ONS: 17 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Career diplomat Michel Kafando was chosen as Burkina Faso’s interim president for the one-year transition back to civilian rule.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos suspended two-year peace talks with the FARC as the military investigated the abduction of a general and two others by rebels.
  • ASIA: Australia and China sealed a landmark free trade deal after nearly a decade of talks.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government expelled a number of Polish diplomats accusing them of activities “incompatible with their status” in response to expulsions of Russian diplomats by Warsaw.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a car bomb on a busy commercial street in Baghdad killed at least 14 people and wounded 31.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US State Department shut down its entire e-mail system over the weekend after finding evidence suggesting a hacker may have accessed the system.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community condemns IS execution of aid worker.
    • US President Obama confirmed the death of US aid worker Peter Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group “pure evil.”
    • EU foreign policy chief Mogherini and humanitarian aid commissioner Stylianides said the EU remains “fully committed” to tackling the threat posed by IS.
    • Islamic State militants have been seizing foreign aid to control its distribution and management.
    • French Interior Minister Cazeneuve said there was a “strong possibility” one of the IS jihadists who executed Kassig was a French citizen.
    • Relatives of Lebanese soldiers held hostage by Islamic militants burned tires and closed roads in Beirut in an escalation of their ongoing sit-in to secure their release.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, CNN, LAT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Career diplomat Michel Kafando was chosen as the country’s interim president for the one-year transition back to civilian rule. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A court referred five university students to military trial over a violent protest under a new law expanding the army’s powers to try civilians. (AFP)
  • Kenya: One man was killed and over 200 arrested as security forces carried out raids on mosques accused of links with Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab militants. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: VP Mujuru said she is taking legal action against pro-government newspapers that accused her of corruption and plotting to topple President Mugabe. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff said investigations into corruption at the state-owned oil company, Petrobras, could change the country forever. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Santos suspended two-year peace talks with the FARC as the military investigated the abduction of a general and two others by rebels. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The mayor of Mexico City fired a head of the police force and launched a criminal investigation after a shooting at the city’s main university left one student injured. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia and China sealed a landmark free trade deal after nearly a decade of talks. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: At least 400 militants launched an offensive against Balablok district in the western Farah province.  (Xinhua)
  • China: The trading link between Hong Kong and Shanghai’s stock exchanges officially launched, with an expectation of the equivalent of USD3.8 billion a day in cross-border transactions. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping said the country would never use force in pursuit of national goals. (AFP)
  • Japan: An opponent of a US base relocation plan won the Okinawa governor’s election. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: EU foreign ministers are to discuss hitting the country with fresh sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government expelled a number of Polish diplomats accusing them of activities “incompatible with their status” in response to expulsions of Russian diplomats by Warsaw. (AFP)
  • Spain: Authorities seized 950 kilos of cocaine from a yacht off the Canary Islands in the Atlantic and arrested its three crew members. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Seven soldiers and three police officers were killed in the east of the country in the past 24 hours. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb on a busy commercial street in Baghdad killed at least 14 people and wounded 31. (AP)
  • Israel: Authorities issued home destruction notices to the families of several Palestinians in the West Bank implicated in attacks against Israelis. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A group of Islamist scholars, led by an influential Qatar-based cleric, expressed “astonishment” at being designated a terrorist body by the country. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US State Department shut down its entire e-mail system over the weekend after finding evidence suggesting a hacker may have accessed the system. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Adjali)
    • Location: 334 NM WSW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: ESE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 196km ENE of Gisborne, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 22.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 245km SW of Gizo, Solomons Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 25.2 km
    • Map
  • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18NOV)

  • Latvia: Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia – 1918
  • Mexico: Revolution Day Holiday – 1910
  • Morocco: Independence Day – 1956
  • Norway and Ukraine: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will make her first official visit to Ukraine
  • Slovenia, Finland, and China: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will visit Finland and Slovenia (to 23NOV)

 

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