ONS: 27 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian prosecutor ordered the arrest of two prominent activists for inciting protests.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran leftist presidential candidate Castro said her campaign was hit by massive fraud and that she would announce her plans in 48 hours.
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM Narwaz Sharif made GEN Raheel Sharif chief of the army staff and GEN Rashid Mehmood chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee.
  • EUROPE: The Russian Interior Ministry said its agents had detained 14 radical Islamists in Moscow who belonged to al Qaeda linked Takfir wal-Hijra.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Authorities found the bodies of 19 people shot dead in Baghdad, while another 16 people were killed in suicide bombings and other attacks around the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Regional tensions increase with hardened stance on disputed territory.
    • China’s Defense Ministry reported that it “monitored” US B-52 bomber flights in its newly-declared air defense identification zone.
    • The Philippines said the imminent arrival of China’s aircraft carrier in the disputed South China Sea for the first time for a training mission would raise tensions.
    • South Korean FM Yun Byung-Se warned that mounting territorial competition could trigger a rapid deterioration of the security situation in Northeast Asia.
    • China dismissed Australian criticism of its air defense identification zone as “completely mistaken” and raised the possibility of damaged relations.
    • Local Japanese media reported that Japan is considering expanding its air defense identification zone in the Pacific Ocean and stationing fighter jets at bases in the area.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, The Guardian, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A prosecutor ordered the arrest of two prominent activists for inciting protests. (Reuters)
  • Guinea-Bissau: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said “an atmosphere of fear and intimidation” in the country threatens national elections that have been postponed into 2014. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Brazilian VP Temer met with VP Sambo for strategic bilateral talks. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen in Plateau state killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid in four villages. (AP)
  • South Africa: Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and more than 80 other prominent citizens signed a declaration warning of an “assault on democracy” in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: Authorities deported 88 Haitians amid increased tensions. (AP)
  • Honduras: Leftist presidential candidate Castro said her campaign was hit by massive fraud and that she would announce her plans in 48 hours. (AFP)
  • Peru: Authorities destroyed 8,716 kg of drugs confiscated in anti-narcotics operations. (Xinhua)
  • United States: US Border Patrol agents were pelted with rocks and bottles while turning back a crowd of over 100 people who crossed the border illegally. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Suspected Taliban gunmen shot dead six local staffers working for the French aid group ACTED in Faryab province. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The election commission said the country’s general election could be postponed to accommodate opposition parties that are threatening to boycott the polls. (AFP)
  • Japan: The parliament passed a law to create a US-style National Security Council. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Narwaz Sharif made GEN Raheel Sharif chief of the army staff and GEN Rashid Mehmood chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee.(AFP)
  • Thailand: Political protests spread outside the capital as opposition demonstrators moved to occupy additional government buildings. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives agreed to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats. (AFP)
  • Italy: The parliament began debating the expulsion of Silvio Berlusconi. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Interior Ministry said its agents had detained 14 radical Islamists in Moscow who belonged to al Qaeda linked Takfir wal-Hijra. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: PM Azarov said the country still wants to reach an agreement with the EU on closer relations. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Turkish interior ministry reported that hundreds of Turks have crossed into Syria to fight with al Qaeda linked jihadists against the regime. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Rouhani said the country’s economic problems went beyond sanctions and blamed “unparalleled stagflation” on former President Ahmadinejad. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Authorities found the bodies of 19 people shot dead in Baghdad, while another 16 people were killed in suicide bombings and other attacks around the country. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An overnight gun-battle between militants and the Israeli army in the West Bank killed four militants. (Xinhua)
  • Syria:  The government said it will send a delegation to the Geneva peace conference. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Lehar)
    • Location: 272 NM SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Alessia)
    • Location: 105 NM WNW of Mornington Island, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 3
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Ash plumes, additional evacuations. (WSJ)
  • 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 (28NOV)

  • Global: Cyber Security Summit in London, England (to 30NOV)
  • China and South Korea: Talks between deputy defense ministers in Seoul
  • Egypt: Anniversary of first parliamentary elections since Mubarak’s ouster – 2011
  • Madagascar: Two presidential candidates to begin campaigning (to 18DEC)
  • United States: Thanksgiving

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