- AFRICA: Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela will be suspended from South American trade bloc Mercosur at the beginning of DEC2016.
- ASIA: Hundreds of Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, but border guards pushed back hundreds more despite a UN plea to let them in.
- EUROPE: Turkey dismissed nearly 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and shut down 375 institutions and news outlets over July’s failed coup.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State has used chemical agents 52 times in Iraq and Syria since 2014, according to a new IHS Markit report.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US National Transportation Safety Board is reportedly investigating a JUN2016 accident involving one of Facebook’s massive Aquila drones.
- Trans-Pacific Partnership: Donald Trump promises to pull US from trade deal.
- US President-elect Donald Trump has issued an outline of his policy plans for his first 100 days in office and vowing to issue a note of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “from day one”.
- But other Pacific Rim leaders are vowing to pursue market-opening efforts as China also is moving ahead with rival free-trade initiatives.
- China is well placed to step into the US’s global footprint with both its regional trade deal alternative, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, and its massive and expensive One Belt One Road initiative.
- The TPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st Century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific.
- The TPP can’t take effect without the US, requiring the ratification of at least six countries accounting for 85 percent of the combined gross domestic product of the member nations.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, BBC-2, Guardian, Reuters
- Central African Republic: A base for the country’s UN peacekeeping force came under fire during clashes between rival groups, prompting an armed response. (AFP)
- Egypt: The country’s Court of Cassation overturned a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters are overrunning villages near the northeast town of Chibok, forcing hundreds of people to flee as they loot and burn. (AP)
- Region: Venezuela will be suspended from South American trade bloc Mercosur at the beginning of DEC2016. (AFP)
- Colombia: Rebel group FARC leadership arrived in Bogota ahead of the signing of a new peace agreement with the government to end a half century of war. (Reuters)
- United States: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to shield New Yorkers from many of President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial policies, including deportation and a Muslim registry. (NYT)
- Region: Hundreds of Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, but border guards pushed back hundreds more despite a UN plea to let them in. (AFP)
- Cambodia: The country’s opposition party ended a six-month boycott of the parliament. (AP)
- Indonesia: President Joko Widodo said he was determined to “prevent the growth of radicalism”, in response to rumors Islamist extremists were planning protests to destabilize his government. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: A bomb which targeted a paramilitary truck on a crowded Peshawar city street killed three security personnel. (AFP)
- Philippines: The country and the US agreed to scale back joint exercises and reduce US troop deployments, despite a statement of continued “close cooperation.” (Reuters)
- Region: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s detention of two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea was “a provocation.” (Reuters)
- Greece: The Greek government and its bailout creditors remain apart in talks about new reforms, but Athens says a deal can still be achieved by early next month. (AP)
- Turkey: The country dismissed nearly 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and shut down 375 institutions and news outlets over July’s failed coup. (Reuters)
- United Kingdom: The country’s Electoral Commission opened an investigation into the UK Independence Party’s finances after allegations it misspent EU funds. (BBC)
- Region: The Islamic State has used chemical agents 52 times in Iraq and Syria since 2014, according to a new IHS Markit report. (WP)
- Region: Iran said it had sent 11 metric tons of heavy water to Oman as part of its obligations under last year’s nuclear deal with world powers. (AFP)
- Iraq: Government troops moved to retake another neighborhood in the eastern sector of Mosul but were facing stiff resistance from Islamic State militants. (AP)
- Iraq: More than 68,000 people have been displaced since government forces launched a huge offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, the UN said. (AFP)
- Syria: Pro-government forces pushed forward inside rebel-held Aleppo, prompting civilians to flee, as the regime pressed an assault to recapture the entire city. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US National Transportation Safety Board is reportedly investigating a JUN2016 accident involving one of Facebook’s massive Aquila drones. (Mashable)
- Technology: Thailand is pushing ahead with cyber security bills that rights groups say could mean more extensive online monitoring, raising concerns over privacy protection. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Otto
- Location: 210 ESE of San Andres Island
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: S at 2 mph
- Earthquakes: 75km ENE of Castlepoint, New Zealand
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10 km
- 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 (23NOV)
- Equatorial Guinea: 4th Africa-Arab Summit to be held in Malabo
- Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day
- Liberia: Anniversary of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf being declared winner of presidential election – 2005
- Russia: President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer to visit (to 25NOV)
- Ukraine: Next Contact Group meeting to be held in Minsk