ONS: 02 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in the northern city of Damaturu, a day after it was attacked by Boko Haram militants.
  • AMERICAS: Clashes broke out at a rally in Mexico City over the presumed massacre of 43 students.
  • ASIA: The three original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement announced they would “surrender” by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat.
  • EUROPE: NATO foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels to chart a course forward after a “year of aggression.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Lebanese army reported that security forces detained a wife and son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near the Syrian border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security firm FireEye reported that a group of cyber-thieves may be attempting to gain an edge on Wall Street by targeting chief financial officers, advisory firms and others involved in mergers, acquisitions and other market-moving events.

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Fresh attack linked to Somalia’s Shabab militants.
    • Al Shabab militants from Somalia killed 36 quarry workers in the northern Kenyan Mandera County, specifically targeting non-Muslims much like an attack 10 days ago on bus passengers.
    • Residents said that a group of about 50 heavily armed militants walked into the camp next to the quarry at 12:30 a.m. as the workers were sleeping.
    • Al Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said the latest attack was a response to Kenya’s army presence in Somalia and alleged atrocities committed by the Kenyan army.
    • The quarry attack came hours after a hotel in Wajir, also in northern Kenya, was hit by a grenade and gunfire.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: The World Bank said that the fallout from the Ebola pandemic will push Guinea and Sierra Leone into recession next year. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The public prosecutor appealed against a court decision to drop charges against former President Mubarak, citing flaws in the ruling. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in the northern city of Damaturu, a day after it was attacked by Boko Haram militants. (BBC)
  • Zimbabwe: The ruling ZANU-PF party started a key congress at which President Mugabe is poised to consolidate his grip on power by appointing a new set of loyalists. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: General Ruben Dario Alzate, released by FARC rebels on Sunday, resigned from the armed forces. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Clashes broke out at a rally in Mexico City over the presumed massacre of 43 students. (AFP)
  • United States: Attorney General Eric Holder said he will soon unveil Justice Department guidance aimed at ending racial profiling. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A retired People’s Liberation Army general said China will not step in to save North Korea if the Pyongyang regime collapses or starts a war. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An army officer said that six soldiers were killed in Badghis province after insurgents launched several attacks on guard posts. (AP)
  • China: The three original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement announced they would “surrender” by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it had killed at least 24 militants in air strikes and ground fighting in northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The ruling Nationalist Party said President Ma Ying-jeou will step down as party chairman following defeats in local elections over the weekend. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels to chart a course forward after a “year of aggression.” (AFP)
  • Region: European Commission VP Georgieva said the announcement that Russia will shelve the South Stream gas pipeline project shows the need for the EU to find new energy sources. (AFP)
  • Spain: 600 African migrants charged at the border fence separating Melilla from Morocco, with 30 managing to climb over. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The OSCE said that the government and pro-Russian rebels have “agreed in principle” on a ceasefire in the eastern region of Lugansk. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The US State Department’s top official on human rights Tom Malinowski is to return to the country on Wednesday, nearly five months after he was ordered to leave the country. (NYT)
  • Iraq: The government and the autonomous Kurdish region reached an agreement resolving a longstanding dispute over the budget and oil. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The army reported that security forces detained a wife and son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near the Syrian border. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security firm FireEye reported that a group of cyber-thieves may be attempting to gain an edge on Wall Street by targeting chief financial officers, advisory firms and others involved in mergers, acquisitions and other market-moving events. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 450 NM S of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: W at 22 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 102km WSW of Sangay, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 617.9 km
    • Map
  • 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 (03DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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