- AFRICA: Scores of families fled Burundi’s capital city amid escalating violence and fears of a government crackdown.
- AMERICAS: Peru established a new district in disputed territory, prompting protests from the Chilean government.
- ASIA: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat in local legislative elections in the eastern state of Bihar.
- EUROPE: Voting began in Croatia’s first parliamentary elections since it joined the EU in 2013.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran plans to attend the next round of Syrian peace talks after previously threatening to withdraw.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of the Treasury is considering the need for new regulations in the online lending industry.
- Burma: Polls closed in historic elections.
- More than 90 parties and 6,600 candidates are standing in Burma’s first national elections since the country’s military junta yielded power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.
- Authorities promised fair elections and estimated turnout at 80%; however, four million people were excluded from voter rolls, including members of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.
- The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which boycotted the 2010 national election, is expected to defeat the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, which is dominated by retired military officers.
- Even if the opposition wins the elections, 25% of seats in parliament and security positions in the cabinet are reserved for the military, and the NLD’s symbolic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is constitutionally ineligible to become president.
- Official results are not expected for several days.
- Coverage: NYT, WSJ, Time, Reuters, Guardian
- Burundi: Scores of families fled the capital Bujumbura amid escalating violence and fears of a government crackdown. (BBC)
- Chad: Twin suicide bombings by Boko Haram militants killed two and injured thirteen. (AFP)
- Libya: The UN Security Council expressed concern about political instability and violence, calling on all parties to work towards forming a unity government. (Xinhua)
- Senegal: Authorities detained four imams and three women for their suspected ties to extremists. (AP)
- Togo: Clashes between police and protesters over the past two days have left five people dead. (AFP)
- Region: Chile protested Peru’s creation of a new district in disputed territory along the countries’ shared border. (EFE)
- Haiti: Violent protests against alleged fraud in recent presidential elections erupted in the capital of Port-au-Prince. (AP)
- Peru: The legislature enacted a law allowing state-owned oil firm PetroPeru to resume drilling, despite opposition from President Ollanta Humala. (EFE)
- Afghanistan: Government forces repelled Taliban attacks on security checkpoints in Kunar province, killing six militants. (Xinhua)
- China: Authorities in the southwest busted a major drug ring, arresting 25. (Xinhua)
- India: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat in local legislative elections in the eastern state Bihar. (WSJ)
- Nepal: UNICEF expressed concern that political instability could exacerbate a humanitarian crisis among the country’s children. (Xinhua)
- Croatia: Voting began in the first parliamentary elections since the country joined the EU in 2013. (BBC)
- Germany: European Council President Donald Tusk urged Berlin to take a tougher stance to curb the flow of refugees into Europe. (Reuters)
- Italy: Police reportedly arrested a terrorist trying to re-enter the country with a group of boat migrants. (DPA)
- Region: Iran plans to attend the next round of Syrian peace talks after previously threatening to withdraw. (Reuters)
- Iraq: A suicide bomber killed at least four people in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. (Xinhua)
- Lebanon: Authorities arrested two Lebanese nationals and a Syrian on allegations that they spied for Israel. (AFP)
- Palestinian Territories: A car-ramming attack and a stabbing wounded five Israelis in the West Bank. (AFP)
- Yemen: Shiite rebels retook several strategic positions in the country’s south. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- United States: The Department of the Treasury is considering the need for new regulations to govern the online lending industry. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Megh
- Location: 90 NM E of Socotra Island
- Wind: 63 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 81km SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia
- Magnitude: 6.1
- Depth: 46 mi
- Mt. Rinjani, Indonesia: Australian flights to and from Bali are expected to resume (AAP)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 07NOV: 575,281 (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: 24,388
- Deaths as of 08NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 08NOV: 971
- Deaths as of 08NOV: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 08NOV: 1611 (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 08NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09NOV)
- Global: Anniversary of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime – 2001
- Brazil: Republic Day – 1889
- Christianity: Nativity Fast Starts