ONS: 08 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda said the government of DR Congo and M23 rebels are set to sign a peace deal on 11NOV
  • AMERICAS: US commanders told lawmakers that deep cuts to military spending will leave US forces ill-prepared for combat and risk higher casualties.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban announced they would launch several revenge attacks against the government after naming hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader.
  • EUROPE: NATO commanders said that NATO plans to sharply increase the size of its exercises in Europe in coming years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian regime troops recaptured parts of a military base seized by rebels early this year in fighting near Aleppo international airport.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikipedia founder Wales said alleged large-scale surveillance of global communications networks by the US will badly harm the US cloud computing industry.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: High ranking officials head to negotiations as Israel speaks out against relaxing sanctions.
    • US Secretary Kerry, French FM Fabius, German FM Westerwelle, and British FS Hague are headed for Geneva for the nuclear talks.
    • Russian FM Lavrov will not attend the talks in Geneva.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu said Israel “utterly rejects” a proposed deal on Iran’s nuclear program and that Iran was getting “the deal of the century.”
    • Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a step that would mark the first breakthrough in a decade to blunt the threat of Tehran developing nuclear weapons.
    • French FM Fabius said that progress had been made but a concrete deal had not yet been formed.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, Reuters, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Uganda said the government and M23 rebels are set to sign a peace deal on 11NOV. (AFP)
  • Egypt: FM Fahmy said that parliamentary elections would be held “between February and March”, to be followed by a presidential vote in “early summer.” (Reuters)
  • Malawi: Police have arrested former Justice Minister Kasambara for the failed assassination attempt of a corruption-busting treasury official in September. (AFP)
  • Mali: Rwanda said it will deploy 140 police officers to reinforce the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: The Army and the Defense Ministry said they will not hand over M23 rebels who fled into the country to the DR Congo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: UNSG Ban Ki- moon welcomed a major peace agreement reached between the government and the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • United States: US commanders told lawmakers that deep cuts to military spending will leave US forces ill-prepared for combat and risk higher casualties. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro wants to install anti-aircraft weapons systems in hillside slums ringing Caracas to dissuade “imperialist” foreign powers from attacking. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills reached record highs in East and Southeast Asia in 2012. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb killed eight civilians in Zabul Province. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the DPRK agreed to hold suspended sub-panel talks for the Kaesong industrial complex next week. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban announced they would launch several revenge attacks against the government after naming hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader. (Reuters)
  • Singapore: The websites of the President and PM were hacked after the government vowed to crack down on Anonymous. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The WHO said that the outbreak of polio in Syria represents a public health threat to Europe and suggested scaling up surveillance for the disease. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO commanders said that NATO plans to sharply increase the size of its exercises in Europe in coming years. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is to hold talks with EU leaders. (AFP)
  • Albania: The government confirmed it was asked by the US to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal on its soil amid domestic protests. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two bomb explosions near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad killed five and wounded 15. (AP)
  • Jordan: The country is expected to take up a UNSC seat that Saudi Arabia won and then rejected. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian investigators said that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of President Yasser Arafat. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli border police shot and killed a Palestinian at a checkpoint near Jerusalem in the second fatal shooting by Israeli forces in 12 hours. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime troops recaptured parts of a military base seized by rebels early this year in fighting near Aleppo international airport. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Wikipedia founder Wales said alleged large-scale surveillance of global communications networks by the US will badly harm the US cloud computing industry. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 31W (Haiyan)
    • Location: 214 NM SSE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 25 mph
    • Winds: 167 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 (09NOV)

  • Cambodia: Independence Day – 1953
  • China: The country’s leaders will gather at a Communist Party plenum to discuss deepening economic reforms (to 12NOV)
  • Germany: Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall – 1989
  • Jordan: Anniversary of Amman Hotel Bombings – 2005
  • Maldives: Presidential elections
  • Syria: National Coalition to meet to decide whether to participate in the Geneva peace talks

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