ONS: 18 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW accused police in DR Congo of summarily executing at least 51 people in an anti-gang operation, and being responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 more.
  • AMERICAS: In an address to the nation Colombian President Santos demanded that the FARC immediately release an army general it captured, saying the resumption of suspended talks depend on it.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve the lower chamber of parliament at the end of the week, ahead of a general election tentatively set for December.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Stoltenberg said Russia is making a “very serious” military build-up in Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defense systems.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry urged Iran to use “all possible effort” to prove that its nuclear program was peaceful as the final round of talks was to begin in Vienna.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Monitoring group Greatfire.org reported that the Chinese government has blocked access to a wide spectrum of websites days before the country plays host to a major internet industry conference.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Four killed in attack on Jerusalem synagogue.
    • Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four Israelis before being shot dead by police.
    • Palestinian left-wing group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), said that two of its members were responsible.
    • Palestinian President Abbas condemned the killings, but Hamas welcomed them, describing them as a fitting “response” to Israeli actions in east Jerusalem.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu blamed President Abbas for inciting the attacks and said that the country would “respond with a heavy hand”.
    • EU foreign policy chief Mogherini condemned the attack as an “act of terror” and urged regional leaders to try to calm the situation.
    • US Secretary Kerry called the attack an “act of pure terror and senseless brutality”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, AP, NYT, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: HRW accused police of summarily executing at least 51 people in an anti-gang operation, and being responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 more. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Four people were stabbed to death in Mombasa following security raids on mosques in which a man was killed and over 200 people arrested. (AFP)
  • Liberia: US Defense Secretary Hagel sought to reassure soldiers training for the fight against Ebola in the country that their mission was a legitimate use of the military. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The country’s wildlife authority suspended five top officials after a ton of seized ivory worth over a million dollars vanished from government strongrooms. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The head of Petrobras, Graca Foster, promised to improve the way it is is run as it struggles to deal with a huge corruption scandal. (BBC)
  • Brazil: NGO Imazon reported that deforestation in the Amazon basin region skyrocketed more than 450 percent in October from a year earlier. (AFP)
  • Colombia: In an address to the nation President Santos demanded that the FARC immediately release an army general it captured, saying the resumption of suspended talks depend on it. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A least four people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul that targeted a compound housing foreigners on the city’s eastern outskirts. (AP)
  • Australia: French President Hollande became the first French president to make a state visit to the country. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong authorities cleared part of the city’s main pro-democracy protest camp, the first of several planned evictions (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve the lower chamber of parliament at the end of the week, ahead of a general election tentatively set for December. (AFP)
  • Philippines: An army major and two soldiers were killed in an ambush by BIFF guerrillas opposed to peace talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Romania: FM Melescanu resigned, the second foreign minister to quit over problems with voting abroad during the country’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said the country hopes its ties with the EU had not yet crossed the point of no return over the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: NATO SG Stoltenberg said Russia is making a “very serious” military build-up in the country and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defense systems. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry urged the country to use “all possible effort” to prove that its nuclear program was peaceful as the final round of talks was to begin in Vienna. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Queen Rania urged support for US-led air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A car bombing in Taez killed a leading member of the powerful Sunni Al-Islah party whose supporters have been battling Shiite militias. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Monitoring group Greatfire.org reported that the Chinese government has blocked access to a wide spectrum of websites days before the country plays host to a major internet industry conference. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Adjali)
    • Location: 279 NM W of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 307km W of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.0 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 (19NOV)

  • Global: Anniversary of the Geneva Summit – 1855
  • Global: United Nations Security Council to hold an open debate on counter-terrorism
  • China: Internet conference in Wuzhen (to 21NOV)

 

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