ONS: 03 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: EU special envoy Alexander Rondos said there was “deep concern” at the “public differences” between Somali President Mohamud and PM Ahmed.
  • AMERICAS: French President Hollande arrived in Canada for a three-day visit for talks on economic and security ties.
  • ASIA: Trade was suspended at the main border crossing between Pakistan and India after a deadly bombing the previous day.
  • EUROPE: Romanian PM Ponta led the first round of the presidential election according to near-complete results.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas outraged Israeli leaders by calling the attempted assassin of a Jewish rightwing rabbi a “martyr” and the soldiers who killed him “terrorist gangs”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea’s state media blasted South Korea’s spy agency for alleging Pyongyang hacked tens of thousands of smartphones in the South using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU pushes back against Russian recognition of separatist elections.
    • German FM Steinmeier said the elections went “against the letter and spirit” of September’s internationally brokered truce deal and urged Russia to respect “the unity of Ukraine.”
    • EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini issued a statement calling the rebel leadership elections as “a new obstacle on the path towards peace in Ukraine.”
    • Vote organizers reported that pro-Russian separatist Alexander Zakharchenko easily won the election in the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.
    • Moscow said that rebel leaders have enough support to establish dialogue with Ukrainian authorities and called on Kiev to halt its military offensive.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, FT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: At least seven refugees were killed in a renewed violence involving different communities living in the Kakuma refugee camp. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The head of the country’s self-declared government, Omar al-Hassi, called for new elections. (AFP)
  • Somalia: EU special envoy Alexander Rondos said there was “deep concern” at the “public differences” between President Mohamud and PM Ahmed. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The military said it has increased security along the border with the DRC following a series of rebel attacks in eastern DRC that left over 100 people dead. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez was admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires with an infectious fever. (Reuters)
  • Canada: French President Hollande arrived in the country for a three-day visit for talks on economic and security ties. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The government announced that President Nieto will pay a state visit to China and attend the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) from 10NOV to 13NOV. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Trade was suspended at the main border crossing between Pakistan and India after a deadly bombing the previous day. (WSJ)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s highest court upheld the death sentence against a leader of the largest Islamist party after he was convicted of committing war crimes. (AFP)
  • China: Local media reported that the military has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country was on high alert for the processions of Ashura, a flashpoint for sectarian violence, a day after the country’s deadliest bombing in more than a year. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US Navy cancelled visits to the port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city’s outskirts. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Romania: PM Ponta led the first round of the presidential election according to near-complete results. (AFP)
  • Serbia: An IMF delegation is due to arrive in Belgrade to review the country’s economic policy, possibly paving the way for a new standby loan. (DPA)
  • Turkey: At least 24 illegal migrants drowned when a boat taking them towards EU waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian President Abbas outraged Israeli leaders by calling the attempted assassin of a Jewish rightwing rabbi a “martyr” and the soldiers who killed him “terrorist gangs”. (AFP)
  • Iran: German FM Steinmeier said the country could face more sanctions from the US if it failed to reach a long-term deal on its disputed nuclear program. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Canadian warplanes involved in the US-led bombing campaign against militants launched their first air strike since deploying to the region. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: North Korea’s state media blasted South Korea’s spy agency for alleging Pyongyang hacked tens of thousands of smartphones in the South using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 531 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 178 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Vance
    • Location: 505 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (04NOV)

  • France and Russia: France will hand over Mistral-type ship to Russia
  • Gambia: Tamharrat
  • Hungary: Anniversary of Soviet troops overrunning Hungary – 1956
  • Iran: Anniversary of US Embassy attacked in Tehran and 52 hostages taken – 1979
  • Russia: Unity Day – 1612
  • United States: General elections

 

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