ONS: 09 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Business leaders set up an USD28.5 million Ebola crisis fund.
  • AMERICAS:  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper retrieved two US prisoners from North Korea.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe departed for Beijing for summit with Chinese President Xi.
  • EUROPE:  Catalonia prepared to hold a symbolic, non-binding, vote on secession from Spain.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Yemen, a new government was sworn in despite objections by the ruling party.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Twitter joined efforts with the organization Women, Action & the Media (WAM) to address gender harassment on its platform.

TOP STORY

  • Mexico: Case of 43 missing students strains government, spawns social unrest.
    • Mexico horrified by suspected massacre of 43 students.
    • Mexican students torched trucks during protests.
    • Protesters tried to storm Mexico’s National Palace.
    • Mexican attorney general Jesus Murillo said he “is tired” of missing student gaffe.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: Business leaders from West Africa set up an USD28.5 million Ebola crisis fund. (BBC)
  • Congo: Mysterious killings in east Congo prompted anger at the UN and army. (REU)
  • Nigeria: The military cleared and released 125 ‘Boko Haram detainees’. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Government forces and al-Shabaab rebels were in fierce fight over strategic island. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Two president guards were killed by a single attacker at the presidential palace in Khartoum. (BBC)
  • Sudan, South:  Rebels claimed the truce with the government was broken by government forces, just hours after it was agreed. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • United States: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper retrieved two US prisoners from North Korea. (AP)
  • United States: Secretary of State John Kerry said discussions with Russia on Ukraine, Iran, to continue, after meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (WaPo)
  • United States: Guantanamo closure by 2016 is ‘unrealistic’, announced Camp Commander colonel David Heath. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed 16 militants within day. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: Kabul police chief survived an assassination attempt. (AP)
  • China: Japanese PM Abe departed for Beijing for the first summit with President Xi, aimed at improving bilateral relations. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Hospitalized king made a rare public appearance. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Former Russian Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned the world was ‘on brink of new Cold War’. (REU)
  • Spain: Catalonia prepared to hold a symbolic, non-binding, vote on secession. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Intense artillery fire was reported in the rebel bastion of Donetsk. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: EU urged two-state capital in Jerusalem as tensions soared. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US-led airstrikes hit IS militant leaders in Iraq. (AFP)
  • Syria: Syria strikes on IS-held town killed 21 civilians, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two abducted UNICEF workers were released. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: A new government was sworn in despite objections by the ruling party. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter joined efforts with the organization Women, Action & the Media (WAM) in creating an online tool that lets users report gendered harassment details on the social media service. (WSJ)

 

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 (10NOV)

  • Global: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing
  • Global: International Week of Science and Peace 2014 (to 16NOV)
  • Liberia: Philippine peacekeepers to withdraw from Liberia

 

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