ONS: 07 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Amnesty International alleged that Shell repeatedly misrepresented the cause of oil spills, blaming criminal sabotage to avoid liability.

  • AMERICAS: A US military judge ordered the government to turn over confidential reports compiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross on conditions at Guantanamo Bay prison.

  • ASIA: Senior diplomats from South Korea, China and Japan held the first trilateral talks in 18 months.

  • EUROPE: Greek riot police forcibly removed employees who had been occupying ERT since its shutdown five months ago.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government troops backed by Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime militiamen retook Sbeineh.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The CIA is paying AT&T more than USD10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Two days of multi-party nuclear talks begin.

    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton is coordinating the talks in Geneva with Iran on behalf of six major powers.

    • FM Zarif expressed guarded optimism that an agreement to start resolving the decade-old dispute could be reached this week.

    • A senior US official said partys negotiating with Iran are looking for a first step that stops Iran’s nuclear program from moving forward and rolls it back for the first time in decades.

    • A US official said an Iranian agreement to freeze its nuclear program would result in “limited, targeted and reversible” relief on some economic sanctions, for a limited period of perhaps six months.

    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: A bomb blast on a bus near the Sudanese border killed four. (Reuters)

  • Mali: French FM Fabius said the AQIM claim of responsibility for the killing of two French journalists in the north of the country last week is plausible. (Reuters)

  • Mauritania: Thousands of protesters rallied in Nouakchott against upcoming nationwide elections that have been dismissed by the opposition as a sham. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International alleged that Shell repeatedly misrepresented the cause of oil spills in the country, blaming criminal sabotage to avoid liability. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela and Cuba signed their 40th economic complementary agreement. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: The Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision to free drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero. (AFP)

  • United States: A US military judge ordered the government to turn over confidential reports compiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross on conditions at Guantanamo Bay prison. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Senior diplomats from South Korea, China and Japan held the first trilateral talks in 18 months. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: Security forces detained a would-be suicide bomber targeting a high ranking official in Kabul. (Xinhua)

  • India: Suspected left-wing guerrillas killed two people in the central state of Jharkhand. (Xinhua)

  • Tajikistan: President Rakhmon won with 83% of the vote in presidential elections the OSCE called short of democratic standards. (AFP)

  • Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for an end to escalating street protests against a contentious political amnesty for former PM Thaksin. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Riot police forcibly removed employees who had been occupying ERT since its shutdown five months ago. (AFP)

  • Spain: Authorities seized over 10 tonnes of hashish from a fishing boat in the Atlantic. (AFP)

  • United Kingdom: The chiefs of the country’s three intelligence agencies, MI5, MI6, and GCHQ, are to face an unprecedented public hearing. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least three soldiers were killed and five wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a military base in Anbar. (Xinhua)

  • Jordan: US Secretary Kerry held talks with King Abdullah II after reaffirming US opposition to Israeli settlements. (AFP)

  • Syria: Government troops backed by Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime militiamen retook Sbeineh. (AFP)

  • Syria: OPCW inspectors using footage from sealed cameras verified one of two remaining sites declared by the government. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The CIA is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Super Typhoon 31W (Haiyan)

    • Location: 673 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines

    • Movement: WNW at 21 mph

    • Winds: 173 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 (08NOV)

  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Al Qaida bombing Riyadha Housing Complex – 2003

  • Portugal: Public sector strike against salary cuts to commence.

 

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