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Looking Forward | 12-18 December, 2022

Welcome to Looking Forward, our selection of global events scheduled to happen this week.

 


 

Africa

 

Africa – United States | 50 African delegations to attend US-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington DC , Columbia District, on December 13-15
On December 13-15, 50 African delegations will attend the US-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington DC, Columbia District. The summit will address the topics of economic cooperation, governance, human rights, health and food security, and the climate crisis.

 

Angola | Journalists to march against attacks in Luanda on December 17
On December 17, the Union of Angolan Journalists is expected to stage a march against attacks in Luanda, Luanda Province. The action will take place following several attacks against journalists and headquarter of the Union of Angolan Journalists.

 

Angola | Teacher’s union calls for series of nationwide strikes through November 2022 – January 2023
On October 21, the Angolan Teacher’s Syndicate (SINPROF) called for a series of nationwide strikes. SINPROF announced 3 strike periods before the end of January 2023:

– November 23 – November 30, 2022
– December 6 – December 16, 2022
– January 3 – January 31, 2023

These strike actions are being called for to demand tax rebates, end the privatization of public schools, and increase public education funding. SINPROF previously suspended strikes over these issues in April 2021 and will resume if their demands are not met.

 

Burkina Faso | Curfew to be extended by 90 days in the East from November 23
On November 23, the curfew throughout the regional territory will be extended by 90 days in the East. The curfew will now end on February 20 2023. The curfew runs from 12 am to 4 am local time.

 

Central African Republic | UN Security Council extends MINUSCA mandate until November 15, 2023
On November 14, the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was renewed until November 15, 2023.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo | UNSC extends sanctions regime on DRC until July 2023
On June 30, the UN Security Council extended the sanctions regime on the Democratic Republic of Congo until July 1, 2023. The renewed sanctions include an arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban. The resolution also mandates a panel of experts monitoring sanctions until August 1, 2023.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo | UN Security Council extends MONUSCO mandate until December 20, 2022
On December 20, the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) until December 20, 2022. The UNSC decided that MONUSCO’s troop ceiling will include 13,500 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 591 police and 1,050 formed police units.

 

Kenya | Unions of doctors and nurses to stage strike in Mombasa from December 12
From December 12, Unions of doctors and nurses are expected to stage a strike in Mombasa, Mombasa County. The action will take place due to the failure to pay salaries for the last 2 months.

 

Kenya – United Arab Emirates | Kenya Airways to start direct Mombasa-Dubai flights on December 15
On December 15, Kenya Airways will start direct Mombasa-Dubai flights. Kenya Airways announced 4 direct flights per day between Moi International Airport (MBA) and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

 

Liberia | Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to stage a protest, on December 17, in Monrovia, Montserrado
On December 17, the Alternative National Congress/Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) will stage a protest in Monrovia, Montserrado. The protest will be held at the SKD Stadium, Mills Center. The protest is being organised against the current president and government ahead of the 2023 elections.

 

Liberia | Liberian People’s Party to stage a protest in Monrovia, on December 14
On December 14, the Liberian People’s Party (LPP) is staging a protest in Monrovia. The protest will be held outside of the Legislature and the Executive Mansion, in Congo Town. The protest is staged against current civil servant pay as well as for the calendar events in preparation for the 2023 national elections.

 

Mali | Teachers unions to go on strike nationwide from December 14 to 16
From December 14 to 16, teachers’ unions in Mali will go on strike. The unions call for the immediate application of Article 39 of Law No. 2018-007 of January 16, 2018, on the status of teaching staff in secondary education, basic education and preschool education and special.

 

Mauritius | Roadworks to start at M1 motorway and Rose-Hill–Trianon Road on December 8
On December 8, roadworks will start at the M1 motorway and Rose-Hill–Trianon Road (A14),  Port Louis District. The activity is going to last 3 months. Diversions are also planned in Port Louis: Rue Georges Guibert, from its intersection with Rue Pope Hennessy (from KFC) to its intersection with Rue de La Poudrière, Port-Louis, will be temporarily closed to traffic and pedestrians.

 

Mauritius | Georges Guibert Street closed due to work in Port-Louis on December 7-30
From December 7 to 30, Georges Guibert Street will be closed due to work in Port-Louis, Port Louis District. The closing will take place from the intersection with Rue Pope Hennessy to the Rue La Poudrière due to repair work of the Renganaden Seeneevassen building.

 

Nigeria | Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc employees to hold protest, and strike nationwide on December 13
On December 13, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc employees will hold a strike nationwide. All activities in SAHCO offices will be grounded and a protest will be held at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in Abuja from 9 am local time. The union is demanding the company pay the 982 former workers NGN 1.8 billion.

 

Nigeria | NLC and TUC declare 5-day strike in Plateau from December 11 to 16
From December 11 to 16, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) will go on strike in Plateau. The strike will start at 12 midnight on December 11 local time. The strike was called over non-payment of their salaries and other staff welfare issues.

 

Nigeria | Army launches Operation Golden Dawn II in Orsu, Imo
On November 3, the army announced the launch of Operation Golden Dawn II in Orsu, Imo. The operation will take place in Orlu, Orsu, Ideator North, Ideator South, Okigwe, Oru East, Oru West, and Oguta-Izombe, until January 4, 2023.

