AFRICA: Hundreds of people in northeast Nigeria who fled a town targeted by militants linked with Islamic State have sought refuge in capital of Borno state.
AMERICAS: President Donald Trump said that he had a “long and very good call” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that a possible trade deal between the United States and China was progressing well.
ASIA: More than 40 candidates of the opposition alliance in Bangladesh pulled out during polling in a national election on Sunday, alleging vote rigging.
EUROPE: A fresh truce between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine appears for the most part to be holding.
MIDDLE EAST: Turkey and Russia have agreed to coordinate “on the ground” in Syria following a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said following a meeting with Turkish officials.
TECHNOLOGY: A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the United States.
DR Congo: Voting begins in an election fraught with tensions.
Voting begins in an election that could mark the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power in the country. amid a contentious run-up that saw multiple delays, violence and fears of fraud.
A late decision to bar an estimated 1 million people from voting because of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the country’s east has further strained the election’s credibility.
The winner of the election will replace President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001 and controversially delayed elections in 2016 which sparked violence in the country.
The main contenders include President Kabila’s preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary who despite having institutional advantages such as round-the-clock coverage on state media, trails the two main opposition candidates Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi,
There are worries that a contested outcome could lead to a wider security breakdown along its eastern borders with Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, where dozens of armed militias are already active.
Ethiopia: Police disclosed that it seized some 180 illegal handguns as they were being smuggled into Addis Ababa. (Xinhua)
Niger: Assisted by French troops, the army killed around 15 Islamist militants in a joint air and ground operation in the southwest region of the country. (Reuters)
Nigeria: Hundreds of people who fled a northeastern town targeted by militants linked with Islamic State have sought refuge in capital of Borno state. (Reuters)
Somalia: The army killed 30 al-Shabab militants, including two foreign nationals, in the southern town of Jilib. (Xinhua)
Region: Costa Rica said it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country. (AP)
Colombia: Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo announced that authorities have discovered plans for the possible assassination of President Ivan Duque, and added that three Venezuelan citizens with military weapons were recently detained. (EFE)
El Salvador: The government insisted that it is taking steps to curb illegal migration to the United States, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
Mexico: The military assumed control of policing in three municipalities of the central state of Morelos. (AP)
United States: President Donald Trump said that he had a “long and very good call” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that a possible trade deal between the United States and China was progressing well. (Reuters)
Region: A revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); which will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific region; came into effect in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, with Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru expected to follow. (Reuters)
Afghanistan: The Taliban rejected the government’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia, where the militants will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts. (Reuters)
Bangladesh: More than 40 candidates of the opposition alliance in Bangladesh pulled out during polling in a national election on Sunday, alleging vote rigging. (Reuters)
Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to have a “specific discussion” with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding a row over the disputed Kuril islands. (Kyodo)
Korea: Kim Jong Un said he wants to hold more summits with President Moon Jae-in next year to achieve the goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. (Reuters)
Region: EU nations are guilty of “outrageous hypocrisy” over discussions on expanding the bloc’s border security agency Frontex, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. (DPA)
Serbia: Around 25,000 protesters turned out for a fourth week of anti-government demonstrations in Belgrade, piling more pressure on President Aleksandar Vučić. (AFP)
Ukraine: A fresh truce between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the east appears for the most part to be holding. (RFE-RL)
United Kingdom: Senior Brexit minister Liam Fox says he believes there is a 50-50 chance the country will not leave the EU on 29 March if MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal next month. (BBC)
Region: Turkey and Russia have agreed to coordinate “on the ground” in Syria following a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said following a meeting with Turkish officials. (RFE-RL)
Lebanon: The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson said that the situation in the south is calm and that UNIFIL forces are operating in coordination with the Lebanese army to maintain stability. (Xinhua)
Syria: The Kurdish militia YPG denied that the Syrian army had entered the city of Manbij. (EFE)
Yemen: The United Nations cast doubt on claims by Houthi rebels to have withdrawn from the Red Sea port of Hodeida, saying such steps can only be credible if all other parties can verify them. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the United States. (AP)