ONS: 03 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Cairo to discuss democratic progress, as the trial against ousted President Morsi is to begin in a day.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian police arrested 17 people for alleged ties to an international cocaine-smuggling ring.

  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, a court sentenced a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen to death in absentia for crimes during the war of independence.

  • EUROPE: Voting began in local elections in Kosovo, that are an important test for the EU-mediated relationship with Serbia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei expressed pessimism about talks with world powers about his country’s nuclear program.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers posted anti-corruption messages on several Philippine government websites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Mali: Two French journalists were kidnapped and killed in Kidal by Tuareg rebels.

    • The identities of the journalists were confirmed as Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, both working for RFI.

    • French President Hollande held an emergency meeting with ministers to try and establish the circumstances of the murder.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: The army said it began a new offensive against rebels, after regaining some ground from them. (AFP)

  • Egypt: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Cairo to discuss democratic progress, as the trial against ousted President Morsi is to begin in a day. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Around 30 Catholics were killed during a stampede in a prayer centre in the town of Ukeh in Anambra state. (DPA)

  • Tunisia: Sources said the Islamist rulers and opposition have a Monday-noon deadline to select a new prime minister. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Fifty demonstrators assembled by a police station in Rio de Janeiro demanding information on a homeless person who disappeared while in police custody. (WaPo)

  • Colombia: Police arrested 17 people for alleged ties to an international cocaine-smuggling ring. (AFP)

  • Cuba: The government ordered the immediate closure of dozens of privately-run cinemas and video-game salons that were not authorized. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: An aid worker said a boat with 70 Rohingya aboard sank near Myanmar, with only eight survivors confirmed so far. (AP)

  • Afghanistan: NATO and authorities reported foreign soldier and two police officer were killed in separate attacks in the country. (AP)

  • Bangladesh: A court sentenced a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen to death in absentia for crimes during the war of independence. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: The US denied that the drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mehsud harmed peace talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: Voting started in local elections that are an important test for the EU-mediated relationship with Serbia. (DPA)

  • Poland: Politicians and thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first post-communist PM. (AP)

  • Russia: Opposition figure Alexei Navalny urged the public to attend a controversial nationalist march in Moscow. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Supreme leader Khamenei expressed pessimism about talks with world powers about his country’s nuclear program. (AFP)

  • Jordan: King Abdullah II announced he would proceed with a package of reforms, despite opposition claims they favor pro-palace candidates in elections. (AP)

  • Lebanon: The army said it apprehended a man suspected of attacking Alawites in Tripoli. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Government officials said a bomb seriously injured a security officer in the city of Aden. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: Hackers posted anti-corruption messages on several Philippine government websites. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

    • Typhoon 29W (Krosa)

      • Location: 124 miles S of Hong Kong

      • Movement: WNW at 7 mph

      • Winds: 86 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Depression 31W (Thirtyone):

      • Location: 291 miles ESE of Chuuk

      • Movement: W at 19 mph

      • Winds: 52 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Depression 30W (Thirty):

      • Location: 590 miles E of Zamboanga, Philippines

      • Movement: W at 24 mph

      • Winds: 34 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Storm 18E (Sonia)

      • Location: 67 miles ESE of Socorro Island

      • Movement: N at 7 mph

      • Winds: 40 mph

      • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report

  • Earthquake: 187km ESE of Neiafu, Tonga

    • Magnitude: 6.2

    • Depth: 10km

    • Map

  • Volcano: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

    • Spewing ash up to 7,000m

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)

      • 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 (04NOV)

  • Global: UNESCO General Conference to be held in Paris, France

  • Cambodia: Scot Marciel, Principal Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State, will begin a two-day official visit aimed at boosting bilateral ties (to 05NOV)

  • Chile: Anniversary of first democratically elected president Allende – 1970

  • China and India: Joint military exercise (to 14NOV)

  • Egypt: Islamists call for protests against Morsi trial

  • Hungary: Anniversary of Russian troop invasion – 1956

  • Iran: Anniversary of US Embassy attack in Tehran – 1979

  • Israel: Anniversary of assassination of PM Rabin

  • Italy and Russia: Counter-piracy exercises off the coast of Italy (to 09NOV)

  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Boko Haram attack of government offices in Damaturu, killing four – 2011

  • Russia: Day of People’s Unity

  • Siberia: Anniversary of 9.0 earthquake that killed over 2,000 people – 1952

  • Yemen: Anniversary of Saudi offensive – 2009

  • Islam: Al-Hijira/Islamic New Year

 

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