ONS: 14 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian government met with Russian FM Lavrov and Russian Defense Minister Shoigu on military collaboration between the two countries.
  • AMERICAS: Suspected FARC rebels attacked Colombian troops guarding the country’s largest coal mine Cerrejon, killing one soldier and injuring two others.
  • ASIA: The US State Department offered a USD $1 million reward to help bring down a poaching network based in Laos.
  • EUROPE: A senior Turkish defense official said the decision on whether to co-produce an air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under US sanctions is likely to take at least six months.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber in al-Sadiya killed at least 30 people and wounded 67.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong called for stronger Southeast Asian cooperation against cyber threats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: International community moves to boost relief efforts.
    • UN humanitarian chief Amos said that aid must reach typhoon survivors more quickly, amid reports of widespread food and water shortages.
    • China said it would increase its aid to the country after criticism of its initial modest response.
    • The death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan rose to 2,357.
    • The arrival of the USS George Washington is expected to expand search-and-rescue operations severely hampered by fuel shortages, damaged infrastructure, and weather.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Foreign Ministers from countries across the Sahel and Maghreb met in Morocco to discuss increasing border security. (AFP)
  • Region: French FM Fabius said documents found in northern Mali show that extremist group Boko Haram was trained there by other al Qaeda linked groups. (AP)
  • Burkina Faso: The government adopted a bill to send 935 more soldiers to Mali under the United Nations Integrated Mission for Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA). (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The government met with Russian FM Lavrov and Russian Defense Minister Shoigu on military collaboration between the two countries. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The European Commission approved the second part of its 2013 action program for the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US said it does not see China’s increasing engagement in Latin America as a threat. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: A 24-hour strike by border control agencies shut down the main border crossing between the country and Argentina. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Suspected FARC rebels attacked army troops guarding the country’s largest coal mine Cerrejon, killing one soldier and injuring two others. (WSJ)
  • Jamaica: The IMF concluded a week-long assessment to determine if the country had met its requirements for a debt crisis bailout loan. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The EU offered to send a team of observers to monitor elections scheduled for 2015. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: DPRK expert Victor Cha said the country could conduct its fourth nuclear weapons test as early as late this year. (Yonhap)
  • Laos: The US State Department offered a USD $1 million reward to help bring down a poaching network based in the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police in Karachi killed six suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants thought to be planning a major sectarian attack. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Rajapakse said that he was ready to defend his country against allegations of war crimes at this week’s Commonwealth summit. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: PM Rama worked to lower tensions surrounding a request for the country to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on its soil. (Xinhua)
  • Slovenia: The parliament is to vote on a two-year budget with repercussion for the capabilities of PM Bratusek’s government. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A senior defense official said the decision on whether to co-produce an air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under US sanctions is likely to take at least six months. (Retuers)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber in al-Sadiya killed at least 30 people and wounded 67. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The US State Department criticized a government assessment that international powers are offering to roll back as much as 40% of the sanctions against Iran. (WSJ)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli army vehicles moved into the southern Gaza Strip amid militant mortar fire. (AFP)
  • Syria: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah vowed to keep his forces in Syria. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong called for stronger Southeast Asian cooperation against cyber threats. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 1394km SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (15NOV)

  • China: US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will meet with senior Chinese government officials to discuss progress on the reform agenda and US businesses in the country.
  • China: Anniversary of new seven-man leadership council – 2012
  • Cuba: Commercial flights between Cuba and Key West will resume after 51 years
  • Egypt: Anniversary of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime – 2001
  • Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will being (to 17NOV)
  • Syria: OPCW to have roadmap for chemical weapon destruction

 

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