- AFRICA: At least 30 people were killed in clashes pitting the army and UN troops against Ugandan rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
- AMERICAS: The Brazilian state of Pernambuco has declared a state of emergency to help speed up the official response to Zika fever.
- ASIA: The US warned its citizens in Kabul of an “imminent attack” in the Afghan capital within the next two days.
- EUROPE: The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to Russia after being retrieved from Syria.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi military command has told civilians in the Islamic State-held Ramadi to leave, a sign an operation may soon be underway to retake the provincial capital.
- TECHNOLOGY: The EU and US should reach agreement next month on a new framework to replace the Safe Harbour pact enabling data transfers from Europe to the US, said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova.
- COP21: Climate Change summit begins in Paris to secure landmark agreement.
○ Some 150 world leaders including US President Barack Obama are joining UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in kicking off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks near Paris.
○ After decades of struggling negotiations marked by the failure of a previous summit in Copenhagen six years ago, some form of landmark agreement appears all but assured by mid-December.
○ The Chinese government has released its latest scientific assessment of how global warming has affected and is likely to affect China, including rising temperatures and sea levels.
○ In the push for a new treaty, the world’s poorest countries say they fear being “left behind”.
○ President Obama stressed the importance of cooperation between the US and China, saying that “nowhere has that cooperation been more necessary and more fruitful” than on climate change, before meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- Region: A cornerstone of China’s foreign policy is to consolidate relations with Zimbabwe and other African nations, said Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Xinhua)
- Region: Efforts to get antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at “the last mile”, according to Doctors Without Borders. (AFP)
- Burkina Faso: The weekend’s presidential and legislative elections were met with numerous logistical challenges including shortage of voting materials, slow entry of voters as well as delayed opening of the polling stations. (Xinhua)
- Democratic Republic of Congo: At least 30 people were killed in clashes pitting the army and UN troops against Ugandan rebels in the country’s northeast. (Reuters)
- Brazil: The state of Pernambuco has declared a state of emergency to help speed up the official response to Zika fever. (BBC)
- Colombia: As the government marches toward a historic peace agreement with the country’s main leftist insurgency, there is mounting national debate about whether the country still needs a big army — and conscription. (AP)
- Honduras: Masked gunmen killed five young men in the country’s western region. (EFE)
- Region: South Korea’s parliament approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a USD 1.4B relief package for farmers. (AP)
- Afghanistan: The US warned its citizens in Kabul of an “imminent attack” in the city within the next two days. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: Efforts by the US, Pakistan and China are under way to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in the coming weeks. (WSJ)
- Myanmar: The military released 53 children and young people from service as part of an effort to rid its ranks of underage soldiers, the UN said. (Reuters)
- Region: The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to Russia after being retrieved from Syria. (AFP)
- Region: Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu urged Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to focus on a “positive agenda” after he lashed out at Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian warplane in a series of tweets. (AFP)
- Kosovo: Opposition lawmakers have again disrupted parliament with tear gas, in a continuing protest against deals with Serbia and Montenegro. (AP)
- Turkey: Lawyers for two journalists from an Turkish opposition newspaper appealed a court ruling to detain them on spying charges. (AFP)
- Iraq: Iraqi military command has told civilians in the Islamic State-held Ramadi to leave, a sign an operation may soon be underway to retake the provincial capital. (AP)
- Israel: Two Israelis were found guilty of the burning alive of a Palestinian teen, but held off on convicting the alleged ringleader, raising the risk of fresh tensions. (AFP)
- Syria: French cooperation with the Syrian army to fight the Islamic State group is not possible until President Bashar al Assad has been removed from power, French FM Laurent Fabius said. (AFP)
- Syria: An EU envoy criticized the nation for “gaps and contradictions” in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The EU and US should reach agreement next month on a new framework to replace the Safe Harbour pact enabling data transfers from Europe to the US, said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova. (Reuters)
- 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 30NOV: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths as of 30NOV: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 30NOV: 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 30NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 30NOV: 971
■ Deaths as of 30NOV: 13
■ Sourcing: WHO
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 30NOV: 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 30NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01DEC)
- Global: World AIDS Day
- China: China will take over the G20 presidency
- Chad: Freedom and Democracy Day – 1990
- Indonesia: Indonesian investigators are expected to release their final report into the crash of an AirAsia plane into the Java Sea last year
- NATO: NATO meeting of foreign ministers. (to 02DEC)
- Pakistan: The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services
- Portugal: Restoration of Independence – 1640
- Romania: National Day – 1918
- Hinduism: Kanaka Jayanti