ONS: 13 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan former rebels demanding medical care blockaded an oil refinery that produces a fifth of the country’s fuel.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro’s ruling party ousted an opposition lawmaker from parliament in a move towards securing support for a bill allowing the President to rule by decree.
  • ASIA: The UN’s Afghanistan Opium Survey for 2013 reported that opium cultivation and production in the country increased significantly.
  • EUROPE: European Commission VP Tajani said the euro was overvalued and urged the zone’s central bank to help exporters by weakening the single currency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Violence in Iraq, including bombings against Shiites, killed 23 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japan is finalizing a budget for a new command center for cutting-edge research modeled after DARPA to try to tap a broad swathe of civilian technologies with potential military uses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels call for increased efforts as regime forces make gains.
    • Regime forces seized a town south of Damascus in its campaign to cut off eastern neighborhoods of the capital that are home to rebels.
    • Jihadist rebels in Aleppo called for mass mobilization to counter regime advances.
    • The US welcomed the decision by the rebel Opposition National Coalition to take part in Geneva peace talks.
    • Albanian PM Rama said that his country has yet to decide on whether to destroy chemical weapons from Syria on its soil.
    • Turkey asked NATO to extend for another year the deployment of surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its border with Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Regional maritime training exercise “Cutlass Express 2013” began in Djibouti. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels accused the government of blocking the signing of a peace agreement in Uganda. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Former rebels demanding medical care blockaded an oil refinery that produces a fifth of the country’s fuel. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s Berber minority will boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The country’s main leftist party PRD said legislative and political timetables do not leave Congress enough time to debate and approve a proposed oil industry overhaul this year. (EFE)
  • Uruguay: The government submitted a bill to the Congress seeking to ban the purchase of land by companies with ties to foreign countries to protect food sovereignty. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro’s ruling party ousted an opposition lawmaker from parliament in a move towards securing support for a bill allowing the President to rule by decree. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani FM spokesman Chaudhry said Afghanistan should not allow its territory to be used against Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The UN’s Afghanistan Opium Survey for 2013 reported that opium cultivation and production in the country increased significantly. (NYT)
  • Korea, South: Russian President Putin met with President Park Geun-Hye to push for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires passage through North Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government reported that the number of polio infections in the country in 2013 has passed the total for the whole of 2012. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Eight people were crushed to death as a crowd of typhoon survivors stormed a rice warehouse near Tacloban. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission VP Tajani said the euro was overvalued and urged the zone’s central bank to help exporters by weakening the single currency. (AFP)
  • Germany: The German Council of Economic Experts said the country must not ease or backtrack on structural and economic reforms. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament ended an extraordinary session without agreeing on a bill to free jailed ex-PM Tymoshenko. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Violence across the country, including bombings against Shiites, killed 23 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu ordered his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank. (BBC)
  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities detained more than 20,000 foreign migrant workers in Mecca since the end of a seven month amnesty last week. (DPA)
  • Yemen: AQAP vowed in an online video to launch attacks against Shiite Houthis in revenge for their assaults on a Sunni community in the north. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japan is finalizing a budget for a new command center for cutting-edge research modeled after DARPA to try to tap a broad swathe of civilian technologies with potential military uses. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 31km ENE of Amatignak Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 29.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano,Kamchatka, Russia
    • Ash plumes reaching height of 7.5 km. (Itar-Tass)
  • 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 (14NOV)

  • Asia: Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will hold its first international conference on peacekeeping and its role in the provision of collective security in Moscow
  • Colombia: Day of the Colombian Woman
  • Eritrea: Anniversary of Ethiopian government annexing Eritrea – 1962
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel’s military offensive against the Gaza Strip that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari – 2012
  • Mexico: Anniversary of Mexican marines freeing 107 victims of trafficking at a farm – 2010
  • North Korea: Anniversary of suspension of heavy-fuel oil deliveries – 2002
  • Russia: US and Russian law enforcement officers meet to discuss the joint search for criminals
  • Slovenia: Vote on country’s budget
  • Ukraine: Report due to European Parliament produced by former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski on EU Association Agreement with Ukraine

 

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