ONS: 26 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France is to send 800 extra troops to the Central African Republic and circulate a UNSC resolution on backing an African force in the country.
  • AMERICAS: The Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal said that conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez’s lead in the presidential race was “irreversible.”
  • ASIA: Thai opposition protesters besieged several more ministries as PM Shinawatra faced a no-confidence motion in parliament.
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Letta is to hold a meeting with Russian President Putin where they will unveil a one billion euro joint investment fund.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two gunmen in Yemen shot and killed a Russian military advisor and wounded another as they left a hotel in Sanaa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NATO launched its largest-ever cyber exercises to practice warding off massive, simultaneous attacks on member states and their partners.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community and internal factions react to Geneva II plans.
    • French FM Fabius said January Geneva peace talks will take place without the presence of President Assad or radical opposition groups.
    • The head of the Free Syrian Army said that rebel forces loyal to him would continue to fight the regime throughout the talks.
    • The main opposition National Coalition insisted that President Assad play no role in the country’s political future, while hailing the fixing of a date for peace talks.
    • US Secretary Kerry welcomed the peace conference calling it an “important meeting at an important time.”
    • Iranian FM Zarif said Iran was prepared to take part in the peace talks if invited.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: France is to send 800 extra troops to the country and circulate a UNSC resolution on backing an African force in the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The army killed a leading al Qaeda-inspired militant and his son in clashes in al-Joura village. (AP)
  • Libya: Local officials called for civil disobedience including strikes for three days in Benghazi after clashes between radical Islamist fighters and the army. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The judiciary freed prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who had faced charges of obstructing the course of justice during a police raid. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuadorian President Correa and Colombian President Santos pledged to further bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The FARC said it wants an active role in a pilot project to get coca farmers to grow alternative crops. (UPI)
  • Honduras: The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said that conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez’s lead in the presidential race was “irreversible.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia summoned China’s ambassador to voice opposition to China’s announcement of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: US National Security Adviser Rice called on President Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement or risk a total US pullout by the end of 2014. (NYT)
  • Malaysia: The government summoned the High Commissioner from Singapore over a report that said the city-state helped facilitate US-Australian surveillance in the region. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Activists blocked the main supply route for provisions destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan to protest against US drone strikes. (BBC)
  • Thailand: Opposition protesters besieged several more ministries as PM Shinawatra faced a no-confidence motion in parliament. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries pledged to boost two-way investment and trade. (AFP)
  • France: The IMF’s chief economist Blanchard said the decision by debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade French sovereign debt was not justified. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Letta is to hold a meeting with Russian President Putin where they will unveil a one billion euro joint investment fund. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Scottish First Minister Salmond unveiled his government’s legal argument for independence from the UK ahead of a referendum in September 2014. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government executed 11 people convicted of crimes related to “terrorist attacks”. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The Syrian conflict has compromised the ability of authorities to effectively combat marijuana growth and distribution in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: The WHO reported two new cases of polio virus in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 17. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two gunmen shot and killed a foreign military advisor and wounded another as they left a hotel in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: NATO launched its largest-ever cyber exercises to practice warding off massive, simultaneous attacks on member states and their partners. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Lehar)
    • Location: 471 NM SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Ash plumes, heightened alert level. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26NOV: 160 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26NOV: 68 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27NOV)

  • Europe: European Partnership Summit to begin in Vilnius (to 29NOV)
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iraqi parliament ratifying US troop presence until 2011 – 2008
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Abbas and Israeli premier Ehud Olmert formally restarting negotiations in Maryland – 2007
  • Italy: Members of the Senate due to vote on Berlusconi’s ejection
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of US air strikes killing 24 Pakistani soldiers, prompting Pakistan to suspend overland NATO supply routes into Afghanistan for 7 months – 2011
  • Judaism: Chanukah begins at sundown (to 05DEC)

 

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