- AFRICA: Roch Marc Kabore became Burkina Faso’s first democratically elected leader in nearly four decades.
- AMERICAS: Mexico has created a special unit to investigate the disappearance of 43 students last year, yielding to longstanding demands of irate parents.
- ASIA: The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to work together to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban insurgents.
- EUROPE: The German cabinet approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group.
- MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia has invited 65 Syrian opposition figures to attend a conference in Riyadh to unify their positions ahead of proposed Syrian peace talks.
- TECHNOLOGY: Internet giant Google denied a report from Israel’s foreign ministry that it has reached an agreement with the government to jointly monitor YouTube videos inciting attacks.
- Russia, Turkey: IS, terrorism accusations escalates tensions between nations.
○ Turkey has challenged Russia to prove its claim that Ankara shot down a Russian plane in order to protect its oil trade with Islamic State (IS).
○ Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu: “It is not possible to cover up the violation of the Turkish airspace with unfounded accusations against Turkey.”
○ PM Davutoglu called for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week.
○ Meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, US President Obama says Turkey is a NATO ally and has a right to defend itself, in addition to stressing US interest in accelerating its military relationship with Turkey.
○ Russian state-dominated networks have been lambasting Turkey since the Turkish air force shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, painting the Black Sea nation as a hotbed of terrorism and a sponsor of Islamic State.
- Burkina Faso: Roch Marc Kabore became the country’s first democratically elected leader in nearly four decades. (AFP)
- Egypt: Polling centers in nearly half of the country, including the capital Cairo, have opened their doors for the final round of runoffs in parliament elections. (AP)
- Niger: Militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram killed four people and injured two others in an attack on a southern village. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: A military base in the northeastern state of Adamawa was burned down by militant group Boko Haram in an attempt to take over a town in the province. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The country has created a special unit to investigate the disappearance of 43 students last year, yielding to longstanding demands of irate parents. (AFP)
- United States: The number of companies that have joined a White House initiative to push global action against climate change has grown to 154. (DPA)
- United States: A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested for threatening to kill 16 white male students or staff on the University of Chicago in retaliation for the shooting last year of a black teenager. (Reuters)
- Region: The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to work together to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban insurgents. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan has denied committing war crimes during Bangladesh’s independence conflict in 1971, amid fears of worsening ties. (AFP)
- China: Preparation for the 2016 Group of Twenty (G20) Summit is going smoothly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, as the country officially took over G20 presidency. (Xinhua)
- Thailand: The International New York Times said its Thai printer removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom’s economy, the second time in 10 weeks. (AFP)
- Region: France and Belgium want to improve intelligence sharing between the nine European nations most concerned with jihadist threats. (AFP)
- Region: Authorities in Italy and Kosovo have detained four Kosovars suspected of making threats against the pope and a US diplomat. (AP)
- Germany: The country’s cabinet approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)
- Spain: The Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan who was preparing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. (AP)
- Region: Saudi Arabia has invited 65 Syrian opposition figures to attend a conference in Riyadh to unify their positions ahead of proposed Syrian peace talks. (Reuters)
- Region: Two attempted stabbings by Palestinians near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank left one attacker shot dead and the other wounded. (AFP)
- Lebanon: Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate handed Lebanese authorities the body of a soldier it executed last year, in the first stage of a delicate hostage exchange deal. (AFP)
- Syria: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen ruled out any cooperation between German forces and President Bashar al-Assad or his troops. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Internet giant Google denied a report from Israel’s foreign ministry that it has reached an agreement with the government to jointly monitor YouTube videos inciting attacks. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases as of 01DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths as of 01DEC: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 01DEC: 596,893 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, 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, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
■ Confirmed Cases: 26,076
■ Deaths as of 01DEC: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 01DEC: 971
■ Deaths as of 01DEC: 13
■ Sourcing: WHO
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 01DEC: 1618 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
■ Deaths as of 01DEC: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)
- Global: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- Brazil and Japan: President Dilma Rousseff to visit Japan (to 04DEC)
- Pakistan: Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto becoming Pakistan’s first woman prime minister – 1988
- United Arab Emirates: UAE National Day – 1971