ONS: 30 November 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The number of people killed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6,928, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels in the country are expected to release Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate and two other hostages later on today.
  • ASIA: Three Taliban and two foreigners, whose nationalities have not been disclosed, died in a suicide attack Saturday against offices used by foreigners in Kabul, the third attack in the Afghanistan capital in the last three days.
  • EUROPE: Parliamentary elections kicked off in Moldova on Sunday as 20 political parties and blocs as well as four independents will contend 101 parliamentary seats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kurdish forces in Kobani, Syria have called on Turkey to carry out an immediate investigation into how Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were able to launch Saturday’s suicide attack on the city from Turkish territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: When the next Congress convenes in January 2015, the Obama administration can expect more questions — and criticisms — targeting some of NASA’s top priorities.

 

TOP STORY

  • Mubarak Verdict: Dropped charges bring mixed reaction, protests
    • An Egyptian court has dropped its case against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability.
    • Egyptian police have used tear gas to disperse protesters angry that charges against ex-President Hosni Mubarak over killings during the uprising three years ago have been dropped.
    • The verdict will likely be seen by both sides of Egypt’s fractured politics as setting a judicial seal on a reversal of the Tahrir Square revolution.
    • A political sociologist in Egypt says there is mixed reaction following a decision by an Egyptian judge Saturday to drop all remaining criminal and corruption charges against deposed longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
    • At least two people were killed and 13 others injured late Saturday in clashes between Egyptian police and protesters after a court dropped murder charges against ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the Health Ministry said.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, Telegraph, VOA, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The number of people killed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6,928, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. (BBC)
  • Region: French President François Hollande took to task African leaders who seek ways around term limits to extend their reigns, at a summit Saturday where some such leaders were present. (WSJ)
  • Nigeria: French President Francois Hollande called Saturday for a united front against the “barbarism” of Boko Haram Islamists. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: Tanzanian MPs have called for the sacking of several top officials including two cabinet ministers implicated in multi-million dollar energy sector graft scandal, officials said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels in the country are expected to release Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate and two other hostages later on Sunday. (BBC)
  • Colombia: US Immigration officials have sent Pedro Nel Moreno-Romero, a Colombian fugitive, convicted of murder back to his country. (AP)
  • United States: Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, on Saturday resigned from the department, his attorney said. (NBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and Japan will begin to destroy the chemical weapons abandoned by Japan in northeast China at the end of World War II on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Three Taliban and two foreigners, whose nationalities have not been disclosed, died in a suicide attack Saturday against offices used by foreigners in Kabul, the third attack in the capital in the last three days. (EFE)
  • China: President Xi Jinping said in a key foreign policy speech that the rising Asian nation would protect its sovereign territory as it faces maritime disputes with several neighbors. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The nation lambasted the US Sunday over its plan to send American troops stationed in Japan to the Korean Peninsula in the event of a contingency, claiming it shows Washington’s ambition to invade the communist country. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: After a two-year debate sparked by the emergence of low-cost competition, European space nations on Tuesday are likely to back plans to build a new rocket, the Ariane 6, say sources. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Parliamentary elections kicked off on Sunday as 20 political parties and blocs as well as four independents will contend 101 parliamentary seats. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: Weakened by his defeat in the recent presidential election, PM Victor Ponta faces a new test in talks with the IMF over the 2015 budget. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Pope Francis was due to end his three-day trip to the country on Sunday by celebrating an important Orthodox feast, cementing efforts to heal a 1,000-year-old schism between Eastern and Western Christianity. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: The mother of a victim of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has begun legal proceedings against Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing Kiev of failing to close the country’s airspace. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kurdish forces in Kobani, Syria have called on Turkey to carry out an immediate investigation into how Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were able to launch a suicide attack on the city from Turkish territory on Saturday. (Al-Awsat)
  • Iran: Police say two attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the face of a male Tehran hospital manager, the latest in a string of such attacks that have mostly targeted women. (AP)
  • Iraq: The country’s sectarian rifts will hamper efforts to forge a military strategy and may delay a full-scale assault against ISIS. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 40 fighters on both sides were killed as Syrian Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants clashed in the northern Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group said Saturday. (CNN)
  • Syria: The US-led coalition against Islamic State forces struck the group’s bases in the country’s northeast with at least 30 airstrikes overnight, a monitoring group said Sunday. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: When the next Congress convenes in January, the Obama administration can expect more questions — and criticisms — targeting some of NASA’s top priorities. (USA Today)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 21W (Sinlaku)
    • Location: 138 NM SSE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02S (Two)
    • Location: 195 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 3 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 15,935 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 6,928 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (01DEC)

  • Global:  20th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (to 12DEC)
  • Myanmar and Norway: Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja are to visit Myanmar for a state visit (to 03DEC)
  • Panama: National holiday, Independence from Spain
  • Romania: National Day – 1918
  • Russia: New strategic military command covering Arctic region to become operational
  • Hinduism: Kanaka Jayanti

 

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