- AFRICA: Alleged extremists killed five Malian soldiers transporting ballot boxes while a civilian also died in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging Mali’s municipal elections.
- AMERICAS: In Haiti, polls closed in the country’s presidential election and monitored ballot counting has begun.
- ASIA: South Korea’s main opposition party voted to seek the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye after prosecutors named her a criminal suspect in a snowballing corruption case.
- EUROPE: French anti-terror police arrested six men in the cities of Strasbourg and Marseille.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Iran-backed rebels said a 48-hour cease-fire ended due to repeated “violations.”
- TECHNOLOGY: Facebook will open a new London headquarters in 2017, despite uncertainty over Brexit.
- Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targets mosque, kills dozens.
- A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in a suicide attack inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul.
- The explosion, which happened just before noon prayers, targeted the Baqir ul-Uloom mosque in western Kabul as worshipers were observing Arbaeen.
- The attacker was on foot and detonated his suicide vest among the crowds inside the mosque.
- No immediate claim of responsibility has come, as the Taliban denied involvement.
- Coverage: Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS, NYT, Reuters
- Mali: Alleged extremists killed five government soldiers transporting ballot boxes while a civilian also died in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging the country’s municipal elections. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The country’s recession deepened as its gross domestic product and oil production both continued their fall. (Reuters)
- South Africa: Opposition parties urged President Jacob Zuma to report acts of corruption after the leader said he knows who is stealing public funds. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force troops arrived in the capital Juba to participate in UN peacekeeping activities. (Kyodo)
- Brazil: Rio de Janeiro police launched a vast operation in the City of God slum, where seven youths were found killed a day after four police officers died. (AFP)
- Colombia: FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri is leaving Cuba for Bogota to sign the new peace pact agreement with the government. (EFE)
- Haiti: Polls closed in the country’s presidential election and monitored ballot counting has begun. (AP)
- United States: Hundreds of protesters opposed to a North Dakota oil pipeline clashed with police who fired tear gas and arrested one. (Reuters)
- United States: Four police officers were shot in separate incidents across the country, killing one. (CBS)
- India: The death toll from the rail disaster in the country’s north rose to 142, with indications more bodies were trapped inside the wreckage. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Rights groups condemned the government for a crackdown on organizers of a weekend anti-government rally, including the arrest of the protest leader. (AFP)
- Myanmar: More than 1,000 houses in Muslim Rohingya villages have been razed in the country’s northwest, according to satellite images from Human Rights Watch. (AFP)
- South Korea: The main opposition party voted to seek the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye after prosecutors named her a criminal suspect in a snowballing corruption case. (AFP)
- Region: European members of NATO must meet their commitments to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense budgets, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after speaking with US president-elect Donald Trump. (DPA)
- Cyprus: A second day of complex negotiations are underway between Greek and Turkish ethnic leaders on how much territory will run as part of an aimed-for federation. (AP)
- France: Anti-terror police arrested six men in the cities of Strasbourg and Marseille. (AFP)
- Turkey: Police detained the pro-Kurdish co-mayor of the southeast town of Mardin, Ahmet Turk, the latest in a growing crackdown throughout the country. (AFP)
- Region: The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Iran-backed rebels said a 48-hour cease-fire ended due to repeated “violations.” (AFP)
- Iraq: Government troops on the outskirts of Mosul regrouped in retaken neighborhoods and conducted searches looking for vehicles primed for Islamic State suicide bombings. (AP)
- Syria: Turkey called on the US and other nations to re-assess the proposal of a no-fly zone in the country’s north. (AP)
- Syria: There are no more functioning hospitals in the rebel-held area of Aleppo, where many still need urgent medical care, the UN said. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Facebook will open a new London headquarters in 2017, despite uncertainty over Brexit. (AFP)
- 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 18NOV: 319,379 (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 18NOV: 121,669
- Deaths as of 18NOV: 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 11NOV: 1,826 (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 11NOV: 649 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 17NOV: 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), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, 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, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 17NOV: 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 17NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22NOV)
- Lebanon: Independence Day – 1943
- Russia: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to visit, meet with President Putin
- United Kingdom: Anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation as Prime Minister – 1990
- United States: Anniversary of assassination of President Kennedy – 1963