- AFRICA: The Gambia banned the Internet and international phone calls as presidential elections began.
- AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of fans gathered in Colombia and Brazil to pay tribute to those killed in a plane crash in Colombia.
- ASIA: The US, Japan and Australia warned citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor.
- EUROPE: Ukraine’s military said its two-day missile drill would avoid the airspace over Crimea, sidestepping a possible confrontation with Russia.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebels in Aleppo agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize their defense of the city from a government assault.
- TECHNOLOGY: A last-ditch effort in the US Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the US government’s hacking powers failed.
- Colombia: Government ratifies revised peace deal with FARC.
- The Colombian congress approved a historic peace deal with the FARC rebel group, raising hopes that Latin America’s longest war was finally ending.
- If implemented, the amended deal will bring to an end a more than half-century guerrilla war that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced an estimated eight million.
- The ratification – and signing last week – begins a six-month countdown for the 7,000-strong FARC to abandon weapons and form a political party.
- The new deal requires the FARC to be more open about its illicit activities such as drug trafficking and kidnappings for ransom to support its resistance and exposes more rebels to criminal prosecution.
- President Juan Manuel Santos faces challenges in executing and financing terms of the accord now that he has bypassed voters to push it through.
- Coverage: LAT, NPR, Reuters, USA Today, WP
- Ethiopia: Opposition leader Merera Gudina was arrested after he returned from meeting members of the European Parliament. (Reuters)
- Gambia: The country banned the Internet and international phone calls as presidential elections began. (BBC)
- South Sudan: The United States is struggling to secure the minimum number of votes needed for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the world’s newest state. (Reuters)
- Region: Tens of thousands of fans gathered in Colombia and Brazil to pay tribute to those killed in a plane crash in Colombia. (BBC)
- Haiti: Police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators challenging the presidential election’s outcome, by blocking them and lobbing tear gas to disperse the crowds. (AFP)
- Nicaragua: Eleven people were injured after clashes between police and protesters who oppose the construction of a massive inter-oceanic canal project. (Reuters)
- Australia: The country passed a bill allowing the indefinite detention of terrorists, even after serving their sentences. (AFP)
- Indonesia: Police fired a water cannon to disperse a demonstration against Jakarta’s rule over the eastern region of Papua, and rounded up scores of protesters. (AFP)
- Indonesia: The United States, Japan and Australia warned citizens in the country to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor. (AP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea welcomed the UN Security Council’s latest punitive resolution on North Korea, vowing tightened diplomatic efforts to ensure a thorough implementation. (Yonhap)
- Philippines: The country was raised to terror alert Level 3 after the arrest of two suspects in a foiled bombing near the US Embassy. (CNN)
- Region: Ukraine’s military said its two-day missile drill would avoid the airspace over Crimea, sidestepping a possible confrontation with Russia. (Reuters)
- Region: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said actions of the United States and NATO on the so-called “eastern front” have deliberately fanned tensions. (Xinhua)
- Britain: According to an Institute of Race Relations study , hate crimes in the wake of the country’s decision to leave the EU frequently took inspiration from the campaign to leave the bloc. (AFP)
- Britain: The government voiced disappointment after the UN rejected its request to review a ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained. (AFP)
- Turkey: Eitan Naeh, Israel’s new ambassador to the country, arrived to serve as the first official envoy in six years. (AFP)
- Region: Sources indicate President Obama nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians. (AP)
- Kuwait: The country’s appeals court upheld a 10-year jail sentence against online activist Waleed Fares on charges of insulting the emir and harming national interests. (AFP)
- Qatar: The Doha News online news outlet in the Gulf nation says its website was blocked. (AP)
- Syria: Rebels in Aleppo agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize their defense of the city from a government assault. (Reuters)
- Syria: Government forces continued to advance on rebel-held areas in Aleppo, as thousands of civilians fled battle zones of the city. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A last-ditch effort in the US Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the US government’s hacking powers failed. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Nada
- Location: 195 NM SSE of Chennai, India
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 18NOV: 319,379 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 18NOV: 121,669
- Deaths as of 18NOV: 135
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 29NOV: 1,832 (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 29NOV: 651 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24NOV: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 24NOV: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)
- Global: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 1949
- Indonesia: Planned Islamist protests against Christian Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama
- South Korea: Opposition Democratic Party of Korea to seek parliamentary vote on President Park Geun Hye’s impeachment (to 09DEC)
- United Arab Emirates: National Day – 1971
- Pakistan: Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto becoming Prime Minister – 1988