- AFRICA: The government of South Sudan agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba after months of hesitation.
- AMERICAS: A Mexican journalist alleged that soldiers were involved in the disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 students two years ago.
- ASIA: Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Seoul, surrounding the South Korean president’s office and demanding her resignation.
- EUROPE: Turkey arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile Australian recruiter for the Islamic State.
- MIDDLE EAST: Polls opened in Kuwait’s first parliamentary elections in nearly four years.
- TECHNOLOGY: Hackers attacked the European Commission’s computers, affecting connection speeds, but the Commission said there was no data breach.
- Cuba: Fidel Castro dead at age 90
- His younger brother and current president of Cuba, Raul Castro, announced the news shortly after midnight (0500 GMT), but gave no details of the cause of death.
- The Cuban government decreed nine days of mourning.
- Fidel Castro’s body will be cremated Saturday morning, and his ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on 04DEC.
- In Miami, Florida, Cuban exiles celebrated the news of Castro’s death.
- Across Latin America, leaders spoke mostly kind words about the deceased former revolutionary.
- Sources: NYT, WP, WSJ, BBC, AFP
- Central African Republic: The UN expressed deep concern over a new outbreak of violence in the country, causing the death of some 85 civilians based on their ethnicity. (Xinhua)
- Ivory Coast: The country extradited three soldiers arrested on suspicion of being at the center of the 2015 coup attempt in Burkina Faso. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The government agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba after months of hesitation. (AFP)
- Zambia: The country’s electricity was restored in five provinces after a five day blackout. (Xinhua)
- Zambia: President Edgar Lungu launched 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: A well known investigative journalist alleged that Mexican soldiers were involved in the disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 students two years ago. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said that the United States convicted his wife’s nephews on drug charges last week to weaken his leftist government. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: A suicide attack killed two Pakistani soldiers and wounded 14 others at a military base near the Afghan border. (AFP)
- Philippines: Air force helicopters fired rockets and troops clashed with militants of the Maute group, alleged to be supporters of the Islamic State. (AP)
- South Korea: Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Seoul, surrounding the president’s office and demanding her resignation. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: Turkey arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile Australian recruiter for the Islamic State; Australia is seeking extradition. (AP)
- Ukraine: The country’s former president said that he regrets he did not impose martial law and order troops to disperse the mass protests that toppled his government and forced him into exile. (NYT)
- United Kingdom: In the wake of Brexit, the first ministers of Scotland and Wales met in Cardiff and confirmed their shared ambition to maintain full and unfettered access to the European Union’s Single Market. (Xinhua)
- Iran: Authorities detained three employees of the state railroad company over Friday’s train collision, which killed 45 people. (AP)
- Israel-Palestine: Dozens of homes were burnt and four people were injured as wildfires spread to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. (Xinhua)
- Kuwait: Polls opened in the country’s first parliamentary elections in nearly four years. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Hackers attacked the European Commission’s computers, affecting connection speeds, but the Commission said there was no data breach. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tokage
- Location: 196 NM WSW of Manila, Philippines
- Winds: 58 mph
- Movement: NW at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Otto
- Location: 385 NM SW of San Salvador, El Salvador
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: W at 18 mph
- Earthquakes: 49km ENE of Karakul, Tajikistan
- Magnitude: 6.6
- Depth: 13 km
- Volcanoes: Popocatépetl, Mexico
- Ash column rose 5km into the air (CNN)
- 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 (27NOV)
- Algeria: Planned strikes
- Cambodia: 9th Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) to be held in Siem Reap province to (02DEC)
- France: Round two of Christian Democratic Party primary