ONS: 11 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, members of a Russian search and rescue team in response to the 31OCT Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula have left the country to return to Moscow.
  • AMERICAS: Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, threatening to send a burst of cheap cocaine through the smuggling pipeline to the US.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, thousands of protesters marched with the decapitated bodies of Shiite Hazaras through the capital Kabul to demand justice for the gruesome beheadings.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders were due to open a two-day summit with African partners aimed at finding ways of stemming migration flows into the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran will receive the bulk of the S-300 air defense missile systems it ordered from Russia by the end of the year.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US could consider criminal charges or sanctions against China if hackers there are violating an agreement not to conduct economic cyber espionage on American industry.

 

TOP STORY

  • Myanmar: NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with the country’s president and military chief regarding national reconciliation.
    • Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in parliamentary elections as her National League for Democracy party laid claim to nearly 90% of the seats in early results.
    • Aung San Suu Kyi, moving closer to an absolute majority in parliament, requested a meeting with the president and the powerful military chief to discuss national reconciliation.
    • Myanmar President Thein Sein will only meet Aung San Suu Kyi after the final results of the 08NOV election are tallied.
    • The police, army and large parts of the bureaucracy will stay under the military’s direct control.
    • Myanmar President Thein Sein congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on its success in polls, which won nearly 90% of the vote.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Benin: President Thomas Boni Yayi will step down after two terms, out of “respect” for the constitution which bars him from seeking reelection in 2016. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Members of a Russian search and rescue team in response to the 31OCT Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula have left the country to return to Moscow. (AP)
  • Libya: At least 16 soldiers loyal to Tobruk government were killed and another 11 wounded in clashes in Benghazi with rival Tripoli parliament forces. (EFE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, threatening to send a burst of cheap cocaine through the smuggling pipeline to the US. (WP)
  • Region: Cuban officials said that negotiations on the normalization of relations with the US are likely to produce agreements on regularly scheduled airline flights. (AP)
  • Honduras: Indians on the country’s Caribbean coast are suffering invasions of their lands by squatters, loggers, palm-oil planters, and drug traffickers. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Bangladesh handed over Anup Chetia, founder of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militant separatist group, to India. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Thousands of protesters marched with the decapitated bodies of Shiite Hazaras through the capital Kabul to demand justice for the gruesome beheadings. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Prominent Bangladeshi academic and other secular writers, bloggers and intellectuals have been given increased security, amid threats from Islamic militants. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Human Rights Watch alleged the country is failing to allow free access to all foreign journalists to Papua despite a pledge by President Joko Widodo to lift reporting restrictions in the restive eastern region. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: At least 14 people, including seven children, drowned when a migrant boat sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast while trying to reach Greece. (AFP)
  • Region: EU leaders were due to open a two-day summit with African partners aimed at finding ways of stemming migration flows into the bloc. (DPA)
  • Russia: PM Dmitry Medvedev said the government will have to draft an anti-recession plan in case the economy deteriorates in 2016. (Xinhua)
  • Slovenia: The country has started building a border fence to control flow of refugees. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar reported its first casualty fighting with a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Shiite rebels. (AP)
  • Iran: The country will receive the bulk of the S-300 air defense missile systems it ordered from Russia by the end of the year. (AFP)
  • Iran: Iranian leaders won’t attend events serving alcohol, a diplomat said Wednesday after French media reported that President Hassan Rouhani refused to attend a state dinner in Paris because wine was on the menu. (AFP)
  • Syria: China will participate in the second round of international talks on the Syrian crisis in Vienna Saturday, calling for a political solution to end the country’s four-year civil war. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US could consider criminal charges or sanctions against China if hackers there are violating an agreement not to conduct economic cyber espionage on American industry. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kate
    • Location: 355 miles ESE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NE at 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 93km NW of Coquimbo, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 11NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 11NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 11NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 11NOV: 1611 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 11NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12NOV)

  • Nothing to report

 

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