ONS: 25 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Militants in Sudan killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an ambush on a UN convoy in Darfur.
  • AMERICAS: In Honduras, leading presidential candidates conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez and leftist Xiomara Castro both declared victory in presidential elections before the conclusion of vote counting.
  • ASIA: China summoned the Japanese ambassador over Tokyo’s response to Beijing’s new “air defense identification zone.”
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian Pro-Western protesters clashed with police near the government seat in Kiev in a second day of major protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said Syrian government and opposition negotiators will meet in Geneva on 22JAN14.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple confirmed that it acquired Israeli 3D sensor company PrimeSense.

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Government clashes with rebels in Benghazi.
    • Clashes between jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia and government special forces in Benghazi killed nine people and wounded 49 others.
    • Military governor Colonel Saidi declared a “state of alert” and ordered all soldiers to report for duty at their barracks.
    • Spokesman for the country’s special forces Colonel Zwei said fighting broke out after a special forces patrol near the group’s headquarters came under attack.
    • This is the first such confrontation between the army and Ansar al-Sharia.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: A senior military official said the fighting between the military and M23 rebels killed more than 900 combatants. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Four people close to former VP Bemba were arrested on suspicion of tampering with witnesses in his war crimes trial in The Hague. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Militants hurled a hand grenade at a police checkpoint near el-Quba palace, wounding one of the guards. (AP)
  • Sudan: Militants killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an ambush on a UN convoy in Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Soldiers killed 10 ELN guerrillas in clashes in Fortul. (EFE)
  • Dominican Republic: Authorities expelled 244 Haitians amid increased tensions. (AP)
  • Honduras: Leading presidential candidates conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez and leftist Xiomara Castro both declared victory in presidential elections before the conclusion of vote counting. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China summoned the Japanese ambassador over Tokyo’s response to Beijing’s new “air defense identification zone.” (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Loya Jirga endorsed the BSA security deal but President Karzai refused to say whether he would sign it into law (Reuters)
  • China: Radical Islamic group the Turkistan Islamic Party warned of possible new attacks in Beijing. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The US hinted at more sanctions against the country over its atomic weapons program. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Protesters entered the Finance Ministry compound in Bangkok in an escalating campaign against the government of PM Shinawatra. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Local media reported that Chancellor Merkel’s cellphone was tapped by at least five foreign intelligence agencies. (UPI)
  • Italy: PM Letta’s coalition government will call a confidence vote to pass the 2014 budget law in the Senate this week. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Western protesters clashed with police near the government seat in Kiev in a second day of major protests. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: French FM Fabius said the EU would likely lift some sanctions on the country in December. (AFP)
  • Iran: Canada said it would keep its sanctions regime against the country and called for a more conclusive accord. (AFP)
  • Iraq: France offered weapons, training and intelligence cooperation to help the country combat worsening violence. (AFP)
  • Israel: Authorities approved the construction of 829 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said government and opposition negotiators will meet in Geneva on 22JAN14. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple confirmed that it acquired Israeli 3D sensor company PrimeSense. (Techcrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Lehar)
    • Location: 550 NM SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 877km E of Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Multiple eruptions of lava and ash, evacuations of 15,000 people. (AP)
  • 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 (26NOV)

  • Brunei: 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum on Migrant Labor (to NOV27)
  • India: Anniversary of the coordinated 2008 Mumbai attacks, killing 164 and wounding at least 308 – 2008
  • Iran: 31st Anniversary of Day Basij – 1979
  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad must appear before criminal court following complaint lodged by parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani
  • Iran: Turkey’s FM Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Iran (to NOV27)
  • Italy and Russia: Intergovernmental talks in the 2+2 format to take place in Trieste, Italy
  • Nigeria: Oil & Gas Fundamentals 2013 in Lagos (to 28NOV)
  • Scotland: Scottish government’s white paper setting out its platform on independence set to be published

 

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