ONS: 29 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 40 people were killed in an army depot explosion in southern Libya after locals tried to steal ammunition.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia and the FARC resumed peace talks in Havana, with a focus on drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of protesters stormed the Thai army headquarters in Bangkok to demand the overthrow of the government.
  • EUROPE: Turkish officials confirmed signing a deal to allow Iraqi Kurds to export oil and gas through the country’s pipelines.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The bodies of 18 people, kidnapped by men wearing military uniforms, were found north of Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google has allegedly violated Dutch privacy laws and will have to change the way it operates.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych and EU leaders failed to agree on association deal.
    • President Yanukovych said that Ukraine is not ready to sign a key agreement with the EU but that he will continue to attend talks.
    • Ukraine asked for financial compensation in exchange for trade losses due to economic pressure from Russia.
    • German Chancellor Merkel said she sees “no hope” of signing a deal but that “the door was still open” to Ukraine.
    • Pro-EU Ukrainian protesters called for the formation of a human chain to the border with Poland.
    • Sources: Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera, Xinhua, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Libya cut its joint forces agreement with Sudan. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: More than 40 people were killed in an explosion at an army depot in southern Libya after locals tried to steal ammunition. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Police arrested a man on suspicion of planning two terror attacks against strategic sites in the capital Niamey. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Almost 100 women were rescued in police raids on brothels in Buenos Aires. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The government and the FARC resumed peace talks in Havana, with a focus on drug trafficking. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: A parliamentary committee approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China slammed a report that Tokyo would seek cooperation with Southeast Asian nations to challenge its newly declared air control zone. (Yonhap)
  • Region: India stepped up security along its border in the wake of political uncertainty in neighboring Bangladesh. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Hundreds of protesters stormed the army headquarters in Bangkok demanding the overthrow of the government. (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: A health worker strike against planned medical cutbacks caused state hospitals to close. (AP)
  • Turkey: Officials confirmed signing a deal to allow Iraqi Kurds to export oil and gas through the country’s pipelines. (BBC)
  • UK: PM Cameron rejected EU criticism of his plans to restrict migrants’ rights to unemployment benefits. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The bodies of 18 people, kidnapped by men wearing military uniforms, were found north of Baghdad.  (AFP)
  • Syria: The army launched an intense bombardment of one of the last areas under rebel control in the Qalamoun mountains. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Approximately 60 people attacked the headquarters of a coalition of political parties opposed to the country’s ruling Islamists in Tunis. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Google has allegedly violated Dutch privacy laws and will have to change the way it operates. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation.
    • Location: Eastern Atlantic
    • Movement: NW at 5 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • India: Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko meet with PM Singh (to 07DEC)
  • Korea, North: Anniversary of North Korean currency reevaluation
  • Sudan and South Sudan: UN Interim Security Force for Abyei mandate will end
  • Ukraine: Official determination on US intellectual property trade probe on Ukraine will be given
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Yemeni Independence from UK – 1967

 

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