In Israel, voting centers opened early for Israel’s legislative elections. In London, protesters gathered outside the ecuadorean embassy to mark 1,000 days since wikileaks founder Julian Assange was forced to seek asylum. A U-N report applauded Colombia’s peace talks progress, but said that poverty and criminal gangs are the country’s biggest threat. Hundreds protested in Mexico following the firing of one of the country’s best known journalists who exposed a scandal involving president Enrique Pena Nieto. After devastating cyclones killed at least 24 people, vanuatu is facing food shortages.