ONS: 24 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 25, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, three policemen have been killed and 12 others wounded in an attack on a hotel in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula that involved a suicide car bomb.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will announce his plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and he says all 10 of the provincial premiers support bringing that many in.
  • ASIA: Lawyers for the Philippines will appear before a panel of international judges in The Hague, seeking a ruling that could bolster territorial claims by a series of countries against China in the resource-rich South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Power cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said there was no global support for a US-led ground force in Syria to destroy the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In the middle of a huge police anti-terrorism operation in Brussels, Belgians cooperated with a police request for a blackout, including social media.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Military shoots down Russian jet for airspace violation.
    • Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian jet after Turkey says it violated its airspace near the border with Syria.
    • While the cause of the crash is still unclear, if it turns out that the plane was shot down, that would greatly exacerbate tensions in one of the most fraught regions of the world.
    • It reported that Turkish officials said 10 warnings were issued in five minutes before the warplane was shot down by two F-16 jets.
    • Russia insists that its warplane did not violate Turkish air space.
    • The pilots are believed to have ejected and a search is going on for them, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
    • At Ankara’s request, NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting at 1600 GMT to discuss the incident.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, USA Today, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Four gunmen shot dead a policeman and a teacher in a bar in the country’s east, the latest clashes in months of unrest. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Three policemen have been killed and 12 others wounded in an attack on a hotel in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula that involved a suicide car bomb. (AP)
  • Somalia: The country’s Shebab fighters have warned they will “cut the throat” of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Peace talks between Sudan’s government and rebels have adjourned without a deal after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: PM Justin Trudeau will announce his plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and he says all 10 of the provincial premiers support bringing that many in. (AP)
  • Colombia: Delegations from five continents gathered in the city of Cartagena to map out a common policy proposal to fight drugs. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: President Raul Castro held talks with the visiting emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and signed several economic collaboration agreements. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan will face greater backlash from the US and other members of the international community if it continues to deny responsibility for sexual slavery during World War II, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said. (Yonhap)
  • Region: Lawyers for the Philippines will appear before a panel of international judges in The Hague, seeking a ruling that could bolster territorial claims by a series of countries against China in the resource-rich South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull warned a terrorist attack on his country’s soil is “likely” at some stage in the future. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea criticized the South for staging a live-fire drill near their disputed sea border, just days before talks designed to improved relations. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Power cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: Prosecutors were investigating an explosion at a police station which authorities said could be an act of “terrorism”. (AFP)
  • Italy: The country is expelling four Bologna-based Moroccans suspected of promoting jihadism. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: An opinion poll showed more than half of Britons want to leave the EU as voter anxiety over security was stoked by Islamist militant attacks on Paris. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian rammed a vehicle into Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, wounding three of them before being shot. (AFP)
  • Region: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said there was no global support for a US-led ground force in Syria to destroy the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Israel: US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned a wave of Palestinian attacks targeting Israelis as he met PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Iran-backed rebels have blown up several bridges in the mountainous southwestern Taez province to hamper the advance of pro-government forces. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: In the middle of a huge police anti-terrorism operation in Brussels, Belgians cooperated with a police request for a blackout, including social media. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon In-Fa
    • Location: 564 NM WSW of Iwo To
    • Wind: 92 mph
    • Movement: NE at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Annabelle)
    • Location: 798 NM SSE of Diego Garcio
    • Wind: 51 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Rick
    • Location: 560 NM W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,634 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 24NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, 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, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 25,739
      • Deaths as of 24NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 24NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 24NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24NOV: 1618 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 24NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25NOV)

  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Argentina: National Sovereignty Day
  • Africa Region: Pope Francis to visit Kenya, Uganda, and Central African Republic (to 30NOV)
  • Russia: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visits Russia (to 26NOV)

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