ONS: 09 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali President Mohamud promised not to halt efforts to restore peace and security, even as Shebab rebels detonated a car bomb in Mogadishu.

  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, a Miami Herald journalist was held by local authorities for a second day after being seized while reporting on the country’s economic crisis.

  • ASIA: Super Typhoon Haiyan caused at least 100 deaths and affected over four million people when it hit the islands of Leyte and Samar in the Philippines.

  • EUROPE: The Greek coastguard seized a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship in the Aegean Sea, carrying 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition is due to discuss today its attendance in a future Geneva peace conference.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Tens of thousands of users expressed displeasure with YouTube’s new commenting system, which requires a Google+ account, doing away with anonimity.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: World powers continued nuclear talks into unscheduled third day.

    • Russian FM Lavrov flew to Geneva to join the talks with the world leaders already there.

    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said there was progress and that world powers needed to seize the moment for a historic deal.

    • Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the country would never cease peaceful nuclear activities.

    • Coverage: AlJazeera, BBC, AFP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: A UN spokesperson said restoring state authorities in the eastern liberated areas is the main governance priority now. (Xinhua)

  • Mali: Security sources said three Tuareg fighters were killed in a clash with the army in the north of the country. (Reuters)

  • Somalia: President Mohamud promised not to halt efforts to restore peace and security, even as Shebab rebels detonated a car bomb in Mogadishu. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos criticized the incursion of a US research vessel into the country’s Caribbean waters. (EFE)

  • US: The Navy announced two of its admirals were under investigation for a bribery scandal involving a foreign defense contractor. (WaPo)

  • Venezuela: A Miami Herald journalist was held by local authorities for a second day, seized as he was reporting on the country’s economic crisis. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia agreed to take in boatload of asylum-seekers, ending a stand-off on the issue with Indonesia. (AFP)

  • China: The Communist Party launched a summit to determine reforms and the direction of the country’s economy for the next decade. (AFP)

  • Maldives: Presidential elections took place, after they were annulled twice already this year. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Gunmen shot at trucks carrying NATO vehicles in the country’s northwest, wounding two drivers. (AFP)

  • Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan caused at least 100 deaths and affected over four million people when it hit the islands of Leyte and Samar. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The coastguard seized a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship in the Aegean Sea, carrying 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. (AFP)

  • Spain: The US Ambassador Costos expressed regrets to the FM about US spying on his country. (EFE)

  • Spain: Police arrested Cipriam Manuel Palencia Gonzalez, leader of one of Colombia’s most violent gangs, wanted internationally on murder and drug charges. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: PM Najib Miqati renewed calls upon the international community to assist his country in dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: The opposition is due to discuss today its attendance in a future Geneva peace conference. (AFP)

  • Yemen: A UN spokesperson said over 62,000 asylum seekers and refugees made a perilous journey from the Horn of Africa in the first ten months of this year. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Tens of thousands of users expressed displeasure with YouTube’s new commenting system, which requires a Google+ account, doing away with anonimity. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

    • Typhoon 31W (Haiyan)

      • Location: 467 miles ESE of Da Nang, Vietnam

      • Movement: NW at 21 mph

      • Winds: 121 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Cyclone 03A (Three)

      • Location: 230 miles SSE of Ras Binnah, Somalia

      • Movement: W at 8 mph

      • Winds: 46 mph

      • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia

    • Spewing ash up to 2km into the air

  • 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 (10NOV)

  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Boko Haram attack killing 5 Christians in Yobe State – 2012

  • Pakistan and Kuwait: Kuwaiti PM to visit (to 12NOV)

 

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