 

Nigeria | Central Bank of Nigeria orders OFIs to comply with new cybersecurity guidelines by January 1, 2023
On June 29, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued an order asking other financial institutions (OFIs) to comply with new cybersecurity guidelines by January 1, 2023. According to the CBN, the guidelines “specify the minimum requirements the OFIs need to observe in the development and implementation of strategies, policies, procedures, and related activities aimed at mitigating cyber risks”.

 

Senegal | AAHU And Gusseum to go on nationwide strike from September 3 to December 31
From September 3 to December 31, the Alliance of Autonomous Health Unions, And Gueusseum filed a strike notice. The unions are demanding the regularization of salary increases (housing allowance) for administrative and technical staff, social workers, contract workers, and drivers, among others.

 

Somalia | African Union extends withdrawal of soldiers till June 30, 2023
On November 24, the African Union agreed to extend the withdrawal of 2,000 soldiers till June 30, 2023. The withdrawal was earlier scheduled to occur on December 31, 2022.

 

South Africa | 55th ANC to take place in Nasrec, Gauteng on December 16-20
On December 16-20, the 55th National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) will take place in Nasrec, Gauteng. It will take place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. The aim of the conference is to elect the 80 members of the party’s National Executive Committee and the party’s so-called Top Six leaders, which include the president.

 

South Africa – Zimbabwe | South African Airways to launch flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Victoria Falls (VFA), on December 14
On December 14, South African Airways (SAA) will start operating flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Victoria Falls (VFA). Flights will run 6 days a week between the two airports.

 

South Sudan | Sanctions against South Sudan renewed by UN Security Council until May 31, 2023
On May 26, the UN Security Council voted for the renewal of the sanctions imposed on South Sudan. The sanctions are renewed until May 31, 2023, and include the arms embargo, travel ban and financial measures.

 

South Sudan | UNSC extends peacekeeping mission for a year
On March 15, the United Nations Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for a year. The mission’s mandate has been extended until March 15, 2023.

 

Sudan | State of emergency declared following tribal clashes in Central Darfur
From November 13 to December 13, a state of emergency was declared following tribal clashes in Central Darfur. This was triggered by tribal conflicts, which left at least 24 people dead. The declaration has banned assembly and gatherings until the state of emergency is revoked.

 

Uganda | Lockdown and curfew to curb Ebola outbreak extended in Mubende and Kassanda, Central Region, till December 17
On November 26, the lockdown and curfew to curb the Ebola outbreak were extended in Mubende and Kassanda, Central Region, till December 17. The measures include a dusk to dawn curfew, a ban on personal travel, and the closure of gathering places like markets, bars, and churches. The lockdown was previously renewed on November 5. There have been no reported cases in 2 weeks.

 

Uganda | All tourism and hospitality operators required to register and get licensed by tourism board before January 1, 2023
On June 20, it was reported that all tourism and hospitality operators will be required to register with and get licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) before January 1, 2023. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the UTB, Lilly Ajarova, compulsory registration and licensing are being implemented to ensure that a minimum level of standard is maintained in the hospitality and tourism sector.

 


 

Americas

 

Brazil – United States | Gol to launch direct flight between Manaus (MAO) and Miami (MIA) from December 17
On December 17, Gol will launch a direct flight between Manaus (MAO) and Miami (MIA). Flights will be available twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

Canada – Thailand | Air Canada starts operating non-stop flights between Vancouver (YVR) and Bangkok (BKK) until March 26
On December 1, Air Canada carried out its first flight between Vancouver (YVR) and Bangkok (BKK). The airline will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, between these destinations until March 26. The flight is the only non-stop flight between North America and Thailand.

 

Colombia | Lane of Avenida Carrera 68 to be closed for works in Bogotá, Bogota from September 12
From September 12, the slow lane of Avenida Carrera 68 will be closed for works in Bogotá, Bogota. The closure will occur in the South-North direction of the road between Calle 8 Sur and Calle 1C. The closure will begin at 11 am local time and will end in approximately a year.

 

Colombia – Venezuela | Tienditas bridge to open on December 15
On December 15, the Tienditas bridge will open. The bridge connects the department of Norte de Santander in Colombia and the Táchira state in Venezuela for the integration of the economy.

 

Costa Rica – United States | Frontier Airlines to launch direct flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Liberia (LIR) from December 17
On December 17, Frontier Airlines will launch a direct flight between Atlanta (ATL) and Liberia (LIR). Flights will be available once a week.

 

El Salvador | Officials extend gang-related State of Emergency through December 15
On November 15, officials extended the gang-related State of Emergency through December 15. The announcement came in the late morning local time, extending the state of emergency that had been put in place in March of this year.

 

Guadeloupe (France) – Haiti – Martinique (France) | Sunrise Airways to launch flights between Port-au-Prince and Fort-de-France and Pointe-a-Pitre from December 18
On December 18, Sunrise Airways will launch a weekly direct flight service between Port-au-Prince (PAP) and Fort-de-France (FDF). Additionally, the airline will also launch a weekly direct flight service between Port-au-Prince (PAP) and Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) on December 19.

