Evacuations of civilians and opposition fighters from eastern Aleppo have been suspended.
The reason for the suspension was not immediately clear: Anti-government activists reported hearing explosions near the gathering point for those seeking to leave, and the state news media accused rebel fighters of firing on convoys of evacuees.
Witnesses heard at least four blasts at a location where buses had been departing.
The World Health Organization, the Red Cross and the Red Crescent said they were told the leave the area as well.
At least 6,000 people have left the city since evacuations began, but the UN says at least 50,000 are still trapped.
Burundi: Foreign Minister Alain-Aimé Nyamitwe summoned EU envoys and several European nations for skipping a diplomatic meeting he had invited them to. (AFP)
Egypt: The country said explosive traces were detected on the bodies of passengers retrieved from the doomed EgyptAir Flight 804. (NYT)
South Africa: President Jacob Zuma received the final report by a watchdog investigating allegations of misconduct of the suspended national police commissioner. (Reuters)
Region: Venezuela extended the closure of its borders with Colombia and Brazil for another 72 hours as part of a drive to fight criminal hoarding of banknotes. (AFP)
Region: Mexico expects a sharp increase in people seeking asylum from Central America next year, fleeing gang warfare and poverty in their home countries. (Reuters)
United States: President Barack Obama promised “action” in response to Russia’s pre-election hacking. (ABC)
Venezuela: The country’s highest court struck down a motion that held President Nicolas Maduro liable for the country’s political and economic crisis. (AFP)
Region: Japan and Russia struck economic deals to build confidence towards a peace treaty to formally end World War II. (AFP)
Region: A Pakistani school bus driver was killed and several children were wounded in Indian firing along the frontier in the disputed Kashmir region. (Reuters)
South Korea: The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye by parliament has no legal basis and should be struck down by the Constitutional Court, her lawyers said. (Reuters)
Thailand: Nineteen leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship opposition group have been charged with violating a junta ban on political gatherings. (Reuters)
Region: EU members agreed to increase defense spending, citing concerns over Donald Trump and Russia. (LAT)
Region: A trade deal between the UK and EU is unlikely to be negotiated within two years, alongside Brexit negotiations, German official Stephan Mayer said. (Guardian)
Region: Italy blocked attempts to extend EU sanctions on Russia as well as broaden the sanctions to cover alleged crimes by Russia in Syria. (RFE/RL)
Turkey: Hackers targeted Turkish lender Akbank in an attack on its international money transfer system, but without any security breach or damage. (Reuters)
Region: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a ‘butcher’ who should be thrown out along with his Iranian allies. (AFP)
Region: More than 50 wounded civilians from Aleppo, many in serious condition, have been transferred to Turkey for treatment. (AFP)
Region: Oil prices were stable as evidence increased that producers in the Middle East were informing customers of upcoming supply cuts as part of a coordinated effort to drain a global glut. (Reuters)
Israel: US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen lawyer David Friedman to serve as America’s ambassador to the country. (BBC)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Yahoo data from a AUG2013 hack has shown up for sale on the Dark Web. (NYT)
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Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
Suspected Cases as of 09DEC: 319,825 (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 09DEC: 121,785
Deaths as of 09DEC: 135
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Cases as of 11DEC: 1,842 (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 11DEC: 652 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 15DEC: 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 15DEC: 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 15DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.