ONS: 12 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Libyan Army spokesman said that two car bombs went off in the eastern city of Tobruk, where the nation’s elected parliament is temporarily located.
  • AMERICAS: A UN panel began questioning US officials about the country’s compliance with an anti-torture treaty.
  • ASIA: The UN reported that opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels this year, blaming at least part of the increase on politicians’ need for campaign funds during the country’s protracted election season.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Breedlove said the alliance has observed columns of Russian military equipment including tanks, artillery and combat troops entering Ukraine in the past two days.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group in the Syrian town of Kobane cut off a key supply route used by the jihadists.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said not all of society’s concerns about Google could be addressed by the competition case amid efforts by EU countries to widen its scope.

TOP STORY

  • China: US and China agree on emissions deal as APEC summit continues.
    • US officials said the commitments by the world’s two biggest carbon polluters came after months of backroom negotiations and would set the tone for a global climate control pact.
    • US President Obama said the joint announcement on the two countries’ emissions targets was a “historic agreement” and a “major milestone in the US-China relationship”.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping said the two had “agreed to make sure that international climate change negotiations will reach an agreement in Paris”.
    • UN climate chief Figueres hailed the agreement between the US and China as a significant boost towards a global accord.
    • US President Obama said the US has no role in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, despite Chinese accusations that foreign forces are involved.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A car bomb wounded 11 civilians in the northern city of Arish in the Sinai Peninsula while police were evacuating the area to set off a suspicious device. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: An army spokesman said that two car bombs went off in the eastern city of Tobruk, where the nation’s elected parliament is temporarily located. (AP)
  • Mali: Authorities scrambled to contain an outbreak of Ebola as it confirmed the death of a nurse, its second fatal case but the first of the virus spreading within the country’s borders. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that seasonal flooding has been reported in several regions, affecting up to 50,000 people. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A report by the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety said police killed more than 11,000 people from 2009 to 2013, for an average of six killings a day. (AP)
  • Colombia: Former army captain Johan Arenas Rua was arrested on suspicion of acting as the chief accountant of major drug trafficking gang the Usuga Clan. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Teachers protesting the reported massacre of 43 students in late September clashed with police in southern Guerrero state and took a state official hostage. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A UN panel began questioning officials about the country’s compliance with an anti-torture treaty. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: US AMB to Pakistan Olson said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have a historic opportunity to reset ties following the election of democratic governments in both countries. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The UN reported that opium cultivation and production in the country reached record levels this year, blaming at least part of the increase on politicians’ need for campaign funds during the country’s protracted election season. (NYT)
  • Japan: Local reports indicated that PM Shinzo Abe could call a snap election for next month, two years early, with a plan to boost his support by delaying another scheduled tax hike. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Minister of maritime affairs Lee Ju-young said the country will push ahead with its plan to build a facility in the islets disputed with Japan despite Tokyo’s opposition to the project. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: US, British, and Swiss regulators fined five global banks more than USD3 billion for attempted manipulation of foreign exchange markets. (AP)
  • France: Lawmakers will vote on 28NOV on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police arrested nine suspects accused of supporting extremist group the Islamic State that is fighting in Iraq and Syria, in dawn raids involving some 240 officers. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: European and local sources said the government could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: NATO SG Breedlove said the alliance has observed columns of Russian military equipment including tanks, artillery and combat troops entering the country in the past two days. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb near a main Baghdad square followed by a suicide bombing at a nearby police headquarters killed 11 people and wounded 23. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas is to meet us Secretary Kerry to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group in Kobane cut off a key supply route used by the jihadists. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The defense ministry said a suspected US drone strike killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda militants in the country’s south. (AP)
  • Yemen: A powerful bomb blast targeting Shiite militia fighters in Rada left dozens dead in what appeared to be one of the biggest attacks in the country’s escalating unrest. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said not all of society’s concerns about Google could be addressed by the competition case amid efforts by EU countries to widen its scope. (WSJ)

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 (13NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

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