- AFRICA: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region has pulled its headquarters out of Burundi to ensure the “safety and security of its staff.”
- AMERICAS: The Pentagon will sound out Canada’s new government on its defense plans following PM Justin Trudeau’s election on promises to scrap purchases of F-35 jets and pull Canadian aircraft from strikes on Islamic State.
- ASIA: Chinese police have killed all but one of the 29 suspects in a deadly attack on a coal mine that killed 16 people in the restive region of Xinjiang.
- EUROPE: EU officials suggested the creation of a common intelligence agency as justice and interior ministers met to draw lessons from the attacks in Paris last week.
- MIDDLE EAST: The US has freed convicted spy Jonathan Pollard after nearly 30 years and PM Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a statement welcoming the release.
- TECHNOLOGY: Newly disclosed documents show the National Security Agency found a way to replace a email bulk data collection program with a functional equivalent.
- Mali: Gunmen storm hotel in capital Bamako, hold at least 170 hostage.
- Gunmen took at least 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako.
- The identity of the Bamako gunmen, or the group to which they belong, is not known.
- Security sources say gunmen arrived in a vehicle around 7 a.m. Friday, forced through a security barrier and ran into the hotel shooting and yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
- The timing of the attack is troubling as it comes just a day after French President Francois Hollande praised his troops for successfully fighting Islamists in the African nation.
- Coverage: CNN, NBC, NYT, Reuters, WP
- Region: The International Criminal Court faced calls from Kenya and South Africa for more freedom to interpret the court’s rules. (Reuters)
- Burundi: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region has pulled its headquarters out of the country to ensure the “safety and security of its staff.” (AFP)
- Liberia: The World Health Organization confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in the country. (AFP)
- Region: The Pentagon will sound out Canada’s new government on its defense plans following PM Justin Trudeau’s election on promises to scrap purchases of F-35 jets and pull Canadian aircraft from strikes on Islamic State. (Reuters)
- Region: Heads of government from the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) reaffirmed their efforts to advance regional integration. (Xinhua)
- Canada: The government is making preparations for the arrival of Syrian refugees, including the possible construction of camps to house them. (Reuters)
- Region: Indonesia is in talks with Australia about temporarily housing asylum-seekers stranded on an island in the archipelago if Canberra covers the cost. (AFP)
- China: Chinese police have killed all but one of the 29 suspects in a deadly attack on a coal mine that killed 16 people in the restive region of Xinjiang. (AP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea accepted the working-level contact proposal by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (Xinhua)
- Malaysia: A total of 7,000 security personnel have been deployed in Kuala Lumpur for the 27th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this weekend. (Xinhua)
- Region: French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged the EU to take urgent counter-terrorism decisions as he entered emergency talks following the Paris attacks. (Reuters)
- Region: Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said the EU should reconsider the basic parameters binding it together and revamp its founding treaties, or risk political radicalization. (Reuters)
- Region: EU officials suggested the creation of a common intelligence agency as justice and interior ministers met to draw lessons from the attacks in Paris last week. (DPA)
- Turkey: Authorities have seized close to the Syrian border almost 11 million pills of the synthetic stimulant drug captagon believed to play a crucial part in Syria’s civil war. (AFP)
- Iraq: Security officials say a suicide blast and a roadside bomb have targeted a Shite mosque in a southern Baghdad neighborhood, killing 10 people. (AP)
- Israel: The US has freed convicted spy Jonathan Pollard after nearly 30 years and PM Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a statement welcoming the release. (AP)
- Yemen: Al-Qaeda launched simultaneous attacks on two army positions in the country’s southeast that left 12 soldiers and 19 jihadists dead. (AFP)
- Yemen: Security officials say an explosion has hit a checkpoint in the historic city of Shibam, inflicting casualties. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Newly disclosed documents show the National Security Agency found a way to replace a email bulk data collection program with a functional equivalent. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Typhoon In-Fa
- Location: 319 NM SE of Andersen AFP, Guam
- Wind: 103 mph
- Movement: WNW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rick
- Location: 365 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Wind: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,634 (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 20NOV: 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: 25,739
- Deaths as of 20NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 20NOV: 971
- Deaths as of 20NOV: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 20NOV: 1618 (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 20NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21NOV)
- Iran: Iran has said it will publish the terms of post-sanctions oil contracts at oil conference in Tehran (to 22NOV)
- Pakistan: Anniversary of mob attack on US Embassy in Islamabad – 1979