 

Honduras | Partial state of exception declared for 30 days in some areas of the country, December 6 onwards
From December 6 onwards, a partial state of exception has been declared by President Xiomara Castro for 30 days in some areas of the country. The state of exception, which suspends some constitutional rights, will come into effect at 6 pm local time on December 6. The areas affected are expected to be some areas in Tegucigalpa and the northern city of San Pedro Sula. Information about the specific neighborhoods affected is yet to be declared. The state of exception is declared in relation to gang violence in the country.

 

Mexico | Government to search for victims of 2006 Pasta de Conchos mine blast in 2021
On October 23, officials stated they would be searching for victims of the 2006 Pasta de Conchos mine blast that is estimated to have killed 65 bodies. The search will begin in late 2021 and hope to be concluded by August 2024.

 

Peru | SKY Airline to resume flights between Lima and Talara from December 16
From December 16, SKY Airline will resume flights between Lima (LIM) and Talara (TYL). The flights will be operated 4 times a week.

 

Peru | Agrarian and Rural Front of Peru (FARP) to go on an indefinite nationwide strike from December 13
From December 13, the Agrarian and Rural Front of Peru (FARP) will go an indefinite nationwide strike. The strike is being called for to demand new elections and the closure of Congress.

 

Peru | Environmental State of Emergency declared due to oil spill in Loreto
On September 25, the Environmental Ministry declared State of Emergency in Loreto. The measure was declared due to oil spill in an artisinal fishing area of 147.95 kilometers to the left bank of Río Marañón from Cuninico area. It will be enforced for 90 days to remedy the ecological damage.

 

United States | US-Africa Leaders Summit to be held in Washington DC on December 13-15
On December 13-15, the US-Africa Leaders Summit will take place in Washington DC. The aim of the summit is to strengthen the relations between the US government and the African governments and to improve the economic relationship.

 


 

Asia Pacific

 

Cambodia | Angkor Remembrance Festival to be held in Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province from December 14-16
From December 14-16, the Angkor Remembrance Festival will take place for the second time in Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province. The festival will be held at the Angkor World Heritage Site to celebrate the Khmer empire.

 

China | Social distancing measures to be extended in Hong Kong until December 14
Until December 14, the social distancing measures will be extended in Hong Kong due to an upward trend of the COVID-19 epidemic.

-Group gatherings of more than 12 people are prohibited in public places
– Customers of all bars/pubs must present a negative result of a rapid antigen test within the past 24 hours or a negative result of a nucleic acid test within 48 hours before entering the relevant premises

The maximum number of people allowed per table on catering premises is 12.

 

China | Military exercise to be held in the Yellow Sea from December 13 to 16
From December 13 to 16, a live-fire military exercise is scheduled to take place in the Yellow Sea. Th exercise will take place from December 13 at 06.00 am to December 16 at 06.00 pm local time.

 

China | Military exercise to be held in the Yellow Sea from December 11 to 18
From December 11 to 18, a military exercise is scheduled to take place in the Yellow Sea. The exercise will take place from December 11 at 04.00 pm to December 18 at 04.00 pm local time.

 

China | COVID quarantine and testing requirements eased in Hong Kong
On December 8, authorities eased the COVID quarantine and testing requirements in Hong Kong.

– The isolation period for COVID-19 patients and their close contacts will be reduced to 5 days;
– The requirement for arrivals to Hong Kong to undergo daily rapid antigen tests will be reduced to 5 days;
– The social distancing measures will stay in place until December 28.

 

China | Military exercise to be held in the Bohai Sea on December 6-14
On December 6-14, a military exercise is scheduled to take place in the Bohai Sea. The exercise will take place from December 6 at 12.00 pm to December 14 at 12.00 pm local time.

 

Fiji | Country to hold general elections on December 14
On December 14, Fiji will hold general elections. Polling will take place at almost 1,500 centres across the country.

 

Malaysia | MetMalaysia issues early monsoon warning throughout the country
From November 7, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) warned that the monsoon season will affect the country. Heavy rainfall and winds are expected to affect the country starting November 7 until March 2023. Low-lying areas, areas close to rivers, and high-tide-prone seaside areas are announced as being at the highest risk of floods. The public is advised to begin flood preparations immediately and to constantly follow advice and weather forecast from MetMalaysia.

 

Pakistan | Private offices to be closed for 2 days a week due to smog in Lahore, Punjab
On December 7, the provincial government announced that private offices would be required to close for 2 days a week due to smog in Lahore, Punjab. Private offices will have close on Fridays and Saturdays until January 15.

 

Pakistan | Sialkot International Airport (SKT) to close for international flights in Sialkot, Punjab on December 5-20
From December 5 to December 20, the Sialkot International Airport (SKT) will be closed for international flights in Sialkot, Punjab. The closing is due to repairs on the runway. The Lahore and Islamabad airports could be used as alternative airports.

 

Pakistan – Saudi Arabia | Airblue to start operating direct flights between Multan and Medina from December 16
From December 16, Airblue will start operating direct flights between Multan and Medina. The airliner will operate 2 weekly flights between Multan International Airport (MUX) and Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED).

 

Philippines | Sicogon Island Airport (ICO) to resume flights from December 16
On December 16, the Sicogon Island Airport(ICO) will resume flights. Direct flights between Manila (MNL) and Sicogon (ICO) will be available every Friday and Monday with AirSWIFT Airlines. Operations at the airport were halted for about three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Philippines | Philippine Airlines to open new route between Cebu (CEB) and Baguio (BAG) on December 16
On December 16, Philippine Airlines will open a new route between Cebu (CEB) and Baguio (BAG). Flights will be available four times a week

 

Philippines | State of calamity due to COVID-19 extended till December 31
From September 13 to December 31, the government extended the state of calamity due to COVID-19 throughout the country.

