AFRICA: Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.
AMERICAS: Venezuela will be suspended from South American trade bloc Mercosur at the beginning of DEC2016.
ASIA: Hundreds of Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, but border guards pushed back hundreds more despite a UN plea to let them in.
EUROPE: Turkey dismissed nearly 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and shut down 375 institutions and news outlets over July’s failed coup.
MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State has used chemical agents 52 times in Iraq and Syria since 2014, according to a new IHS Markit report.
TECHNOLOGY: The US National Transportation Safety Board is reportedly investigating a JUN2016 accident involving one of Facebook’s massive Aquila drones.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Donald Trump promises to pull US from trade deal.
US President-elect Donald Trump has issued an outline of his policy plans for his first 100 days in office and vowing to issue a note of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “from day one”.
But other Pacific Rim leaders are vowing to pursue market-opening efforts as China also is moving ahead with rival free-trade initiatives.
China is well placed to step into the US’s global footprint with both its regional trade deal alternative, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, and its massive and expensive One Belt One Road initiative.
The TPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st Century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific.
The TPP can’t take effect without the US, requiring the ratification of at least six countries accounting for 85 percent of the combined gross domestic product of the member nations.
Suspected Cases as of 18NOV: 319,379 (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 18NOV: 121,669
Deaths as of 18NOV: 135
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Cases as of 11NOV: 1,826 (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 11NOV: 649 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 17NOV: 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), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, 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, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Outbreak Terminated as of 17NOV: 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 17NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.