AFRICA: The Gambia banned the Internet and international phone calls as presidential elections began.
AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of fans gathered in Colombia and Brazil to pay tribute to those killed in a plane crash in Colombia.
ASIA: The US, Japan and Australia warned citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor.
EUROPE: Ukraine’s military said its two-day missile drill would avoid the airspace over Crimea, sidestepping a possible confrontation with Russia.
MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebels in Aleppo agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize their defense of the city from a government assault.
TECHNOLOGY: A last-ditch effort in the US Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the US government’s hacking powers failed.
Colombia: Government ratifies revised peace deal with FARC.
The Colombian congress approved a historic peace deal with the FARC rebel group, raising hopes that Latin America’s longest war was finally ending.
If implemented, the amended deal will bring to an end a more than half-century guerrilla war that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced an estimated eight million.
The ratification – and signing last week – begins a six-month countdown for the 7,000-strong FARC to abandon weapons and form a political party.
The new deal requires the FARC to be more open about its illicit activities such as drug trafficking and kidnappings for ransom to support its resistance and exposes more rebels to criminal prosecution.
President Juan Manuel Santos faces challenges in executing and financing terms of the accord now that he has bypassed voters to push it through.
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)
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)
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.