ONS: 29 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with Somali President Mohamud under heavy security in Mogadishu.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff announced she will meet US President Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Australia next month and resume reciprocal state visits in her second term.
  • ASIA: The International Maritime Bureau said that the strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a “worrying new rise” in piracy.
  • EUROPE: The finance ministers of 50 countries are to meet in Berlin to sign a deal they hope will put an end to banking secrecy and aid the fight against tax fraud and evasion.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the Israeli plans to build more settlements in Arab east Jerusalem.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cyber teams worked to contain the intrusion.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: FSA, Kurdish fighters to cross from Turkey to reinforce Kobane.
    • A group of 150 Syrian fighters from the Free Syrian Army crossed from Turkey to join Kurdish fighters defending Kobane against Islamic State jihadists.
    • Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters bound for Kobane arrived in Turkey and headed for the Syrian border.
    • Another peshmerga contingent travelled across the land border in some 40 vehicles also carrying heavy weaponry..
    • IS killed at least 30 pro-regime gunmen in an attack on an oil and gas field in Homs province.
    • The Australian government said it is trying to confirm reports that the most senior Australian member of IS has been killed in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, LAT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Trade unions called a general strike following a day of protests against President Compaore that saw hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Uganda deployed 2,700 troops to the country under a newly appointed Ugandan contingent commander to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with President Mohamud under heavy security in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Uganda: North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, was to visit the country to strengthen security ties. (AFP)
  • Zambia: The government announced that President Sata died in London, where he was receiving medical treatment. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff announced she will meet US President Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Australia next month and resume reciprocal state visits in her second term. (EFE)
  • Canada: Lawmakers are due to hold their first caucuses since a gunman attacked Parliament after shooting dead a soldier. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The head of army intelligence was furloughed as part of an investigation into whether his office compiled a database containing the emails of hundreds of journalists, diplomats and peace negotiators. (AP)
  • United States: An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The International Maritime Bureau said that the strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a “worrying new rise” in piracy. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A special court handed the death sentence to the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for war crimes. (AFP)
  • China: A senior Hong Kong lawmaker who had criticized the government’s response to protests was expelled from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. (AFP)
  • India: The government handed a top court a secret list of 627 people suspected of stashing “black money” in foreign banks beyond the reach of tax authorities. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea effectively ruled out the resumption of high-level talks this week, with each side accusing the other of undermining efforts. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The finance ministers of 50 countries are to meet in Berlin to sign a deal they hope will put an end to banking secrecy and aid the fight against tax fraud and evasion. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan is to unveil his new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara, denounced by the opposition as new evidence of his autocratic tendencies. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: US Secretary Kerry warned Russia that it will break international agreements if it recognizes an election planned by separatist rebels in the east of the country. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said that a recent report by the UN rapporteur on human rights in the country is unfair and politically-motivated. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: US cargo planes parachuted aid to a Sunni tribe in the west of the country amid ongoing pressure from IS. (AFP)
  • Israel: The UNSC is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the country’s plans to build more settlements in Arab east Jerusalem. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cyber teams worked to contain the intrusion. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Nilofar)
    • Location: 203 NM ESE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Winds: 115 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 (30OCT)

  • India: India’s Supreme Court summons the police chiefs of two states to justify their record on tracking down missing children

 

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