 

South Korea | Unionized workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyards to take strike action on December 6 and 7; indefinite strike from December 13 onwards
On December 6 and 7, unionized workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries groups’ shipyards plan to take strike action. The shipyards affected are Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Samho-eup, and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. On December 6, the workers will strike for 4 hours and on December 7, the workers will strike for 7 hours. From December 13 onwards, the workers will take indefinite strike action. The workers are demanding increased wages and job security.

 

Sri Lanka | Cinnamon Air to resume domestic flights on December 15
On December 15, Cinnamon Air will start operating domestic flights again. The airliner will operate out of the following airports: Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Sigiriya Airport (GIU), Castlereigh Reservoir Airport (NUF), China Bay Airport (TRR), Batticaloa International Airport (BTC), Koggala Airport (KCT), and Weerawila Airport (WRZ).

 

Thailand | Power outages to take place in Srisoonthorn and Pa Klok in central Phuket on December 12-14
On December 12-14, several power outages will occur in Srisoonthorn and Pa Klok, central Phuket. On December 12, Srisoothorn will be affected from 9 am to noon local time, as well as from 9 am to 5 pm on December 13. On December 14, Pa Klok will be affected by a power outage from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

 


 

Europe

 

Armenia – United Arab Emirates | FlyOne Armenia to operate flights between Yerevan (EVN)and Dubai (DXB) from December 16
From December 16, FlyOne Armenia will operate flights between Yerevan (EVN) and Dubai (DXB). Flights will be operated every Monday and Friday.

 

Belgium | CSC and FGTB unions to protest in Brussels on December 16
On December 16, the CSC and FGTB unions will hold a demonstration in Brussels. The exact time and location of the demonstration have not been reported. It will be staged on the same day as the European summit in Brussels. Both unions will be protesting for higher wages and denouncing the current energy prices. Brussels Airport expects delays and disruptions as it called companies to cancel 70% of their flights.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina | 8 cantonal trade unions to protest in Sarajevo, on December 14
On December 14, 8 cantonal trade unions will protest in Sarajevo. The protest will be staged over the unfavourable treatment of the workers by the government. The demonstration will be held in front of the government of Canton Sarajevo from 10 am to 11 am local time.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina | Protest over medical malpractice to be held in Zenica, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 14
On December 14, a protest over medical malpractice will be held in Zenica. The protest will be staged over the death of a toddler due to the negligence of health professionals from a private medical institution. The demonstration is scheduled to take place in front of the Cantonal Hospital from 12 pm to 2 pm local time.

 

European Union | EU and ASEAN countries to hold summit in Brussels on December 14
On December 14, EU and ASEAN countries will hold a summit in Brussels. The meeting will focus especially on Russia and China seen as security threats in both regions. Myanmar will likely be excluded from the meeting.

 

France | Tram and bus line disruptions to be expected due to a strike in Montpellier, Occitania
From December 17 to January 3, tram and bus line disruptions will be expected due to a strike in Montpellier, Occitania. The strike will be staged by TaM workers CGT, UGICT, and FO for a wage increase. The strike will last from December 17 at 10 pm to January 3 at 6 am local time.

 

France | Corsair Airlines pilots to go on strike nationwide from December 16 to 22
From December 16 to 22, a strike will be held nationwide. The strike will be staged by the Corsair Airlines pilots supported by the SNPL union for a wage increase.

 

France | SNCF railway signal operators to take strike action, December 15-19
From December 15-19, SNCF railway signal operators have called for strike action. The strike is organized by the SUD-Rail union. The strike could be called off if negotiations are successful.

 

France | Idélis workers go on strike every Friday and Saturday in Pau, Nouvelle-Aquitaine from December 9 to 31
From December 9 to 31, a strike will be held in Pau, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The strike will be staged by Idélis workers supported by the CGT union for a wage increase. Strikes will be held every Friday and Saturday. Transport services will be affected.

 

France | UNSA DIVIA strike to be held in Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté from December 8 to 10 and 24 and 31
From December 8 to 10 and 24 and 31, a strike will be held in Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. The strike will be staged by UNSA DIVIA union for better working conditions.

 

France | Public transport disruptions expected due to a strike warning in Nantes, Pays de la Loire from September 10 to December 31
From September 10 to December 31, public transport disruptions are expected due to a strike warning in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. The strike will be staged by bus and tram workers. The strike warning was issued to demand a wage increase.

 

France – Morocco | Ryanair to launch a new route from Toulouse (TLS) to Rabat (RBA) from November 1
On November 1, Ryanair will launch a new route from Toulouse (TLS) to Rabat (RBA). The new route will operate from November 1, 2022  to March 25, 2023. Flights will be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and only on Saturdays from December to January.

 

Germany | GEW Union strike and protest to cause school cancellations in Berlin on December 15
On December 15, GEW Union strikes will cause school cancellations in Berlin. A demonstration will be also staged during the strike action, and it will begin at 10 am local time on the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The action will be a day-long warning strike in an attempt to put pressure on the senate for better health protections.

