ONS: 03 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, at least four people were killed in Mogadishu when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy.
  • AMERICAS: Panamanian authorities seized 1.7 tons of cocaine and arrested eight Colombian citizens off the country’s Caribbean and Pacific shores.
  • ASIA: The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement surrendered to police.
  • EUROPE: A Doctors Without Borders report said that refugees attempting to enter Greece via the Aegean face dreadful holding conditions and a dysfunctional reception system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, a car bomb struck the residence of Iran’s ambassador in Sanaa, killing at least one guard and wounding 17 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representative’s Technology and Communications subcommittee delayed a planned hearing on the FCC’s proposal for new net neutrality rules.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: International community meets to discuss response to IS.
    • US Secretary Kerry opened the first high-level meeting of the 60-member coalition trying to crush the Islamic State militant group.
    • US Secretary Kerry said the coalition has inflicted serious damage with 1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years.
    • The head of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb condemned “barbaric crimes” committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
    • Iran refused to confirm that its fighter jets had struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days as reported by the Pentagon.
    • Tajikistan’s prosecutors said that nearly 50 young men from banned Islamist groups have been arrested on grounds they were preparing to join jihadists in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Sissi said a law is being drafted to criminalize insulting the uprisings that toppled President Mubarak in 2011 and President Morsi in 2013. (AP)
  • Libya: The UN’s mission in the country will call for a new round of talks to start on Tuesday between the competing governments. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: At least four people were killed in Mogadishu when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe sharply criticized the vice president, underscoring that she is no longer a favorite to take over power. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A senior US diplomat warned that Cuba’s lengthy imprisonment of an American contractor is a major obstacle to improving ties between Havana and Washington. (AFP)
  • Panama: Authorities seized 1.7 tonnes of cocaine and arrested eight Colombian citizens off the country’s Caribbean and Pacific shores. (DPA)
  • Peru: The Interior Ministry reported that the country has wiped out more than its 2014 target of 30,000 hectares of coca plants. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama urged US lawmakers to release USD6 billion in funds to help the fight against Ebola. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Anti-government militants raided a police checkpoint in Jauzjan province and killed four policemen. (Xinhua)
  • China: The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement surrendered to police. (NYT)
  • India: Five militants were killed in an exchange of fire between the group and the army in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Kupwara district. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Air strikes killed as many as 15 militants in a border tribal district. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Finance Minister Sapin said that an extra 3.6 billion euros deficit cut next year will lower the country’s deficit next year to 4.1 percent. (AP)
  • Greece: A Doctors Without Borders report said that refugees attempting to enter the country via the Aegean face dreadful holding conditions and a dysfunctional reception system. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said the country plans to strengthen its military ties with Sudan in a meeting with Sudanese FM Karti. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A railway route bridging landlocked Central Asia with the Persian Gulf was officially inaugurated. (AP)
  • Israel: Local media reported that legislators agreed to set March 17 as the date for a new parliamentary election,. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: One soldier was killed and two were wounded as they worked to defuse an explosive device near the border with Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: The World Food Program launched a social media campaign to raise the USD64 million needed to help feed nearly 1.7 million refugees after donors failed to honor cash pledges. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A car bomb struck the residence of Iran’s ambassador in Sanaa, killing at least one guard and wounding 17 others. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US House of Representative’s Technology and Communications subcommittee delayed a planned hearing on the FCC’s proposal for new net neutrality rules. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Hangupit)
    • Location: 78 NM SSE of Yap
    • Movement: WNW at 23 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Pico do Fogo, Cape Verde Islands
  • 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 02DEC: 927 (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 02DEC: 338 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04DEC)

  • Global: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Basel, Switzerland (to 05DEC)

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