AFRICA: In Egypt, thousands of pro-and-anti Morsi protestors continued to rally in Cairo ahead of a divisive constitutional referendum.
AMERICAS: Colombian reform groups criticized a military reform law passed by the country’s Congress.
ASIA: The Obama administration was reportedly planning to keep fewer US forces in Afghanistan after 2014 than previously indicated.
EUROPE: Russian President Putin warned against foreign meddling in the country during his state-of-the-nation address.
MIDDLE EAST: World powers prepared to recognize Syria’s opposition coalition at a summit in Morocco.
TECHNOLOGY: Facebook’s security team reportedly aided the FBI in arresting suspected members of internet crime rings.
North Korea: Successful rocket launch triggers worldwide criticism
Despite earlier indications that technical issues had delayed the launch, North Korea launched a long-range rocket that reached as far as the Philippines and achieved orbit.
The launch was condemned by UNSG Ban Ki Moon as a “clear violation” of UN resolutions, called “provocative” by NATO SG Rasmussen, and EU officials stated they would now consider additional sanctions on the country.
The country defended its right and stated it would continue to advance its rocket program.
Egypt: Thousands of pro- and anti-Morsi protestors continued to rally in Cairo ahead of a divisive constitutional referendum. (BBC)
Egypt: The head of the country’s election commission denied media reports that the constitutional referendum would be split into two stages across two days. (Xinhua)
Libya: Algerian PM Sellal said Algeria will help Libya strengthen security. (Xinhua)
Mali: The AU condemned the ousting of the country’s PM by a military junta. (Reuters)
Mali: Interim President Traore named Django Sissoko as the country’s new PM. (BBC)
Tunisia: The government reached an agreement with the country’s leading labor union to avoid a nationwide strike over economic woes and power disputes. (AP)
Colombia: Reform groups criticized a military reform law passed by the country’s Congress. (AP)
Mexico: The former police chief of Sinaloa state was found shot dead in Culiacan. (EFE)
Venezuela: President Chavez was reported recovering from successful surgery in Cuba. (AP)
Region: Afghan refugees within Pakistan are reportedly resisting pressure from Islamabad to return to Afghanistan. (AFP)
Afghanistan: The Obama administration was reportedly planning to keep fewer US forces in the country after 2014 than previously indicated. (LAT)
Afghanistan: Many people in southern Helmand province prefer a return to Taliban rule due to crime and corruption. (AP)
Korea, North: The US state department confirmed American Kenneth Bae’s detention in North Korea when it was reported by South Korean press in early November. (DPA)
India: The country test-fired the long range Agni-4 ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
Philippines: Leftist rebels in the western part of the country killed one policeman and wounded another. (Xinhua)
Region: Eurozone finance ministers hope to resolve an impasse over a proposed banking union during a meeting. (Reuters)
Region: EU ministers tried to give Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia a boost in their bids for EU membership and association, saying the bloc would consider opening rapprochement negotiations in the spring if appropriate reforms are implemented. (DPA)
Greece: Officials reported private-sector creditors agreed to a bond buyback scheme that is an important part of the country’s debt-reduction plan. (WSJ)
Russia: President Putin warned against foreign meddling in the country during his state-of-the-nation address. (BBC)
Iran: The deputy judiciary chief said Iran has issued indictments against 18 unnamed current and former American officials on charges of involvement in “crimes against Iran.” (AP)
Iraq: An attempted suicide bombing at a Baghdad prison wounded four. (Xinhua)
Palestinian Territories: Gazans were reportedly rebuilding the network of tunnels underneath the Egyptian border, damaged during a recent offensive. (AP)
Syria: World powers prepared to recognize the country’s opposition coalition at a summit in Morocco, a day after President Obama stated the US would recognize the opposition. (Reuters, NYT)
Syria: A series of bombings in Damascus killed at least one and wounded several. (AFP)
Yemen: A clash in Maarib province between pro-government tribesmen and al Qaeda-linked militants killed at least four. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Facebook: The company’s security team reportedly aided the FBI in arresting suspected members of internet crime rings. (Bloomberg)