ONS: 01 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram denies ceasefire and describes the government claims as a lie.
  • AMERICAS: In Uruguay, registration of cannabis growers’ clubs begins as part of drug legalization plan
  • ASIA: India votes against provisions of draft resolutions calling for signing of the Non-proliferation Treaty
  • EUROPE: Spain launches a new judicial challenge against independence vote for the Catalonia region
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fighters from Al-Nusra Front drive rebels of the Syrian Revolutionary Front from the northwestern province of Idlib after 24 hours of combat
  • TECHNOLOGY: FCC considers proposal for hybrid regulatory approach towards net neutrality

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Islamist fighters killed in attack
    • Islamist field commander claims 18 militiamen have been killed and 84 others wounded on attack on the town of Kikla in western Libya
    • Members of Zintan militia, backed by local tribes loyal to Gen Khalifa Hifter, launched attack on rival Dawn of Libya militia
    • Islamist militias seized Kikla two weeks ago, forcing local tribal troops to retreat and nearly all 30,000 residents to flee
    • Coverage: ABC, AP, Miami Herald

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Passengers from West African countries hardest hit by Ebola will face screening at Brazilian airports (Xinhua)
  • Burkina Faso: Lieutenant Colonel Zida assumes power after deposed President Compaore reportedly flees the capital. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram denies ceasefire, describing the government claims as a lie. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: Ebola wipes out whole villages as aid groups deem the outbreak as “catastrophic” (AFP)
  • Angola: Indonesia President Widodo inked oil deal with the country. (Jakarta Post)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Pres. Kirchner warns US of “grave implications” regarding vulture funds (AFP)
  • Mexico: Judge orders immediate release of US Marine (Guardian)
  • Uruguay: The country begins registering cannabis growers’ clubs as part of drug legalization plan. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A technical glitch causes nationwide blackout after transmission line from India fails (AP)
  • China: The country’s top legislature adopts amendement aiming to expand the people’s right to sue the government (Xinhua)
  • India: The country votes against provisions of draft resolutions calling for signing of the Non-proliferation Treaty (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Northwest governor says 36,000 displaced families return from Afghanistan (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission concerned over illegal fishing in Thailand threaten trade sanctions (DPA)
  • Spain: Tensions mount as the government launches a new judicial challenge against independence vote for the Catalonia region scheduled for 09 November (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Death toll of conflict rises to more than 4,000 (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: In response to recent UN Human Rights report, the country claims 93% of executions to be drug-related (AP)
  • Israel: Rocket from Gaza hit southern area of the country (DPA)
  • Palestine: Secretary of State Kerry is to meet the Palestinian chief negotiator Monday to discuss how to restart the frozen Middle East peace process (DPA)
  • Syria: Iraqi Peshmerga fighters with heavy weaponry deploy into Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Fighters from Al-Nusra Front defeat moderate FSA rebels in Idlib (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: FCC considers proposal for hybrid regulatory approach towards net neutrality (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 358 NM NW of Yap
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 13,567 (DR Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone,  Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 4,951 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 31OCT: 885 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 31OCT: 319 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02NOV)

  • Global: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to release Synthesis Report providing road map to fight climate change
  • Lithuania: Lithuania to hold multinational military exercise Iron Sword 2014 (to 14NOV)
  • Romania: Romania presidential elections

 

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