ONS: 23 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian citizens are set to vote in the country’s first presidential election since the 2011 “Arab Spring” that triggered uprisings across the region.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican government officials and authorities were arrested in connection with the alleged 43 “Marxist students” sent by authorities to be executed by a drug gang.
  • ASIA: North Korea, angered by the UN, threatens to ‘wipe countries off the map’.
  • EUROPE: VP Biden and Pres. Erdogan discuss Islamic State problem; Syria ‘transition’.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Challenged US-Iran nuke deal may experience deadline extension.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Companies bid more than USD $34B for six blocks of government airwaves totaling 65MHz, in a historic FCC auction for use in mobile broadband.

 

TOP STORY

 Iraq: Soldiers launch a major operation against Islamic State militants in seized Ramadi.

  • Pro-government forces repelled a militant attack by the Islamic State group.
  • IS militants killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, in an apparent revenge attack for tribal opposition of the radical Islamists.
  • Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation to retake a section of Ramadi seized by the IS militants.
  • The US plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, to help bolster the battle against militants in Anbar province.
  • Coverage:  LAT, GUA, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram killed 48 fish vendors near the shores of Lake Chad. (AFP)
  • Mali: The country confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern of further spread of the disease which has killed five Malians since the outbreak. (WSJ)
  • Tunisia: Citizens are set to vote in the country’s first presidential election since the 2011 “Arab Spring” that triggered uprisings across the region. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels plan to release abductee Gen. Alzate, who they captured due to displeasure with the peace talks process. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Government officials and authorities were arrested in connection with an alleged scandal called “one of the most serious human rights abuses in recent Latin American history,” whereby 43 “Marxist students” were sent by authorities to be executed. (CNN)
  • United States: The House Intelligence Committee found that the CIA and the military acted properly in response to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Minister reported 30 Taliban militants killed in fresh operations, carried out by ANSF in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Farah and Helmand provinces. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: A bilateral security agreement was reached to extend the combat role of US troops in the country through the end of the year. (AP)
  • Japan: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook Nagano Prefecture and surrounding areas in central Honshu, injuring at least 39 people and causing damage. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The country expressed anger and threatened to ‘wipe Japan (and others) off the map’ in retaliation over the U.N. resolution condemning its human rights violations. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: FM Yun extended offers to China and North Korea to discuss three-way cooperation on non-political, regional infrastructure development projects. (Yonhap)
  • Korea, South: PM Chung pledged strong retaliation against any attacks from the North as the country commemorated its fourth anniversary of the Yeonpyeong island shelling. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Protesters clashed with police over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade in the latest of a series of demonstrations, which have embarrassed the Socialist government. (GUA)
  • Poland: The country’s ruling Civic Platform party secured the majority of provincial assembly seats, further agitating tension in an already contentious vote. (REU)
  • Portugal: Former PM Socrates was detained in conjunction with corruption charges related to money-laundering and bribery. (BBC)
  • Romania: Chief prosecutor Alina Bica, tasked with investigating organized crime and terrorism, was arrested on corruption charges stemming from a real estate deal alleged to have cost the government USD $75M. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov accused Western sanctions over the country’s actions in Ukraine of being a plot to induce regime change. (BBC)
  • Turkey: US VP Biden met with Pres. Erdogan to discuss ways to defeat the Islamic State group and strengthen the Syrian opposition. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US VP Biden pledged a USD $135M humanitarian aid package to feed and support refugees of the Syrian Civil War. (WSJ)
  • Bahrain: Sunni ballots cast in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the Arab Spring were minimized by the intimidation tactics of Shiite opposition groups such as al-Wefaq. (WSJ)
  • Iran: With deadline looming, Western diplomats warned that Tehran will wait until the very end of negotiations to make their most important concessions on key issues of enrichment and sanctions relief. (WSJ)
  • Iran: Both the US and Germany said the sides were working to close “big gaps”, with some suggestions that the deadline could be extended.(BBC)
  • Iran: The country’s ISNA said a comprehensive deal by the Monday deadline will be impossible to reach. (REU)
  • Iraq: A car bomb killed seven people 12 miles SW of Baghdad in Yusifiyah. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Companies bid more than USD $34B for six blocks of government airwaves totaling 65MHz, in a historic FCC auction for use in mobile broadband. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 16KM NNE of Omachi, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
    • Substantial ashfall in Zapotiltic, Jalisco, and Luis Felipe Puente. (Yucatan Times)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 14,414 (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, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint 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 (24NOV)

  • Nothing to report.

 

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