ONS: 28 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Namibia is choosing a new president and parliament – in what is Africa’s first electronic ballot.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Thursday a 10-point reform bill that will unify the country`s multi-layered police forces and stop collusion between government officials and local gangs.
  • ASIA: Australia has been warned by the United Nations that it may be breaching international law by detaining children as part of its asylum seeker policy.
  • EUROPE: Pope Francis begins his first visit to the country on Friday in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) interior ministers have issued guidance on establishing a joint Gulf police force, set to be based in Abu Dhabi, to boost security cooperation among member states.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The websites of British and North American media organizations and retailer Wal-Mart’s Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army.

 

TOP STORY

  • OPEC: Decision to not cut petroleum production already having effects
    • The oil cartel OPEC decided on Thursday not to cut petroleum production, despite the plunge in prices in recent months that has indicated the diminishing clout of the organization.
    • Saudi Arabia blocked calls on Thursday from poorer members of the OPEC oil exporter group for production cuts to arrest a slide in global prices.
    • Rejecting calls for drastic action to cut their oil output and keeping their production ceiling unchanged, OPEC’s actions suggest they are bracing for lower prices longer term.
    • Oil prices seized the Asian spotlight on Friday, as related shares and currencies plunged in the wake of OPEC’s decision to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, according to Burkina Faso interim PM Isaac Zida. (AFP)
  • Guinea: French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in the country, becoming the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus. (BBC)
  • Namibia: Namibians are choosing a new president and parliament – in what is Africa’s first electronic ballot. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: A roadside bomb detonated at a crowded bus station in the northeast on Thursday, killing at least 35 people, including five soldiers. (LAT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff named pro-market bank executive Joaquim Levy to be her new finance minister Thursday as her government looks to steer the economy out of recession. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The country said deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year. (BBC)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Thursday a 10-point reform bill that will unify the country`s multi-layered police forces and stop collusion between government officials and local gangs. (IANS)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he would keep pushing OPEC to cut oil output to boost sliding crude prices after the cartel opted not to slash production. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The country has been warned by the United Nations that it may be breaching international law by detaining children as part of its asylum seeker policy. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: A government inquiry has made its final report into how potentially contaminated dairy products were exported abroad in last year’s botulism false alarm and global product recall. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un is elated his country now has its first female pilots, not only congratulating the airwomen in person but also taking photos of them himself, Pyongyang’s official reports showed Friday. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Human rights groups on Friday condemned Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace. (AFP)
  • Tonga: Tongans dumped half their members of parliament in a general election this week as the tiny Pacific island kingdom faces up to a grim economic outlook. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The European Union (EU) allocated on Thursday a grant of USD 22.3 million to the country, according to Albanian Telegraphic Agency. (Xinhua)
  • Hungary: President Viktor Orban and South Korean President Park Geun-hye agreed Friday to expand their countries’ bilateral ties to help promote each other’s economies and build stronger relations among their people. (Yonhap)
  • Turkey: Pope Francis begins his first visit to the country on Friday in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister David Cameron will promise to ban migrants from the European Union claiming welfare for their first four years in a drive to slash immigration, in a Friday speech. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) interior ministers have issued guidance on establishing a joint Gulf police force, set to be based in Abu Dhabi, to boost security cooperation among member states. (Al-Awsat)
  • Region: French lawmakers were to debate on Friday a motion urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process. (AFP)
  • Syria: Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Thursday slammed the U.S. State Department statement that condemned the Syrian airstrikes against the northern province of al-Raqqa, saying the statement contains fabricated accusation. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The websites of British and North American media organizations and retailer Wal-Mart’s Canadian unit were hacked on Thursday in a suspected attack by the Syrian Electronic Army. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 21W (Twentyone)
    • Location: 310 NM SW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Fogo, Cape Verde
    • Molton lava flow towards town (Reuters)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 15,935 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 5,689 (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 (29NOV)

  • Africa Region: 15th Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal
  • Taiwan: Taiwan local elections

 

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