- AFRICA: Egyptians headed to the polls for the second and final round of voting in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
- AMERICAS: A Turkish Airlines plane en route from New York to Istanbul was diverted to Canada because of a bomb threat.
- ASIA: Hong Kong went to the polls for the first time since huge pro-democracy protests gripped the city, in a key test of public sentiment.
- EUROPE: Western leaders who met on the margins of last week’s Group of 20 summit in Turkey agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine by six months until July of next year.
- MIDDLE EAST: According to British media, British lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to authorize air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) within the next two weeks.
- TECHNOLOGY: According to a newly published survey, more than three-fourths of Germans believe high-risk terrorism suspects should be under constant surveillance by police.
- Asia Pacific: The matter as to how to approach the ongoing territorial dispute in the East and South China Seas became the latest focus of the ASEAN Summit.
○ Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang put forward a five-point proposal to ease rising tensions in the South China Sea, even as Beijing admitted to building military facilities in the area.
○ Japan on Sunday backed the United States sailing warships close to disputed land in the South China Sea but said it had no plans to send its own maritime forces to support the operation.
○ Philippine President Benigno Aquino told an Asia-Pacific summit that “the world is watching” whether China would behave as a responsible power in the simmering standoff over maritime territory.
○ Malaysia and Australia agreed to elevate their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.
- Egypt: Citizens headed to the polls for the second and final round of voting in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. (DPA)
- Libya: The French defense minister said rival sides in the chaos-ridden country must reach a deal to create a new unity government in order to stop Islamic State jihadists from taking over. (AFP)
- Mali: The heavily armed Islamic extremists who shot up a luxury hotel in the capital, killing 19 people, timed their assault for the moment when guards would be the most lax, allowing them to easily blast their way past a five-man security team before turning their weapons on terrified guests. (AP)
- Region: A Turkish Airlines plane en route from New York to Istanbul was diverted to Canada because of a bomb threat. (BBC)
- Argentina: The country’s 32 million eligible voters went to the polls to choose a successor to the outgoing president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. (Guardian)
- Canada: The country plans to fly in 900 Syrian refugees a day as of next month, according to media reports, as the defense minister said showing compassion for these people sends a message to Islamic State extremists. (AFP)
- Colombia: According to the military,the army seized more than a ton of ANFO, an explosive mixture that ELN insurgents would use to attack troops, civilians and the Trans-Andean Oil Pipeline. (EFE)
- Bangladesh: The government hanged two top opposition leaders for war crimes committed during the independence conflict with Pakistan and boosted security across the country over fears the executions could spark fresh unrest. (AFP)
- Hong Kong: The semi-autonomous city went to the polls for the first time since huge pro-democracy protests gripped the city, in a key test of public sentiment. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: The country formed a trilateral Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) with 16 representatives each from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties to lead political dialogue as part of the process to implement ceasefire pact. (Xinhua)
- Region: The Russian government announced a state of emergency in the disputed Crimean peninsula after power to the region was suddenly cut in an apparent act of sabotage in neighboring Ukraine. (BBC)
- Region: Western leaders who met on the margins of last week’s Group of 20 summit in Turkey agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine by six months until July of next year. (Reuters)
- Belgium: A third suspect detained by authorities over the Paris terror attacks was named as Abraimi Lazez, a 39-year-old man of Moroccan descent and living in the Brussels region. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: The country’s top Muslim cleric issued an impassioned appeal to disassociate Islam from extremist attacks, saying Muslims themselves had suffered most from “the catastrophe of terrorism.” (AFP)
- Israel: Two Palestinians attacked Israelis with knives and a car in the West Bank and were killed when civilians and security forces intervened. (AFP)
- Syria: According to British media, British lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to authorize air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) within the next two weeks. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Surveillance: According to a newly published survey, more than three-fourths of Germans believe high-risk terrorism suspects should be under constant surveillance by police. (DPA)
- Cyclones: Typhoon In-Fa
○ Location: 250 NM NNW of Yap
○ Wind: 120 mph
○ Movement: WNW at 18 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Annabelle)
○ Location: 273 NM SSW of Diego Garcio
○ Wind: 80 mph
○ Movement: W at 2 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rick
○ Location: 332 NM WSW of Socorro Island
○ Wind: 40 mph
○ Movement: W at 12 mph
- 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)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 22NOV: 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 22NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 21NOV: 971
■ Deaths as of 21NOV: 13
■ Sourcing: WHO
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 22NOV: 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 22NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23NOV)
- North Korea: Four North Korean delegates from Pyongyang’s National Reunification Institute are to meet with various NGOs from the United States, China, Japan, France and Germany to discuss peace treaty in Berlin, Germany (to 27NOV)
- Russia and Iran: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran
- Islam: Ashura (Yawmul Ashura)