- AFRICA: Rwanda will hold a referendum on 18DEC on a constitutional amendment that could see veteran leader Paul Kagame rule until 2034.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s Supreme Court suspended action by a special congressional commission weighing impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.
- ASIA: North and South Korea named their chief delegates for rare high-level talks later this week, aimed at easing cross-border tensions.
- EUROPE: A 23-year-old man from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third gunman involved in the attack at Paris’s Bataclan music hall.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham said a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar al-Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled.
- TECHNOLOGY: US lawmakers introduced legislation to require social media companies to report any online terrorist activity they become aware of to law enforcement.
- “Heart of Asia” Summit: Talks for Afghan peace also spur support for strengthened Pakistan-India ties
○ The “Heart of Asia” meeting, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries to pledge support to Afghanistan, comes months after the first, inconclusive talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
○ Attendees include representatives of over two dozen countries.
○ India called for greater trade with arch-rival Pakistan as the neighbors seek to improve ties that have deteriorated since PM Narendra Modi took office last year.
○ Indian FM Sushma Swaraj’s attendance is regarded as a further sign that tricky relations between India and Pakistan are slowly starting to improve.
- Burundi: Nearly 100 protesters who opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza during months of violence in the capital Bujumbura have been released from prison. (Reuters)
- Ethiopia: The government has increased the estimated number of people who desperately need food aid because of a drought to 10.1 million. (BBC)
- Rwanda: The country will hold a referendum on 18DEC on a constitutional amendment that could see veteran leader Paul Kagame rule until 2034. (AFP)
- Region: Belize has rejected a plan to allow thousands of Cuban migrants on the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border to pass through its territory on their way to the US. (Reuters)
- Brazil: The country’s Supreme Court suspended action by a special congressional commission weighing impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro announced a cabinet shakeup in the wake of the landslide loss for his socialist party in parliamentary elections. (DPA)
- Region: China has asked South Korea to ensure the safety of Chinese ships after South Korea’s navy fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel in disputed waters. (Reuters)
- Hong Kong: Pro-democracy legislators succeeded in delaying a parliamentary debate over a new copyright bill, which has been criticized as curbing freedom of speech. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea named their chief delegates for rare high-level talks later this week, aimed at easing cross-border tensions. (AFP)
- Thailand: US ambassador Glyn T. Davies is under investigation for royal defamation over comments criticizing lengthy jail sentences from the kingdom’s lese majeste law. (AFP)
- Azerbaijan: The country has arrested a prominent opposition leader on charges of inciting racial and religious hatred that risk up to five years in prison. (AFP)
- France: A 23-year-old man from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third gunman involved in the attack at Paris’s Bataclan music hall. (AFP)
- Greece: At least 11 migrants, including five children, drowned and about 10 were missing after their boat sank overnight off the Greek island of Farmakonisi. (AFP)
- Ukraine: More than 9,000 people have been killed since the conflict in the country began, the UN said. (AFP)
- Region: The Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham said a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar al-Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled. (Reuters)
- Iran: A bomb explosion has killed three policemen and wounded an unspecified number of others in the southeastern town of Nikshahr. (AP)
- Jordan: The country has disputed a UN report that 12,000 Syrian refugees have amassed in a remote desert area on the kingdom’s border, waiting to be let in. (AP)
- Yemen: An Australian mercenary has reportedly been killed in clashes in the country, alongside six Colombian troops. (Guardian)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: US lawmakers introduced legislation to require social media companies to report any online terrorist activity they become aware of to law enforcement. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 106km SE of Amahai, Indonesia
○ Magnitude: 6.9
○ Depth: 33.9 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases as of 09DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths as of 09DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 09DEC: 606,183 (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: 34,205
■ Deaths as of 09DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 09DEC: 1621 (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 09DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10DEC)
- Global: Human Rights Day
- Middle East Region: Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh
- Thailand: Constitution Day – 2007