ONS: 01 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian panel continued voting for the second day on a new constitution, focusing on articles having to do with the military.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian FARC rebels agreed to play a “peace” soccer match proposed by famed former player Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama.
  • ASIA: The US called on the DPRK to immediately release Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Californian detained in the country.
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, the opposition vowed to continue protests to demand President Yanukovych to step down, despite clashes between protesters and police.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide bombing at the funeral of the son of a tribal leader and anti-Al-Qaeda militiaman killed 12 and wounded 25 in the central part of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are engaged in a costly ‘tech arms race’ to invest in technology designed to thwart spying by the NSA.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Two protesters were killed as protests turned violent in Bangkok.
    • Police fired tear gas and water cannon to stop protesters from storming the Government House to overthrow PM Shinawatra.
    • Hundreds of protesters overran a police compound where the PM was earlier.
    • Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government movement urged civil servants to go on strike on Monday.
    • Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha offered to mediate talks between the government and protesters to resolve the conflict.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-3, AFP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The five nations in the East African Community bloc (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), signed an agreement to adopt a common currency. (AP)
  • Egypt: A panel continued voting for the second day on a new constitution, focusing on articles having to do with the military. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Witnesses said suspected Boko Haram militants killed 24 in two separate attacks in the north of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC rebels agreed to play a “peace” soccer match proposed by famed former player Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama. (AFP)
  • Dominican Republic: The government announced a special naturalization process for undocumented “foreigners” and their children born in the country. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN said it was concerned about increasing danger to aid workers in the country, after nine were killed in two incidents within a week. (DPA)
  • Japan: Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said his country and the US share the same views on China’s newly established air defense identification zone. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The US called on Pyongyang to immediately release Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Californian detained in the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Intelligence officials said gunmen killed three soldiers and injured two in an attack on a security convoy near a checkpoint close to the Afghan border. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: Citizens voted in a controversial referendum on proposals to ban same-sex marriages in the country. (BBC)
  • Kosovo: Voters cast ballots under a heavy police presence in round two of local elections, part of an EU-brokered deal to normalize relations with Serbia. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The opposition vowed to continue protests demanding President Yanukovych to step down, despite clashes between protesters and police. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An al Qaeda-linked group claimed the three militants killed in the West Bank by Israel last week were its members. (Reuters)
  • Iran: FM Zarif left on a visit to Kuwait and Oman, the first since Tehran struck a nuclear deal with the West. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bombing at the funeral of the son of a tribal leader and anti-Al-Qaeda militiaman killed 12 and wounded 25 in the central part of the country. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Police said gunmen shot dead a leader of a Sunni anti-government protest in the city of Fallujah. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are engaged in a costly ‘tech arms race’ to invest in technology designed to thwart spying by the NSA. (Cnet)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26NOV: 160 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26NOV: 68 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)

  • Asia: US Vice President Biden will meet with Chinese President Xi, Japanese PM Abe and South Korean PM Park in succession (to 07DEC).
  • Armenia: Russian President Putin will meet with President Sargsyan.
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of Hatyai Peace Accord – 1989
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto as first woman prime minister – 1988
  • UAE: National Day – 1971

 

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