ONS: 21 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French FM Fabius France said the Central African Republic was “on the verge of genocide.”
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos announced that he will seek reelection in the 2014.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a suspected US drone targeted a madrassa in Khyber Pakhutunkhwa killing six people.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s parliament voted against all six bills that would have allowed jailed ex-PM Tymoshenko to go abroad for treatment.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb in a food market north of Baghdad killed 30 people, as a surge in violence pushed the country’s death toll for 2013 above 5,800.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Guardian reported that British officials agreed in 2007 that Britons’ phone, internet and email records swept up by the NSA could be retained and analyzed, instead of being off limits as was previously the case.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Agreement on pact framework reached as Loya Jirga opens.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry announced that the US and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement.
    • The Loya Jirga, or grand council, involving about 2,500 delegates convened at the Kabul Polytechnic University.
    • President Karzai said that a possible security deal with the US would only be signed after presidential elections next year, to assure US cooperation in the polls.
    • President Karzai urged the Jirga to support the agreement, but also said that “America does not trust me and I do not trust them. I have had struggles with them and they have spread propaganda against me.”
    • Up to 15,000 foreign troops could remain in the country after 2014 if the security pact is accepted.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: French FM Fabius France said the country was “on the verge of genocide.” (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: The US called for sanctions against the leaders of the country as the UN considers sending thousands of peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Mali: Militants fired rockets into Gao four days before legislative elections. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Local elections concluded peacefully amid fears of political violence. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos announced that he will seek reelection in 2014. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Michoacan Governor Vallejo vowed to halt the spread of armed self-defense groups guarding against drug-related violence. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: The US is to send a team of experts in December to help the local government manage an ongoing budget and economic crisis. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he would use newly granted powers to decree two laws to cap retailers’ profits and reorganize the distribution of foreign currency. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: The military halted training with Australia amid anti-Australia protests in Jakarta. (AFP)
  • Japan: Four backpacks containing 80 kilograms of cocaine were found near Yokosuka. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The government detained for more than three weeks an 85-year-old American retiree who was on an organized tour due to a “misunderstanding.” (AFP)
  • Nepal: Former rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alleged national elections were rigged after he reportedly lost his seat. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suspected US drone targeted a madrassa in Khyber Pakhutunkhwa killing six people. (WP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Parliament voted to choose a single meeting place. (NYT)
  • France: The government ordered farmers blocking roads into Paris to halt their protest over tax hikes after it caused accidents that left one person dead and six injured. (AFP)
  • Greece: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem said Eurozone finance ministers are “losing patience” with the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police arrested a suspected suicide bomber outside the office of PM Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The parliament voted against all six bills that would have allowed jailed ex-PM Tymoshenko to go abroad for treatment. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s chief negotiator Deputy FM Araqchi warned of a lingering “lack of trust” at nuclear talks in Geneva with world powers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb in a food market north of Baghdad killed 30 people, as a surge in violence pushed the country’s death toll for 2013 above 5,800. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu pledged Israel would never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. (AFP)
  • Syria: US intelligence agencies reported that the number of foreign fighters in the country is continuing to rise, with dozens of Americans who have traveled or tried to travel to fight with the rebels. (NYT)
  • Syria: Seven people were killed in a fresh mortar attack on Homs. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Guardian reported that British officials agreed in 2007 that Britons’ phone, internet and email records swept up by the NSA could be retained and analyzed, instead of being off limits as was previously the case. (The Guardian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04B (Helen)
    • Location: 503 NM SW of Calcutta, India
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Melissa
    • Location: 625 mi W of the Azores
    • Movement: ENE at 32 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Off the coast of Nishinoshima, Japan
    • Undersea eruption produced new island, limited smoke and ash plume. (AP)
  • 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 (22NOV)

  • Europe: Eurozone finance ministers will convene in Brussels to discuss the results of the European Commission’s budgetary surveillance
  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Morsi’s constitutional amendments to extend powers – 2012
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry will visit the country to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with PM Netanyahu
  • Morocco: King Mohammed VI to be received by American President Obama at the White House
  • Pakistan: D8 Summit
  • Syria: Friends of Syria group to meet in London, UK

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