ONS: 11 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US said it was deeply concerned over a worsening power struggle between the Somali president and prime minister, and pulled out of an international summit on the country.
  • AMERICAS: Police in Ecuador seized 1.8 tons of cocaine about to be shipped to Mexico hidden in burlap bags containing palm-nut paste.
  • ASIA: A series of militant attacks across Pakistan left at least 27 people dead, including two officials overseeing security for a polio vaccination drive.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin met with US President Obama three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with their conversations covering Iran, Syria, and Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Senior Iranian and US officials said that two days of negotiations between US Secretary of State Kerry and FM Zarif resulted in no significant breakthrough.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google signed a long-term lease for part of a Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration, and robotics.

TOP STORY

  • China: Government makes progress on trade and regional ties at APEC summit.
    • The US and China reached an agreement to drop tariffs on a wide range of technology products, in a deal that its backers say could cover USD1 trillion in trade.
    • A summit of Asia-Pacific leaders endorsed a Beijing-backed concept for a vast free trade area in the region.
    • US President Barack Obama opened two days of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
    • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that China and Japan “need each other”, as he pressed ahead with tentative efforts to repair relations.
    • President Xi Jinping said that China expects the Philippines to return to previous bilateral consensus and handle relevant disputes in a constructive way.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Botswana: The government said it will accept a court ruling that effectively prevents President Khama from appointing his brother as vice-president. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: Boko Haram militants killed at least three civilians over the weekend in attacks on six communities in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Ambassador to the US Adefuye blasted Washington for refusing to sell “lethal weapons” to fight Boko Haram, saying it has let down an old ally in its hour of need. (AP)
  • Somalia: The US said it was deeply concerned over a worsening power struggle between the president and prime minister, and pulled out of a international summit on the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The government ramped up travel restrictions for people returning from Ebola-stricken countries and said “high risk” travelers should be closely monitored or admitted to a special facility. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Police seized 1.8 tons of cocaine about to be shipped to Mexico hidden in burlap bags containing palm-nut paste. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Colombian ambassador Perez said that eight men, including five Colombians, were murdered in two towns bordering Colombia. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Burma: The US said it hopes to “facilitate progress” in democratic reform and opening up the country, with President Obama set to discuss the planning for elections. (Reuters)
  • China: The government said that Hong Kong bailiffs and police are planning to take action at pro-democracy protest sites in the city. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The Parliament mailroom was locked down after it was sent a bottle claiming to contain a sample of the Ebola virus just hours after a newsroom in Auckland received a similar package. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A series of militant attacks across the country left at least 27 people dead, including two officials overseeing security for a polio vaccination drive. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police shot dead five suspected drug smugglers and seized 420,000 methamphetamine pills after a firefight near the Burma border. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Albanian PM Rama left Belgrade for the Albanian-populated southern Presevo Valley a day after his historic visit to Serbia was marred by a clash with his hosts over Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Greece: The coast guard rescued 52 migrants in the Aegean Sea near the island of Skopelos. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Putin met with US President Obama three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with their conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin discussed the MH17 plane crash with Australian PM Abbott, with both leaders favoring a “genuine” probe. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Senior government and US officials said that two days of negotiations between US Secretary of State Kerry and FM Zarif resulted in no significant breakthrough. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: State television reported that army troops have driven out Islamic State militants from the heart of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery. (AP)
  • Israel: Police tightened security in major cities and the West Bank following two deadly Palestinian attacks. (AP)
  • Syria: UN envoy to the country Staffan de Mistura called for a truce in the northern city of Aleppo as a building block to a wider resolution of the country’s civil war. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said Shiite rebels who overtook Sanaa tried to impose their authority at the city’s international airport, setting off clashes with security personnel that left four dead. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google signed a long-term lease for part of a Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration, and robotics. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (12NOV)

  • Global: World Pneumonia Day
  • Africa Region: Ebola coordinator Christos Stylianides and Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will visit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea (to 16NOV)
  • Myanmar and China: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Myanmar (to 14NOV)

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