- AFRICA: Lawmakers in Uganda passed a bill granting the government sweeping powers to regulate civil society.
- AMERICAS: Parents of the 43 Mexican students who disappeared last year camped out near the presidential residence demanding a new investigation.
- ASIA: An arch-royalist monk led a protest at the US Embassy in Thailand after American condemnations of the kingdom’s royal defamation laws.
- EUROPE: Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned that a small group of EU countries may be forced to form a “mini-Schengen” if the bloc fails to resolve its migrant crisis.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russian warplanes struck a weapons convoy en route from Turkey to rebels in northern Syria.
- MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is in talks to buy a stake in the publisher of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
- Kenya: Pope Francis begins his first trip to Africa.
- During his speech in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi, Francis condemned “the injustice of urban exclusion,” called access to clean water a human right, and demanded governments provide basic services to slum dwellers worldwide.
- In seperate remarks, the pontiff urged world leaders to reach an accord on climate change at upcoming talks in Paris, warning that failure to do so would be “catastrophic.”
- Later Friday, the Pope met with Kenyan bishops before travelling to Uganda to honor the country’s Anglican and Catholic martyrs.
- The trip is scheduled to conclude in the Central African Republic, which has recently experienced a spiral of communal violence between Muslims and Christians.
- Coverage: AP, Reuters, CNN, NYT
- Region: A UNICEF report on AIDS found the disease is the number one killer of adolescents on the continent. (AFP)
- Burundi:US Special Envoy Tom Perriello warned that the country is at risk of a genocide. (AFP)
- Mali: Authorities arrested two men in connection with last week’s deadly attack on a luxury hotel. (AP)
- Uganda: Lawmakers passed a bill granting the government sweeping powers to regulate civil society. (AFP)
- Colombia: Police seized 639 kilos of cocaine, presumably stashed by the FARC guerrilla group. (EFE)
- Colombia: China repatriated a convicted drug smuggler to authorities in Bogota.
- Ecuador: Cuban visitors will now require a visa to enter the country. (AP)
- Mexico: Parents of 43 students who disappeared last year camped out near the presidential residence demanding a new investigation. (AFP)
- Region: Top South Korean, U.S. and Japanese nuclear envoys will hold a trilateral meeting in Washington next week to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (Yonhap)
- Afghanistan: About three police personnel have been wounded in a bomb attack in the northern province of Kunduz. (Xinhua)
- Nepal: Tens of thousands of students protested fuel shortages and rising food prices in the capital of Kathmandu. (AP)
- Taiwan: Three candidates officially registered candidacies for presidential elections scheduled for 2016. (Kyodo)
- Thailand:An arch-royalist monk led a protest at the US Embassy after American condemnations of the kingdom’s royal defamation laws. (AFP)
- Region: Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned that a small group of EU countries may be forced to form a “mini-Schengen” if the bloc fails to resolve its migrant crisis. (Reuters)
- Germany: Authorities arrested a gun dealer suspected of providing weapons used in the Paris attacks. (Reuters)
- Portugal: The new socialist PM promised to end the “spiral of austerity” while implementing a “moderate” programme that respects EU budgetary commitments. (AFP)
- Region: Israel’s Foreign Ministry says the country will soon open an office at a renewable energy agency in the UAE, despite having no formal bilateral relations. (AP)
- Region: Russian warplanes struck a weapons convoy en route from Turkey to rebels in northern Syria. (Xinhua)
- Palestinian Territories: An attacker rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the West Bank before being shot dead. (AP)
- Syria: France’s Foreign Minister suggested his country is open to working with the Assad government to combat the Islamic State. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Media: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is in talks to buy a stake in the publisher of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Sandra
- Location: 450 NM SSW of Culiacan, Mexico
- Wind: 110 mph
- Movement: N at 13 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Mt. Rinjani: Ash clouds disrupted Australian flights inbound to Bali. (ABC)
- GGlobal Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 27NOV: 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 27NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 27NOV: 971
- Deaths as of 27NOV: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 27NOV: 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 27NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29NOV)
- Chad: Republic Day