ONS: 05 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US sharply criticized Egypt’s human rights record at the start of a UN meeting reviewing the country’s performance for the first time since 2011.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, Republicans captured a majority in the Senate in a midterm election victory.
  • ASIA: The Taliban group behind this week’s suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said it intends to attack targets in both India and Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Georgian FM Panjikidze resigned, one day after PM Garibashvili dismissed Irakly Alasania as defense minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists announced plans to visit the site.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China’s government and military and will insist that it be stopped.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Peace efforts falter as US-Russian talks uncertain.
    • PM Yatsenyuk said that financial aid from the central government to the separatist eastern region will be stopped until “terrorists clear out of there.”
    • PM Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine would maintain gas and electricity supplies so as to spare “ordinary people” during the winter.
    • Russia’s gas giant Gazprom confirmed receipt of part of the money Ukraine owes it for gas, but said Kiev must now pay ahead for the gas to flow.
    • Pro-Russian separatist leaders accused the Ukrainian authorities of undermining peace moves by deciding to suspend a law that gave the eastern regions they control a special status.
    • US President Obama has no plans for formal face-to-face talks with Russian President Putin at Asia-Pacific or G20 summits next week but they are expected to have an informal conversation on the sidelines.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO elected Botswana doctor Matshidiso Moeti as its next Africa director. (AP)
  • Egypt: The US sharply criticized the country’s human rights record at the start of a UN meeting reviewing the country’s performance for the first time since 2011. (AP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen in the port city of Mombasa shot dead a moderate Muslim cleric, a vocal opponent of the radical preachings of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. (AFP)
  • Uganda: HRW reported that security forces committed “reprisal killings” in a remote mountain region earlier this year to crush tribal clashes. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Federal Police, in collaboration with security forces of Honduras, Colombia and the US, dismantled an international drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring based in Sinop. (EFE)
  • Dominican Republic: The country withdrew as a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, leading rights activists to raise concerns about the welfare of migrants in the country. (AP)
  • United States: Republicans captured a majority in the Senate in a midterm election victory. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The Foreign Ministry said that Colombian militia chief Omar Montero was successfully extradited. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Taliban group behind this week’s suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said it intends to attack targets in both India and Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry reported that 28 Taliban militants were killed and 47 injured during security forces operations in different provinces. (Xinhua)
  • China: State media reported that the government will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama. (AFP)
  • India: Shops and businesses were closed in Kashmir after separatists called a strike to protest the killings of two teenagers by army soldiers at a roadblock. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The country’s official statistics agency reported that the economy grew 5.01% in the third quarter from a year earlier, the slowest pace in five years. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve said that British police should be sent to the French port of Calais to deter a tide of illegal migrants hoping to cross the English Channel. (AFP)
  • Georgia: FM Panjikidze resigned, one day after PM Garibashvili dismissed Irakly Alasania as defense minister. (Reuters)
  • Norway: Intelligence authorities said they expect the country will be threatened or an act of terror will be attempted within the next 12 months. (AP)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s leader said that a symbolic independence vote banned by the Spanish government will go ahead on 09NOV. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A specialized Pentagon task force sought to engage and assist the country for major business ventures it was promoting in Afghanistan. (WSJ)
  • Israel: Police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists announced plans to visit the site. (AFP)
  • Israel: Ten people were wounded, one critically, when a car deliberately rammed pedestrians in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Parliament extended its mandate until 2017 amid protests against extending its mandate for a second time. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A senior commander of AQAP, Nabil al-Dahab, was killed along with five other members of the group in a US drone strike in al-Bayda province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep US concerns about cyber spying by China’s government and military and will insist that it be stopped. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 182 NM WNW of Iwo To
    • Movement: NNE at 14 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Vance
    • Location: 40 miles NW of Las Islas Marias, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (06OCT)

  • France: Meeting of European Union (EU) interior ministers in Paris
  • Morocco: Green March Day – 1975
  • Tajikistan: Tajikistan Constitution Day – 1994

 

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