ONS: 13 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN report said that Lord’s Resistance Army rebels launched a string of attacks across central Africa with a “steady increase” in abductions.
  • AMERICAS: The White House said President Obama is nearing a final decision on what executive actions he will take on immigration.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ghani is set to make his first state visit to Pakistan in hopes of finding a way to revive peace talks with the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: German and Czech police arrested 15 suspects in coordinated raids against a crystal meth drug ring and confiscated 2.9 tons of the precursor chemical ephedrine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC urged the Lebanese parliament to quickly choose a new president to bolster stability.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Officials said that hackers from China breached the US federal weather network in September, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Multiple attacks target civilians, troops.
    • Militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula shot dead two policemen and three soldiers after intercepting their vehicles in two separate attacks.
    • Sixteen people were injured in a stampede on a Cairo metro train after a small bomb exploded during rush hour.
    • An Egyptian army spokesman said eight sailors were missing after an assault by “terrorist elements” on a navy patrol boat off one of the country’s Mediterranean ports.
    • Car bombs targeted the Egyptian embassy and that of the UAE in Tripoli.
    • President Sissi issued a decree that allows him to deport foreign defendants convicted or accused of crimes in the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, AP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Doctors Without Borders said it would launch clinical trials of three possible treatments for Ebola in Liberia and Guinea next month. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: GEN Kwame Lougue, who attempted to declare himself president amid political chaos, flew to France for medical treatment. (AP)
  • Uganda: A UN report said that Lord’s Resistance Army rebels launched a string of attacks across central Africa with a “steady increase” in abductions. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Border police seized 8.5 tons of marijuana worth USD4.1 million in the northeastern province of Corrientes while it was being smuggled from Paraguay to Chile. (AP)
  • United States: The White House said President Obama is nearing a final decision on what executive actions he will take on immigration. (AP)
  • Venezuela: National Assembly Speaker Cabello said that he suspects Colombian AMB Perez is withholding information about the murder of a ruling party legislator. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Ghani is set to make his first state visit to Pakistan in hopes of finding a way to revive peace talks with the Taliban. (AP)
  • Australia: Authorities said they are tracking four Russian navy ships off the north coast, a move analysts said was posturing by Moscow. (AFP)
  • India: The government and the US said they have resolved a dispute over food subsidies that was blocking a landmark global trade agreement. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Chief Security Minister Purdijatno said the country will launch a new coastguard next month to crack down on piracy and smuggling. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The military said it has successfully test-fired an intermediate-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German and Czech police arrested 15 suspects in coordinated raids against a crystal meth drug ring and confiscated 2.9 tons of the precursor chemical ephedrine. (AP)
  • Italy: The UN refugee agency condemned days of violence by Rome residents directed at residents of a refugee center on the capital’s outskirts. (AP)
  • Russia: Authorities postponed a final hearing on dissolving the country’s most prominent rights group that chronicles Stalin-era repressions and defends activists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Clashes erupted in east Jerusalem ahead of talks between US Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas on easing a surge of violence across Israel and the Palestinian territories. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Pentagon said that the country’s claim to have replicated and test-flown its version of a sophisticated American spy drone captured in late 2011 is a gross exaggeration.  (NYT)
  • Lebanon: The UNSC urged parliament to quickly choose a new president to bolster stability. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Officials said that hackers from China breached the US federal weather network in September, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses. (WP)

 

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 (14NOV)

  • Colombia: Day of the Colombian Woman

 

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