ONS: 29 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court is expected to deliver its verdict in the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising.
  • AMERICAS: Uruguayans are set to elect a new president in a run-off election, with former president Tabare Vazquez appearing to hold a lead.
  • ASIA: India’s home minister Rajnath Singh has hit out at Pakistan saying its state agencies are backing acts of terrorism against India.
  • EUROPE: The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in recent months, proving its reliability after decades of failures, the Defense Ministry said Friday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said U.S.-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State in Syria and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new study revealed that data used for several human behavior studies gathered from either Twitter or Facebook was not reliable.

 

TOP STORY

  • OPEC: Decision reflects changing landscape of global energy market
    • Saudi Arabia’s oil minister told fellow OPEC members they must combat the U.S. shale oil boom, arguing against cutting crude output in order to depress prices and undermine the profitability of North American producers.
    • Energy company stocks and the currencies of major oil-producing nations stumbled Friday as OPEC’s decision to maintain crude output levels despite a glut rippled across the globe.
    • The inability or unwillingness of OPEC to act showed that the cartel was no longer the dominating petroleum producer whose decisions determine global supplies and prices.
    • OPEC’s strategy is betting lower oil prices will force U.S. producers to throw up the white flag and cut back on production because they won’t be able to turn a profit.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A group of 15 men accused of plotting to assassinate the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, have been acquitted by a South African court. (BBC)
  • Egypt: An Egyptian court is expected to deliver its verdict in the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday condemned the attack on the central Mosque in the Nigerian state of Kano. (IANS)
  • Tanzania: Tanzanian politicians are calling for the resignation of PM Mizengo Pinda, after a government report implicated him in an energy scandal that resulted in the plunder of more than USD 120m from the country’s central bank. (Guardian)

 

AMERICAS

  • Uruguay: Uruguayans are set to elect a new president in a run-off election, with former president Tabare Vazquez appearing to hold a lead. (DPA)
  • United States: Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri still angered by the death of a young black man here last summer spilled into the frigid streets Friday, prompting police to arrest 15 demonstrators. (WSJ)
  • United States: A gunman who attacked downtown buildings and the Mexican Consulate in Austin, Texas, before being shot, may have had political reasons, say police. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Thirty-five prisoners in north-west Venezuela have died after overdosing on the contents of a jail infirmary they stormed, a congressman says. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three China Coast Guard ships sailed into Japanese territorial waters Saturday morning near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the 29th day of intrusions this year, the Japan Coast Guard said. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: Six men have been charged over what police said on Saturday was one of the largest drug busts in the country’s history, worth up to USD 1.28 billion. (AFP)
  • China: The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the central Henan Province, which is home to more than 100 million people, rose for the fourth consecutive year, local authorities said Saturday. (Xinhua)
  • India: The country’s home minister Rajnath Singh has hit out at Pakistan saying its state agencies are backing acts of terrorism against India. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen shot dead Khalid Mehmood Soomro, secretary general of Jamait ulema-e-Islama in the country’s southern region on Saturday, police said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: The country’s central bank said Friday that it is ready to increase foreign currency interventions, if threats emerge to the stability of domestic foreign exchange market. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in recent months, proving its reliability after decades of failures, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: There could be 10-13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, far more than previous estimates, analysis for the Home Office suggests. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hard-line foreign minister, says he supports paying Palestinian citizens to leave the country. (Gulf News)
  • Bahrain: Bahraini voters are returning to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the opposition for the country’s first new parliament since widespread Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago. (AP)
  • Syria: Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said U.S.-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State in the country and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Fourteen rebel factions in Aleppo are seeking to form a joint military command to coordinate attacks against Syrian government forces. (Al-Awsat)
  • Yemen: The Houthi movement’s control of the capital Sana’a has significantly deteriorated the country’s ability to secure its borders, Yemeni Transport Minister Badr Mubarak Ba-Salma said. (Al-Awsat)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A new study revealed that data used for several human behavior studies gathered from either Twitter or Facebook was not reliable. (HNGN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 21W (Sinlaku)
    • Location: 275 NM SE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Two)
    • Location: 237 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritiu
    • Movement: S at 4 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan
    • Continued flight cancellations due to ash plume (AP)
  • 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 (30NOV)

  • Barbados: Independence Day
  • Colombia: FARC expected to free captive General Alzate
  • Libya: Trial of Muammar Gaddafi-era officials to begin
  • Moldova: Parliament elections
  • Switzerland: Referendum
  • Turkey:  Pope Francis will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul
  • Ukraine: The eighth convoy of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry is expected to deliver humanitarian aid to Donbass
  • United States: Senior Executives in National and International Security (to 12DEC)
  • Uruguay: Presidential elections
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Yemen’s Independence from the UK – 1967
  • Christianity: Advent Sunday

 

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