ONS: 01 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the northern city of Damaturu.
  • AMERICAS: In Uruguay, former president Vazquez won the country’s runoff election with between 53 and 53.9 percent of the vote.
  • ASIA: Thai PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha held talks with Malaysian PM Najib Razak on the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand along their shared border.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Stoltenberg said the alliance expects to have an interim rapid-reaction force in existence by next year to deal with new security challenges.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese PM Salam confirmed that his government is having direct negotiations with the militant kidnappers of at least 28 soldiers and policemen seized in August.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sony Pictures Entertainment hired FireEye Inc’s Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber-attack that knocked out the studio’s computer network.

TOP STORY

  • China: Government hardens stance in wake of Hong Kong protest violence.
    • Hong Kong police said they had “no other choice” after unleashing pepper spray and baton charges at students who tried to storm government headquarters.
    • Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that pro-democracy protests were “in vain.”
    • A Hong Kong court granted an injunction covering some parts of the main Admiralty protest site, laying the groundwork for possible police action in the coming days.
    • The government defended its refusal to allow a group of British MPs into Hong Kong, describing their planned trip to the former colony as “overtly confrontational.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Militant organization Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the northern city of Damaturu. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Two explosions hit a market in Maiduguri, nearly a week after two female suicide bombers attacked the same area. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The Interior Ministry reported that “terrorists” have abducted and decapitated an off-duty policeman. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government will meet with FARC negotiators to discuss restarting peace talks after the group released three hostages. (Bloomberg)
  • Peru: Twelve day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened in Lima. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: Former president Vazquez won the country’s runoff election with between 53 and 53.9 percent of the vote. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Thai PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha held talks with Malaysian PM Najib Razak on the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand along their shared border. (AFP)
  • Region: A Japanese-built facility in China began destroying the largest cache of World War II chemical weapons abandoned in the country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack at a funeral in Baghlan province killed at least nine people. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The cabinet resigned en masse after the ruling party suffered a significant defeat at the country’s biggest ever local elections. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Stoltenberg said the alliance expects to have an interim rapid-reaction force in existence by next year to deal with new security challenges. (AP)
  • Moldova: With 87.7 percent of votes counted in parliamentary elections, three parties backing integration with the EU won 44 percent of the vote, while pro-Russian groups won 40 percent. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan is to hold talks in Ankara with Russian President Putin to reinforce bilateral ties. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: An official said that PM Netanyahu will decide in the next few days whether he will call an early election. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: PM Salam confirmed that his government is having direct negotiations with the militant kidnappers of at least 28 soldiers and policemen seized in August. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli army shot a Palestinian woman after she stabbed a soldier near a Jewish settlement bloc in the southern West Bank. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Sony Pictures Entertainment hired FireEye Inc’s Mandiant forensics unit to clean up a massive cyber-attack that knocked out the studio’s computer network. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Twentytwo)
    • Location: 156 NM S of Chuuk
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 15,935 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 6,928 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13NOV: 885,926 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Deaths as of 13NOV: 153 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 21NOV: 909 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey and the U.S)
      • Deaths as of 21NOV: 331 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)

  • Global: Transport Security Expo 2014 in London, England (to 03 Dec)
  • Global: World BORDERPOL Congress 2014 in London, England (to 04 Dec)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev will pay official visits to three Gulf countries (to 08DEC)
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s becoming Pakistan’s first woman prime minister – 1988
  • United Arab Emirates: UAE National Day – 1971

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