ONS: 04 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian police sources said nearly a dozen suspects were arrested for the murder of the two RFI French journalists.
  • AMERICAS: The US Navy captured a speed boat with 1.4 tons of cocaine worth USD43 million near the Dominican Republic during a US-Colombian operation.
  • ASIA: Former Pakistani ruler Musharraf was granted bail in his court hearing on a deadly raid on a radical mosque.
  • EUROPE: IMF, ECB, and EU inspectors agreed to return to Greece and resume talks about the country’s financial situation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia to improve diplomatic relations with the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt said the company registered complaints with the NSA regarding alleged spying on its data centers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: A Cairo court suspends, resumes, then adjourns trial of ousted president Morsi.
    • Morsi is facing charges of responsibility for protesters’ deaths and is due to reappear in court on 08JAN14.
    • The suspension came only hours after Morsi arrived, due to Muslim Brotherhood defendants’ chants against the army.
    • Morsi supporters in Sudan protested against the trial in front of the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP, AFP-1, AP

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: The leader of the M23 rebels asked for a ceasefire with government troops. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The government charged four men in the Westgate mall massacre in Nairobi that killed 67. (AFP)
  • Libya: Security officials said a car bomb killed an intelligence officer and his two-year old son in Benghazi. (AP)
  • Mali: Police source said nearly a dozen suspects were arrested for the murder of the two RFI French journalists. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: A parliament official said police seized 706 elephant tusks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Navy captured a speed boat with 1.4 tons of cocaine worth USD43 million near the Dominican Republic during a US-Colombian operation. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Officials reported at least 13 people were killed in gun battles in Matamoros, near the US-Mexico border. (Reuters)
  • US: The White House and two lawmakers denied rumors of a possible clemency for Edward Snowden. (UPI)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Karzai criticized the “unsuitable” timing of the US drone strike on Taliban leader Mehsud. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Former ruler Musharraf was granted bail in his court hearing on a deadly raid on a radical mosque. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Official media reported the country received its first shipment of six Apache AH64-E attack helicopters from the US. (DPA)
  • Thailand: Thousands of protesters rallied in Bangkok in opposition to a contentious amnesty bill for political crimes. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: IMF, ECB, and EU inspectors agreed to return to the country and resume talks about the country’s financial situation. (Guardian)
  • Russia: About 10,000 prepared to participate in Moscow in the nationalist “Russian March” against Muslim and non-Slavic migrants. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities seized a large amount of chemicals, possibly to be used as weapons material, from a convoy trying to illegally enter from Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Tens of thousands of demonstrators protested against the US outside the former American Embassy in Tehran. (AP)
  • Iraq: Police said at least 21 were wounded in bomb attacks throughout Salahudin province. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in the country to improve diplomatic relations with the government. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Government officials reported suspected al-Qaida militants blew up an oil pipeline in Shabwa province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: Executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt said the company registered complaints with the NSA regarding alleged spying on its data centers. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Depression 29W (Krosa)
      • Location:283 miles SSW of Hong Kong
      • Movement: SW at 13 mph
      • Winds: 29 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm 31W (Haiyan):
      • Location: 862 miles ESE of Yap
      • Movement: W at 16 mph
      • Winds: 57 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression 30W (Thirty):
      • Location: 434 miles E of Puerto Princesa, Philippines
      • Movement: NW at 15 mph
      • Winds: 29 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm 18E (Sonia)
      • Location: 105 miles NW of Mazatlan, Mexico
      • Movement: NNE at 22 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (05NOV)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of Independence Movement – 1811
  • Syria: Anniversary of suicide bombing in Hama, killing 50 soldiers – 2012

 

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