ONS: 22 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 22, 2013

 

 KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dismissed comments by US Secretary Kerry that accused them of stealing the country’s revolution.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Senate asked prosecutors to investigate whether affiliates of the Knights Templar drug cartel attended a meeting with lawmakers inside the upper house.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan rebuffed a US call to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement before next year’s presidential election.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Yanukovych allegedly told Lithuanian President Grybauskaite that Russia threatened to cut Ukrainian imports if it inked a landmark deal with the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, six major Islamist groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime joined forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pew Research Center released the findings of a study on the differences in time allocation to issues on cable news channels.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Nuclear talks enter third day.
    • Iranian FM Zarif and EU Foreign Policy chief Ashton met again to explore ways to narrow differences on outstanding sticking points.
    • A senior Western diplomat said it would “not be a tragedy” if the third round of negotiations adjourned without a deal and reconvened later.
    • The Israeli government spoke out against the offer of sanctions relief for Iran.
    • US Senate Majority Leader Reid said he was committed to pursuing a tougher Iran sanctions bill when Congress returns from holiday recess.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The US called for deeper international involvement to halt violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood dismissed comments by US Secretary Kerry that accused them of stealing the country’s revolution. (AFP)
  • Malawi: The government criticised Western donors for withholding aid worth USD 150 million after the government exposed corruption. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The government launched a trust fund to support human trafficking victims in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: US Defense Secretary Hagel is to join counterparts from other Western nations and Israel at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Senate asked prosecutors to investigate whether affiliates of the Knights Templar drug cartel attended a meeting with lawmakers inside the upper house. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro exercised new emergency powers for the first time. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Kabul rebuffed a US call to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement before next year’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • China: State media reported that the country tested its first stealth combat drone. (AFP)
  • Japan: Thousands of demonstrators gathered to protest against a controversial state secrets bill. (AFP)
  • Japan: Authorities found more backpacks of cocaine near Yokosuka, bringing the total seizure from 80kg to 120kg. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou denied China was behind Gambia’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SACEUR GEN Breedlove said the US may cut spending in Europe by as much as a fifth next year due to sequestration. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: Lawmakers approved the proposed budget for next year and avoided triggering early elections. (Reuters)
  • Portugal: Thousands of police officers, paramilitary police and other security officers gathered to protest the latest austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych allegedly told Lithuanian President Grybauskaite that Russia threatened to cut Ukrainian imports if it inked a landmark deal with the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The army defused a car bomb rigged with 400 kilogrammes of explosives in the eastern Bekaa Valley. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The governemnt reported the country’s fourth MERS death. (AFP)
  • Syria: Six major Islamist groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime joined forces. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW solicited private companies to help with the destruction of chemical weapons amid a lack of country volunteers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Pew Research Center released the findings of a study on the differences in time allocation to issues on cable news channels. (Poynter)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04B (Helen)
    • Location: 193 NM NNE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Two)
    • Location: 237 NM NNW of Broome, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Melissa
    • Location: 265 mi NNW of the Azores
    • Movement: ENE at 28 mph
    • Winds: 50 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 (23NOV)

  • Colombia and Peru: Anniversary of anti-drug co-op called “Colper Amazonia” – 2010
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Sadr City bombings which killed at least 215 people – 2006
  • Mauritania: Parliamentary and local elections
  • North Korea: Anniversary of Yeongpyeong incident with NKorean soldiers killing 2 South Korean soldiers – 2010
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan announced closure of NATO supply line after this date


END

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

22 November 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dismissed comments by US Secretary Kerry that accused them of stealing the country’s revolution.

  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Senate asked prosecutors to investigate whether affiliates of the Knights Templar drug cartel attended a meeting with lawmakers inside the upper house.

  • ASIA: Afghanistan rebuffed a US call to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement before next year’s presidential election.

  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Yanukovych allegedly told Lithuanian President Grybauskaite that Russia threatened to cut Ukrainian imports if it inked a landmark deal with the EU.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, six major Islamist groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime joined forces.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pew Research Center released the findings of a study on the differences in time allocation to issues on cable news channels.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Nuclear talks enter third day.

    • Iranian FM Zarif and EU Foreign Policy chief Ashton met again to explore ways to narrow differences on outstanding sticking points.

    • A senior Western diplomat said it would “not be a tragedy” if the third round of negotiations adjourned without a deal and reconvened later.

    • The Israeli government spoke out against the offer of sanctions relief for Iran.

    • US Senate Majority Leader Reid said he was committed to pursuing a tougher Iran sanctions bill when Congress returns from holiday recess.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The US called for deeper international involvement to halt violence in the country. (AFP)

  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood dismissed comments by US Secretary Kerry that accused them of stealing the country’s revolution. (AFP)

  • Malawi: The government criticised Western donors for withholding aid worth USD $150 million after the government exposed corruption. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: The government launched a trust fund to support human trafficking victims in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: US Defense Secretary Hagel is to join counterparts from other Western nations and Israel at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. (AP)

  • Mexico: The Senate asked prosecutors to investigate whether affiliates of the Knights Templar drug cartel attended a meeting with lawmakers inside the upper house. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: President Maduro exercised new emergency powers for the first time. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Kabul rebuffed a US call to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement before next year’s presidential election. (AFP)

  • China: State media reported that the country tested its first stealth combat drone. (AFP)

  • Japan: Thousands of demonstrators gathered to protest against a controversial state secrets bill. (AFP)

  • Japan: Authorities found more backpacks of cocaine near Yokosuka, bringing the total seizure from 80kg to 120kg. (AFP)

  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou denied China was behind Gambia’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SACEUR GEN Breedlove said the US may cut spending in Europe by as much as a fifth next year due to sequestration. (Reuters)

  • Kosovo: Lawmakers approved the proposed budget for next year and avoided triggering early elections. (Reuters)

  • Portugal: Thousands of police officers, paramilitary police and other security officers gathered to protest the latest austerity measures. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych allegedly told Lithuanian President Grybauskaite that Russia threatened to cut Ukrainian imports if it inked a landmark deal with the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The army defused a car bomb rigged with 400 kilogrammes of explosives in the eastern Bekaa Valley. (AFP)

  • Qatar: The governemnt reported the country’s fourth MERS death. (AFP)

  • Syria: Six major Islamist groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime joined forces. (AFP)

  • Syria: The OPCW solicited private companies to help with the destruction of chemical weapons amid a lack of country volunteers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Pew Research Center released the findings of a study on the differences in time allocation to issues on cable news channels. (Poynter)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04B (Helen)

    • Location: 193 NM NNE of Chennai, India

    • Movement: W at 8 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Two)

    • Location: 237 NM NNW of Broome, Australia

    • Movement: ESE at 16 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Melissa

    • Location: 265 mi NNW of the Azores

    • Movement: ENE at 28 mph

    • Winds: 50 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 (23NOV)

  • Colombia and Peru: Anniversary of anti-drug co-op called “Colper Amazonia” – 2010

  • Iraq: Anniversary of Sadr City bombings which killed at least 215 people – 2006

  • Mauritania: Parliamentary and local elections

  • North Korea: Anniversary of Yeongpyeong incident with NKorean soldiers killing 2 South Korean soldiers – 2010

  • Pakistan: Imran Khan announced closure of NATO supply line after this date

END

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