ONS: 23 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian officials dismissed the Turkish ambassador to Cairo and ordered him to leave the country immediately.
  • AMERICAS: The son of one of the world’s most wanted drug lords was arrested at a US-Mexico border crossing and will face drug trafficking charges.
  • ASIA: China created a new air defense zone in the East China Sea amid a territorial dispute with Japan.
  • EUROPE: Rescuers in Latvia spent a second night searching for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed supermarket that killed at least 52.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels seized a key eastern oil field.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Advisors informed President Obama that the US must drop its old operating systems and unsecured browsers to improve cybersecurity.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Talks begin on an unscheduled fourth day.
    • US and Russian diplomats arrived in Geneva to join ongoing nuclear talks.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said he sees ‘real opportunity’ for the six party talks.
    • Iranian negotiator Araqchi said “two or three” differences remain with the major powers.
    • Diplomats are reportedly close to an Iran nuclear deal.
    • Sources: Xinhua, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Officials said the Turkish ambassador to Cairo was ordered to leave the country due to Turkey’s continued “interference” in the Egypt’s internal affairs. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UN envoy in the country called for peaceful legislative elections during the upcoming weekends. (Xinhua)
  • Mauritania: Nationwide elections will proceed despite a boycott of the “radical” opposition. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Al-Bashir renewed his call for dialogue with armed groups. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government accused FARC guerrillas of polluting a river in the jungle area of Putumayo department. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The son of one of the world’s most wanted drug lords was arrested at a US border crossing and will face drug trafficking charges. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: The US criticized a proposal by country’s ruling party to remove presidential term limits, allowing President Ortega to stay in power indefinitely. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thai police found a boy from Burma with almost 10,000 methamphetamine pills in his backpack in western Thailand. (AFP)
  • Burma: The EU will provide 3 million Euros in further humanitarian funding to assist victims of violence in Rakhine and Kachin states. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country created a new air defense zone in the East China Sea amid a territorial dispute with Japan. (AFP)
  • China: 18,000 people were evacuated from the city of Qingdao following an oil spill-triggered blast that killed at least 47 people. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel said the EU needs to talk to Russia to ensure its eastern neighbors don’t face pressure to choose between the West or Moscow. (AP)
  • Latvia: Rescuers spent a second night searching for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed supermarket that killed at least 52. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: U.S. Vice President Biden on called President Yanukovych to express disappointment at Kiev’s move to suspend a free-trade pact with the EU. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: A UN representative said the country has submitted its candidacy to replace Saudi Arabia on the UNSC. (Kyodo)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinians decided to sit out a nine-month period of negotiations before resuming legal action against Israel. (AFP)
  • Syria: The country’s Observatory for Human Rights said rebels seized a key eastern oil field. (AFP)
  • Syria: Prime Minister Ali Haidar survived an assassination attempt near Damascus. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity:  Advisors informed President Obama that the US must drop its old operating systems and unsecured browsers to improve cybersecurity. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Five)
    • Location: 320 NM SW of Little Andaman Island
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Fiji Region
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 377.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: South of Tokyo
    • Volcanic eruption raises new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo (CNN)
  • 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 (24NOV)

  • Bali: World Culture Forum
  • Guinea Bissau: General elections
  • Honduras: Presidential elections
  • Mali: Legislative elections
  • Philippines: Unilateral declaration of truce in typhoon-hit areas will be in effect until this day

 

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