ONS: 11 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Sudan, tribal militias from the Taisha and Salamat tribes fired rockets, artillery and heavy machine guns in clashes across South Darfur.
  • AMERICAS: Suriname’s political opposition called for a criminal probe into whether a son of President Bouterse broke local laws after the US charged him with attempting to support Hezbollah.
  • ASIA: The chief financier of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network militant group, Nasiruddin Haqqani, was shot dead in Islamabad.
  • EUROPE: The US and the EU resumed talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The opposition Syrian National Coalition said they are willing to join Geneva II talks on the condition that President Assad transfers power and is excluded in any transition process.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple Inc. is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced pressure sensors.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Progress made with IAEA while deal with West falters.
    • IAEA Chief Amano reached agreement on a “roadmap for cooperation” with head of Iran’s Nuclear Program Salehi.
    • Iran agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the heavy water production plant in Arak as well as the Gachin uranium mine, but not the Parchin military site.
    • French FM Fabius said world powers were close to a deal with Iran on its disputed nuclear program, and that France had not been “isolated” in Geneva negotiations.
    • US Secretary Kerry said that Iran had backed out of the Geneva deal that other parties had supported.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, BBC-2, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: UN-AL Special Envoy to Syria Brahimi met with President Bouteflika on regional security. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: HRW reported that the government detained more than 1,500 refugees from Syria before forcing most to leave the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A drive-by shooting at a military checkpoint in the country’s north killed two soldiers and wounded three. (AP)
  • Sudan: Tribal militias from the Taisha and Salamat tribes fired rockets, artillery and heavy machine guns in clashes across South Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The leader of a regional agricultural workers’ organization was killed in Guerrero state. (DPA)
  • Suriname: The country’s political opposition called for a criminal probe into whether a son of President Bouterse broke local laws after the US charged him with attempting to support Hezbollah. (AFP)
  • United States: The Navy tested the X-47B unmanned combat air system integration with aircraft carriers. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The ICJ ruled that the area around a disputed ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia and New Zealand rejected calls for a boycott of this week’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka. (DPA)
  • Nepal: Police arrested protestors in a crackdown on a nationwide strike called by hardline Maoists seeking to postpone parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The chief financier of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network militant group, Nasiruddin Haqqani, was shot dead in Islamabad. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Security forces and US Marines joined the effort to rescue survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which may have killed 10,000 people in the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The 12-day United Nations Climate Change Conference opened in Warsaw. (AFP)
  • Region: The US and the EU resumed talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. (AP)
  • Greece: The government survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament. (NYT)
  • Russia: Head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Ivanovhe said the amount of cocaine seizures in the country had increased six-fold from 2012. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian FM Zarif said tension between Sunni and Shi’ite is the biggest threat to world security and accused Sunni Arab countries of “fanning the flames” of sectarian conflict. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian negotiator Shtayyeh said failure to reach a peace deal with Israel would be better than an agreement which allows it to continue its settlement building. (AFP)
  • Syria: The opposition Syrian National Coalition agreed to join the Geneva II talks and said there must be a guarantee of political transition and that relief agencies are allowed to access besieged areas. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple Inc. is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced pressure sensors. (Bloomberg)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 31W (Haiyan)
    • Location: 87 NM NE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: N at 15 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03A (Three)
    • Location: 175 NM SSW of Ras Binnah, Somalia
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 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: 151 (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 (12NOV)

  • Asia: US and Chinese armies will begin a joint humanitarian and disaster relief exercise (to 14NOV)
  • Kenya: ICC trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to begin
  • North Korea: Anniversary of N. Korea revealing uranium enrichment facility to visiting foreign experts – 2010
  • Vietnam: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Vietnam at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang to boost bilateral ties

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