ONS: 21 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2014

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

21 November 2014

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Officials in Guinea said that bandits during a roadside robbery stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that the preparations for the handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas were underway.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the way for a 14DEC general election.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian military accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September
  • MIDDLE EAST: AQAP military chief Qassem al-Rimi vowed to launch attacks against Shiite Huthi militiamen sweeping across Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US NSA Director ADM Rogers said China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks, and financial companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Diplomats meet ahead of nuclear deal deadline.
    • US Secretary Kerry held talks with Iranian FM Zarif in a meeting also attended by former EU foreign policy chief Ashton.
    • Talks between Secretary Kerry, French FM Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Hammond were scheduled for the afternoon.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that political will was needed to reach an agreement in the nuclear talks.
    • US lawmakers urged the Obama administration to increase consultations with Congress over any potential nuclear deal.
    • An Iranian source said that FM Zarif may return later Friday to Tehran for consultations.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, WSJ, WSJ-2

 

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: The government said the reason thousands of people are fleeing the country is because the UN refugee agency and countries with “sinister” motives are tempting them to leave. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: Local media reported that a dozen rebels were killed during clashes with UN peacekeepers near Cameroon. (DPA)
  • Guinea: Officials said that bandits during a roadside robbery stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The House of Representatives rejected the request by President Jonathan to further extend the emergency rule in the three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico and Central American nations welcomed US President Obama’s offer to protect five million undocumented migrants from deportation, saying it would benefit many of their citizens. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that the preparations for the handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas were underway. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A day of mostly peaceful anti-government mass marches to protest the disappearance, and presumed murders, of 43 college students ended with clashes with the police. (NYT)
  • Nicaragua: The government said a Hong Kong-based company will start building a USD50 billion waterway next month, despite opposition from farmers and environmentalists. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: A court rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Amnesty International said new President Widodo must repeal the country’s tough blasphemy laws, pointing to an increase in the number of people imprisoned for their beliefs in recent years. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the way for a 14DEC general election. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea staged a live-fire military drill near its disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea, despite warnings from Pyongyang. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed six suspected militants in the northwest of the country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Central Bank President Draghi said that the ECB is ready to ramp up its contested asset purchases “without any undue delay.” (AFP)
  • Poland: PM Kopacz said there will be no repeat of last Sunday’s local elections despite complaints about the continuing delay in official returns due to a computer glitch. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The military accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The anti-European Union UK Independence Party won its second seat in parliament. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The Islamic State jihadist group launched a major attack on Ramadi. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen from the Islamic State jihadist group publicly executed two men for allegedly cooperating with security forces. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Authorities arrested senior Muslim Brotherhood official Zaki Bani Irsheid over an op-ed piece critical of the UAE. (AP)
  • Yemen: AQAP military chief Qassem al-Rimi vowed to launch attacks against Shiite Huthi militiamen sweeping across the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US NSA Director ADM Rogers said China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks, and financial companies. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 119km WNW of Tobelo, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 48.2 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 (22NOV)

  • Bahrain: Council of Representatives elections
  • Lebanon: Independence Day – 1943

 

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