that he will ask for a prison term that is close to the maximum 30 years.
  • SRI LANKA: Indian boost for IDP housing IRIN 15 Mar 2012 -- India's government is set to undertake a multimillion dollar reconstruction of 49,000 houses for internally displaced people in former war zones in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, which almost doubles the number of homes under construction or completed for returnees.
  • Israel Accuses Iran of Fueling Terrorism in Gaza RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2012 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blatantly accused Iran of being a source of terrorism and violence in Gaza Strip.
  • Ban commends Sudan, South Sudan for progress in talks to resolve outstanding issues UN News Centre 15 Mar 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan for the progress they have made in talks aimed at resolving post-independence issues, including agreements reached on the status of citizens of each State and the demarcation of the border.

News Reports

  • CIS States Agree Measures to Curb Terrorism Financing RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2012 -- Anti-terrorism chiefs from the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) made cutting off financing for terrorism and extremism their top priority at a meeting on Thursday.
  • IEA Says Iran Oil Exports Could Fall 50 Percent RFE/RL 15 Mar 2012 -- The International Energy Agency (IEA) claims that Iranian oil exports could fall by as much as 50 percent in July, when European sanctions over that country's nuclear program take full effect.
  • Top Chinese Leader Fired VOA 15 Mar 2012 -- A top Chinese leader has been removed from his post, as part of a widening political scandal in which one of his trusted aides visited the U.S. consulate in southwestern China.



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