ONS: 30 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Hundreds of protesters in Burkina Faso stormed the parliament building where lawmakers were to vote on a controversial constitutional change to term limits.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto met for the first time with families of 43 students who went missing over a month ago in violence involving police and drug gang hitmen.
  • ASIA:  Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan’s Khyber region as the military stepped up its offensive against Taliban militants in the area.
  • EUROPE: EU-brokered talks to solve a gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine disolved in Brussels without agreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas said Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a rightiwing Jewish activist is tantamount to a “declaration of war.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Department of Homeland Security announced that computer spies targeted control systems made by General Electric Co. and Siemens AG for water and energy companies since at least 2011.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Kurdish forces gather on border as IS continues attacks.
    • Two groups of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters set to join the fight for Kobane linked up in a Turkish border town but have yet to cross the border into Syria.
    • The US said it was “horrified” by reports the government dropped barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the northwestern province of Idlib, calling the attack “barbaric.”
    • Coordinator of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group GEN Allen voiced confidence that Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements would stop the jihadists capturing the town.
    • The UN warned that some of Syria’s neighbors are at their “breaking point,” caught between a sense of duty to keep their borders open to refugees and a responsibility to their own citizens.
    • A firefight between Syrian militants and Jordanian border guards killed one gunman and wounded two.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Hundreds of protesters stormed the parliament building where lawmakers were to vote on a controversial constitutional change to term limits. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government banned a pressure group that has pushed for the reinstatement of President Morsi. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The army repulsed rebel attacks on the key northern oil hub town of Bentiu. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Provisional results indicate that the secular Nidaa Tounes party won 85 of the 217 parliamentary seats in Sunday’s vote, with Ennahda coming second with 69. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Ombudsman’s Office said that the figure released this week by the Inpec national prison institute of a 9.5 percent reduction in overcrowding in the country’s prisons to 49 percent was incorrect. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Nieto met for the first time with families of 43 students who went missing over a month ago in violence involving police and drug gang hitmen. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama said the country was not immune to Ebola but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from West Africa. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The government passed a law criminalizing travel to terror hotspots, a counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping jihadists from going to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Islamists clashed with police in several cities as part of a nationwide strike to protest against their leader being sentenced to death for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Chief economics minister Djalil said the country’s new government will make changes to its gasoline and diesel subsidies before the end of the year. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Khyber as the military stepped up its offensive against Taliban militants in the area. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO said that it had intercepted more than two dozen Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the last two days. (WP)
  • Region: EU-brokered talks to solve a gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine dissolved in Brussels without agreement. (AFP)
  • France: Finance Minister Sapin said that conditions have not yet been met for the country to hand over to Russia a Mistral-class warship. (AFP)
  • Sweden: The government officially recognized the state of Palestine, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the controversial move. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian President Abbas said Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a right-wing Jewish activist is tantamount to a “declaration of war.” (AFP)
  • Iran: Local media reported that authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors. (AP)
  • Israel: Police killed a Palestinian suspected of shooting a prominent right-wing Jewish activist hours earlier in Jerusalem. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Department of Homeland Security announced that computer spies targeted control systems made by General Electric Co. and Siemens AG for water and energy companies since at least 2011. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Nilofar)
    • Location: 294 NM E of Masirah Island
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Twenty-O
    • Location: 410 miles S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (31OCT)

  • Global: Halloween
  • India: Anniversary of assassination of Indian PM Gandhi – 1984

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