ONS: 16 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the Libyan capital when a residents’ revolt against militia rule led to armed clashes.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said his government will not cease military operations against rebel groups.
  • ASIA: Britain warned Sri Lankan officials of an international investigation into alleged war crimes if the government failed to carry out its own probe.
  • EUROPE: Former Italian PM Berlusconi relaunched his People of Freedom party under its old name, Forza Italia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into Lebanon as fighting between government forces and rebels intensified near the border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: International community continues to send aid and assistance to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
    • Japanese medics working to help victims deployed wireless mobile X-ray kits using tablet computers.(AFP)
    • State military says it will send more soldiers and trucks to help with relief and clearing operations. (CNN)
    • The US military said it will send approximately 1,000 more troops, along with additional ships and aircraft. (AP)
    • PM Cameron announced Britain will provide an additional $48 million to assist with relief efforts. (AFP)

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UN director for HRW says violent attacks by Muslim and Christian militias are spiraling out of control in the country. (AP)
  • Egypt: The retrial of ousted President Mubarak is to resume at a closed session with testimony from two ex-officials.(AP)
  • Libya: More than 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the capital when a residents’ revolt against militia rule led to armed clashes. (AFP)
  • Libya: Minority protestors withdrew from a major oil port after the government agreed to support their demands for more political rights. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Columbia: FARC rebels carried out an attack in the southeast, leaving two children injured and 20 houses destroyed. (Xinhua)
  • Columbia: President Santos said his government will not cease military operations against rebel groups. (Xinhua)
  • US: Attorney General says the Justice Department will not prosecute the journalist who facilitated Snowden’s leaks.(AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen and visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe pledged to further enhance bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Approximately 500 people gathered in Tokyo to protest amendments to Japan’s postwar Constitution.(Kyodo)
  • Sri Lanka: Britain warned officials of an international investigation into alleged war crimes if the government failed to carry out its own probe. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Former PM Berlusconi relaunched his People of Freedom party under its old name, Forza Italia. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: The government handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India on Saturday after years of delays. (Reuters)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said Iran nuclear talks eliminated the main areas of disagreement and is a chance of reaching a nuclear deal next week. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into Lebanon as fighting between government forces and rebels intensified near the border. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW adopted a final plan for ridding the country of its arsenal by mid-2014. (AFP)
  • Syria: Officials report that the Geneva II conference on country ‘s crisis will take place on 12DEC. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: At least three suspected al- Qaida militants killed an airstrike in the southern province of Abyan.(Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor sentenced to 10 years in prison. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 30W
    • Location: 135 NM South of Chennai, India
    • Movement: N/A
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles SE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 5mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Scotia Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • 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 (17NOV)

  • Chile: Presidential elections
  • Czech Republic: Anniversary of “Velvet Revolution” in Prague – 1989
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of security crackdown after crowd stormed parliament – 2011
  • Soviet Union: Anniversary of US recognition of Soviet Union – 1933
  • Thailand: Pakistani PM Sharif visits Bangkok to attend the Connect Asia Pacific Summit (to 19NOV)

 

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