ONS: 18 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan Deputy Intelligence Chief Mustafa Nuh was freed by his abductors a day after they seized him near Tripoli airport.
  • AMERICAS: Chilean socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet won the first round of the country’s presidential race.
  • ASIA: The Indonesian government recalled its ambassador to Australia in response to reports that Australian spy agencies tried to listen to the phone calls of President Yudhoyono.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government announced a mass vaccination campaign against an outbreak of polio in areas near Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli government secretly detained a suspected al Qaeda biological weapons expert for more than three years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The ‘Twitter Alerts’ service that Twitter launched in September for emergency, relief and charity organizations from the US, Japan and Korea to send out critical messages to opted-in users expanded to the UK and Ireland.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Top regime officials in Moscow as violence in country continues.
    • A senior regime delegation arrived in Moscow to hold talks on plans for a peace conference in Geneva.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon said he expected a peace conference on the conflict will be held in “mid-December.”
    • The head of the Syrian rebel Liwa al-Tawhid Brigade, Abdel Qader Saleh, died of wounds he suffered in a regime air strike last week.
    • Belgian Defense Minister Crem said he was “not favorable” to destroying part of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal in Belgium.
    • Mortar rounds fired on a central district of Damascus killed two people.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The country placed its border posts with the Central African Republic on high alert following an incursion by rebels of the Seleka coalition on 16NOV. (DPA)
  • Egypt: Gunmen killed an officer in charge of the Muslim Brotherhood at the Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency. (AFP)
  • Libya: Deputy Intelligence Chief Mustafa Nuh was freed by his abductors a day after they seized him near Tripoli airport. (AFP)
  • Libya: The military governor of Benghazi Colonel Abdallah al-Saati escaped an assassination attempt. (AFP)
  • Libya: Authorities urged militias from Misrata to leave Tripoli within 72 hours after they were involved in deadly weekend clashes. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Socialist Michelle Bachelet won the first round of the country’s presidential race. (AFP)
  • Colombia: One hundred US-made pistols were stolen from a police warehouse. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police found eight people eight stabbed to death and tied down in their home in Ciudad Juarez. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A UN report said that up to 12,000 Afghan Taliban fighters were killed, wounded or captured this year. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The government recalled its ambassador to Australia in response to reports that Australian spy agencies tried to listen to the phone calls of President Yudhoyono. (AFP)
  • Japan: Nuclear engineers began to move uranium and plutonium fuel rods at Fukushima. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Authorities imposed curfews and deployed troops in two different areas of the northwest of the country after three people were killed in a sectarian clash. (AP)
  • Philippines: The World Bank extended an emergency loan of USD500 million to the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Banking Authority (EBA) Chief Enria said too many European banks survived the financial crisis. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Letta said a split in Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party is expected to help boost government stability. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government announced a mass vaccination campaign against an outbreak of polio in areas near Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government unveiled a new drone aircraft with a stated range of 2,000 kilometers. (AP)
  • Israel: The government secretly detained a suspected al Qaeda biological weapons expert for more than three years. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The country applied for a two-year term on the UNSC. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: French President Hollande met with President Abbas to discuss the faltering Middle East peace process. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The ‘Twitter Alerts’ service that Twitter launched in September for emergency, relief and charity organizations from the US, Japan and Korea to send out critical messages to opted-in users expanded to the UK and Ireland. (Techcrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy
    • Eruption of ash, lava. (AP)
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Eruption of ash; evacuations and flight disruptions. (AFP)
  • Volcanoes: Mount Merapi, Java, Indonesia
    • Eruption of ash. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 15NOV: 155 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 15NOV: 66 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19NOV)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Karzai sworn in as president
  • Belarus: Foreign minister to visit Russia
  • Libya: Anniversary of Seif Gaddhafi’s capture – 2011
  • Nepal: Legislative elections
  • Switzerland: Anniversary of first Geneva summit – 1855

 

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