ONS: 25 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, a bomb concealed in a rickshaw hit a crowded market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Hagel will step down as Secretary of Defense.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that US policies have failed in the region and called for solutions to problems in the region by regional countries.
  • EUROPE: Greek authorities launched a rescue mission with five ships for a freighter carrying hundreds of migrants drifting in high winds off the island of Crete.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni troops freed eight hostages, including a US soldier, from a group of al-Qaeda militants who were killed in a dawn raid.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU lawmakers are to vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Deadline for end of nuclear talks extended to mixed reactions.
    • Iran’s media were deeply split on the merit of extending nuclear talks with the West, with conservative newspapers slamming the move as reformist outlets said progress had been made.
    • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US and EU were unable “to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees.”
    • US Secretary of State Kerry defended extending the deadline for a nuclear deal, saying “real and substantial progress” was made in talks in Vienna and calling on US lawmakers not to impose new sanctions on Tehran.
    • French FM Fabius said the US, France and other world powers were making some headway in persuading Tehran to roll back parts of the infrastructure that it has in place to process uranium into nuclear fuel.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Petroleum Minister Ismail said the country is speeding up talks with Cyprus to import natural gas for its own domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries. (AP)
  • Kenya: Thousands of civil servants, teachers and medics were warned by their unions to leave northeastern regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks. (AFP)
  • Libya: A new air strike hit Tripoli’s sole operational airport, a day after a raid claimed by forces loyal to a prominent anti-Islamist general. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A bomb concealed in a rickshaw hit a crowded market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Head of the EU observer mission Annemie Neyts-Uytterbroeck said that the first presidential election since a 2011 revolution was “pluralist and transparent.” (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang held talks with Congress President Cardozo and President of Chamber of Representatives Saleme on increasing cooperation between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Hundreds of protesters stormed the state prosecutor’s office in Guerrero in the latest demonstration against the government’s handling of the apparent killing of 43 students. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Hagel will step down as Secretary of Defense. (NYT)
  • United States: President Obama appealed for calm as protests spread across the country over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Modi and Nepalese PM Koirala are to oversee the signing of a deal for a USD1 billion hydroelectricity project. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials reported that Kabul was hit by two explosions, one of which wounded six soldiers. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong police arrested at least 10 people as scuffles broke out when demonstrators tried to block authorities from clearing part of a pro-democracy protest site. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that US policies have failed in the region and called for solutions to problems in the region by regional countries. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Pope Francis arrived in Strasbourg for a visit to the European Parliament where he is expected to call for a “tired” Europe to reinvigorate itself. (AFP)
  • France: FM Fabius said the conditions were not right to deliver a high-tech warship to Russia given the Ukraine crisis, as pressure from Moscow grows to hand over the vessel. (AFP)
  • Greece: Authorities launched a rescue mission with five ships for a freighter carrying hundreds of migrants drifting in high winds off the island of Crete. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A UN expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda says the Islamic State group received between USD35 million and USD45 million in ransom payments in the past year. (AP)
  • Syria: French FM Fabius said France was working alongside UN envoy Staffan de Mistura who has proposed a “freeze” in fighting in the second city of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Troops freed eight hostages, including a US soldier, from a group of al-Qaeda militants who were killed in a dawn raid. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU lawmakers are to vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 310km W of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (26NOV)

  • Egypt: Final defense statements at the trial of former president Morsi

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