ONS: 02 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In DR Congo, new violence in the east leads to 8 dead
  • AMERICAS: Demonstrators in Sao Paulo demand the impeachment of President Rousseff
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, a special tribunal sentences a senior leader of the largest Islamist party to death for war crimes
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic hold elections for leaders and parliamentary positions
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel closes two border crossings with Gaza after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave broke the ceasefire
  • TECHNOLOGY: Probe into Virgin Galactic prototype crash may take year

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Islamic State group kills 50 in Anbar province
    • ISIS militants publicly execute 50 men, women and children from the al-Bu Nimr tribe in the village of Ras al-Maa; 17 others kidnapped
    • Militants accused the tribe members of retaliation against the group after being displaced from their homes last month
    • Death toll was confirmed by an official in the Anbar governor’s office
    • Militant group has overrun a large part of Anbar in its push to expand on its territory
    • Coverage: ABC, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Top Chinese political advisor says the two countries will work together to boost bilateral cooperation through legislative exchanges (Xinhua)
  • Burkina Faso: US urges Burkinabe military to immediately transfer power to civilian authorities following the recent power seizure (Xinhua)
  • DRC: At least 8 more killed overnight in new violence (AFP)
  • Kenya: Troops kill 6 assailants attempting to forcefully enter a Navy camp (Xinhua)
  • Libya: 36 dead in Benghazi following clashes between Islamist militias and army (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Judge seeks extradition from Spain of two former ministers from Franco’s regime (AFP)
  • Brazil: Demonstrators in Sao Paulo demand the impeachment of President Rousseff (AP)
  • Mexico: Local police questioned over the disappearance and killing of three US siblings (GUARDIAN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 17 Taliban militants were killed in fresh military operations carried out by National Security Forces (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: A special tribunal sentences a second senior leader of the largest Islamist party to death for war crimes (AP)
  • N. Korea: The country launches ballistic missile submarine. (DPA)
  • Philippines: Six soldiers killed in a clash with Islamist militants (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU claims elections in eastern Ukraine being held in violation of Minsk protocol (TASS)
  • France: Ebola-infected UN worker is evacuated to Paris for treatment after contracting the disease in Sierra Leone (DPA)
  • Romania: Presidential elections have begun with PM favored to win (AP)
  • Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to elect its leader and deputies of local parliament (TASS)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government continues to block UN inspections (WSJ)
  • Israel: The country closes two border crossings with Gaza after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave broke the ceasefire (AFP)
  • Syria: al-Qaeda affiliate al Nusra fighters capture a town in the Idlib province overnight (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Investigation into Virgin Galactic prototype crash may take year (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 511 NM NW of Yap
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21E (Vance)
    • Location: 510 NM SW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 14 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
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Cases as of 30OCT: 786,202 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Deaths as of 30OCT: 17,013 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: CDC, CDC-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 (03NOV)

  • Austria: Jubilee Review Conference in Vienna devoted to the implementation of the Almaty Program of Action (to 05NOV)
  • Japan: Culture Day – 1948
  • Panama: Panama Independence Day – 1903

 

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