ONS: 14 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN reported that food rations vital for half a million refugees in Kenya will be slashed in half due to an aid shortfall.
  • AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Hagel is set to order top-to-bottom changes in the country’s nuclear forces, vowing to invest billions of dollars to fix management issues.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s military said its fighter jets struck militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing at least 30 insurgents.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron told Russian President Putin to stop bullying smaller states as Australian PM Abbott accused the Russian leader of trying to relive the “lost glories of tsarism”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli police said that men of all ages will be allowed to attend the main weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the first time in “months and months”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Wall Street Journal reported that the US Justice Department is using fake cellphone towers on airplanes to gather data about thousands of Americans’ location and identifying information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Burma: US President Obama holds talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.
    • US President Obama said that the law barring Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president “doesn’t make much sense”.
    • Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi described the country’s constitution as “unfair, unjust and undemocratic”.
    • US President Obama warned that Burma’s reforms were by “no means complete or irreversible”.
    • US President Obama plans three-way talks on defense ties with Japan and Australia on the sidelines of the G20 this weekend.
    • US President Obama pressed for greater freedoms for reporters in Burma and China while defending the balance he said the US seeks to strike at home.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese warplanes bombed South Sudan, wounding six civilians in areas bordering war zone regions where Khartoum is trying to crush rebel fighters. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The UN reported that food rations vital for half a million refugees will be slashed in half due to an aid shortfall. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Witnesses and police reported that a military helicopter crashed near a college hostel in the northeast, where troops are fighting an Islamic insurgency. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters invaded two towns in northeast Adamawa state after hunters and civilian vigilantes reportedly ousted them from a key town. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government accused the UK of carrying out military exercises near the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, saying it amounted to a “new provocation”. (AFP)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels kidnapped two soldiers after clashes between the guerrillas and the military in the east of the country. (AFP)
  • United States: A doctor from Sierra Leone with US residency infected with Ebola could travel to the country for treatment. (AFP)
  • United States: Defense Secretary Hagel is set to order top-to-bottom changes in the country’s nuclear forces, vowing to invest billions of dollars to fix management issues. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia promised a “very aggressive” crackdown on tax avoidance at weekend G20 talks. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong student leaders plan to fly to Beijing Saturday to try to meet top officials. (AP)
  • Korea, North: A UN investigator ruled out any compromise on efforts to have the country answer formal charges of crimes against humanity, saying holding the regime to account, including leader Kim Jong-Un, was “paramount”. (AFP)
  • India: The military successfully testfired a nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a test range in the eastern state of Odisha. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The military said its fighter jets struck militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing at least 30 insurgents. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Cameron told Russian President Putin to stop bullying smaller states as Australian PM Abbott accused the Russian leader of trying to relive the “lost glories of tsarism”. (AFP)
  • Region: The EU’s antitrust regulator publicly accused the Netherlands of making a special deal with Starbucks that helped the coffee company to lower taxes that created unfair advantages over other countries in the bloc. (NYT)
  • Russia: The government warned France of “serious” consequences unless Paris delivered by the end of November a Mistral-class warship. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Local media reported that the country has secured conclusive evidence a foreign submarine did enter its waters last month. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two security officials said that government forces drove out Islamic State militants from the entire oil refinery town of Beiji, north of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Police said that men of all ages will be allowed to attend the main weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the first time in “months and months”. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The military said that a roadside bomb exploded near an army patrol near the Syrian border, wounding three soldiers. (AP)
  • Syria: USCENTCOM said that US aircraft bombed the Khorasan group, in the third attack on the al-Qaeda offshoot. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Wall Street Journal reported that the US Justice Department is using fake cellphone towers on airplanes to gather data about thousands of Americans’ location and identifying information. (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 (15NOV)

  • Global: 2014 G-20 Australia summit will begin in Brisbane (to 16NOV)
  • Brazil: Republic Day – 1889
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko in working visit to Bratislava (to 16NOV)
  • Christianity: Nativity Fast begins

 

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