ONS: 24 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Sisi is to meet with Pope Francis in Rome in his first European trip since taking office.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military suspended its operations in the east in order to allow the liberation of two soldiers held by FARC rebels.
  • ASIA: The Indian government named national security adviser Ajit Doval as a special envoy on China, opening the way for resumption of talks on the disputed border.
  • EUROPE: Authorities in the UK are due to outline a new set of counter-terrorism measures, including a ban on insurance companies reimbursing ransom payments.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias have retaken two towns seized by militants in Diyala province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Symantec reported that an advanced malicious software application called ‘Regin’ has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes, and individuals in 10 countries.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Diplomats expected to push for deadline extension.
    • Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations and reconvene next month, possibly in Oman.
    • US Secretary Kerry raised the idea of extending the talks in a meeting Sunday night with Iranian FM Zarif.
    • Chinese FM Wang Yi said negotiators are still having “consultations” on a final agreement that meets both US demands and Iran’s push for sanctions relief.
    • A European official said the possibility of securing a final agreement “seems physically impossible.”
    • Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted a source close to the Iranian negotiating team as saying they were still focused on reaching an agreement.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The EU said that a Dutch aid ship is finishing its tour of the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, docking in Liberia to deliver supplies including medical equipment. (AP)
  • DR Congo: Regional deputies said that 100 people were killed last week in the east of the country in a suspected rebel attack. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Sisi is to meet with Pope Francis in Rome in his first European trip since taking office. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Exit polls suggested that neither of the two leading candidates, interim President Moncef Marzouki or former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, was likely to win an outright majority. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military suspended its operations in the east in order to allow the liberation of two soldiers held by FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo arrived in the country on his first official visit to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government summoned Uruguay’s ambassador after Uruguayan President Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students suggests the country is a failed state. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The death toll in the country’s deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50, with 63 wounded, as NATO confirmed that two of its service members were killed in an insurgent attack. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s war crimes court sentenced former ruling party official Mobarak Hossain to hang for mass murder. (Reuters)
  • China: Beijing dismissed as “irresponsible” US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • India: The government named national security adviser Ajit Doval as a special envoy on China, opening the way for resumption of talks on the disputed border. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Taliban gunmen wounded a polio health worker in the northwest at the start of a fresh campaign to vaccinate children. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: An official said an envelope mailed to Finance Minister Babis contained poison, the second such case in a week. (AP)
  • Russia: Finance Minister Siluanov said the country is set to lose USD40 billion per year due to Western sanctions over Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Three soldiers were killed in clashes between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Authorities are due to outline a new set of counterterrorism measures, including a ban on insurance companies reimbursing ransom payments. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government troops backed by Shiite militias have retaken two towns seized by militants in Diyala province. (AP)
  • Israel: Police reported that three youths attacked a Palestinian in Jerusalem amid heightened tensions. (AP)
  • Syria: Kurdish fighters gained ground from the Islamic State in battles in the town of Kobane. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Symantec reported that an advanced malicious software application called ‘Regin’ has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes, and individuals in 10 countries. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Fogo Volcano, Cape Verde
    • Eruption and evacuations (Reuters)
  • 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 21NOV: 909 (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 21NOV: 331 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25NOV)

  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 1999
  • Argentina: National Sovereignty Day
  • Europe Region: Pope Francis will speak to members of the European parliament in the French city of Strasbourg

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