- AFRICA: Violence broke out in the Central African Republic as people voted in a referendum aiming to end the nation’s bloody sectarian strife.
- AMERICAS: The Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) said peace talks with the government have entered their final stretch.
- ASIA: At least 10 people are killed and 30 injured after a bomb ripped through a bazaar in Pakistan.
- EUROPE: Tens of thousands of people marched through Warsaw to protest against what they called the “democratorship” of the month-old conservative government, as Poland remains locked in a constitutional crisis.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State claims responsibility for a bomb attack in Syria that killed at least 16 people in government-controlled Homs.
- TECHNOLOGY: FBI continues to track electronic trails of San Bernadino shooters for further clues.
- France: World leaders respond to climate agreement following an historic ratification in Paris.
- US President Barack Obama believes the landmark accord is the best chance to save the planet from the effects of global climate change.
- Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will meet the demands of the climate agreement without sacrificing economic growth.
- The new deal is the latest Chinese effort attempting to reorient domestic environmental policy.
- Some critics already believe that COP21 lacks efficacy as each country sets its own goals.
- Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris treaty will not be a fully legal binding agreement.
- Countries will be required to reconvene every five years to report their updates.
- Coverage: (CNN, Kyodo, NYT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ )
- Central African Republic: Violence broke out in the capital Bangui as people voted in a referendum aiming to end the nation’s bloody sectarian strife. (AFP)
- Libya: The United Nations will convene a new round of Libya talks in a push to persuade warring parties to agree on a unity government and end violence. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Soldiers shot and killed at least 12 people while besieging the home of a Shiite leader accused of trying to assassinate Nigeria’s army chief. (AP)
- Colombia: The Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) said peace talks with the government have entered their final stretch. (Xinhua)
- Columbia: The Government announced that the 25th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government will be held next year in Cartagena. (EFE)
- Mexico: Pope Francis announces a visit that will focus on issues of migration, economic justice, and drug-related violence. (WSJ)
- Region: North and South Korea end high-level diplomatic talks without an apparent agreement. (AFP)
- Pakistan: At least 10 people are killed and 30 injured after a bomb ripped through a bazaar in Parachinar. (AFP)
- Philippines: A landmine attack killed two government soldiers and a civilian while wounding fourteen others. (Xinhua)
- Bulgaria: The Reformist Bloc withdrew its support of Prime Minister Boiko Borisov’s minority government in a disagreement over judicial reforms. (Reuters)
- France: Fears of immigration and terrorism energize the National Front party ahead of regional elections. (LAT)
- Poland: As the country remains locked in a consitutional crisis, tens of thousands marched through Warsaw to protest what they called the “democratorship” of the month-old conservative government. (Guardian)
- Russia: The government sent a warning message to the West by a show of strength in Syria. (Telegraph)
- Kuwait: An appeals court upheld one death sentence and overturned another in the case of an Islamist suicide bombing at a mosque in June. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: For the first time a woman won a seat on a municipal council after the country lifted its bar on women taking part in elections. (BBC)
- Syria: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least 16 people in Homs. (BBC)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Electronic Screening: FBI continues to track electronic trails of San Bernadino shooters for further clues. (LAT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 28W (Melor)
- Location: 561 ESE of Manila, Philippines
- Wind: 86 mph
- Movement: WNW at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Volcanoes: Mount Kanlaon, Negros island, Philippines
- Low energy ash eruptions
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 11DEC: 607,306 (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: 34,507
- Deaths as of 11DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 04DEC: 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 04DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13DEC)
- Central African Republic: Central African Republic is to hold referendum on a proposed new constitution that would limit future presidents to two five-year terms in office.
- China: Anniversary of Nanjing Massacre – 1937
- Iraq: Anniversary Saddam Hussein captured – 2003
- Malta: Republic Day – 1974