AFRICA: Scores of families fled Burundi’s capital city amid escalating violence and fears of a government crackdown.
AMERICAS: Peru established a new district in disputed territory, prompting protests from the Chilean government.
ASIA: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat in local legislative elections in the eastern state of Bihar.
EUROPE: Voting began in Croatia’s first parliamentary elections since it joined the EU in 2013.
MIDDLE EAST: Iran plans to attend the next round of Syrian peace talks after previously threatening to withdraw.
TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of the Treasury is considering the need for new regulations in the online lending industry.
Burma: Polls closed in historic elections.
More than 90 parties and 6,600 candidates are standing in Burma’s first national elections since the country’s military junta yielded power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.
Authorities promised fair elections and estimated turnout at 80%; however, four million people were excluded from voter rolls, including members of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.
The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which boycotted the 2010 national election, is expected to defeat the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, which is dominated by retired military officers.
Even if the opposition wins the elections, 25% of seats in parliament and security positions in the cabinet are reserved for the military, and the NLD’s symbolic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is constitutionally ineligible to become president.
Official results are not expected for several days.
Suspected Cases as of 07NOV: 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: 24,388
Deaths as of 08NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
Cases as of 08NOV: 1611 (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 08NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)