ONS: 17 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 100 people killed in clashes between Messiria and Salamat tribes in Sudan’s Darfur region.
  • AMERICAS: New York police seized more than 550 bags of heroin in addition to oxycodone and drug-packaging materials.
  • ASIA: 11 people were killed in an assault on a police station in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande headed to Israel hoping resume stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian air forces struck the town of Qara near the Lebanese border as loyalist forces attempted to storm the town.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German sources say British GCHQ’s electronic eavesdropping service keeps tabs on foreign diplomats by tracking their travel plans.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: Citizens attempt to tackle problems as the country waits on the arrival of aid and assistance.
    • China says it is ready to send rescue and medical teams to the country.
    • As death tolls continue to rise crews begin to bury victims is mass graves.
    • Super Typhoon Haiyan survivors struggle to find clean drinking water.
    • While hard-hit urban areas receive supplies the region’s rural areas continue to suffer.
    • President Aquino vows to rebuild typhoon-devastated areas.
    • Sources: AP, CNN, AP-2, NYT, LAT, DPA

   

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Amina Mohamed called for strengthened training and intelligence sharing in order to fight terrorism. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Rebels introduced a two-day state of emergency in Triopli in an effort to stop bloodshed between law enforcement agencies and militant groups. (Itar-Tass)
  • Nigeria: A French engineer taken hostage in 2012 is freed during an army operation. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: At least 100 people killed in clashes between Messiria and Salamat tribes in the Darfur region. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Rebels claimed a strike on a village near the South Kordofan border. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Voting began in the country’s first round of presidential elections. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Police appealed for calm ahead of planned protest between supporters and opponents of President Martelly. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Presidentential candidate Hernandez escaped unhurt after the helicopter in which he was traveling crashed. (Reuters)
  • United States: New York police seized more than 550 bags of heroin in addition to oxycodone and drug-packaging materials. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • China: 11 people were killed in an assault on a police station in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Taiwan police said Sunday they had cracked a major drug ring, confiscating 229 kilograms (504 pounds) of heroin in their biggest seizure of the drug for 20 years. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Local authorities said 34 people have died and 11 are missing after days of devastating floods. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande headed to Israel hoping resume stalled peace talks with the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Serbs in the country have returned the polls as previous elections were annulled due to violence. (AFP)
  • Malta: The country was unanimously chosen as the host of the 2015 Commonwealth Summit during the CHOGM. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Syrian air forces struck Qara near the Lebanese border as loyalist forces attempted to storm the town. (AFP)
  • Israel: US. Secretary of State Kerry will travel to Israel to discuss a proposed deal between world powers and Iran on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Turkish military officials accused the country for harassing Turkish jets flying over the southern border. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 750 miles NE of Northern Leewards Islands
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Scotia Sea
    • Magnitude: 7.8
    • Depth: 42 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    • Active eruptions dispersing clouds of ash
  • 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)

  • Belgium: EU foreign and defense ministers meeting in Brussels (to 19NOV)
  • Britain: Two men stand to be charged with death of soldier
  • Colombia: Anniversary of beginning of FARC-Colombia peace talks – 2012
  • Colombia: Negotiations between FARC and the government resume on the issue of drug trafficking
  • Germany: Government to discuss US surveillance claims
  • Latvia: Independence Day – 1918
  • Syria: Delegation to visit Moscow for preparation talks for Geneva II Peace Conference (to 18NOV).
  • Ukraine: Deadline set by EU for decision on Tymoshenko

 

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