 

Germany | S-Bahn disruptions due to staffing issues to be expected in Berlin from December 6 to 21
From December 6 to 21, S-Bahn disruptions due to sick leaves will be expected in Berlin. The S1, S3, and S5 lines will be affected and the traffic will be reduced.

 

Germany | New COVID sanitary measures for autumn and winter come into effect
On October 1, the new COVID sanitary measures for the seasons of autumn and winter come into effect. The measures reinstated are as follows:

– FFP2 masks are mandatory in long-distance trains, from the age of 14 years-old;
– FFP2 masks are mandatory in hospitals, nursing homes and medical practices, as well as a negative test for hospital and nursing home visitors;
– local authorities competent with imposing the use of a mask in public transportation and public spaces.

These measures can be strengthened if required, according to the evolution of the number of cases, and are to end on April 7, 2023.

 

Ireland | Extinction Rebellion protest to be held in Dingle, County Kerry on December 17
On December 17, an Extinction Rebellion protest will be held in Dingle, County Kerry. The protest will be held at Dingle Harbour at 2 pm local time. It has been organized to demand that bins are placed along the marina.

 

Italy | Democratic Party protest to be held in Rome, Lazio on December 17
On December 17, a protest will be held in Rome, Lazio. The protest will be staged by the Democratic Party against the government’s 2023 budget bill. The location and the time have not yet been announced.

 

Italy | 4-hour public transport strike action scheduled in Rome, Lazio on December 16
On December 16, a 4-hour public transport strike action is scheduled in Rome, Lazio. The strike will occur from 8pm to 11:59 pm. It is organized by the Filt CGIL and Uiltrasporti unions. It will affect the Atac network and the peripheral buses of Rome Tpl.

 

Italy | CGIL demonstration against the government’s budget to be held in Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna on December 16
On December 16, a demonstration will be held in Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna. The demonstration will be staged by CGIL against the government’s budget. The demonstration will take place from Via Emilia San Pietro to Corso Garibaldi from 9 am to 11:30 am local time.

 

Italy | CGIL strike against the government’s budget to be held in Potenza, Basilicata on December 16
On December 16, a strike will be held in Potenza, Basilicata. The strike will be staged by CGIL against the government’s budget. The strike will take place at Piazza Prefettura at 10 am local time

 

Italy | Multiple demonstrations against the government’s budget to be held in Tuscany on December 16
On December 16, demonstrations will be held in Tuscany. The demonstrations will be staged by public and private sector workers against the government’s budget and for a wage increase:

– In Florence, a demonstration will take place from Piazza dell’Unità to Via Martelli at 9:30 am local time.
– In Grosseto, a demonstration will take place at the Caritas headquarters from 10 am to 12 pm local time.
– In Lucca, a demonstration will take place from Piazza Santa Maria to Piazza San Michele at 9:30 am local time.
– In Carrara, a demonstration will take place outside the INPS headquarters, on Via Don Minzoni 1, at 10:30 am local time.
– In Pisa, a demonstration will take place at Piazza XX Settembre from 10 am to 1 pm local time.
– In Pistoia, a demonstration will take place at Piazza Servi from 10 am to 12 pm local time.

 

Italy | CGIL demonstration against the government’s budget to be held in Cagliari, Sardinia on December 16
On December 16, a demonstration will be held in Cagliari, Sardinia. The demonstration will be staged by CGIL against the government’s budget. The location and time will be announced sooner.

 

Italy | CGIL strike against government budget to be held in Friuli Venezia Giulia on December 16
On December 16, a strike will be held in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The strike will be staged by CGIL against the government’s budget. The strike will last at least 4 hours.

 

Italy | CGIL and Uil strike against the government’s budget to be held in Lombardy on December 16
On December 16, a strike will be held in Lombardy. The strike will be staged by CGIL and Uil against the government’s budget measure. The strike will last 4 hours.

 

Italy | CGIL demonstration against the government’s budget to be held in Pescara, Abruzzo on December 15
On December 15, a demonstration will be held in Pescara, Abruzzo. The demonstration will be staged by the CGIL union against the government’s budget and for wage increases. The demonstration will take place at Piazza Alessandrini at 9:30 am local time.

 

Italy | Doctors, veterinarians, and healthcare executives demonstration against the government’s budget to be held in Rome, Lazio on December 15
On December 15, a demonstration will be held in Rome, Lazio. The demonstration will be staged by doctors, veterinarians and healthcare executives against the government’s budget. The demonstration will take place at Piazza SS Apostoli from 2 pm to 4 pm local time.

 

Italy | Several demonstrations against the government’s budget to be held in the region of Marche on December 15
On December 15, several demonstrations against the government’s budget will be held in the region of Marche:

In Vallefoglia, a demonstration will take place on Via Sicilia 7 at 1 pm local time.
In Fabriano, a demonstration will take place at Piazza del Comune at 9:30 am local time.
In Macerata, a demonstration will take place at Piazza Cesare Battisti at 9:30 am local time.
In Fermo, a demonstration will take place on Via Murri at 2:30 pm local time.
In Ascoli Piceno, a demonstration will take place at Piazzale Pino Daniele at 10:30 am local time.

