ONS: 26 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN-AU mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said that the country asked it to close its human rights office in Khartoum, as the government accused its peacekeepers of abuses.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto is to announce on Thursday a new strategy to tackle the country’s dysfunctional justice system, two months after 43 students disappeared.
  • ASIA: The UN appealed for USD405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of Afghanistan in 2015.
  • EUROPE: US GEN Breedlove is to meet with Ukrainian President Poroshenko as Kiev heightened tensions with Russia by stating it hopes to join NATO.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  At least 95 people were killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group said in a new toll.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Europol reported that gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young people into crime and human trafficking.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Regional powers outline agendas at SAARC summit.
    • The 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) opened with a focus on regional security, trade, and integration issues.
    • Indian PM Modi was due to hold two-way talks with every country in the region except Pakistan.
    • Pakistani PM Sharif said, “My vision for our region is a dispute-free South Asia, where, instead of fighting each other, we jointly fight poverty,” in a speech that acknowledged the grouping’s sparse achievements.
    • Afghanistan’s new President Ghani told the leaders of India and Pakistan he would not let his country become the battleground of a proxy war.
    • Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa called for a common voice on international issues and cooperation on eradicating terrorism regionally and globally.
    • Coverage: AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An IMF official said that the country’s economy has begun to recover after four years of slow activity. (AP)
  • Libya: The country’s rival government said it wants to send its oil minister to the OPEC summit in Vienna and will refuse to comply with any production decisions if it is denied access. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UN-AU mission in Darfur said that the country asked it to close its human rights office in Khartoum, as the government accused its peacekeepers of abuses. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: VP Joice Mujuru was ousted from the ruling party’s powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Mugabe. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: President Nieto is to announce on Thursday a new strategy to tackle the country’s dysfunctional justice system, two months after 43 students disappeared. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: Authorities seized 500 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated USD11.5 million. (AP)
  • United States: Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson amid an increased National Guard presence, a day after crowds looted businesses and set fire to buildings. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN appealed for USD405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the country in 2015. (AP)
  • China: Director-general of the treaty and law division of the Foreign Ministry Xu Rong called on the US and other Western countries to work with Beijing to send back corrupt officials who have fled overseas. (AP)
  • Malaysia: PM Razak said the country will soon introduce a new anti-terrorism law to counter a potential security threat from supporters of the extremist Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least eight suspected militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel said continued sanctions against Russia are “unavoidable” and that it will take “patience and perseverance” to end the crisis in Ukraine. (AP)
  • Region: New EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled a 315-billion-euro investment plan to “kick-start” the economy. (AFP)
  • Greece: Authorities said that a navy vessel is towing a crippled freighter with 700 migrants on board to safety on the southern island of Crete. (AP)
  • Ukraine: US GEN Breedlove is to meet with President Poroshenko as Kiev heightened tensions with Russia by stating it hopes to join NATO. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 95 people were killed in regime air strikes on the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group said in a new toll. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Armed tribesmen blew up the country’s main oil pipeline, halting the flow to the export terminal on the Red Sea coast. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Europol reported that gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young people into crime and human trafficking. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 21W (Twentyone)
    • Location: 508 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan
    • Ash plume (AFP)
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27NOV)

  • Global: Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria
  • Global: Ministerial meeting of the Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to be held in Istanbul (to 28NOV)
  • European Union: EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion
  • Tonga: Legislative assembly elections
  • Kazakhstan:  25th session of the Energy Charter Conference
  • Ukraine: The newly elected Ukrainian parliament will meet for the first time
  • United States: Thanksgiving

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