- AFRICA: The UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, reported that two days of fighting between armed groups in the Central African Republic left 16 people dead including civilians while 10,000 have fled their homes.
- AMERICAS: A Mexican high court agreed to review an appeal filed by drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to prevent his extradition to the United States.
- ASIA: Pakistan’s air force chief warned India against escalating the dispute over Kashmir into full-scale war.
- EUROPE: According to the Russian Federal Security Service, a former Black Sea Fleet officer has been detained on allegations they spied for Ukraine.
- MIDDLE EAST: Three Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in the Al-Bab region of Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Navy announced that hackers obtained the social security numbers and other personal data of more than 134,000 current and former sailors.
- Europe: European Parliament votes to suspend membership talks for Turkey
- European Union lawmakers called for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara’s “disproportionate” reaction to the JUL16 failed coup.
- Members of the European Parliament voted 479 to 37 in favor of a non-binding motion urging the European Commission and national governments to institute “a largely symbolic” freeze in negotiations that have been in play for 11 years.
- Neither side expects Turkey to be in a position to join the EU for years to come.
- EU governments are unlikely to take heed of the parliament’s recommendation.
- Sources: BBC, NYT, Reuters
- Central African Republic: The UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, reported that two days of fighting between armed groups in the country left 16 people dead including civilians while 10,000 have fled their homes. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: According to Amnesty International, the country’s military killed at least 150 peaceful protesters in a campaign to repress demands to create a breakaway state of Biafra in the southeast. (AP)
- Sudan: Around 300 students and schoolchildren marched in the capital Khartoum, defying government efforts to quell protests against fuel subsidy cuts. (AFP)
- Mexico: A high court agreed to review an appeal filed by drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to prevent his extradition to the United States. (AFP)
- Mexico: 12 bodies were uncovered in burial pits at an outlaw camp in the south of the country. (AP)
- Venezuela: Union sources and workers report that the country’s refinery network is operating at about a third of capacity. (Reuters)
- Region: Pakistan’s air force chief warned India against escalating the dispute over Kashmir into full-scale war. (AP)
- India: Twelve people were arrested in the east for trafficking newborn babies. (AFP)
- Myanmar: A series of bomb explosions occurred in South Dagon township in Yangon. (Xinhua)
- France: National anti-terrorism authorities are keeping five men in custody without charge in an investigation into a terror plot. (AP)
- Germany: Lufthansa airline says it canceled 912 more flights as pilots strike for a second day in a dispute over wages. (AP)
- Russia: The country’s counterterrorism agency says two suspected militants and two special forces officers were killed in a gun-battle in the North Caucasus. (AP)
- Russia: According to a source in the Federal Security Service, a former Black Sea Fleet officer was detained on allegations they spied for Ukraine. (TASS)
- Turkey: Two people were killed and 16 wounded when a car exploded outside a government building in the southern city of Adana. (AFP)
- Iraq: Kurdish and Shi’ite forces agreed to coordinate movements after cutting off Mosul from the rest of the territory held by Islamic State in western Iraq and Syria in support of a US-backed offensive. (Reuters)
- Israel: An army officer was killed and three other soldiers wounded when a tank overturned in the Golan Heights. (Xinhua)
- Jordan: Australia and Jordan announced the signing of an anti-terror agreement to stamp out terror funding and money laundering. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Three Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in the Al-Bab region of the country. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US Navy announced that hackers obtained the social security numbers and other personal data of more than 134,000 current and former sailors. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Otto
- Location: 80 NM SE of Bluefields, Nicaragua
- Winds: 85 mph
- Movement: W at 8 mph
- 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 (25NOV)
- Global: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 1999
- Austria: Next technical meeting of the members of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC states on oil market stabilization to be held in Vienna (to 26NOV)
- Indonesia: Planned Islamist protests against Christian Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama
- Japan: Tokyo to host 27th conference of the Energy Charter (to 26NOV)