ONS: 24 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s interim government announced the deployment of 3,000 troops into Tripoli.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles rallied thousands of demonstrators to underscore opposition to President Maduro’s special emergency powers.
  • ASIA: Japanese FM Kishida warned that “unpredictable events” could follow China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense zone.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of pro-Western Ukranians marched in Kiev to protest against the government’s decision to reject an EU trade treaty.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 160 Syrian rebel fighters and government troops have been killed in two days of clashes in the Eastern Ghouta region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA accessed over 50,000 computer networks in 2012 and infected them with spying malware.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Major powers reach deal on Iranian nuclear program.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said the agreement will “open new horizons.”
    • Israel criticized the nuclear pact, saying it would not prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon welcomed the interim agreement reached in Geneva.
    • Sources: WSJ, AFP, WSJ-2, Xinhua, WSJ-3, NYT, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Armed militiamen took control of a northern village following a local territorial dispute. (AFP)
  • Libya: The interim government announced the deployment of 3,000 troops into Tripoli. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The threat of of Islamist reprisals overshadowed parliamentary elections intended to solidify the nation’s return to democracy. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Regional: Colombia and Ecuador vowed to build long-term friendly bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: National elections are set to begin. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: The US criticized a ruling party proposal to remove presidential term limits. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles rallied thousands of demonstrators to underscore opposition to President Maduro’s special emergency powers. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese FM Kishida warned that “unpredictable events” could follow China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense zone. (Reuters)
  • China: The death toll from Friday’s recent oil pipeline blasts in the Shandong Province rose to 52. (AP)
  • Philippines: Three Chinese medical teams arrived in the country to treat victims of Typhoon Haiyan. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Bangkok protested PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s alleged influence on the current government. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Latvia: Citing safety concerns, government officials delayed the search for victims of a supermarket roof collapse that killed at least 54 people. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Thousands of pro-Western citizens marched in Kiev to protest against the government’s decision to reject an EU trade treaty. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A group of Syrian and Palestinian refugees detained in Egypt began a hunger strike to protest spending over two months in captivity. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Authorities arrested two Gulf citizens who were former Guantanamo detainees on suspicion of preparing a “terrorist act.” (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 160 rebel fighters and government troops have been killed in two days of clashes in the Eastern Ghouta region. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA accessed over 50,000 computer networks in 2012 and infected them with spying malware. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Alessia)
    • Location: 136 NM SW of Darwin, Australia
    • Movement: E at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Five)
    • Location: 775 NM E-SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: W-NW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Continuous eruptions spewing out red-hot ash and rocks up to five miles into the air. (AFP)
  • 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 (25NOV)

  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of cyclone with 70-mph winds killing 5, displacing 300,000 – 1995
  • Cyprus: President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will discuss Cypriot peace process
  • Japan: IAEA experts to visit the Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of Hindraf mass gathering – 2011
  • Russia and United States: Bilateral talks to prepare Geneva II talks
  • Russia: Catholic Pope to receive President Putin

 

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