 

Italy | Demonstration by medical professionals to be held in Rome, Lazio, on December 15
On December 15, a demonstration by medical professionals will be held in Rome, Lazio. The demonstration will be attended by doctors, veterinarians, and health managers, and is supported by 8 unions. It will occur in Piazza Santi Apostoli from 2.00 p.m local time onwards. The demonstration is against the reduction in the financing of public health and other reasons.

 

Italy | CGIL and Uil demonstration against the government’s budget to be held in Aosta, Aosta Valley on December 14
On December 14, a demonstration will be held in Aosta, Aosta Valley. The demonstration will be staged by CGIL and Uil against the government’s budget. The demonstration will take place at Piazza Deffeyes at 10 am local time.

 

Italy | Train line disruptions to be expected due to a strike in Trentino Alto Adige on December 14
On December 14, train line disruptions will be expected due to a strike in Trentino Alto Adige. The strike will be staged by FS railway workers supported by Filt-Cgil against the government’s budget. The strike will last 4 hours.

 

Italy | CGIL strike and demonstration to be held in Bari, Apulia on December 14
On December 14, a strike and a demonstration will be held in Bari, Apulia. The strike will be staged by CGIL against the government’s budget and will last 4 hours. The demonstration will take place at Piazza Federico II di Svevia from 9 am to 11:30 am local time.

 

Italy | FS railway workers go on strike in Sicily on December 13
On December 13, a strike will be held in Sicily. The strike will be staged by FS railway workers supported by Filt-CGIL and Uiltrasporti against the government’s budget. The strike will last from 9 am to 1 pm local time. Train service disruptions can be expected.

 

Italy | CGIL and Uil strike and a demonstration to be held in Palermo, Sicily on December 13
On December 13, a strike and a demonstration will be held in Palermo, Sicily. The strike will be staged by workers in the education, university, research, Afam, and private knowledge sectors supported by CGIL and Uil unions against the government’s budget. The demonstration will take place from Piazza Croci to Piazza Verdi at 9 am local time.

 

Italy | Operators of highway facilities to go on strike nationwide from December 13 to 16
From December 13 to 16, a strike will be held nationwide. The strike will be staged by operators of highway facilities supported by Faib, Fegica, and Anisa unions for better highway service areas. The strike will last from December 13 at 10 pm to December 16 at 10 pm local time.

 

Italy | ATM employees go on strike in Messina, Sicily on December 13
On December 13, a strike will be held in Messina, Sicily. The strike will be staged by ATM employees supported by Filt Cgil, Uil Trasporti, Faisa Cisal, Ugl Tpl, and Orsa Autoferro Tpl unions for better working conditions. The strike will last from 3:31 pm to 7:30 pm local time.

 

Italy – Maldives | ITA Airways to launch direct flights between Rome and Male on December 17
On December 17, ITA Airways will start direct flights between Rome and Male. The airline will operate 3 flights per week from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) to Velana International Airport (MLE). The flights will operate till March 23, 2023.

 

Italy – Pakistan | Neos Air launches flight operations between Milan and Lahore
On December 7, Neos Air launched its flight operations between Milan and Lahore. The airliner will fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) to Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE). The flights will be available from December 7 to December 21. Neos Air will be running the same flights on the following dates:

– January 4 to January 18
– February 1 to February 15
– March 1 to March 15.”

 

Italy – Romania | Wizz Air to launch flights from Cluj Airport (CLJ) to Perugia Airport (PEG), starting December 14
On July 28, Cluj International Airport (CLJ) announced that Wizz Air will begin flying routes to Perugia Airport (PEG) starting on December 14, 2022. Tickets go on sale today, with Cluj Airport announcing that another 10 new routes will be announced by the end of 2022.

 

Kosovo | Snap elections to be held in 4 municipalities in Northern Kosovo, on December 18
On December 18, snap elections will be held in 4 municipalities in Northern Kosovo. The elections will take place in North Mitrovica, Zubin Potok, Leposavić and Zvečan. The decision was made after Serb public officials quit their jobs in state institutions in protest over licence plate legislation.

 

Kyrgyzstan | Ban on rallies in Bishkek extended until December 31
Until December 31, the ban on rallies was extended in Bishkek. According to the Pervomaisky District Court, the ban is extending from Lineynaya Street to Chuy Avenue including Erkindik Boulevard, the Russian Embassy, the Supreme Court, Jogorku Kenesh and the Presidential Administration.

 

Lithuania | Authorities extend state of emergency until December 16
On September 7, Lithuanian authorities extended the state of emergency until December 16. The state of emergency will be in force along the entire border section at the Lithuanian state border with Belarus and the border section with the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. THe emergency is due to the war in Ukraine and a high influx of migrants.

 

Luxembourg – Montenegro | Luxair re-launches flights to Podgorica Airport (TGD), from December 15
From December 15 to January 12, Luxair will re-launch flights from Luxembourg Airport (LUX) to Podgorica Airport (TGD). The flights are scheduled twice per week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

 

Netherlands | Train line disruptions due to a strike to be expected in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, and Overijssel on December 15, 16, and 19
On December 15, 16, and 19, train line disruptions due to a strike will be expected in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, and Overijssel. The strike will be staged by Arriva workers supported by the FNV union due to the deadlock of collective bargaining. The strike will affect cities like Groningen, Leeuwarden, Emmen, and Zwolle.

