ONS: 03 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, Islamists al Shabaab claimed they ambushed a group of military trainees southwest of the capital Mogadishu and killed 30 of them.
  • AMERICAS: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said as Latin American economies slow down, governments need to make more efforts against poverty.
  • ASIA: The US military will continue to operate “wherever” international law allows, US Admiral Harry Harris said in Beijing, a week after sailing through the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police detained 35 suspects including high-ranking bureaucrats and police officers as part of a probe into a plot to bring down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military raided a Palestinian radio station in the West Bank, saying it said was being used to broadcast calls to attack Israelis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cuban state telecom monopoly Etecsa and Sprint of the US signed in Havana the first accord for direct roaming between the two countries.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Cause of Russian air crash remains unclear as probe begins.
    • Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has described claims that militants linked to Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner as “propaganda”.
    • The US Embassy in Cairo has instructed its staff not to travel anywhere in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as a “precautionary measure.”
    • A US satellite detected a heat flash over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula as a Russian airliner plummeted to the desert floor killing all 224 people aboard.
    • The Russian airline Kogalymavia, whose jet crashed in Egypt, killing all on board, said the disaster could not have been caused by a technical fault or human error.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: President Catherine Samba-Panza said UN peacekeepers have failed to halt violence in the capital which has killed at least 90 people since late September. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Oil giant Shell has been accused of making false claims about the extent of its clean-up operations in the country. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Somali Islamists al Shabaab claimed they ambushed a group of military trainees southwest of the capital Mogadishu and killed 30 of them. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Caribbean unity promotes economic stability and bolsters regional nations against foreign intervention, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said, as Latin American economies slow down, governments need to make more efforts against poverty. (Xinhua)
  • Belize: Chief elections officer Josephine Tamai said threats towards her and her family should stop, with her comments coming two days before the national elections. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US military will continue to operate “wherever” international law allows, US Admiral Harry Harris said in Beijing, a week after sailing through the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Southeast Asian defense ministers established a hotline to enable them to communicate “securely and swiftly” in a crisis situation. (Kyodo)
  • China: The country has a “duty to humanity” to pursue green energy growth, Premier Li Keqiang told visiting French President Francois Hollande. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: An Indonesian court gave short jail terms to two British journalists for trying to make a documentary in the country without the correct visas. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Japanese and US governments established a new entity to unify the security and diplomacy operations of the Self-Defense Forces and the US military. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: A new Croatian center set up to improve the journey of refugees and migrants opened its doors, receiving about 1,000 arrivals. (AFP)
  • Greece: The island of Lesbos is being used to test a new EU migrant screening process, using police interviewers to determine migrants’ country of origin. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police detained 35 suspects including high-ranking bureaucrats and police officers as part of a probe into a plot to bring down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Security forces imposed a curfew in parts the country’s southeast and one man was killed in clashes with Kurdish militants. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government rejected Western criticism over the state of press freedom in the country after claims of media intimidation during the weekend election. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military raided a Palestinian radio station in the West Bank, saying it said was being used to broadcast calls to attack Israelis. (AP)
  • Region: Iran suggested it might withdraw from the new peace talks on Syria because the “unconstructive role of Saudi Arabia.” (NYT)
  • Region: A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that a Revolutionary Guard colonel has been killed in Syria’s civil war. (AP)
  • Iran: Authorities have arrested two pro-reform journalists, one of whom has been critical recently of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP)
  • Yemen: UN officials say two American contractors have been detained at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, which is controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Cuban state telecom monopoly Etecsa and Sprint of the US signed in Havana the first accord for direct roaming between the two countries. (EFE)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Chapala
    • Location: 25 miles S of Mukalla, Yemen
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
    • Eruption of hot ash clouds and debris up to around 10,000 feet, prompting cancellation of flights to Bali. (Jakarta Globe)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,575 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, 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, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 03NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 03NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 03NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 03NOV: 1611 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 03NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04OCT)

  • Hungary: Anniversary of Soviet troops overrunning Hungary – 1956
  • Iran: Anniversary of American Embassy attack in Tehran – 1979
  • Israel: 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli PM Rabin – 1995
  • Russia: Unity Day – 1612

 

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