ONS: 02 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show was suspended for mocking remarks on the military.
  • AMERICAS: A man opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA agent, and injuring seven.
  • ASIA: The Chinese Communist Party pledged to tighten control of the media and internet in order to silence the Dalai Lama in Tibet.
  • EUROPE: In Greece, two unknown gunmen killed two and injured one in a drive-by shooting near the offices of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Athens.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Saudi Arabia, thousands of illegal foreign workers are leaving the country for fear of fines and jail if they overstay an amnesty bill expiring Sunday.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Venezuela’s President Maduro said Twitter attacked his account in a political plot against him.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: A US drone strike kills Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud.
    • Mehsud, who had a USD5 million bounty on him, was killed in a compound near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
    • More than 20 people were also killed in the drone strike according to reports by local media.
    • Khan Syed, also known as Khalid Sajna was appointed as the new leader of the Taliban.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, Xinhua, Xinhua-1

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSG Ban and World Bank President Kim said they would visit the Sahel are next week to discuss economic and security challenges in the region. (Xinhua)
  • CAR: Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow of UNICEF announced she would travel to the country to underscore children’s plight there. (Xinhua)
  • DRC: Peace talks between the government and M23 rebels continued despite unrelenting fighting. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show was suspended for mocking remarks on the military. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Demonstrators protesting the forced eviction of squatters clashed with police in Sao Paulo. (AFP)
  • Costa Rica: Police arrested four, suspected to be rebels in Colombia’s FARC. (AFP)
  • US: A man opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA agent, and injuring seven. Fox)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed 17 Taliban fighters during the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: US ambassador James Cunningham indicated assistance to the country depends on the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement with the US. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Communist Party pledged to tighten control of the media and internet in order to silence the Dalai Lama in Tibet. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The Foreign Ministry said the heads of the US and Australian missions were summoned over spying allegations. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: At least 700 people sought medical help after allegedly working in cannabis fields in the village of Lazaret. (AFP)
  • Greece: Two unknown gunmen killed two and injured one in a drive-by shooting near the offices of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Athens. (AFP)
  • Russia: Iranian VP Ebtekar urged Moscow to release the Greenpeace activists it held for protesting against oil drilling operations in the Arctic. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: PM al-Maliki met with US President Obama in the White House to personally ask for more assistance in fighting al-Qaeda in the country. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The army rescued two kidnapped Germans in the northern Bekaa Valley; police immediately arrested them on drug trafficking charges. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Thousands of illegal foreign workers are leaving the country for fear of fines and jail if they overstay an amnesty bill expiring Sunday. (AFP)
  • Syria: The head of UNICEF urged countries to follow Lebanon’s example of caring for 400,000 refugee Syrian children by investing in Syrian public services. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Venezuela’s President Maduro said Twitter attacked his account in a political plot against him. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 29W (Krosa)
    • Location: 181 miles SSE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 18E (Eighteen)
    • Location: 198 miles SE of Socorro Island
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 31OCT: 149 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 31OCT: 63 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03NOV)

  • Egypt: Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo to discuss backing the Syrian opposition at the Geneva II conference
  • France: International Criminal Police Organization General Assembly (to 04NOV)
  • Kosovo: Local elections
  • Myanmar: Kachin ethnic minority leaders to hold peace talks in Myitkyina
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Musharraf calling state of emergency, prompting protests – 2007
  • Panama: Independence Day – 1903
  • Saudi Arabia: US Secretary of State Kerry to visit Riyahd
  • Sudan: US sanctions extended for year ending 03NOV2014
  • Ukraine: US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to visit Kiev (to 04NOV)
  • United States: End of Daylight Savings Time
  • Hinduism: Diwali – Festival of Lights

 

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