 

Poland – United Kingdom | WizzAir to launch 2 flights from London Luton Airport (LTN) from December 13
From December 13, WizzAir will launch 2 flights from London Luton Airport (LTN). The flights will operate to Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG) and Lodz Airport Central Poland (LCJ). The flights are scheduled twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 

Portugal | Silo workers will strike in Porto, Norte Region on December 9 and 12
On December 9 and 12, Silo workers will strike in Porto, Norte Region. The union said in an announcement that the strike would affect all loading and unloading of foodstuffs at Porto de Leixões (port) from 12:00 am local time on December 8 to 8:00 am local time on December 13. The workers are seeking higher pay from Silos de Leixões.

 

Romania | USLIP teachers union will protest in Iași on December 15
On December 15, the USLIP teachers union will protest in Iași. The event is planned from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM local time in front of the Iași Prefecture. Teachers are calling for higher wages that they believe they are legally entitled to.

 

Russia | Yellow weather warning issued in Moscow Oblast until December 13
On December 11, a yellow weather warning was issued in Moscow and in the Moscow Oblast due to snowfall. The alert is valid until December 13 at 11:00 am.

 

Serbia | Anti-fascist rally to be held in Belgrade, on December 17
On December 17, an anti-fascist rally will be held in Belgrade. The protest is staged demanding the resignation of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Bratislav Gašić, due to an unsatisfactory response following an attack on the headquarters of the Union of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia.

 

Spain | Demonstration against the high cost of living to be held in Madrid on December 17
On December 17, a demonstration will be held in Madrid. The demonstration will be staged by FETYC, FEHAC, FESIBAC, FELM, FESAN, and FESIQ unions against the high cost of living. The demonstration will take place from CEOE to the Ministry of Economic Affairs at 11 am local time.

 

Spain | Metal sector workers demonstration to be held in Madrid on December 13
On December 13, a demonstration will be held in Madrid. The demonstration will be staged by metal sector workers supported by the CGT union for a wage increase. The demonstration will take place on Calle Diego de Leon, in front of the CEOE headquarters, at 11 am local time.

 

Spain | Spain extends visa requirement to enter from Morocco until December 15
From November 15 to December 15, it was reported that Spain extended the visa requirement to enter from Morocco. This measure affects the land borders of the European Union, namely Ceuta and Melilla, and was taken because of the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus.

 

Sweden | Oskarshamn 3 power plant to be disconnected from the grid for 9 days from December 9
From December 9, the Oskarshamn 3 nuclear power plant will be disconnected from the grid for 9 days until December 18. The stoppage has been planned to fix a fault on the generator. It could potentially have an impact on the price of electricity.

 

United Kingdom | Extinction Rebellion protest to be held outside Coca-Cola store in London, England on December 18
On December 18, an Extinction Rebellion protest will be held outside a Coca-Cola store in London, England. The protest will be held outside the store at 32-33 Long Acre from 2 pm to 4 pm local time.

 

United Kingdom | Protest over closure of leisure centre to be held in Huddersfield, England on December 17
On December 17, a protest against the closure of a leisure centre will be held in Huddersfield, England. Protesters will assemble outside the Colne Valley Leisure Centre at 1 pm local time.

 

United Kingdom | PCS-associated road workers across England to strike for 12 days between December 16 and January 7
Between December 16 and January 7, PCS-associated road workers will strike for 12 days. The strikes will take place on the following dates:

– December 16 and 17: North West, Yorkshire, and North East
– December 22, 23, 24, and 25: London and South East
– December 30 and 31: West Midlands and South West
– January 3 and 4: All areas
– January 6 and 7: East Midlands and eastern England

The strikes have been launched over a pay dispute. According to the PCS, they risk ‘bringing the road network to a standstill.

 

United Kingdom | Flight disruptions to be expected as ground handlers to go on strike at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for 72 hours starting December 16
Starting December 16, flight disruptions are to be expected as ground handlers belonging to Menzies are scheduled to go on strike at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for 72 hours starting at 4 am local time.

 

United Kingdom | RMT-associated Eurostar security staff to strike for 4 days between December 16 – 23
Between December 16 – 23, RMT-associated Eurostar security staff will strike for 4 days. The strikes will take place on December 16, 18, 22, and 23. The RMT claims that the strike will ‘severely affect’ Eurostar services. It has been launched over a pay dispute.

 

United Kingdom | Nurses to stage nationwide strikes on December 15 and 20
On December 15 and December 20, nurses will stage nationwide strikes in the UK to demand an increase in wages. The announcement was made by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on November 24.

 

United Kingdom | PCS-associated civil servants to stage nationwide strike between December 13 and January 16
Between December 13 and January 16, PCS-associated civil servants will stage a nationwide strike. Driving examiners and workers at the Rural Pay Agency are 2 groups that will strike on a rolling regional basis, starting in Scotland and Northern Ireland:

– Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: December 13-18, December 18-24, December 28-31, January 3, January 4-10, January 12-13, January 16
– Rural Payments Agency: December 13-16, December 19-23, January 3-6, January 9-13

The strikes have been organized over a pay dispute.

 

United Kingdom | RMT Union plans multiple 48-hour strikes in December and January
The RMT Union announced plans for multiple walkouts in December and January. The 48-hour walkouts will occur on December 13, 14, 16, and 17 December and on January 3, 4, 6, and 7. The action will include more than 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies.

