ONS: 19 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia a Shebab suicide car bomber hit a police station in Beledweyne ahead of an assault by insurgents.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine was dead.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan’s election commission finalized a line-up of 11 candidates for next year’s presidential election.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police seized USD14 million and 452 kilograms of cocaine in raids on a drug gang.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia is seeing more “realism” from the Syrian opposition amid discussions on planning Geneva II.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI said activist hackers linked to Anonymous secretly accessed US government computers in multiple agencies and stole sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago.

 

TOP STORY

  • Lebanon: Iranian embassy in Beirut hit by suicide blasts.
    • At least 22 people were killed and 146 people wounded in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut
    • Observers reported that the first suicide bomber was on foot and the second drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Bir Hasan.
    • The al Qaeda linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Iranian embassy cultural attaché Sheikh Ibrahim Ansar and two Iranian civilians were reported killed.
    • Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused Israel of carrying out the double bombing.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Kuwaiti media reported that Interim President Mansour will not run for president in elections scheduled for next year. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A Shebab suicide car bomber hit a police station in Beledweyne ahead of an assault by insurgents. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN World Food Program reported that food and medical supplies have begun to arrive in the Puntland region. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Authorities in the Puntland region arrested a British and French national for spying. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: HRW warned that Harare was at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak that five years ago killed over 4,200 people. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine was dead. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos ordered his government to prevent violence among emerald businessmen in the north-central province of Boyaca. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Protesters rallying to demand the resignation of President Martelly clashed with police. (BBC)
  • Panama: US VP Biden arrived in the country for meetings on the ongoing expansion of the canal. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country’s election commission finalized a line-up of 11 candidates for next year’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A lawmaker reported that President Karzai’s promise that American soldiers who stay in the country beyond 2014 cannot be tried in local courts has caused uproar in Parliament. (AP)
  • Nepal: A bomb exploded outside a polling station in Kathmandu wounding three people during polls to elect a special assembly to draw up a constitution. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen killed senior Shiite university director Syed Shabir Hussain Shah in an apparent sectarian attack. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf abducted the provincial treasurer in Sulu province. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Parliament approved the EU’s budget for the 2014-2020 period. (AFP)
  • Italy: The government declared a state of emergency after flash floods on the island of Sardinia left 17 people dead and forced hundreds to seek emergency shelter. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police seized USD14 million and 452 kilograms of cocaine in raids on a drug gang. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament again delayed a debate on bills that would free jailed former PM Tymoshenko for treatment abroad. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government rejected as “baseless” claims by an exiled opposition group that it is conducting military nuclear activities in a hidden underground site. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Sabah opened the third Africa-Arab summit with a pledge to provide USD1 billion in low-interest loans to African countries over a five-year period. (AFP)
  • Syria: Four people were killed and 10 others wounded by two mortar shells in Aleppo. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia is seeing more “realism” from the opposition amid discussions on planning Geneva II. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI said activist hackers linked to Anonymous secretly accessed US government computers in multiple agencies and stole sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Subtropical Storm Melissa
    • Location: 605 mi E of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 18NOV: 157 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18NOV: 66 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20NOV)

  • Global: Anniversary of Nuremberg trials – 1945
  • Iran: Nuclear program talks to reconvene
  • Israel: Russian President Putin to meet with PM Netanyahu
  • Mexico: Anniversary of Mexican Revolution – 1910
  • Mozambique: Municipal elections

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KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia a Shebab suicide car bomber hit a police station in Beledweyne ahead of an assault by insurgents.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine was dead.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan’s election commission finalized a line-up of 11 candidates for next year’s presidential election.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police seized USD14 million and 452 kilograms of cocaine in raids on a drug gang.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia is seeing more “realism” from the Syrian opposition amid discussions on planning Geneva II.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI said activist hackers linked to Anonymous secretly accessed US government computers in multiple agencies and stole sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Lebanon: Iranian embassy in Beirut hit by suicide blasts.
    • At least 22 people were killed and 146 people wounded in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut
    • Observers reported that the first suicide bomber was on foot and the second drove a bomb-laden vehicle into the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Bir Hasan.
    • The al Qaeda linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Iranian embassy cultural attaché Sheikh Ibrahim Ansar and two Iranian civilians were reported killed.
    • Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused Israel of carrying out the double bombing.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters

 

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Kuwaiti media reported that Interim President Mansour will not run for president in elections scheduled for next year. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A Shebab suicide car bomber hit a police station in Beledweyne ahead of an assault by insurgents. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN World Food Program reported that food and medical supplies have begun to arrive in the Puntland region. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Authorities in the Puntland region arrested a British and French national for spying. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: HRW warned that Harare was at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak that five years ago killed over 4,200 people. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine was dead. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos ordered his government to prevent violence among emerald businessmen in the north-central province of Boyaca. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Protesters rallying to demand the resignation of President Martelly clashed with police. (BBC)
  • Panama: US VP Biden arrived in the country for meetings on the ongoing expansion of the canal. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country’s election commission finalized a line-up of 11 candidates for next year’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A lawmaker reported that President Karzai’s promise that American soldiers who stay in the country beyond 2014 cannot be tried in local courts has caused uproar in Parliament. (AP)
  • Nepal: A bomb exploded outside a polling station in Kathmandu wounding three people during polls to elect a special assembly to draw up a constitution. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen killed senior Shiite university director Syed Shabir Hussain Shah in an apparent sectarian attack. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf abducted the provincial treasurer in Sulu province. (AP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Parliament approved the EU’s budget for the 2014-2020 period. (AFP)
  • Italy: The government declared a state of emergency after flash floods on the island of Sardinia left 17 people dead and forced hundreds to seek emergency shelter. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police seized USD14 million and 452 kilograms of cocaine in raids on a drug gang. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament again delayed a debate on bills that would free jailed former PM Tymoshenko for treatment abroad. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government rejected as “baseless” claims by an exiled opposition group that it is conducting military nuclear activities in a hidden underground site. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Sabah opened the third Africa-Arab summit with a pledge to provide USD1 billion in low-interest loans to African countries over a five-year period. (AFP)
  • Syria: Four people were killed and 10 others wounded by two mortar shells in Aleppo. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia is seeing more “realism” from the opposition amid discussions on planning Geneva II. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI said activist hackers linked to Anonymous secretly accessed US government computers in multiple agencies and stole sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago. (Reuters)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Subtropical Storm Melissa
    • Location: 605 mi E of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 18NOV: 157 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18NOV: 66 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing:WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20NOV)

  • Global: Anniversary of Nuremberg trials – 1945
  • Iran: Nuclear program talks to reconvene
  • Israel: Russian President Putin to meet with PM Netanyahu
  • Mexico: Anniversary of Mexican Revolution – 1910
  • Mozambique: Municipal elections

 

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