the Context

Fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu leaves at least 15 people dead and 25 injured.

An explosion occurs outside a stadium in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, injuring four people.

An inquiry is ordered over the death of an immigrant in France, who was tear gassed, batoned, and twice tasered during an incident which left four police injured.

An immigrant from Mali in West Africa has died after French police shot him twice with a Taser electric stun gun during a fracas, officials say.

Mexican soldiers uncover 18 corpses in 11 graves near Palomas, Chihuahua.

Mexican soldiers uncover 18 bodies buried close to the US border in Chihuahua, the state worst hit by drug-related violence.

Six people are killed in a suicide bombing in the Bannu district in northwestern Pakistan.

A poem written by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney sells for EUR4,800 at auction.

A handwritten poem by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has fetched €4,800 at auction in Dublin.

Movember wraps up with over $50 million raised for prostate cancer.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-16) opens in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.

Students protest in Rome and other Italian cities as politicians threaten to cut funding for education and research.

Student protesters cause major disruption in Rome and other Italian cities as ministers debate cuts to education funding and time limits on research.

Officials from multinational corporations Royal Dutch Shell and Halliburton are to be questioned in Nigeria in relation to bribery scandals and corruption.

The local managing directors of Shell and Halliburton are summoned by anti-corruption police in Nigeria over their role in alleged bribery scandals.

The European Commission launches an anti-trust investigation of Google.

At least 30 people are killed by flooding and heavy rains in Morocco.

At least 30 people killed, many of them in one incident, following heavy rain and floods.

The United Kingdom continues to face blizzard conditions with many schools closed, long queues on the M8 motorway in Scotland, and Edinburgh Airport closed.

Snow contnues to fall across much of the UK, bringing disruption to roads and airports, and closing hundreds of schools.

Ireland is hit by snow and record low November temperatures that disrupt the nation.

Heavy flooding and mudslides claim at least 21 lives in Venezuela, with the President of Venezuela declaring a state of emergency in the state of Falcon.

Officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan are to meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss North Korea.

North Korea says it has thousands of centrifuges operating at a previously undetected uranium enrichment facility it revealed earlier this month.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warns of an "arms race" if Russia and the West can not agree on a missile defence system for Europe.

Ecuador invites Julian Assange of WikiLeaks to speak publicly and offers him residency where he can make more revelations. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praises the website and calls for the resignation of U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Ecuador offers Wikileaks founder Julian Assange residency in the country and opportunity to make more revelations.

The easing of Israel's blockade of Gaza six months ago has led to "little improvement" for people living there, a report by 21 aid and rights agencies says; Israeli officials says that the claims "are biased and distorted" and that truckloads of supplies entering the Gaza Strip has increased from 86 to 176 truckloads per day, since June.

There is a row in the European Parliament as French and German MEPs attack Ireland's 12.5% corporate tax rate.

A row has broken out in the European Parliament over Ireland's 12.5% corporate tax rate.

India's top investigating agency raids 11 locations in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Indian police raid 11 locations in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Pakistani government starts securing 36 hacked websites after the 'Indian Cyber Army' gained root access to a main server hosting important Pakistani government websites.

An orderly at a Spanish retirement home admits to killing 11 residents.

An orderly at a retirement home in north-eastern Spain has admitted killing 11 elderly residents, reports say.

Interpol issues an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to face sexual assault charges in Sweden.

Kyrgyzstan's parliament agrees to form a three-way coalition government, creating the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

Irish Minister for Justice and Law Reform Dermot Ahern announces he is not to contest his seat in Dail Eireann at the next general election (due in 2011) as he has "a painful medical condition necessitating heavy medication".

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has said that he will not contest his Dáil seat at the next General Election.

United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urges the United States Senate to abolish "don't ask don't tell" for gays and lesbians serving in the US military and releases a report showing that ending the policy would have little impact.

The Slurpee Summit occurs in Washington, DC.