ONS: 04 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU named Togo’s former prime minister Edem Kodjo as special envoy to Burkina Faso following the popular uprising that toppled President Compaore.
  • AMERICAS: The US Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Indian Kashmir a day after soldiers shot dead two civilians.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko was to meet security chiefs to “re-examine” the peace accord with pro-Russian separatists after they staged elections banned by Kiev.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Iranians gathered at a major anti-US rally to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The new head of Britain’s electronic spying agency GCHQ Robert Hannigan said that social media sites have become “the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US considers targeting additional miliant groups amid reports of IS hostage abuse.
    • US officials are weighing whether to broaden the air campaign in Syria to strike the Jabhat al-Nusra militant group, a rival to the Islamic State, that is poised to take over a strategically vital corridor from Turkey.
    • The Bab ­al-Hawa crossing in northwestern Syria on the Turkish border is one of only two openings through which the moderate Free Syrian Army receives military and humanitarian supplies.
    • Human Rights Watch reported that Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near Kobane.
    • The Islamic State released at least 93 Syrian Kurds from the town of Kobane who were kidnapped in February.
    • French FM Fabius called for the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group to help rebels in Syria’s second city Aleppo hold out against the Damascus regime.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The AU named Togo’s former prime minister Edem Kodjo as special envoy to the country following the popular uprising that toppled President Compaore. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The army clashed for a second day with suspected Ugandan rebels blamed for recent massacres in the country’s east. (AFP)
  • Malawi: FM Chaponda said a diplomat who once described Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe as an ‘idiot’ will no longer be posted to Harare. (AFP)
  • Zambia: Demonstrators fought police during protests in Lusaka against a political shakeup following the death last week of President Sata. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: A regional security chief in the border state of Tamaulipas was shot to death along with his wife. (AP)
  • United States: The Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Air defense forces downed a suspected drug mafia plane over the western state of Apure on the border with Colombia. (RIA Novosti)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she will pay an official visit to China next month. (Reuters)
  • India: Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Kashmir a day after soldiers shot dead two civilians. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government ruled out any dialogue with the US about its nuclear program and human rights record, saying the US was trying to destroy its system. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Two bombings killed four people in the Khyber tribal district, where the army is mounting an operation against the Taliban and other Islamist insurgent groups. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The military government appointed a committee to draft a new constitution. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU VP Katainen said that “the economic and employment situation is not improving fast enough”. (AP)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Hardouvelis said the country is ready for a “new relationship” with international creditors in 2015. (AFP)
  • Russia: US and European officials said the country has failed to show up at a meeting planning the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko was to meet security chiefs to “re-examine” the peace accord with pro-Russian separatists after they staged elections banned by Kiev. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Thousands gathered at a major anti-US rally to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said plans for roughly 500 new settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem are a “slap in the face” of the US and the international community. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Police arrested six suspects in an overnight shooting against Shiites in the oil-rich east of the kingdom. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Overnight drone strikes killed at least 20 suspected al-Qaeda militants near Rada. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The new head of Britain’s electronic spying agency GCHQ Robert Hannigan said that social media sites have become “the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists.” (FT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 358 NM WSW of Iwo To
    • Movement: NNE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 144 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Vance
    • Location: 70 miles ESE of Socorro Island
    • Movement: NNE at 13 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)
      • Suspected Cases as of 30OCT: 776,000 (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, Jamaica, Martinique, 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 30OCT: 152 (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 03NOV: 897 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 03NOV: 325 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05NOV)

  • Global: WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Malaysia: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will travel to Malaysia to discuss the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine
  • Thailand: Yi Peng festival (to 07NOV)
  • United Kingdom: Guy Fawkes Day

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