ONS: 10 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis released an audio statement pledging its allegiance to the Islamic State.
  • AMERICAS: The AP reported that USAID is preparing internal rules that would effectively end risky undercover work in hostile countries, such as the once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program.
  • ASIA: The leaders of China and Japan held an ice-breaking summit, in what Japanese PM Shinzo Abe described as a “first step” towards repairing relations between the countries.
  • EUROPE: Catalan government head Artur Mas urged the world help him persuade Spain to allow it an independence referendum.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry and Iranian FM Zarif started a second day of talks in Muscat aimed at breaking the deadlock on a nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Two US cities petitioned the FCC to invalidate state laws restricting the spread of and access to high-speed internet technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Suicide bombing hits school in northeast.
    • Boko Haram was suspected of killing nearly 50 students and wounding 79 in a suicide bombing in Potiskum.
    • Some 2,000 students had gathered for a weekly assembly at the Government Technical Science College when the explosion hit the school hall.
    • The bombing is the second suicide attack in the town in eight days.
    • The attack came just a day after the release of a new Boko Haram video in which the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, again rejected Nigerian government claims of a ceasefire and peace talks.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: AU chief Aziz arrived in the country for urgent talks on the political transition following the ouster of President Compaore. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis released an audio statement pledging its allegiance to the Islamic State. (NYT)
  • South Africa: Police are investigating President Zuma over a USD23 million taxpayer-funded refurbishment project at his rural homestead. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Fresh fighting broke out between government and rebel forces, with both sides blaming each other for violating a new ceasefire deal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: An indigenous court convicted seven FARC guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail and 20 lashes (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto left on a six-day trip to China and Australia amid angry protests over the suspected massacre of 43 college students by a gang allied with corrupt police. (AFP)
  • United States: The AP reported that USAID is preparing internal rules that would effectively end risky undercover work in hostile countries, such as the once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama announced a deal to extend visas for Chinese nationals coming to the country to work or study. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The leaders of China and Japan held an ice-breaking summit, in what Japanese PM Shinzo Abe described as a “first step” towards repairing relations between the countries. (AFP)
  • Region: South Korea and China said they had effectively secured a free trade agreement to remove tariffs on over 90 percent of goods. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Two Taliban bombs killed at least 10 policemen in Logar and Nangarhar provinces. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean troops fired warning shots as a North Korean patrol approached the DMZ. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least two soldiers and four militants were killed in an exchange of fire near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbian and Albanian officials are holding icebreaking talks after decades of tensions that were further fueled by a recent drone incident at a soccer match. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin said Moscow has no plans to impose capital controls or other “emergency steps” in response to the plunge in the value of the ruble. (AP)
  • Spain: Catalan government head Artur Mas urged the world help him persuade the country to allow it an independence referendum. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Several columns of heavy armor headed through rebel-territory to the separatist stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf monarchies indefinitely postponed a ministerial meeting ahead of their annual summit amid a dispute over Islamists between Qatar and three other members. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry and Iranian FM Zarif started a second day of talks in Muscat aimed at breaking the deadlock on a nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Two Gaza fishermen were wounded and four missing after the Israeli navy fired on two boats off the coast. (AFP)
  • Syria: Gunmen killed five nuclear engineers, four of them Syrian and one Iranian, on the outskirts of Damascus. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Two US cities petitioned the FCC to invalidate state laws restricting the spread of and access to high-speed internet technology. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 74km SW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.0 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 (11NOV)

  • Global: Armistice Day, anniversary of the end of hostilities of WWI – 1918
  • Angola: Angolan Independence Day – 1975
  • Myanmar: Myanmar National Day – 1990
  • Poland: Polish Independence Day
  • Ukraine: UNICEF to hold conference on child protection in Ukraine in Belarusian capital of Minsk
  • United States: Veterans’ Day

 

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