- AFRICA: In the Gambia, opposition candidate Adama Barrow was in the lead after almost 75 percent of votes had been counted in presidential voting, threatening President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule.
- AMERICAS: The South American economic bloc Mercosur has suspended crisis-hit Venezuela for failing to meet democratic and trade standards.
- ASIA: South Korea and Japan will impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, following a fresh UN Security Council resolution imposed on the reclusive country.
- EUROPE: Europol warned terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran said the US Senate’s vote to extend sanctions against the Islamic Republic for 10 years violated the historic 2015 nuclear deal.
- TECHNOLOGY: One of the world’s biggest networks of hijacked computers, “AVALANCHE,” was taken down following police swoops in 10 countries.
- Indonesia: Second rally held to protest ‘blasphemous’ governor.
- At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the capital Jakarta for the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
- Purnama, known as Ahok, has incensed conservative Muslims over allegedly blasphemous comments he made about the Qur’an in an election campaign.
- President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a political ally of Purnama, unexpectedly went to the rally and urged demonstrators to disperse peacefully.
- The protests have been seen as a test of the Muslim-majority country’s respect for tolerance amid growing influence and organization of Islamist hard-liners.
- Indonesian police said they detained eight people, thwarting a plot to take advantage of the rally and lead an uprising against President Widodo’s government.
- Coverage: AP, Guardian, Reuters, WSJ
- Gambia: Opposition candidate Adama Barrow was in the lead after almost 75 percent of votes had been counted in presidential voting, threatening President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule. (DPA)
- Kenya: Two Iranians were charged with planning a terrorist act after their arrest for filming the Israeli embassy in the capital Nairobi. (AFP)
- Libya: Clashes continued for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the capital Tripoli’s worst outbreak of violence in two years. (AP)
- Region: The South American economic bloc Mercosur has suspended crisis-hit Venezuela for failing to meet democratic and trade standards. (AFP)
- Haiti: Jovenel Moise, the provisional winner of the country’s presidential election, has claimed victory, calling on demonstrators to stand down and restore order in the capital. (AFP)
- Nicaragua: Thousands marched in their capital Managua to protest President Daniel Ortega’s reelection last month, calling it an “electoral farce.” (AFP)
- Region: South Korea and Japan will impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, following a fresh UN Security Council resolution imposed on the reclusive country. (Reuters)
- Cambodia: King Norodom Sihamoni granted a royal pardon to main opposition leader Kem Sokha, at the request of PM Hun Sen. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: A new body set up by the government to investigate allegations of rights abuses against Rohingya in Rakhine lacks credibility, activists said. (AFP)
- Thailand: New monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn led prayers for his late father, his first appearance at Bangkok’s Grand Palace since he was officially appointed. (AFP)
- Region: Europol warned terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe. (AFP)
- Cyprus: The rival leaders of ethnically divided nation agreed to resume reunification talks, after a nearly two-week stalemate. (AP)
- Greece: Ferries across the country are to remain tied up in port for two days as seamen walk off the job to protest proposed tax hikes. (AP)
- Russia: The country said it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in the Russian banking system via cyber attacks and fake social media reports. (Reuters)
- Region: Representatives from dozens of countries will meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss the creation of a USD 100M fund to protect and restore heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict. (AFP)
- Iran: The country said the US Senate’s vote to extend sanctions against the Islamic Republic for 10 years violated the historic 2015 nuclear deal. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia criticized the UN for dragging its feet on delivering humanitarian aid to the areas of Aleppo recently seized by Syrian government forces. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: One of the world’s biggest networks of hijacked computers, “AVALANCHE,” was taken down following police swoops in 10 countries. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Nada
- Location: 850 NM SSW of Calcutta, India
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 5 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 43km NE of Huarichancara, Peru
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 10 km
- 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 01DEC: 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 01DEC: 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 01DEC: 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 (03DEC)
- Global: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 1992
- Asia Region: Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process on Afghanistan to be held in Amritsar, India; Pakistan Senior Adviser Sartaj Aziz to attend (to 04DEC)