Moscow has begun bombing campaigns in Syria, and recently agreed to resume talks with the US on air safety in response to concerns there could be an accidental clash. The US and NATO allies have expressed alarm at violations of Turkish air space by Russian jets last weekend (BBC).
A new report was released on the crash of MH17 over Ukraine (BBC)
Almost 100 died and 245 were injured in Ankara, Turkey when suicide bombers set off blasts during a peace rally protesting ongoing fighting between the Turkish government and Kurdish PKK forces (BBC)
In Afghanistan 22 staff and patients were killed when the US mistakenly bombed a hospital in Kunduz. The Pentagon has openly confessed to the mistake and will compensate the families of the victims (BBC).
The mass migration continues towards Europe from the Syrian Civil War. Read a unique perspective on how the migrant crisis may not be all bad in the long run (Business Insider).
The Bahamas suffered massive damage due to Hurricane Joaquin and much of South Carolina is still underwater and thousands of families displaced due to extreme flooding.
In the US Presidential election, Hillary’s e-mail server saga continues, Biden has expressed he’s not interested but the rumor still circulates, the first Democratic debate is tonight and there are five declared Democratic candidates. The fourth Republican debate is scheduled for the 28th, Trump is proving to be a force to reckon with despite his lack of tact and there are still no less than sixteen Republicans officially in the race.
John Boehner has stepped down as Speaker of the House and the next likely hopeful bowed out of the running shortly after. Paul Ryan is one of the few Republicans believe can get the votes needed but he is so far declining to run.
A full budget was not passed, but the government avoided shut-down through early December through a continuing resolution.