ONS: 26 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Major General Gary Volesky of the US Army 101st Division took command of troops that are part of Washington’s effort to counter the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a US Defense Department statement said.
  • AMERICAS: Candidates in Sunday’s Uruguayan presidential elections leave doubts about the future of outgoing-President Jose Mujica’s hallmark reform legalizing the sale of marijuana.
  • ASIA: The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they transferred a massive military base to Afghan control.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian voters are to go to the polls in snap elections for a new parliament as President Petro Poroshenko called the poll to cement a new direction for the country after the ousting of pro-Russian leaders earlier this year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: To avoid a possible collapse of nuclear talks, six world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran have begun discussing whether to again extend negotiations, according to Western officials.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Communications Commission’s incentive mobile carrier spectrum auction has been challenged in a lawsuit by broadcasters, resulting in a delay until 2016.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brazil’s Presidential Election: An election too close to call in a divided country.
    • Millions of Brazilians are voting for a new president in what correspondents say is the tightest vote the country has seen in decades.
    • Conflicting polls show a neck-and-neck race: some polls have President Dilma Rousseff leading her opponent, whereas others have Aecio Neves ahead.
    • Voters are likely to be divided between those who feel better off than they did before the Workers’ Party took office and those who believe its reign, no matter how successful, is no longer producing results.
    • Brazil’s social and economic divisions have become key focal points for the electorate as both candidates have tried to bridge differences between business-friendly and social welfare policies.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, IB Times, Reuters, Telegraph, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Major General Gary Volesky of the US Army 101st Division took command of troops that are part of Washington’s effort to counter the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a US Defense Department statement said. (AAP)
  • Botswana: The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), won a majority of parliament seats in the country’s 11th general elections, meaning incumbent President Ian Khama will have a second term. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a suicide bombing, by a suspected jihadist, which killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula was carried out with “external support”. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s remote desert south has become a haven for north African jihadists who have set up training camps in what has traditionally been a hotbed of arms smuggling, according to experts. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir vowed Saturday to end the sanctions-hit country’s isolation, saying recent visits to regional powers Egypt and Saudi Arabia proved that ties were improving. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Saturday demanded compensation for the victims of the conflict, which should include soldiers, policemen, political prisoners, as well as guerrilla fighters. (Xinhua)
  • Uruguay: Candidates in Sunday’s presidential elections leaves doubts about the future of outgoing-President Jose Mujica’s hallmark reform legalizing the sale of marijuana. (Guardian)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in the country officially ended their operations on Sunday as they transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military. (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong: Pro-democracy activists on Sunday suspended a planned vote on the next steps in their month-long protest – hours before it was due to begin – due to differing opinions on how the movement should proceed, organizers said. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo finalized his cabinet, which is a mix of professional, technocratic and political appointments. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Japan: Public approval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government slumped after the resignation of two high-profile cabinet ministers last week, according to a poll. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The country’s military said on Sunday it had killed 18 militants in air attacks in a troubled tribal district near the Afghan border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: The country will turn back its clocks for the last time on Sunday to permanently adopt winter hours, while increasing its time zones from nine to 11. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian voters are to go to the polls in snap elections for a new parliament as President Petro Poroshenko called the poll to cement a new direction for the country after the ousting of pro-Russian leaders earlier this year. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British photojournalist and ISIS hostage John Cantlie has told how captives have been water-boarded for trying to escape in the latest propaganda video released by the terror group. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces say they have recaptured the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State militants while further south, Iraqi security forces are reported to have ejected IS from Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad. (BBC)
  • Iran: To avoid a possible collapse of nuclear talks, six world powers seeking a nuclear deal with the country have begun discussing whether to again extend negotiations, according to Western officials. (LAT)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rohani has called the acid attacks against women “inhumane deeds” and ordered law enforcement officials to find those responsible. (RFE/RL)
  • Syria: As many as 25 people, including women and children, were killed overnight by Syrian airstrikes and shelling against rebel-held areas in the country’s central province of Homs, a monitoring group reported. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Federal Communications Commission’s incentive mobile carrier spectrum auction has been challenged in a lawsuit by broadcasters, resulting in a delay until 2016. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 805 NM N of Barking Sands
    • Movement: NE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 33 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Four)
    • Location: 448 NM SSE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Winds: 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea, Hawaii
    • Lava advancing towards town of Pahoa, evacuations possible. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 10,141 (DR Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone,  Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 4922 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16OCT: 877 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 16OCT: 317 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27OCT)

  • Global: International Conference on Challenges Faced By Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security in Beijing (to 31OCT)
  • India and Vietnam: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will visit India
  • Turkmenistan: Independence Day – 1991

 

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