ONS: 19 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan security forces carried out fresh raids on a mosque in Mombasa searching for weapons and supporters of Somalia’s Shebab militants.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican marines killed the chief enforcer of the Knights Templar in the western state of Michoacan, Jose Julio Mendoza Roman, alias “El Parotas”.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators after a small group tried to break into the city’s legislature.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov said Ukraine’s leaders must talk directly to separatists in the east of Ukraine and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli security forces destroyed the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a suicide car attack in October that left two dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A top Chinese official on called for protecting Internet “security” at a government-organized conference condemned by a human rights group as an attempt by Beijing to promote its online controls globally.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: Kurds call for increased support in fight against Islamic State.
    • President of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani accused Western countries of not providing enough heavy weapons to help his ‘peshmerga’ forces deliver a “decisive blow” against Islamic State militants.
    • A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle near the provincial government headquarters in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
    • Turkish President Erdogan expressed frustration that the US and its allies were not responding to conditions set for his country to play a greater role in the coalition against militants in Syria.
    • The Iraqi government transferred USD500 million to the autonomous Kurdish region as part of a deal aimed at ending long-running oil and budget disputes.
    • The UN HCHR Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on the Muslim world to denounce the “monstrous” crimes of IS, calling its actions both a violation of international law and Islamic tenets.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Interim President Kafando is set to appoint army strongman Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Security forces carried out fresh raids on a mosque in Mombasa searching for weapons and supporters of Somalia’s Shebab militants. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A journalist working for a London-based television station was gunned down in the north of the country, becoming the third reporter to be killed in the country this year. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The Wildlife Conservation Society reported that warring factions have poached and eaten “alarming” numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of Africa’s largest migrations. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The head of the country’s mission in Sierra Leone said a doctor combating the Ebola outbreak in the country contracted the virus and will be flown to Geneva for treatment. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Marines killed the chief enforcer of the Knights Templar in the western state of Michoacan, Jose Julio Mendoza Roman, alias “El Parotas”. (AFP)
  • Peru: The government sent 1,000 police into the southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee said that up to 300 companies in Pakistan are producing poor quality drugs exclusively for Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party admitted it “cannot win” its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators after a small group tried to break into the city’s legislature. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) secured approval for cargo services to the EU after being suspended over security fears. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Government security forces arrested 14 suspected members of Abu Sayyaf in Talipao town Sulu province. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US VP Biden departed on a five-day tour of Ukraine, Turkey and Morocco, with tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels topping his agenda. (AFP)
  • Poland: Officials reported that computer hackers attacked the website of the country’s electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said Ukraine’s leaders must talk directly to separatists in the east of Ukraine and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry pushed back his trip to Vienna where international negotiators are in final talks on the country’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Israel: Security forces destroyed the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a suicide car attack in October that left two dead. (AFP)
  • Syria: Two activist groups reported an airstrike believed to have been carried out by the US-led coalition has targeted the town of Harem in Idlib province. (AP)
  • Syria: A second Frenchman, who appeared among Islamic State jihadists in an execution video, was identified as a man from an eastern suburb of Paris. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A top Chinese official on called for protecting Internet “security” at a government-organized conference condemned by a human rights group as an attempt by Beijing to promote its online controls globally. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Adjali)
    • Location: 362 NM SSW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (20NOV)

  • Global: Universal Children’s Day
  • Africa Region: Africa Industrialization Day – 1989
  • Moldova: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to visit

 

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