Globe Trot: Burmese opposition party poised for sweeping election victory

by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/15, 12:10 pm

BURMA: The Guardian is live-updating results from elections in Burma (also known as Myanmar), where the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) appears to be pulling in 97 percent of the vote in some areas. Its popular leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is barred from assuming the presidency, but the win should put a significant dent in the power of the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962.

JORDAN: A Jordanian army officer shot dead three contractors, two American and one South African, working at a U.S.-funded training facility near Amman. Several hundred U.S. military personnel are stationed in Jordan on training missions. The United States uses airfields there to launch strikes against ISIS.

Over the weekend, I explored VR, the new 360 multimedia experience from The New York Times (also check out YouTube 360). With the Google Cardboard viewer, or the $30 Viewmaster smartphone version, the experience takes you to the middle of Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

ISRAEL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived at the White House this morning for meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and others. No joint press conference is planned, and the two go separate ways for dinner tonight. Despite the tensions and resurgent U.S. military presence in the Middle East, the two heads of state have not spoken in four months.

RUSSIA engaged in state-sponsored doping, according to a new report, and an Olympic committee is recommending its track and field athletes be suspended from Olympic competition in 2016.

CHINA: The UN’s expert on climate change says the United States is “playing catch-up to China” in transforming its economy away from dependence on fossil fuels. But the last time China produced a greenhouse gas emissions report, as required by the UN, was 2005, and experts say it is burning 17 percent more coal than it reports. This video, about the city built for 300,000 Chinese coal miners, is worth a watch.

Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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