ONS: 12 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda’s government said peace efforts between DR Congo and M23 rebels will continue.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities detained a former US soldier accused of leading a gang of kidnappers in the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas in the past four years.
  • ASIA: Traditional Afghan leaders will meet on 21NOV to decide whether to support a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014.
  • EUROPE: EU institutions reached agreement on the 2014 budget.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The opposition Syrian National Congress approved a partial cabinet charged with administering rebel-held territories inside the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain’s GCHQ hacked into the routers and networks of a Belgian telecommunications company by tricking telecom engineers into clicking on malicious LinkedIn and Slashdot pages.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: International aid efforts increase amid worsening crisis.
    • The UN began an appeal for USD $301 million dollars in aid to help people hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
    • Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 1,774, with 10,000 feared killed in the worst-hit city of Tacloban alone.
    • Philippine troops killed two armed insurgents who attacked an aid convoy en route to Tacloban.
    • The US redirected the U.S.S. George Washington to aid in humanitarian assistance efforts, in addition to USD $20 million in emergency aid.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, XInhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNICEF demanded the transitional government investigate allegations of renewed killings of civilians. (DPA)
  • DR Congo: Uganda’s government said peace efforts between DR Congo and M23 rebels will continue. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The government warned of an increased threat from Somalia’s al Shebab. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Al Shebab said that gunmen who killed at least 67 people in Westgate mall in September were special suicide commandos. (AFP)
  • Libya: The IMF reported that the country’s economy is expected to contract by 5.1 percent this year due to oil output disruptions triggered by protest blockades. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Uruguayan President Mujica and Brazilian President Rousseff met to discuss the ongoing United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and trade talks between Mercosur and the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos called on the country to continue supporting the government’s peace talks with the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The US said the country’s possible scrapping of a bilateral investment treaty with the US could lead to loss of US investment in the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained a former US soldier accused of leading a gang of kidnappers in the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas in the past four years. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Traditional leaders will meet on 21NOV to decide whether to support a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014. (AFP)
  • China: The Communist Party concluded the Third Plenum meeting and approved a decision on “comprehensively deepening reforms.” (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe met with US Treasury Secretary Lew. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Ethnic Tamils protested in the north of the country against the military’s refusal to hand back land after the war. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for anti-government groups to end ongoing street protests. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Vice President of the European Commission Almunia said that taxpayer-funded bank bailouts remain a possibility. (AP)
  • Region: EU institutions reached agreement on the 2014 budget. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: PM Oresharski and President Plevneliev issued a joint appeal against xenophobia following a number of racist incidents in the country. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Foreign Ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Zajaczkowski after ultra-nationalist rioters in Warsaw set alight cars and overturned a guard’s booth outside the Russian embassy. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif denied US claims that the country had scuttled nuclear talks in Geneva. (AFP)
  • Iran: Israeli security sources said that the country’s nuclear program has cost the country $170 billion, mostly due to economic sanctions. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Gunmen killed a Sunni sheik in Tripoli amid sectarian tensions heightened by Syria. (AP)
  • Syria: The SNC approved a partial cabinet charged with administering rebel-held territories inside the country. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Britain’s GCHQ hacked into the routers and networks of a Belgian telecommunications company by tricking telecom engineers into clicking on malicious LinkedIn and Slashdot pages. (Threat Level)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 176km S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 47.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Eruptions of lava, ash, and smoke; approximately 6,000 displaced. (Xinhua)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 11NOV: 153 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 11NOV: 64 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13NOV)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Kabul’s liberation from Taliban – 2001
  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of tsunami that killed between 300,000-500,000 people – 1970
  • Egypt: Russian and Egyptian foreign and defense ministers meet in Cairo
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of car bomb in Riyagh outside building where US military advisers train Saudi national guard, killing 7 – 1995
  • Ukraine: Parliament meets for extraordinary session on former PM Tymoshenko and the EU Association Agreement
  • Islam: Ashura

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