- AFRICA: An Egyptian security official reported that the death toll from a militant attack in Sinai reached 11.
- AMERICAS: A former head of Colombia’s intelligence services was sentenced to 30 years in prison for involvement in the 1989 assassination of a presidential candidate.
- ASIA: Kashmiri rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police patrol, killing two officers while two militants and an Indian soldier died in a separate gunfight in the disputed region.
- EUROPE: Turkey threatened to open its borders to allow illegal migrants to enter Europe after the European Parliament voted to halt EU membership talks.
- MIDDLE EAST: Two Iranian passenger trains collided in the north-central province of Semnan, killing at least 31 people and injuring dozens.
- TECHNOLOGY: American and allied forces have killed several important Islamic State social media campaigners and recruiters, while the FBI has arrested nearly 100 of these targets’ associates.
- Israel: Twelve people arrested on suspicion of arson—“a new form of terrorism”
- A series of fires has raged across the country from Jerusalem to Haifa since Monday.
- The fires forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and left widespread damage across the country.
- More than 100 people have been injured, mostly from smoke inhalation, but no fatalities have been reported.
- Officials suspect that at least half of the fires were started intentionally for nationalist reasons. They labeled it a new form of terrorism.
- Police have not disclosed the identities of the suspects arrested so far.
- Numerous countries, including Russia, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, had sent emergency crews and firefighting planes to help Israel tackle the blazes. The Palestinian Authority also sent four firefighting teams.
Sources: BBC, WP, AP, Reuters,
- Djibouti: China announced plans to build its first overseas military facility in the country, a logistics base that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. (Reuters)
- Egypt: A security official reported that the death toll from a militant attack in Sinai, which included a suicide car bombing, reached 11. (AP)
- Mali: The number two of a faction of the rebel group Ansar Dine operating in the north of the country was arrested. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadists raided three villages in the northeast of the country, killing five people and setting fire to several homes and fields. (AFP)
- Colombia: A former head of Colombia’s intelligence services was sentenced to 30 years in prison for involvement in the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan by drug-gang hitmen. (AFP)
- Mexico: Authorities exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in the southern state of Guerrero. (AFP)
- Peru: Wildfires have burned more than 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) of forest, protected areas and farmland in drought-stricken parts of the country. (Reuters)
- Kashmir: Rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police patrol, killing two officers while two militants and an Indian soldier died in a separate gunfight in the disputed region. (AP)
- Vietnam: Authorities seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory smuggled from Africa, just days after having destroyed 4 tons seized at the same port over the past two months. (AP)
- Germany: As the labor strike for Lufthansa airline enters its third day, the pilots’ union announced that there is no end in sight. (DPA)
- Turkey: President Erdogan threatened to open his country’s borders to allow illegal migrants to enter Europe after the European Parliament voted to freeze EU membership talks.
- United Kingdom: Former British prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair voiced their beliefs that Brexit can yet be stopped. (AFP)
- Iran: Two passenger trains collided in the north-central province of Semnan, killing at least 31 people and injuring dozens. (AP)
- Iraq: The death toll from Thursday’s suicide bombing in central Iraq has risen to 125, with an additional 95 wounded. (DPA)
- Israel: The country accused France of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state, after Paris announced new guidelines for labelling goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. (AFP)
- Lebanon: The army says it captured 11 members of the Islamic State group in an operation near the border with Syria. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: American and allied forces have killed several important Islamic State social media campaigners and recruiters, while the FBI has arrested nearly 100 of these targets’ associates. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tokage
- Location: 194 NM S of Manila, Philippines
- Winds: 46 mph
- Movement: W at 11.5 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Otto
- Location: 55 NM WNW of Liberia, Costa Rica
- Winds: 70 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Earthquakes: 149km SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
- Magnitude: 7.0
- 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 24NOV: 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), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, 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 of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 24NOV: 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 24NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26NOV)
- Austria: Russia to attend OPEC talks in Vienna (to 28NOV)
- India: Anniversary of Mumbai attacks – 2008
- Kuwait: Parliamentary election
- Nigeria: Ondo state governorship elections