Honduran security forces enforce a curfew during presidential election.

Police have enforced a curfew due to rising violence in Honduras in response to the unresolved election. (Image courtesy of REUTERS/Henry Romero)

The presidential election in Honduras on 26 November between the current president Orlando Hernandez and opposition leader Salvador Nasralla came to a standstill when there was a dispute about the vote count. During a pause in the count lasting over a day, the gap between the nominees closed considerably, leading to accusations of vote fraud. The vote tally was set to resume on Saturday with a percentage of the votes being recounted, but Nasralla’s party refused unless the recount was expanded to three regions. In a country that struggles with high poverty, drug gangs, and one of the world’s highest murder rates, the leadership in Honduras is essential to keeping the region under control. The contested presidential election has resulted in a series of demonstrations and protests across the country, with 200 arrests, 20 injuries, and several deaths. A curfew has been put in place to minimize further injury, and it is unclear when the vote will be sorted out.

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Migrants are being driven out of Beijing.

A building that was demolished on Tuesday. (Image courtesy of Bryon Denton/New York Times)

Police and safety inspectors have been scouring outer Beijing, filled with migrant laborers from rural China, to force those living or working in illegal or dangerous buildings to vacate. Within a few hours notice, buildings in the area were demolished and tens of thousands have been uprooted. The city government says these steps are being taken after a deadly fire that happened recently in a migrant settlement, but migrants believe this is just an excuse to force them out. Local officials have been inspecting the buildings for years, only suddenly have said they are illegal. These expulsions are unexpected, considering that Beijing relies on migrants for cleaning and cooking jobs. China’s president, Xi Jinping, who was re-elected this October, also promised a “prosperous society of equals.”

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War criminal committed suicide in the courtroom.

People light candles in Mostar square. (Image courtesy of Reuters)

On 29 November, 72-year old war criminal Slobodan Praljak ingested poison and died after being sentenced a 20 year prison term . In 2013, Praljak was convicted for committing crimes against humanity including murder, persecution and deportation against Muslims while he was commanding Bosnian Croat forces. Since then, Dutch police have launched a criminal investigation into his death as it is unclear how Praljak managed to smuggle the potassium cyanide into the high-security courtroom in The Hague. Meanwhile, hundreds of Bosnian Croats lit candles in public squares around Croatia in memory of Praljak.

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Tesla activated a mega battery.

The battery in Jamestown. (Image courtesy of Reuters)

The world’s largest lithium ion battery was officially activated on 1 December. The construction of the 100 megawatt battery began when Tesla boss Elon Musk promised on Twitter to help South Australia with its electricity problems by constructing the battery in 100 days or give it to the state for free. The construction was finished in 60 days, and is connected to a wind farm run by energy company Neoen near Jamestown. It can power 30 000 homes for an hour, but will also be used to support existing electricity supplies. Apart from South Australia, Tesla is also involved in sending batteries to other locations, such as New Zealand, by using its knowledge of lithium-ion batteries in cars to build bigger power packs for energy systems.

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Voluntary evacuation is planned for Libyan migrants in response to slave trade claims against Libya.

A detention camp in Tripoli. (Image courtesy of Ismail Zetouni/Reuters)

Leaders from the European Union (EU) and the African Union(AU) vowed to take action during a summit in Ivory Coast in response to shocking footage of Libyan slave auction houses released by CNN. The EU and AU plan to fly 15,000 people out of Libya and then request source countries to take their citizens from a holding centre in Tripoli. The funding will most likely be provided by the EU. The Libyan charge d’affaires maintained that the footage came as a surprise to ministers. This crisis has provided a sense of urgency to the AU and EU, who have put migration at the top of the agenda since the first AU-EU summit in 2014.

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