AFRICA: In Mali, a senior UN official said human rights violations were now “more systematic,” and called for the government to re- take control of north of the country.
AMERICAS: Guatemalan President Molina pledged not to use troops to quell protests, blockades or land takeovers.
ASIA: US President Obama nominated General Joseph Dunford as the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, as General John Allen moves on to be the next Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of US European Command.
EUROPE: IMF Director Lagarde said Greece’s badly stressed economy will need an additional two years to get its budget under control.
MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, suspected al Qaeda militants killed a senior security coordinator between the Yemeni government and the US embassy in Sanaa.
TECHNOLOGY: Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is holding discussions on laws governing social media, with the aim of publishing guidelines by Christmas.
Turkey: Syrian flight grounded by Turkey.
Turkey forced a Syrian passenger plane to land in Ankara on suspicion of carrying military cargo.
Turkey confiscated what it described as “objectionable cargo”, including communications equipment, wireless sets and jammers.
Turkey’s NTV television reported authorities found “missile parts” on the flight.
Moscow asked Ankara for clarification after Turkey intercepted the flight, adding that there were 17 Russians on board the flight.
Syrian Transport Minister Saeed accused Turkey of carrying out “air piracy” and breaking civil aviation agreements.
DR Congo: The UNSC reported “serious violations of human rights” and recruitment of child soldiers in the eastern part of the country. (Xinhua)
Libya: Clashes between armed groups continued in Bani Walid as a siege on the town was partially lifted. (AFP)
Libya: US State Department officials told US lawmakers that the US consulate in Benghazi had weak security as requests for extra staffing were denied despite a rising al Qaeda threat. (AFP)
Mali: A senior UN official said human rights violations were now “more systematic” and called for the government to re-take control of north of the country. (Xinhua)
Region: The 10th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas passed a declaration supporting Argentina’s claim to the disputed British Falkland Islands. (Xinhua)
Colombia: An international alert prevented a negotiator for the FARC from taking part in peace talks next week with the Colombian government. (UPI)
Guatemala: President Molina pledged not to use troops to quell protests, blockades or land takeovers. (AP)
Venezuela: President Chavez named a new vice president, choosing FM Maduro. (AP)
Afghanistan: The UN defended its recommendation that the 15-member UNSC postpone a planned visit to Afghanistan this month over security concerns. (Reuters)
Afghanistan: US President Obama nominated General Dunford as the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, as General Allen moves on to be the next Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of EUCOM. (Xinhua)
China: The World Bank’s new chief said China is likely to take “very aggressive” steps to kick start its slowing economy after a once-in-a-decade leadership shuffle next month. (AFP)
Pakistan: Officials said the child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is not out of danger and was moved to Rawalpindi. (AFP)
Philippines: A former military officer accused of killing an anti-government protest leader surrendered after 14 years on the run. (AFP)
France: A prosecutor said a network of French Islamists planned to join jihadists fighting in Syria. (AP)
Greece: IMF Director Lagarde said Greece’s badly stressed economy will need an additional two years to get its budget under control. (AFP)
Spain: The US and Spain signed an agreement that will allow the deployment of an anti-missile shield at Spain’s Rota naval base. (EFE)
Ukraine: DM Salamatin said participating in NATO peacekeeping operations is a priority for Ukraine. (Itar-Tass)
Israel: The US and Israeli militaries engaged in final preparations for the largest-ever joint missile defense drill in the allies’ history. (Xinhua)
Israel: Public opinion polls by two major Israeli dailies indicate PM Netanyahu is poised for a clear victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections. (AP)
Iran: Three Iranian border guards were killed in clashes with armed drug traffickers near the border with Pakistan. (AFP)
Yemen: Suspected al Qaeda militants killed a senior Yemeni security coordinator between the Yemeni government and the US embassy in Sanaa. (Xinhua)
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Social media: Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is holding discussions on laws governing social media, with the aim of publishing guidelines by Christmas. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Prapiroon)
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