ONS: 28 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in Libya fired on a vehicle in Benghazi, killing a soldier amid ongoing clashes.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro announced he will unveil a second package of economic measures.
  • ASIA: Thai opposition protesters cut the electricity supply to the national police headquarters as PM Shinawatra called for an to end their rallies.
  • EUROPE: Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Tymoshenko called on EU leaders to drop all demands and sign a pact with the country without any preconditions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA said that Iran invited it to visit the heavy water production plant at its Arak site on 08DEC for the first time since August 2011.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Countries move to test commitment to air defense zone.
    • According to a report, Japanese military and paramilitary planes flew through China’s newly declared air zone without any resistance.
    • South Korea’s military said one of its planes had flown through the air defense zone in the East China Sea without informing Beijing.
    • The Philippines expressed concern that China may seek control of air space over contested areas of the South China Sea.
    • Senior director of Asian affairs at the NSC Medeiros visited South Korea to discuss the unilateral drawing of Beijing’s air defense zone.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Gunmen fired on a vehicle in Benghazi, killing a soldier amid ongoing clashes. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Politicians and activists in the country warmed of chaos in the 2015 presidential election if alleged irregularities in a key local vote are repeated nationally. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Thirty-two people were injured as clashes between protesters and police broke out at a strike in Siliana. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru and Colombia agreed to share the facilities and infrastructure of their embassies and consulates in third countries. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Police on Wednesday seized two tons of marijuana in the country’s southwestern Cauca department, officials said. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced he will unveil a second package of economic measures. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A clash between Taliban militants and police in Badakhshan Province left eight Taliban fighters dead. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Two roadside bombs killed six civilians in Nangarhar province. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A UN envoy will visit the country on 06DEC to hold talks with political parties about ending a violent election standoff. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Opposition protesters cut the electricity supply to the national police headquarters as PM Shinawatra called for an to end their rallies. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Lawmakers approved a revised constitution that reaffirms the dominant political and economic role of the Communist Party. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Spain: The government said it has technically escaped a two-year recession. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The ambassador to Cairo returned to the country after being expelled amid heightened tensions with Egypt. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Jailed opposition leader Tymoshenko called on EU leaders to drop all demands and sign a pact with the country without any preconditions. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanon: A nephew of Lebanese Agriculture Minister Hasan was killed along with three other Hezbollah fighters in Syria’s Qalamoun region. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA said that the country invited it to visit the heavy water production plant at its Arak site on 08DEC for the first time since August 2011. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Attacks across the country killed 15 people. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: US President Obama called King Abdullah to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels and regime troops clashed on two key fronts near Damascus. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Microsoft made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05B (Lehar)
    • Location: 145 NM NE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Northeastern Atlantic
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (29NOV)

  • Kosovo: Anniversary of former PM Haradinaj’s acquittal by Hague-based UN war crimes tribunal over charges of war crimes during the 1990s conflict – 2012
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of UN General Assembly vote to upgrade diplomatic status of Palestine – 2012
  • Koreas: Sub-panel dialogue on travel, communication and customs of the Kaesong industrial complex

 

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