ONS: 16 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian army recaptures and secures the northeastern town of Chibok, where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s President Nieto condemns violence at protests over the 43 missing students, missing since September and feared to have been massacred.
  • ASIA: A clash between Pakistani troops and militants followed by airstrikes early Sunday in the troubled northwest left three soldiers and 34 militants dead.
  • EUROPE: Over 18 million Romanians head to the polls to vote on presidential elections run off between incumbent PM Ponta and Sibiu city Mayor Iohannis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Video released by the Islamic State group claims beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the US and the execution of nearly 20 Syrians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of individuals they believe are most likely to commit crimes.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: assassination attempt on prominent female MP Shukria Barekzai
    • Afghan MP Barekzai sustained minor injuries when a suicide bomber targeted her vehicle convoy early Sunday morning, as she was heading to parliament.
    • The attacker was in a car that attempted to ram MP Barekzai’s vehicle before detonating a series of explosives, causing a massive blast.
    • An Afghan official says at least 20 people were wounded and three civilians killed in the attack.
    • MP Barekzai is considered a high-profile advocate of women’s rights and media freedom in Afghanistan. As a member of parliament for the past 10 years, she has received international acclaim for her advocacy work.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, LAT

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram are flooding refugee camps in Cameroon. (AFP)
  • Gambia: Pres. Jammeh embarks on a three-day state visit to Qatar in an attempt to boost bilateral relations between the two nations. (XIN)
  • Guinea: Two Russian An-124 planes equipped with a field hospital and medical supplies departed Sochi for Conakry airport to provide assistance against the Ebola outbreak. (TASS)
  • Nigeria: The army recaptures and secures the northeastern town of Chibok, where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Pres. Rousseff meets with Chinese Pres. Xi to discuss progress towards deepening bilateral cooperation in all fields such as railroad development. (XIN)
  • Mexico: Pres. Nieto condemns violence at protests over the 43 missing students, who have been missing since September and are feared to have been massacred. (AFP)
  • United States: Pres. Obama says the threat of a government shutdown by Republicans doesn’t affect the timing of an executive action on immigration. (AP)

ASIA

  • India: PM Modi seeks to transform the country into a global arms exporter. (WP)
  • Japan: PM Abe confirms plans to pledge up to $1.5 billion to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund aimed at helping vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and to develop cleaner energy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Clashes between troops and militants in the North Waziristan tribal district left three soldiers and 34 militants dead. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Army Chief Gen. Sharif arrives in the US on a week-long visit for talks regarding security and defense issues. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Russian humanitarian convoy of 54 trucks with aid for Donbass crosses the Ukrainian border, heading for Donetsk and Lugansk. (TASS)
  • Russia: Pres. Putin makes an early exit from the G20 Summit, where he faced concerted Western criticism over his ongoing role in the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • Romania: Over 18 million are expected to vote in the presidential run-off elections between incumbent PM Ponta and Mayor Iohannis of Sibiu. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Work begins to remove the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from rebel-held territory in the eastern region of the country. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Video released by the Islamic State claims beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the US along with the execution of nearly 20 Syrians. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Britain investigates reports that a man believed to be a British national suspected of carrying out beheadings in videos released by the Islamic State group was wounded in a U.S.-led air strike last week. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Police officials say a series of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least five people and wounded nearly 20. (AP)
  • Israel: Foreign Minister Lieberman says the country will never agree to limit its construction activity in the annexed areas of east Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Syria: Pres. Obama rules out any alliance with Pres. Assad against the Islamic State extremists. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country designates Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization as part of a blacklist naming more than 80 jihadist and Islamist groups. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of individuals they believe are most likely to commit crimes. (AP)

 

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: 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 13NOV: 885,926 (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, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, 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 13NOV: 153 (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 03NOV: 926 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey and the U.S)
      • Deaths as of 13NOV: 331 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17NOV)

  • Czech Republic:  Anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution” in Prague – 1989
  • Russia: Anniversary of the US recognition of the Soviet Union – 1933

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