- AFRICA: A suicide bomber in Somalia attacked a popular restaurant in Mogadishu killing himself and at least three others.
- AMERICAS: The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mexican authorities are investigating who started a fire outside the U.S. consulate in Tijuana that destroyed four cars.
- ASIA: A suicide bomber has killed two people at a French restaurant in Afghanistan popular with foreigners in the capital of Kabul.
- EUROPE: A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the city of Valence, but was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian officials vowed to expand Tehran’s missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal.
- TECHNOLOGY: A more robust public-private partnership between the US government and corporations would aid efforts to combat electronic hacking and other security threats.
- Saudi Arabia: 47 people convicted of terrorism related charges were executed
○ The executions were the first of 2016 and follow a year when the government put 157 people to death.
○ Most of the men were affiliated with attempts to bomb the interior of ministry, plots to attack military airports, and other strikes on military targets between 2003 and 2006.
○ Among the dead is reformist Shiite and activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, whose killing has sparked outrage.
○ Al-Nimr campaigned against violence and injustice aimed at the country’s Shiite population but was charged with sedition in October of 2014.
○ The killing of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr may spark new unrest among Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority, largely concentrated in the kingdom’s east, and in Bahrain.
○ The government plans to host a joint operations room in Riyadh to coordinate a coalition of 34 Muslim nations to combat terrorism in Islamic countries
- Ethiopia: A hand grenade attack killed two students and injured six in a university, the second such attack in the country in three weeks. (Reuters)
- Somalia: A suicide bomber attacked a popular restaurant in Mogadishu killing himself and at least three others. (Reuters)
- Somalia: The country’s Al Qaeda’s branch released a recruitment video that criticized racism and anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. (NYT)
- Region: Colombia’s Mining Ministry says the Venezuelan state oil company is temporarily halting gas exports across the border. (AP)
- Cuba: The country’s economy is likely to slow down in 2016, with authorities calling for efficiency and fiscal prudence in the upcoming year. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities are investigating who started a fire outside the U.S. consulate in Tijuana that destroyed four cars. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: A suicide bomber has killed two people at a French restaurant popular with foreigners in the capital of Kabul. (BBC)
- China: The country has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military and improve its fighting capacity. (Xinhua)
- Japan: The country’s two-year stint as a nonpermanent member of the U.N. Security Council officially began, marking the country’s first participation in the global organization’s top body in five years. (Kyodo)
- India: Four gunmen and two guards were killed when unidentified militants attacked an Indian Air Force base near the Pakistan border in an apparent challenge to attempts to revive dialogue between the nuclear-armed neighbors. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: Police in Pakistan arrested a man Friday for allegedly recruiting youths for the Islamic State group. (IBT)
- France: A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the city of Valence, but was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him. (ABC)
- Germany: Officials say there is no sign of any imminent terror attack, after an alert that shut down two Munich railway stations on New Year’s Eve. (BBC)
- Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed the opening of a criminal probe into the leaders of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party, saying they should “pay the price” for remarks pressing for autonomy for the country’s largest ethnic minority. (AFP)
- Iran: Officials vowed to expand Tehran’s missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad in a move meant to help strengthen a regional alliance against the Islamic State, which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria. (VoA)
- Israel: A deadly shooting incident has killed at least two people in the city of Tel Aviv, leaving at least seven others injured. (Al Jazeera)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: A more robust public-private partnership between the US government and corporations would aid efforts to combat electronic hacking and other security threats. (Huffington)
- Cybersecurity: A group called New World Hacking has claimed responsibility for an attack that brought down the BBC’s website for several hours on Thursday. (Mashable)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P
○ Location: 297 NM EAST of Suva, Fiji
○ Wind: 98 mph
○ Movement: W at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases as of 01JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths as of 01JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 18DEC: 607,961 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
■ Confirmed Cases: 35,019
■ Deaths as of 18DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 02JAN: 1621 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
■ Deaths as of 02JAN: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JAN)
- Nothing to Report