ONS: 27 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 27, 2014

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

27 November 2014

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ghana’s opposition has called for a parliamentary inquiry into allegations that a suspected cocaine trafficker had access to the presidential lounge at the country’s main airport.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be formally charged for what prosecutors are saying is her role in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber in Afghanistan attacked a British embassy vehicle in capital Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others.
  • EUROPE: NATO’s top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian “militarization” of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The U.N. atomic agency (IAEA) needs more funds from member states to continue monitoring an extended Iran interim nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Colombia must assign more spectrum for wireless Internet services within the next eight years to meet growing demand, the National Spectrum Agency said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ebola: Experimental vaccine showing early promise
    • The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.
    • More than 5,600 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, even as case incidence in two hard-hit countries appeared to be stabilizing.
    • Sierra Leone will soon displace Liberia as the worst-hit of the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
    • National Institutes of Health researchers reported that a possible vaccine for the Ebola virus appears to be safe in early testing and that a clinical study in West Africa can go ahead as planned late this year or in early 2015.
    • Despite progress in the effort to halt the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, global health organizations have far to go to meet a self-imposed Dec. 1 deadline for isolating patients with the deadly disease and safely burying those who die of it.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, WP, WSJ, WSJ-2

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The country’s military has freed 16 hostages, including a Polish priest, captured by rebels from the Central African Republic (CAR), the president says. (BBC)
  • Egypt: A court has sentenced 78 youth to up to five years in prison for protesting with the Muslim Brotherhood. (BBC)
  • Ghana: The nation’s opposition has called for a parliamentary inquiry into allegations that a suspected cocaine trafficker had access to the presidential lounge at the country’s main airport. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday criticized the government for its move to devalue the country’s currency naira. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Threats of violence and flawed legislation are undercutting the country’s efforts to return huge swaths of land illegally snatched from poor farmers during the country’s half-century conflict, according to a study released Thursday. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police seized more than five tons of marijuana worth an estimated USD 1 million in the northern states of Nuevo Leon and San Luis Potosi. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Some 10,000 delegates attending a UN climate change conference in Lima next month will get around in ecological cars, the state media reported Wednesday. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be formally charged for what prosecutors are saying is her role in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Japan held a fresh round of talks in Seoul on Thursday over Japan’s sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, Seoul’s foreign ministry said. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others. (AP)
  • China: The country has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by campaigners as a major step forward. (BBC)
  • North Korea: Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Finance Minister Sommai Phasee has told the BBC that democratic elections could be delayed for another 18 months. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO’s top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian “militarization” of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea. (BBC)
  • Italy: Police broke up a gang of counterfeiters who they claim were responsible for producing up to 90 per cent of false euros in circulation worldwide. (Telegraph)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy will on Thursday present a new law aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, amid a massive corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Thousands protested in London on Wednesday in sympathy with demonstrations across the US over the Ferguson police shooting verdict. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Oil pricesretreated further in Asiatoday on expectations the OPECcartel will keep production at present levels despite pressure over falling prices at a key meeting later in the day, analysts said. (AFP)
  • Iran: The U.N. atomic agency (IAEA) needs more funds from member states to continue monitoring an extended Iran interim nuclear deal, it said on Wednesday. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Sheikh Rafea Al-Fahdawi, leader of the Boufahd tribe that is fighting ISIS in Anbar province, hailed government advances in the region but called for Baghdad to do even more to support tribal fighters. (Al-Awsat)
  • Syria: The US said Wednesday it was “horrified” by Syrian regime air strikes in the stronghold Raqa that killed at least 95 people, slamming the government for its “continued slaughter.” (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Colombia must assign more spectrum for wireless Internet services within the next eight years to meet growing demand, the National Spectrum Agency said. (EFE)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 21W (Twentyone)
    • Location: 309 NM SSE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 160km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 41.1km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan
    • Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday (Nov 27) due to ash and smoke cloud. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 15,901 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 5,674 (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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28NOV)

  • Chad: Republic Day – 1958
  • France: French parliament will vote on recognizing Palestine as a state
  • Moldova: Romanian President-Elect Klaus Iohannis to visit
  • Namibia: Presidential and national assembly elections

 

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