ONS: 28 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 28, 2014

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

28 October 2014

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The president of the World Bank said that Ebola-effected countries in West Africa need at least 5,000 more health workers to effectively fight the epidemic.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, two drug gang members were arrested on suspicion of direct involvement in the disappearance of 43 students over a month ago.
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, President Aquino ruled out any attempt to seek a second term, a controversial proposition that would have required the rewriting of the constitution.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian government said that Russia’s announcement that it will recognize separatist elections “undermines” attempts to end a six-month war in the east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Bahraini defense lawyer said that a court has issued an order suspending the activities of the country’s main Shiite opposition group less than one month before parliamentary elections.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A coalition of security researchers identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community to focus on humanitarian crisis.
    • Foreign ministers and other representatives from 40 nations are meeting in Berlin to coordinate international support for refugees from the civil war.
    • German FM Steinmeier called for a “vow of solidarity” from the international community ahead of the one-day conference and stressed the importance of shoring up the stability of neighboring states.
    • The Pentagon revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria to about USD8.3 million a day, with a current cost of USD580 million.
    • The Islamic State jihadist group released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed border town.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The president of the World Bank said that Ebola-effected countries in West Africa need at least 5,000 more health workers to effectively fight the epidemic. (AP)
  • Burkina Faso: Protesters clashed with security forces at the start of a week of demonstrations over a move to let the country’s president extend his rule beyond 30 years. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Amnesty International reported that the government has “ruthlessly targeted” and tortured its largest ethnic group for perceived opposition. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military reported that pirates in the Niger Delta hijacked a police gunboat, killed three officers and kidnapped six local oil workers. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Seven Colombians were arrested after engaging in a shootout with a prosecutor’s bodyguards while trying to stage a carjacking on a Buenos Aires highway. (EFE)
  • Canada: French President Hollande will pay his first three-day state visit to the country starting from Sunday and will address Canada’s Parliament. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney announced that the government had introduced the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Two drug gang members were arrested on suspicion of direct involvement in the disappearance of 43 students over a month ago. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese VP Li Yuanchao met with a delegation of Japanese regional governors in a rare high-level encounter amid strained ties. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong democracy activists marked one month of mass protests, calling on supporters to gather for an evening rally. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: NATO Deputy SG Vershbow said the country should abandon its nuclear and missile programs and return to talks. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: President Aquino ruled out any attempt to seek a second term, a controversial proposition that would have required the rewriting of the constitution. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on 01NOV amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling ending its own rescue mission. (AFP)
  • Italy: President Napolitano is to be questioned by judges overseeing a high-profile trial into an alleged “non-aggression pact” between senior politicians, police chiefs and Mafia bosses in the 1990s. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The government said that Russia’s announcement that it will recognize separatist elections “undermines” attempts to end a six-month war in the east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A spokesman for Jordan’s mission to the UN said that his country will request an emergency UNSC meeting on behalf of the Palestinians. (AP)
  • Bahrain: A defense lawyer said that a court has issued an order suspending the activities of the country’s main Shiite opposition group less than one month before parliamentary elections. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkish PM Davutoglu said the country wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the forces of separatist Kurds or President Assad. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A coalition of security researchers identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Nilofar)
    • Location: 317 Nm SE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (29OCT)

  • Chile and Spain: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to visit Spain and meet with King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
  • China and Japan: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • Fiji: Fiji’s human rights record is scheduled to be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
  • Spain: Anniversary of end of General Franco’s dictatorship – 1975
  • Turkey: Republic Day – 1923
  • Ukraine and Russia: New gas talks between Russia and Ukraine

 

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