- AFRICA: In Somalia, Islamist Al Shabaab insurgents killed four pro-government Somali soldiers and injured 11 others when a roadside bomb destroyed a military pickup.
- AMERICAS: The Colombian Senate approved a revised peace accord with Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC.
- ASIA: An impeachment vote against South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will be postponed by at least a week, after she announced a willingness to stand down early.
- EUROPE: Munitions manufacturers across Europe could see more funding for research under the European Defense Action Plan, presented by the European Commission.
- MIDDLE EAST: CIA Director John Brennan warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly.”
- TECHNOLOGY: A Global Network Initiative report said governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights.
- OPEC: Oil prices jump as Vienna meeting begins.
- OPEC representatives began meeting in Vienna in an attempt to finalize a deal that would limit oil output to prop up sagging crude prices.
- Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said OPEC was close to clinching a deal to limit oil output, adding Riyadh would agree to Iran freezing production at pre-sanctions levels.
- Oil jumped more than 5 percent after optimistic news regarding an OPEC deal, putting the price on course for its biggest one-day move since APR16.
- OPEC last cut production eight years ago, and infighting has hindered its ability to respond to a slump in oil prices in recent years.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ
- Region: Female security officers from 37 African countries attending the Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs vowed to stamp out gender-based violence in the continent. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: Islamist Al Shabaab insurgents killed four pro-government Somali soldiers and injured 11 others when a roadside bomb destroyed a military pickup in the country’s north. (Reuters)
- Sudan: Anti-riot police fired tear gas at about 300 protesters demonstrating against a government decision to cut fuel subsidies. (AFP)
- Brazil: The Brazilian Senate approved an austerity program aimed at putting the country’s finances in order amid violent clashes between police and protesters. (AFP)
- Colombia: The Colombian Senate approved a revised peace accord with the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC. (BBC)
- Colombia: Early indications from the wreckage of the British Aerospace Avro RJ85 point to fuel starvation as one of the contributing factors of the 29NOV crash. (CNN)
- Cuba: Leaders from around the world convened in Havana’s Revolution Square for a rousing rally to honor Fidel Castro. (WSJ)
- Venezuela: Lawmakers unanimously condemned the massacre of 12 civilians by soldiers, a rare display of unity in a country torn by a political crisis. (AFP)
- Region: Malaysia insisted Myanmar’s membership of ASEAN be reviewed because of its “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP)
- Australia: Protesters demonstrating against the country’s treatment of asylum seekers disrupted Parliament before security officers finally wrested them out. (AP)
- Indonesia: Thousands of Indonesians joined nationwide interfaith rallies organized by the military in an attempt to demonstrate national unity amid religious and racial tensions. (AP)
- Philippines: Human rights campaigners expressed shock and defiance after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill them for hindering his bloody war on drugs. (AFP)
- South Korea: An impeachment vote against President Park Geun-Hye will be postponed by at least a week, after she announced a willingness to stand down early. (AFP)
- Region: Munitions manufacturers across Europe could see more funding for research under the European Defense Action Plan, presented by the European Commission. (DPA)
- Region: A Bertelsmann Foundation survey said fear of globalization and right-wing populism are most acute in Austria and France. (Reuters)
- Region: British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the UK’s support for Cyprus amid talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island remains “rock solid.” (AP)
- Belgium: Police detained six people and seized a number of knives in anti-terror raids linked to a machete attack on two police officers earlier this year. (AP)
- Region: Syrian state media say Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace which struck outside Damascus. (BBC)
- Iran: CIA Director John Brennan warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the nuclear deal would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly.” (BBC)
- Syria: Rescue workers said more than 45 people were killed in artillery bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, with more than 50,000 people displaced by the fighting. (Reuters)
- Syria: The Turkish military confirmed two of its soldiers are missing in the country’s north; the Islamic State group claimed they kidnapped the pair. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia has been in contact with the team of US President-elect Donald Trump, shedding further light on the future of US-Russian cooperation over the Syrian crisis. (WP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: A Global Network Initiative report said governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights. (Reuters)
- Technology: A Dutch television program reported that information on numerous Europol terrorism investigations was accidentally left online and unguarded. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Four
- Location: 907 NM S of Calcutta, India
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- 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 29NOV: 1,832 (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: 651 (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 (01DEC)
- Global: World AIDS Day – 1995
- Canada: End of requirement that Mexicans need visas
- Chad: Freedom and Democracy Day
- European Region and the US: European Union to approve data-sharing deal on security, terrorism with the US
- Gambia: Presidential Elections
- Kazakhstan: President Nazarbayev to appear on new banknotes
- Portugal: Restoration of Independence – 1640
- Romania: National Day – 1918
- Singapore: Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to visit
- Ukraine: R&D-oriented air force drills to be held in country’s south (to 02DEC)
- United States: New rule to take effect allowing federal agents to hack millions of Americans’ computers at once with single search warrant
- Venezuela: Deadline for country to fulfill its requirements to become a full member or be suspended from Mercosul