ONS: 31 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: China boosted its aid to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak to USD123 million and increased its number of medical personnel in the region by 200.
  • AMERICAS: Specialists and government representatives from 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere outlined a coordinated “action plan” to prevent the spread of the Ebola.
  • ASIA: In Burma, an official reported that parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution, which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, ahead of elections next year.
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, a law allowing courts to try in absentia former President Yanukovich came into force.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A UN report indicates that jihadists from more than 80 countries flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an “unprecedented scale”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hungarian PM Orban said he was scrapping a draft Internet tax law that sparked mass demonstrations

 

TOP STORY

  • Burkina Faso: Government dissolved after escalating protests.
    • The head of the armed forces Nabere Honore Traore announced the dissolution of government and parliament and the creation of a transitional body.
    • President Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after violent protests that saw parliament set ablaze.
    • Hundreds of protesters marched and demanded that President Compaore step down.
    • A leading opposition member, Benewende Sankara, described the army’s move as a “coup” and said protesters would accept nothing less than the president’s immediate resignation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: China boosted its aid to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak to USD123 million and increased its number of medical personnel in the region by 200. (DPA)
  • Region: Norweigan FM Brende announced USD50 million to support renewable energy development in sub-Sahara Africa. (Xinhua)
  • Botswana: A constitutional row broke out over suspicions that President Ian Khama is trying to create a “dynasty” by naming his brother as Vice President (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe will set up a commission to probe allegations of factionalism threatening to divide his ZANU-PF party ahead of an elective congress in December. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Specialists and government representatives from 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere outlined a coordinated “action plan” to prevent the spread of the Ebola. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Authorities jailed the daughter of one of the world’s most famous drug lords on extortion charges. (AP)
  • Colombia: Colombian rebel group FARC acknowledged for the first time that its actions have affected civilians and said it is ready to take “responsibility.” (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three US citizens.  (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US and Australia removed sanctions against Fiji following last month’s democratic elections. (AP)
  • Burma: An official reported that parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution, which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, ahead of elections next year. (AFP)
  • Japan: The yen fell to a near seven-year low after the Bank of Japan said it would expand its asset-purchasing program in a bid to kickstart the economy. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: A family sued the government and national carrier for negligence in the disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The government told Japan it is conducting a new round of investigations into individual cases of Japanese nationals abducted decades ago. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Spain: A group of sub-Saharan immigrants attempted to break through to the enclave of Melilla through the border fences which separate it from Morocco. (EFE)
  • Ukraine: A law allowing courts to try in absentia former President Yanukovich came into force. (Tass)
  • United Kingdom: The government signed several deals with Cuba to boost bilateral cooperation in trade and sports. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A UN report indicates that jihadists from more than 80 countries flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an “unprecedented scale”. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: The Norwegian government announced it would send 120 soldiers to the country to help security forces build their capacity. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Concern over Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s health prompts questions over successor. (LA Times)
  • Israel: Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque reopened after a rare closure following clashes. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen killed a police officer and a soldier in two separate attacks in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hungarian PM Orban said he was scrapping a draft Internet tax law that sparked mass demonstrations. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 20W (Twenty)
    • Location: 211 NM NNW of Yap
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Vance
    • Location: 450 miles S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WSW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 45 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 (01NOV)

  • Algeria: Algerian Revolution Day
  • Italy: European Union to supplement sea patrols to monitor migration

 

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