AFRICA: In Mali, a member of the Ansar Dine delegation in Burkina Faso, said Ansar Dine was no longer seeking to impose strict Sharia law, but still wanted to keep its stronghold of Kidal.
AMERICAS: The White House said President Obama still backs General Allen to take over as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, which was followed by statements by Secretary of Defense Panetta urging the public not to “leap to any conclusions.”
ASIA: Pakistan agreed to free several Taliban leaders detained in Pakistani jails in an unprecedented gesture of support for Afghanistan’s reconciliation process.
EUROPE: In Italy, Portugal, and Spain, anti-austerity rallies and strikes broke out in shutting down transit systems, including international flights.
MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli FM policy paper indicated “toppling” Palestinian President Abbas’ regime would be the “only option” if the Palestinian bid for state observer status at the UN is approved.
TECHNOLOGY: The New York Times Chronicle tool is a database of articles and story tags from the past 31 years of Times content that allows the user to search keywords and see the frequency of use of certain words along a timeline.
Syria: New opposition head named; US provides additional aid; opposition seizes two villages near the Golan Heights.
Mouaz al-Khatib, a moderate religious figure who preaches sectarian unity, was selected to head the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.
Hilary Clinton announced the US will provide an additional USD30 million in humanitarian aid to Syria.
Syrian opposition seized control of two villages between Syrian and Israeli positions on the Golan Heights.
Violence continues around Damascus as army tanks shelled a refugee camp in the southern side of the city and warplanes bombarded a rebel-held town in the northwest.
Chinese FM spokesman Lei reiterated Syria’s fate should be decided by its people and that a “political interim process led by the Syrian people should start soon.”
Three Turkish villages along the border with Syria have been evacuated to protect villages from spillover fighting from Syria.
Three delivery trucks bringing aid to Syria’s northern provinces were robbed by armed groups on the Damascus-Aleppo highway.
Mali: A member of the Ansar Dine delegation in Burkina Faso, said Ansar Dine was no longer seeking to impose strict Sharia law in Mali, but still wanted to keep its stronghold of Kidal. (AFP)
Mali: The AU plans to ask the UNSC to endorse a military intervention in Mali after the AU’s Peace and Security Council endorsed a plan to send 3,300 soldiers to Mali. (AP)
Somalia: The UN welcomed the Somali Parliament’s endorsement of the new 10-minister government of PM Shirdonm saying it “demonstrates the will of the Somali leadership to move away from the mindset of the past and bring about positive change.” (XIN)
Sudan: Two people were killed in a rebel attack in Kadugli in South Kordofan. (AFP)
Sudan: A UN staff member with the peacekeeping force in the Abyei region was killed in an incident involving a tribal dispute. (AFP)
Mexico: The Navy announced the arrest of Mario Arturo Zurita Berrones, aka Adrian Hernandez Sanchez, the alleged head of the Los Zetas drug cartel. (EFE)
Mexico: Four people were killed and ten wounded after gunmen opened fire on a wedding in western Mexico. (AP)
United States: The White House said President Obama still backs General Allen to take over as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, which was followed by statements by Secretary of Defense Panetta urging the public not to “leap to any conclusions.” (XIN)
Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents killed two young men who previously worked with NATO troops as interpreters. (AFP)
China: The CCP re-elected several of the nation’s future leaders, however it is expected that President Hu Jintao will be replaced by Xi Jinping, the current Vice President. (AP)
China: The military unveiled a new attack helicopter at the country’s premier air show seeking to rival similar aircraft made by the US and Russia. (XIN)
Pakistan: In an unprecedented gesture of support for Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, Pakistan agreed to free several Afghan Taliban leaders detained in its jails. (Reuters)
Sri Lanka: An internal UN draft report revealed the UN failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the final months of the civil war. (AFP)
Region: Anti-austerity rallies and strikes broke out in Italy, Portugal and Spain shutting down transit systems, including international flights. (AFP)
Bosnia: Valentin Inzko, the EU High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, said Bosnian Serbs seek to undermine a peace agreement that has held together the republic since 1995. (Reuters)
Turkey: A security summit chaired by PM Erdogan discussed the necessary measures to be taken against escalating tensions along the Turkish-Syrian border. (XIN)
Iran: The IAEA will outline Iranian nuclear progress at its Fordo enrichment facility, despite sanctions. (AFP)
Iran: The military claimed it successfully tested its S-200 air defense missile system during its ongoing military drills. (XIN)
Iraq: A series of what appear to be coordinated car and roadside bombs exploded across Iraq on the eve of the Muslim new year killing 15 people, wounding dozens. (AFP)
Israel: An Israeli FM policy paper indicated “toppling” Palestinian President Abbas’ regime would be the “only option” if the Palestinian bid for state observer status at the UN is approved. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: The New York Times has a word database called Chronicle that stores articles and story tags from the past 31 years of Times content, allowing users to search keywords and see the frequency of use of certain words along a timeline. (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15 NOV)
Japan: Indian PM Singh visits with PM Noda.
Palestinian Territories: Leadership to apply for political status upgrade at the UN.
United States: The Senate holds a hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack.