ONS: 06 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan supreme court invalidated the country’s internationally recognized parliament.
  • AMERICAS: FARC guerrillas killed two members of an indigenous community in southwestern Colombia for removing a billboard commemorating the death of their former leader Alfonso Cano.
  • ASIA: NATO SG Stoltenberg arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced trip to visit troops and meet with the country’s new leaders.
  • EUROPE: Tens of thousands of Belgian demonstrators are converging on Brussels to protest government policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel stepped up security along the Jerusalem light rail tracks in the wake of a deadly Palestinian car attack targeted passengers waiting at a station.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks reported that they had uncovered a malware campaign called WireLurker targeting Apple mobile and desktop users and said it was “the biggest in scale we have ever seen.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US airstrikes hit bases of al-Qaeda affiliate.
    • The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led coalition air strikes targeted Al-Nusra Front and killed several jihadists as well as two children.
    • The militant group confirmed the strikes on Twitter, saying they were carried out by “the alliance of Crusaders and Arabs on Al-Nusra positions, causing deaths, mostly of civilians.”
    • Australia’s UN envoy said the demolition of a dozen remaining chemical weapons production facilities is scheduled to begin later this month while work will continue on the verification of the government’s declarations.
    • Israel reported 15 intentional attacks from across the Syrian frontier since March, most of them attributed to two “proxy groups,” which are supported by Hezbollah and Iran.
    • US President Obama said that he will ask Congress for new authority to combat the Islamic State, replacing the administration’s reliance on laws passed more than a decade ago.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Amnesty International accused militias of killings and abductions in a fresh wave of violence, calling for more international peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A bomb blast in Cairo near a presidential palace wounded a pedestrian, just hours after a train bomb killed three people. (AFP)
  • Libya: The supreme court invalidated the country’s internationally recognized parliament. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The military suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The authorities are investigating reports that off-duty policemen killed nine people in the northern city of Belem in revenge attacks. (BBC)
  • Colombia: FARC guerrillas killed two members of an indigenous community in the southwest for removing a billboard commemorating the death of their former leader Alfonso Cano. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Local media reported that authorities arrested the alleged mastermind behind the murder of Venezuelan legislator Robert Serra. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government said it has agreed on protective measures for a witness who told The Associated Press and Esquire magazine that soldiers killed 21 suspected gang members after they surrendered. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO SG Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced trip to visit troops and meet with the country’s new leaders. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Officials said authorities may hang a senior Islamist leader as early as next week after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence for war crimes. (AFP)
  • China: The UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency reported that diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to East Africa. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A policeman used an axe to kill a man arrested for allegedly committing blasphemy, days after an enraged mob murdered a Christian couple accused of the same crime. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A deputy prime minister said that PM Prayuth Chan-ocha is ready to consider lifting martial law in some parts of the country to help boost a the tourism sector and economy. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission Chief Juncker said the EU is probing Luxembourg’s tax breaks for global firms and will take action if necessary. (AFP)
  • Belgium: Tens of thousands of demonstrators are converging on Brussels to protest government policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. (AP)
  • Russia: US prosecutors launched a money-laundering investigation of a member of President Putin’s inner circle. (WSJ)
  • Ukraine: The government announced that anyone crossing in or out of areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country will have to show a passport. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Obama said it was an “open question” whether the country will agree to a deal on its disputed nuclear program. (DPA)
  • Israel: Authorities stepped up security along the Jerusalem light rail tracks in the wake of a deadly Palestinian car attack targeted passengers waiting at a station. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A suspected US drone strike killed two alleged al-Qaeda militants in the town of Mudia in the southern province of Abyan. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks reported that they had uncovered a malware campaign called WireLurker targeting Apple mobile and desktop users and said it was “the biggest in scale we have ever seen.” (Bits)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Nuri)
    • Location: 130 NM WNW of Chichi Jima, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 14 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Five)
    • Location: 350 NM S of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: E at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (07NOV)

  • Pakistan and China: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit China
  • Australia and China: Australian trade minister visits China for FTA, APEC talks (until 08NOV)

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