- AFRICA: A boat held by Somali pirates was freed after a gun battle.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s health ministry confirmed a link between the Zika fever virus and a high incidence of birth defects.
- ASIA: Three Chinese coast guard ships entered what Japan considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea.
- EUROPE: A leader from the banned Kurdistan Workers Party urged the EU and the United States to help broker him peace with Turkey.
- MIDDLE EAST: A top Iranian official declared the country would end implementation of a nuclear deal if the UN does not close a probe into allegations of past weapons research.
- TECHNOLOGY: The U.S. National Security Agency ended its mass phone surveillance program.
- Burkina Faso: Voters take to the polls after a year of upheaval
○ Voters in Burkina Faso lined up to elect presidential and legislative candidates in what analysts predict will be the country’s most democratic elections in its history.
○ The elections are the first since a popular uprising in October 2014 toppled Blaise Compaore, the country’s longtime leader.
○ Since then, the country has been embroiled in conflict between the transitional government and the presidential guard, culminating in a failed coup last September.
○ More than 17,000 local and foreign observers are expected to monitor polls, and 25,000 soldiers and police will maintain security against the threat of a jihadist attack.
- Cameroon: Two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a town in the north, killing at least five people and injuring 12 others. (AP)
- Central African Republic: Pope Francis arrived for the final leg of his Africa trip to deliver a message of reconciliation and peace between Christians and Muslims. (AFP)
- Somalia: A boat held by pirates was freed after a gun battle. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The country’s repeatedly broken peace deal is at a “critical stage”, the African Union warned. (AFP)
- Brazil: The health ministry confirmed a link between the Zika fever virus and a high incidence of birth defects (BBC)
- Honduras: A nurse of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders kidnapped last week, was found murdered. (EFE)
- Region: Three Chinese coast guard ships entered what Japan considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea. (DPA)
- Afghanistan: Security forces killed five militants linked to an Islamic State affiliate in Nangarhar Province. (Xinhua)
- Nepal: Police arrested 38 protestors for trying to enforce a strike against neighboring India for its role in a nationwide fuel shortage (AFP)
- Russian Far East: An oil tanker ran aground on Sakhalin Island, causing an oil spill. (AP)
- Region: EU leaders met with Turkish PM Davotoglu for a joint summit in Brussels on the refugee crisis. (AFP)
- Region: Turkey agreed to repatriate the body of a Russian pilot shot down near the Syrian border earlier this week. (Reuters)
- Turkey:A leader from the banned Kurdistan Workers Party urged the EU and the United States to help broker him peace with the government in Anakra. (AFP)
- Russia: Security forces shot and killed 3 militants in Dagestan. (TASS)
- Bahrain: The foreign ministry summoned Iran’s envoy and accused Tehran of interfering in its affairs after derogatory comments made by Iran’s Supreme Leader. (AFP)
- Iran: A top security official declared the country would end its implementation of the nuclear deal if the UN does not close a probe into allegations of past weapons research. (AFP)
- Iraq: Authorities discovered three more mass graves in Sinjar filled with victims of the Islamic State. (AP)
- Palestinian Territories: Israeli police say a man stabbed a police officer in Jerusalem before security forces shot him. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: Female candidates began their first-ever campaigns for public office. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- The U.S. National Security Agency ended its mass phone surveillance program. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases as of 29NOV: 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)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 29NOV: 596,893 (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: 26,076
■ Deaths as of 29NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 29NOV: 971
■ Deaths as of 29NOV: 13
■ Sourcing: WHO
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 29NOV: 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 29NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30NOV)
- Global: 21st Conference of the Parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (to 11DEC)
- Philippines: Bonifacio Day – 1863
- Romania: Feast of Saint Andrew
- Yemen: Anniversary of Yemen’s Independence from the UK – 1967