ONS: 03 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi resigned from the governing body of Al-Azhar, accusing it supporting the military-installed government.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos is to hold talks with US President Obama on promoting economic cooperation and development.
  • ASIA: Hardline cleric Maulana Fazlullah, the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, returned to the country’s tribal areas after several years based in Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian demonstrators gathered outside Parliament shouting “revolution” as the legislature opens a session including a confidence vote in the government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Attacks across Iraq killed at least 18 people as the total for the year rose to more than 6,200.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is to announce pricing, features and performance guarantees for a public cloud of computers and data storage that will be rented to individuals and businesses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Region weighs in on Afghan-US security pact.
    • Iraqi FM Zebari urged President Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US.
    • Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the BSA is not “useful” for Afghanistan and impacts “regional issues” negatively.
    • The Taliban praised President Karzai in a statement for delaying the BSA.
    • Transparency International released a report which indicates that Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world’s most corrupt countries.
    • A two-day meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels will focus on the role of NATO going forward and future involvement in Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Ugandan President Museveni and DR Congo President Kabila agreed the Congo peace process must resume allowing the return of refugees. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi resigned from the governing body of Al-Azhar, accusing it supporting the military-installed government. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: The government denied a UN report that it sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former President Gbagbo. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The IMF said the country needs urgent action to rein in budget deficits and generate growth. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos is to hold talks with US President Obama on promoting economic cooperation and development. (UPI)
  • Mexico: Authorities uncovered 64 bodies in mass graves in Jalisco amid a probe of alleged victims of a drug cartel. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The government is probing the alleged creation of a rebel group in Guerrero that is calling on people to take up arms against the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Congressional committees signaled approval for electoral reform demanded by the opposition. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: A blackout hit Caracas and other parts of the country minutes after President Maduro addressed the nation by radio and television. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Hardline cleric Maulana Fazlullah, the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, returned to the country’s tribal areas after several years based in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Australia: Authorities arrested the alleged ringleader of a criminal network that sent Australians to fight in Syria. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Another major political party announced a boycott of the upcoming general election as seven more people were killed in poll protests. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: South Korea reported that Kim Jong-Un’s uncle, Jang Song-Thaek, was removed from his top military post and some of his associates executed. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police allowed anti-government protesters into the Prime Minister’s office compound after three days of clashes. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Transparency International reported that Greece has taken steps to fight corruption while Spain has failed to make significant progress. (AFP)
  • France: PM Ayrault said the government will authorize the deployment of armed guards on ships as part of anti-piracy measures. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Letta will seek a confidence vote in parliament on 11DEC to confirm his new majority. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Demonstrators gathered outside Parliament shouting “revolution” as the legislature opens a session including a confidence vote in the government. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif is to extend a tour of Gulf states to include a visit the UAE. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Attacks across the country killed at least 18 people as the total for the year rose to more than 6,200. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A Jordanian expatriate died in the first recorded death from the MERS virus in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: A suicide bomber in central Damascus killed at least four people. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US military began outfitting a ship with special equipment that will be used to destroy part of the country’s chemical arsenal. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google is to announce pricing, features and performance guarantees for a public cloud of computers and data storage that will be rented to individuals and businesses. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatkan Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 02DEC: 163 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 02DEC: 70 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04DEC)

  • Global: OPEC Meeting
  • Moldova: US Secretary Kerry meets with senior officials on EU integration.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of 100,000 protesters marching on presidential palace, demanding Pres. Morsi cancel referendum – 2012

 

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