ONS: 05 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, M23 rebels said they decided to end their rebellion, following an intense assault by the UN-backed force in the country’s east.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican military took over the Lazaro Cardenas seaport in order to bring drug-cartel activity there under control.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, a court gave 151 death, 158 life sentence to guards involved in a 2009 mutiny.
  • EUROPE:  The Independent reported documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed that British surveillance had a network of “electronic spy posts” in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The federal Supreme Court in the UAE was set to begin a trial of 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians for allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • TECHNOLOGY: French media group Vivendi said it was to sell its 53-percent stake in Maroc Telecom to Emirates firm Etisalat for USD5.7 billion.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN-Arab League envoy Brahimi met with diplomats in Geneva to discuss peace talks.
    • Russia said Iran must be involved in a future peace conference even as the opposition said it would not attend if Iran was there.
    • The Syrian information minister said his government would not agree to attend a peace conference if Assad would be asked to hand over power.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: M23 rebels said they decided to end their rebellion, following an intense assault by the UN-backed in the country’s east. (AFP)
  • Libya: Security officials said two were wounded in a gunfight at a checkpoint in Tripoli between security forces and former rebels opposed to Gaddafi. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The government called on the Renamo rebels’ leader to come out of hiding for face-to-face peace talks. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The mediator in the talks between the ruling Islamists and the opposition said they were stalled and negotiation was suspended indefinitely. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Obama met with two envoys on the issue of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The military took over the Lazaro Cardenas seaport in order to bring drug-cartel activity there under control. (AP)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua reported diplomatic relations with the US remain frozen due to “interventionist activities” of the Americans. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Media reported the date for the Loya Jirga assembly’s consideration of the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US was set for 16NOV13. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: A court gave 151 death, 158 life sentence to guards involved in a 2009 mutiny. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: Ruling and opposition party officials restarted talks to resolve a political dispute over the July elections, but failed to deliver results. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The military reported it successfully test-fired a short-range, surface-to-surface missile. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Independent reported documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed that British surveillance had a network of “electronic spy posts” in Germany. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country resumed negotiations with bailout lenders to discuss its 2014 fiscal gap. (DPA)
  • Norway: Police said three were killed by a man armed with a knife who hijacked a bus they were on. (AP)
  • Spain: The El Mundo newspaper said it will give a prosecutor documents showing the country was spied on by the NSA. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US insisted its facilitation role in peace talks between Israel and Palestine was achieving progress toward a final-status agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The federal Supreme Court in the UAE was set to begin a trial of 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians for allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A human rights group reported several political prisoners went on hunger strike to protest lack of medical care in jail. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The ultraconservative Muslim movement said four died in clashes with rebels in the country’s north, when a ceasefire was broken. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Telecommunications: French media group Vivendi said it was to sell its 53-percent stake in Maroc Telecom to Emirates firm Etisalat for USD5.7 billion. (Bloomberg)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon 31W (Haiyan):
      • Location: 487 miles ESE of Yap
      • Movement: W at 16 mph
      • Winds: 75 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression 30W (Thirty):
      • Location: 692 miles E of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      • Movement: W at 24 mph
      • Winds: 35 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 04NOV: 150 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04NOV: 64 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06NOV)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of Colombian rebel group storming Palace of Justice – 1985
  • Iraq: Anniversary of suicide bomber attack on military base near Baghdad, killing 33 – 2012
  • Tajikistan: Presidential elections

 

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