- AFRICA: A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo, the latest in a series of attacks targeting Egyptian security forces and officials.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela will expand plans to cooperate with the UN to acquire medications, which are extremely scarce in the country during its present crisis.
- ASIA: Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying will not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions.
- EUROPE: Nearly 400 migrants forced their way through a fence between Morocco and the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta, slightly injuring two police officers.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government artillery bombarded the fast-shrinking rebel enclave in the heart of Aleppo despite its ally Russia’s announcement of a new humanitarian pause.
- TECHNOLOGY: The White House raised concerns about China’s new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime.
- South Korea: President Park Geun-hye impeached.
- South Korean lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, 234 votes to 56 with six abstentions.
- In a meeting with cabinet officials following the vote, Ms. Park said she was sorry for creating “national confusion because of my lack of virtue and carelessness.”
- The country’s Constitutional Court will now review the case and decide within 180 days whether to support impeachment.
- Under the constitution, Park’s duties will be assumed by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on an interim basis until the court rules.
- Prosecutors say Ms. Park had a “considerable” role in the alleged corruption, which she has denied.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ
- Egypt: A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo, the latest in a series of attacks targeting security forces and officials. (AFP)
- Egypt: ISIS threatened Egyptian followers of the mystical Sufi strand of Islam after claiming it beheaded two of their clerics in its Sinai Peninsula stronghold. (AFP)
- Somalia: Political leaders agreed to hold presidential polls on 28DEC after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud, and voter intimidation. (AP)
- South Sudan: The Norwegian Refugee Council said one of its staffers was detained by the country’s National Security Service. (AP)
- Mexico: Defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos complained about the Mexican military having to take part in the country’s war on drug trafficking. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro revived his call to dissolve the opposition-controlled assembly in the latest clash following the recent suspension of crisis talks. (AFP)
- Venezuela: Caracas will expand plans to cooperate with the UN to acquire medications, which are extremely scarce in the country during its present crisis. (EFE)
- Region: Satellite images show Vietnam started dredging work on Ladd Reef in the South China Sea, a move that could provoke China. (AFP)
- Region: Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying will not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions. (AFP)
- Region: A 42-hour gunbattle ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir after two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Defense Secretary Carter made an unannounced visit to the country to consult military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday talk to US troops. (AP)
- Japan: The parliament approved ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the pact. (AP)
- Region: Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis said he was “not really interested” in a transitional Brexit deal and would consider one only in order to “be kind” to the EU. (FT)
- Region: Nearly 400 migrants forced their way through a fence between Morocco and the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta, slightly injuring two police officers. (AFP)
- Germany: Police detained a 29-year-old man suspected of bomb attacks against a Dresden mosque and an international convention center. (AFP)
- Netherlands: A Dutch court convicted populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders of hate speech, a trial he branded as a politically motivated “charade” against the freedom of speech. (AP)
- Turkey: Prosecutors ordered the arrest of 87 academics linked to an investigation targeting followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. (Reuters)
- Region: A Saudi solider was killed in a mine explosion on the border city of Jizan near Yemen. (Xinhua)
- Region: France officially invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Paris on 22DEC. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Government artillery bombarded the fast-shrinking rebel enclave in the heart of Aleppo despite its ally Russia’s announcement of a new humanitarian pause. (AFP)
- Syria: The UN human rights office said opposition groups are reportedly blocking civilians from fleeing Aleppo as regime troops advance in the city. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The White House raised concerns about China’s new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- 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 02DEC: 319,592 (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 02DEC: 121,771
- Deaths as of 02DEC: 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 05DEC: 1,841 (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 05DEC: 652 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 08DEC: 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 08DEC: 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 08DEC: 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 (10DEC)
- Global: International Human Rights Day – 1950
- Austria: OPEC meeting to be held in Vienna
- Bangladesh: 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) government meeting to be held in Dhaka (to 12DEC)
- Colombia: President Santos to receive Nobel Peace Prize
- Syria: US, Europe and Gulf states to hold talks in Paris on Syria conflict