ONS: 15 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian interim government lifted a state of emergency and curfew.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan legislature supported granting extraordinary powers over the economy to President Maduro.
  • ASIA: The Burmese government said it had released dozens of detained activists.
  • EUROPE: Russia’s FSKN Director Ivanov said the organization and US anti-drug services are developing a joint operation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Executive Council of the OPCW will take a decision on the Syrian goverment’s proposed plan to eliminate chemical weapons’ stockpiles.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The CIA is collecting bulk records of international money transfers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: Foreign aid increases as casualty numbers continue to rise.
    • The UN reported the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan rose to at least 4,460; government officials disputed this number.
    • The government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council initially claimed 2,360 fatalities before increasing to 3,621.
    • Japan will provide an additional grant totaling $40 million to the Philippines.
    • Chinese state-run media said the country should send warships to the Philippines.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, WSJ, Kyodo, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU demanded that the UNSC vote to shelve the ICC trial of Kenya’s President. (AP)
  • Cameroon: French President Hollande said that France will make every effort to find the French priest kidnapped in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The interim government lifted a state of emergency and curfew. (NYT)
  • Libya: Separate attacks in Benghazi killed three government linked personnel. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico and Venezuela agreed to cooperate to clarify the recent destruction of a Mexican plane. (EFE)
  • Canada: Canadian authorities said 341 people were arrested as part of a global child abuse investigation. (AFP)
  • United States: The Navy cancelled $200 million in contracts with a Singapore-based defense firm connected to bribery scandal. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The legislature supported granting extraordinary powers over the economy to President Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The government said it had released dozens of detained activists. (AFP)
  • Burma: Police fired rubber bullets on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine in the northwest of the country, injuring seven. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Gambia broke off diplomatic relations with the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: At least twelve migrants died after their boat sank near the island of Lefkada. (AFP)
  • Russia: FSKN Director Ivanov said the organization and US anti-drug services are developing a joint operation.(Itar-Tass)
  • Slovenia: PM Bratusek won a confidence vote in parliament. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan will pay a visit to Russia to discuss the crisis in Syria on 21NOV.(Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The Executive Council of the OPCW will take a decision on the goverment’s proposed plan to eliminate chemical weapons’ stockpiles. (Itar-Tass)
  • Syria: A regime airstrike on Aleppo killed a rebel commander and injured two others. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Kurdish leader Barzani will meet with Turkish PM Erdogan in the country to hold talks on restarting the peace process. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The UN said the country’s security forces require “massive amounts of re-training” in human rights. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The CIA is collecting bulk records of international money transfers. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 32W (Podul)
    • Location: 145 NM ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles SW of SW Coast of Mexico
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Continued eruptions of lava, ash, and smoke. (Reuters)
  • 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 (16NOV)

  • Global: International Day of Tolerance
  • Estonia: Estonian Parliament declares the tiny Baltic republic “sovereign” with right to veto Soviet laws – 1988
  • Maldives: Second-round run-off presidential election will be held

 

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