 

United Kingdom | PCS-associated DBS workers in Liverpool, England to stage a 2-week strike from December 12
From December 12, PCS-associated workers in Liverpool, England will stage a 2-week strike. The 82 strikers are employed at Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) and work the contact center and back-office operations at the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). They have already staged 4 weeks of strike action.

 

United Kingdom | CWU-associated Royal Mail workers to strike for 6 days between December 9 and December 24
Between December 9 and December 24, CWU-associated Royal Mail workers will go on strike for 6 days. Workers will strike on December 9, 11, 14, 15, 23, and 24. The strikes have been organized due to an ongoing dispute over work and pay. They follow a series of strikes staged in October and November.

 

United Kingdom | Unite-associated Shelter charity workers to strike for 2 weeks nationwide from December 5
From December 5, Unite-associated workers at the charity Shelter will begin a 2 week strike nationwide. Over 600 workers will strike across the UK until December 18. The strike has been launched over a pay dispute.

 

 

United Kingdom | Unite-associated Abellio bus drivers in London, England to strike for 7 days till December 17
Between November 22 and December 17, Unite-associated Abellio bus drivers in London, England will strike for 10 days. Strikes will take place on the following dates:

– December: 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17.

The strikes have been launched due to a pay dispute.

 

Uzbekistan | Avalanche warnings issued for mountainous parts of 7 regions from December 10 to 14
From December 10 to 14, avalanche warnings have been issued for mountainous parts of 7 regions in Uzbekistan. According to the Director-General of Uzhydromet, the warnings have been issued for the following areas:

– Tashkent region: Akhangaran, Bostanlyk, the Chimgan tract of the Chatkal mountain system
– Samarkand region: Kushrabad, Nurabad, Samarkand, Urgut, and Bulungur
– Jizzakh region: Zaamin and Bakhmal
– Namangan region: Pap
– Fergana region: Sokh and Fergana
– Kashkadarya region: Kitab, Shakhrisabz, Kamashin, and Dekhkanabad
– Surkhandarya region: Kumkurgan, Sariasi, Uzun, and Baysun”

 


 

Middle-East & North Africa

 

Armenia – United Arab Emirates | FlyOne Armenia to operate flights between Yerevan (EVN)and Dubai (DXB) from December 16
From December 16, FlyOne Armenia will operate flights between Yerevan (EVN) and Dubai (DXB). Flights will be operated every Monday and Friday.

 

Iran | Daily anti-regime demonstrations scheduled in Tehran from December 14-16
From December 14-16, daily anti-regime demonstrations are planned in Tehran. On each day, the demonstrations will from 10:00 am local time at Valiasr square and the intersection of Ferdous East and Kashani Boulevards. The protests are planned by the Revolutionary Youth Group of Iran.

 

Iran | University students to take strike action in Tehran and Babol, Mazandaran Province, from December 12-16
From December 12-16, university students from Tehran University and Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran, and the Noshirvani University of Technology in Babol, Mazandaran Province, plan to take strike action. This strike action is in relation to nationwide protests and suppression by regime forces.

 

Israel | IDF launches 3-day military exercise with thousands of troops in the north of the country
On December 10, the IDF launched a 3-day military exercise with thousands of troops in the north of the country. Around 8,000 conscripts and 5,000 reservist troops were called to participate in the drill, which aims to improve the readiness of the logistics array, and cooperation between the ground forces units “for sudden events and various scenarios in the northern arena,”, such as the Hezbollah group in Lebanon and other Iranian proxies in the region.

 

Kenya – United Arab Emirates | Kenya Airways to start direct Mombasa-Dubai flights on December 15
On December 15, Kenya Airways will start direct Mombasa-Dubai flights. Kenya Airways announced 4 direct flights per day between Moi International Airport (MBA) and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

 

Libya | UN Security Council extends measures designed to implement the arms embargo against Libya by one year
On June 3, the UN Security Council voted to extend measures designed to implement the arms embargo against Libya by one year. The measures authphorize countries and regional organizations to inspect vessels suspected of violating the U.N. arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

 

Morocco | State of emergency due to COVID-19 extended until December 31
From November 30 to December 31, the Moroccan government announced the extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the country.

 

Pakistan – Saudi Arabia | Airblue to start operating direct flights between Multan and Medina from December 16
From December 16, Airblue will start operating direct flights between Multan and Medina. The airliner will operate 2 weekly flights between Multan International Airport (MUX) and Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED).

 

Syria | Authorities to close government agencies amid fuel crisis on December 11 and 18
On December 11 and 18, it was reported that the government will close state agencies due to severe fuel shortages caused by a disruption in the arrival of supplies.

 

Tunisia | Strike to be staged at service stations on December 15 and 16
On December 15-16, the Tunisian General Labor Union will stage a nationwide strike in all service stations. It comes following the non-regularization of the situation of employees, by the agreements concluded with employers, for wage increases to titles for the years 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Turkey | Demonstrations to be banned in Mardin from November 30 to December 14
From November 30 to December 14, it was reported that demonstrations, marches, rallies, and outdoor activities will be banned throughout the city of Mardin, Mardin Province. According to Mardin Governor’s Office, the ban will last from 12 am local time on November 30 to 11:59 pm local time on December 14.

 


 

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