ONS: 25 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 26, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Berlin will contribute up to 650 soldiers to the French-led operation against jihadists in Mali.
  • AMERICAS: The Canadian government says it will resettle only 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year – less than half the number it promised earlier.
  • ASIA: Moldova said two of its nationals were among those captured by the Taliban after their helicopter crash-landed in northern Afghanistan and appealed to the US for help.
  • EUROPE: Russian state giant Gazprom said it halted gas deliveries to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen’s raging conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US hotel chain Hilton revealed hackers infected some of its point-of-sale computer systems with malware crafted to steal credit card information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Russia threatens “serious consequences” over downed jet.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted the incident would have “serious consequences” for relations between the two countries.
    • Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev warned Turkey’s “criminal” downing of a Russian jet fighter had caused a dangerous deterioration in ties between Russia and NATO and as a result said Moscow may reject planned joint projects with Turkey.
    • One of the pilots who parachuted from the plane arrived at a Russian base in Latakia after being rescued by members of the Syrian army.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country does not want to escalate tensions with Russia over the incident but defended his country’s actions.
    • A US official said Washington believes the jet was hit inside Syrian air space after a brief incursion into Turkey, an assessment based on detection of the heat signature of the aircraft.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, VOA, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Rwandan President Paul Kagame urged the East Africa Community (EAC) to address challenging issues, such as insecurity, bad governance and corruption. (Xinhua)
  • Region: China will announce a package of initiatives to support Africa’s development at the forthcoming Johannesburg meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Berlin will contribute up to 650 soldiers to the French-led operation against jihadists in the nation. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: At least 1,678 women were killed in 2014 in 14 Latin American and three Caribbean countries simply because of their gender, according to the UN. (AFP)
  • Canada: The government says it will resettle only 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year – less than half the number it promised earlier. (BBC)
  • United States: President Barack Obama’s national security team believes there is “no specific, credible threat” to the country from Islamic State. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and the US agreed to continue conducting joint military drills, as well as helping Southeast Asian countries increase their capabilities. (Kyodo)
  • Region: China harshly criticized the Philippines’ case against it at an arbitration tribunal over rival claims in the South China Sea, calling the process a “political provocation.” (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Moldova said two of its nationals were among those captured by the Taliban after their helicopter crash-landed in the country’s north and appealed to the US for help. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Police have arrested a suspected extremist for sending death threats to prominent secular academics, as the country reels from rising extremist violence. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The island recorded 496 new dengue fever cases, taking the total number to 37,720, the worst outbreak in years. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French PM Manuel Valls urged the EU to limit the number of migrants it allows into the bloc, following heightened security concerns after the Paris attacks. (AFP)
  • Austria: Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner is considering implementing an upper limit on the number of asylum seekers her country will accept. (Xinhua)
  • Belgium: Brussels struggled to get back to normal after four days at the highest possible terror alert with schools reopening and the metro partially back in service. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Authorities have detained five people who they say are part of a paramilitary group that was planning armed attacks on institutes. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Russian state giant Gazprom said it halted gas deliveries to the country after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Due to low oil prices, Gulf States have embarked on belt-tightening measures to cut spending and boost non-crude revenues. (AFP)
  • Region: A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the West Bank and was “neutralized,” police said, with medics saying a 20-year-old was seriously wounded in the incident. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight in the country’s raging conflict. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US hotel chain Hilton revealed hackers infected some of its point-of-sale computer systems with malware crafted to steal credit card information. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm In-Fa
    • Location: 411 NM SW of Iwo To
    • Wind: 51 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Sandra
    • Location: 540 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 169km WNW of Iberia, Peru
    • Magnitude: 7.6
    • Depth: 600.6 km
    • Map
  • 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 25NOV: 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 25NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 25NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 25NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 25NOV: 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 25NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26NOV)

  • Asia Region: South Korea set to ratify free trade agreement with China at parliamentary plenary session
  • Europe Region: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta
  • Gibraltar: General elections
  • India: Anniversary of the Mumbai bombings – 2008
  • Russia: French President Francois Hollande to visit Moscowto discuss anti-ISIS efforts with President Putin
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron to address parliament to press for strikes on Syria

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