ONS: 15 Novermber 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram seizes the northeastern town of Chibok, Nigeria where 276 girls were kidnapped more than six months earlier.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian accused of 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue arrives in France after losing battle against extradition.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe plans snap elections for December 14, two years ahead of schedule, as he seeks to bolster public support.
  • EUROPE: Five civilians and three militants were killed during shelling north of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi pro-government forces break the siege on the country’s main oil refinery, where security forces held out for months against the Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US mayors back Pres. Obama’s on net neutrality plan to reclassify the internet as a public utility.

 

TOP STORY

  • Australia: world leaders gather in Brisbane for G20 Summit.
    • European Union leaders plan meetings with US President Obama over the continued conflict in Ukraine.
    • South Korea and New Zealand sign a free trade agreement following talks last month, cutting tariffs for exporters to New Zealand’s fifth-largest trading partner.
    • The United Nations and aid groups call on summit leaders to intensify the response to the Ebola outbreak.
    • An overhaul of the global energy market could be an outcome of the summit, with plans for a new agency to protect against the use of oil and gas supplies in foreign policy.
    • Russian President Putin plans an early exit, amid leaders’ demands of Russia to cease arming Ukrainian rebels in conflict with the region.
    • Speaking ahead of the meeting, US President Obama states that Asia’s security in the region must depend on mutual alliances.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Guardian

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Senegal partially reopens air and sea borders with countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) worst hit by the Ebola virus. (AFP)
  • Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika is admitted to a hospital in France, according to officials. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: Health officials declare the country Ebola-free after three-month outbreak. (AFP)
  • Mali: Health officials work to trace at least 200 contacts linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak. (REUT)
  • Mali: UN officials say nearly 5 million are hungry due to a convergence of droughts, harvest failures, locust invasions and political conflicts. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram seizes the northeastern town of Chibok, from where 276 girls were kidnapped more than six months ago. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: Doctor infected with Ebola has flown to the US where he has residency. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The United States will begin a program that allows some Central American children to apply for refugee status. (AFP)
  • Canada: Academic accused of 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue arrives in France after losing battle against extradition. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Police carry out a series of raids and arrests as part of a corruption investigation into the state-run oil firm Petrobras. (BBC)
  • United States: Pres. Obama pledged $3 billion to a UN-established fund aimed at helping vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and to develop cleaner energy. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Leaders from Japan and Australia will hold their first trilateral meeting with Pres. Obama amid China’s growing assertiveness in the South and East China seas. (Kyodo)
  • Region: Chinese consul claims over 200 refugees belonging to the Uighur minority remain in the custody of the Thai government. (AP)
  • Region: North Korea warned of retaliatory strikes days after South Korea fires warning shots at patrols near the border. (AFP)
  • Region: China signs agreements worth $7.8 billion with Myanmar, including plans to build natural gas-fueled power plants. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Three border policemen and 10 militants were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Kunar. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces kill 40 militants in latest operations, according to the Interior Ministry. (XIN)
  • China: Negotiations with Australia on a free trade agreement are in full swing, says Chinese official. (XIN)
  • Hong Kong: The Court of Appeal of the High Court refused protestors’ appeal against the injunction allowing police to assist bailiffs in clearing the barricades. (XIN)
  • India: The country successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off the Odisha coast (XIN)
  • Indonesia: Tsunami warning is lifted after 7.3 magnitude earthquake triggers small tsunami without any casualties or major damage. (XIN)
  • Japan: PM Abe plans snap elections for December 14, two years ahead of schedule, as he seeks to bolster public support. (AFP)
  • Nepal: A CPN-Maoist faction threatens another round of armed insurgency should it be excluded from the country’s political process. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: Police arrest a Christian man who went into hiding after being accused of committing blasphemy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif and Afghan Pres. Ghani pledge to begin a new era of economic cooperation and collaboration on energy issues. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: PM Tan Dung survives a vote of confidence in parliament with 64%. (REUT)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country exited its six-year recession – its worst in a half-century – with daunting challenges to its future stability still looming. (Bloomberg)
  • Region: Amid Russian incursion, Pres. Poroshenko says Ukraine is prepared to defend itself. (LAT)
  • Region: Ukrainian and Russian military officers take steps toward creating a buffer zone along the conflict line, according to the OSCE. (DPA)
  • Romania: Thousands took to the streets calling for the resignation of PM Ponta ahead of the vote for presidency. (AFP)
  • Russia: Responsibility for stagnation in relations between Moscow and Washington lies on the US, says Deputy FM Ryabkov. (TASS)
  • Serbia: Accused war criminal Seselj spearheads rally against the Serbian government. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Five civilians and three militants were killed during shelling north of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Pres. Obama criticizes “Russian aggression” over the continued conflict. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Foreign Sec. Hammond says Britain will walk away from negotiations with EU partners if pleas for immigration reform are ignored. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US intelligence chief Clapper said analysts had not seen any evidence of a pact between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadists. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Terror group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claims responsibility under the name of ISIS for an assault against the army last month. (AP)
  • Iraq: CJCS Gen. Dempsey arrives in Baghdad for first visit since the US-led coalition targeting ISIS began. (AP)
  • Iraq: Pro-government forces break Islamic State’s siege on the country’s main oil refinery (Salaheddin Province), where security forces held out for months. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Obama administration weighs plans to escalate CIA’s role in arming and training allied fighters against Assad. (WP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US mayors back Pres. Obama’s net neutrality plan to reclassify the internet as a public utility. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 35.0 km
    • Map
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 14,413 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 5,177 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • 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 (16NOV)

  • Japan: Gubernatorial election, closely watched due to outcome affecting US military base in Nago City
  • Romania: Presidential elections, second round

 

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