ONS: 06 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Algerian army rescued 62 starving illegal migrants in a desert area in Tamanrasset province.
  • AMERICAS: Australian David Hicks, who pled guilty in 2007 for terrorism charges at the Guantanamo Bay prison, filed an appeal to overturn the conviction.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani court released former President Musharraf from house arrest.
  • EUROPE: A hearing before an international court started for the release of the Greenpeace activists detained by Russia, as the latter boycotted the trial.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Syrian monitoring group said rebels in Homs province seized a great quantity of weapons from an arms depot.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple released its first transparency report, reporting on how many government requests it receives for customers’ account information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
    • Kerry said his goal was a “fair peace” that would allow both sides to live safely together.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu said he was concerned about the progress of talks because he believed the Palestinians were creating “artificial crises”.
    • Kerry announced an additional USD75 million in aid for Palestinian jobs and improvements in infrastructure.
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP, AP, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The army rescued 62 starving illegal migrants in a desert area in Tamanrasset province. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A court ruled against a Muslim Brotherhood request for an injunction on a ruling banning the movement. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban called for peace and reconciliation in the conflict-ridden country, the first stop of his tour of the Sahel region. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: Venezuelan FM Jaua said he recognized the status of the country as an independent state. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Australian David Hicks, who pled guilty in 2007 for terrorism charges at the Guantanamo Bay prison, filed an appeal to overturn the conviction. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said he would officially protest to Russia for allowing two bomber planes to enter Colombian air space without authorization. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: A court official said former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s trial for a massacre of thousands of Maya would restart in JAN15. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police discovered the bodies of seven soldiers, who were probably killed by Taliban after being kidnapped. (AP)
  • Japan: Another credit company admitted to lending money to yakuza gangsters in a widening country-wide scandal. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: An official said the government may release political prisoners soon in order to keep a promise to do so by the end of the year. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A court released former President Musharraf from house arrest. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanich vowed to not approve a controversial amnesty bill. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A hearing before an international court started for the release of the Greenpeace activists detained by Russia, as the latter boycotted the trial. (AP)
  • Region: The OSCE announced Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a November meeting to discuss the Nagorno-Karabagh region. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Unions started a 24-hour general strike to protest against austerity cuts. (AP)
  • Kosovo: Election officials announced the municipal election disrupted by violence over the weekend would be repeated in some places. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A public prosecutor in Sistan-Baluchestan province was killed in a “terrorist attack,” by unknown gunmen. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Police sources said at least five were killed and over 10 injured in a truck bomb aimed at police near the city of Baquba. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Media reported the acquittal of former FM Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust. (AFP)
  • Syria: A monitoring group said rebels in Homs province seized a great quantity of weapons from an arms depot. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Apple released its first transparency report, reporting on how many government requests it receives for customers’ account information. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Super Typhoon 31W (Haiyan):
      • Location: 131 miles S of Yap
      • Movement: W at 18 mph
      • Winds: 155 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression 30W (Thirty):
      • Location: 230 miles ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      • Movement: W at 14 mph
      • Winds: 29 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 (07NOV)

  • Bahrain: Anniversary of authorities revoking the citizenship of 31 Shiite activists for “undermining state authority” – 2012
  • Iran: Talks on Iran’s nuclear program to resume in Geneva (to 08NOV)
  • Morocco: US Secretary of State Kerry to visit Morocco
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Boko Haram attack against Chinese construction company in Maiduguri, killing two – 2012

 

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