ONS: 07 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS warned against placing sanctions on Burkina Faso because of “the on-going regional efforts” and its continued support for the country.
  • AMERICAS: More than 600 US service members since 2003 reported to military medical staff members that they believed they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong protest leaders made a formal request to speak with the government over political reform, calling on a pro-Beijing politician to act as their mediator.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov will meet US Secretary Kerry in Beijing on Saturday ahead of next week’s APEC summit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shiite rebels took to the streets to protest threatened UN sanctions against the ousted strongman and insurgent chiefs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US-based Environment News Service accused Malaysian government hackers of shutting down its website after it ran a story on a new book implicating a senior politician in alleged graft.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Japan and China to hold summit on sidelines of APEC.
    • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to hold their first summit next week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
    • China and Japan agreed to establish a crisis mechanism and to hold talks to prevent a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands from getting out of control.
    • A leading dissident said that authorities imposed restrictions “worse than prison” on activists ahead of the APEC meeting in Beijing.
    • China said that social media portals Facebook and Twitter will be allowed to operate uncensored during the APEC summit in Beijing next week, but only for journalists covering the event.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, DPA, LAT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: ECOWAS called for international help to go beyond immediate medical care for Ebola-hit nations, warning that there would be a lasting social and economic impact. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS warned against placing sanctions on the country because of “the on-going regional efforts” and its continued support for the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Troops pressed ahead with the demolition of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip in a campaign to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area. (AP)
  • Morocco: HRW expressed concern over the government blocking the activities of local and international human rights organizations operating in the country. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Governor Bala Ngilari said that Boko Haram has taken over at least five municipalities in Adamawa state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia and Argentina agreed to strengthen their cooperation on nuclear energy technology. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: President Nieto decided to withdraw a multi-billion-dollar tender awarded to a Chinese-led consortium to build the country’s first bullet train and restart the bidding process. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Defense Department said it will obey a recommendation by the country’s National Human Rights Commission that the army investigate the commission’s allegation that soldiers executed up to 15 criminal suspects in late June. (AP)
  • United States: FBI Director Comey said an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation. (AP)
  • United States: More than 600 service members since 2003 reported to military medical staff members that they believed they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: A report by human rights researchers at Harvard Law School found that military activities carried out by the Minister of Home Affairs when the country was still under dictatorship could constitute war crimes. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong protest leaders made a formal request to speak with the government over political reform, calling on a pro-Beijing politician to act as their mediator. (AFP)
  • Japan: Local media reported that the country may miss a year-end deadline to review its military alliance with the US as domestic politics delays discussions. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif left for China on a three-day visit to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leader’s meeting in Beijing. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Finland: PM Stubb’s center-right coalition government faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament over an economic downturn. (Reuters)
  • Poland: Speaker of parliament Sikorski survived an attempt by some lawmakers to have him ousted with 240 votes to 146,  for claiming falsely that Russia made an offer to Poland to carve up Ukraine. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov will meet US Secretary Kerry in Beijing on Saturday ahead of next week’s APEC summit. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: EU ministers discussed a formal plan to allow Britain to pay in instalments a 2.1-billion-euro surcharge imposed by Brussels, after London refused to pay the bill by a 01DEC deadline. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The EU’s new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini warned of a new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence if there is no progress towards peace talks. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: PM Hamdallah cancelled a visit to Gaza planned for Saturday after a wave of bombings hit Fatah property in the territory. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Muslim Brotherhood appointed a 70-year-old British-educated ophthalmologist as its new leader. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Thousands of supporters of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shiite rebels took to the streets to protest threatened UN sanctions against the ousted strongman and insurgent chiefs. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US-based Environment News Service accused Malaysian government hackers of shutting down its website after it ran a story on a new book implicating a senior politician in alleged graft. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Five)
    • Location: 335 NM SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 73km NE of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 43.2 km
    • Map
  • 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 07NOV: 909 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 07NOV: 331 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08NOV)

  • Israel: Anniversary of the assassination of Israeli PM Rabin – 1995

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