- AFRICA: Rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama announced a two-month ceasefire between Renamo and the Mozambique government, in a move welcomed by the president.
- AMERICAS: In Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rossello said the government does not have the funds to pay public employees for FEB17.
- ASIA: South Korea asserted US President-elect Donald Trump’s “clear warning” to North Korea shows he is aware of the urgency of the threat posed by its nuclear program.
- EUROPE: German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed a security shake-up aimed to ease the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers and centralizing Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.
- MIDDLE EAST: Three officers were killed in an attack carried out by the Islamic State group on an Iraqi police station in Samarra.
- TECHNOLOGY: A nationwide collapse of the US customs service computer system left thousands of passengers awaiting clearance to officially enter the country.
- Turkey: Tentative identification of Istanbul nightclub suspect made.
- Turkish police launched raids in Istanbul and arrested 12 people, as the hunt for an attacker who killed 39 people in a nightclub intensifies.
- Despite conflicting reports, investigators may know the identity of the gunman after obtaining his fingerprints and descriptions.
- An unauthenticated passport belonging to the apparent suspect identified him as 28-year-old Iakhe Mashrapov.
- Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said the country’s state of emergency – already in place at the time of the attack – would be extended for as long as needed.
- The Islamic State group claimed the attack, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the mass shooting in response to Turkish military operations against the IS group in northern Syria.
- Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, USA Today
- Region: Nigeria called for “urgent” diplomatic action after one of its citizens died in a violent confrontation with South African police. (AFP)
- Mozambique: Rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama announced a two-month ceasefire between Renamo and the government, in a move welcomed by the president. (AFP)
- Rwanda: Survivors of the Rwandan genocide appealed to the British government to speed up extradition of five genocide suspects to the country. (Xinhua)
- Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced changes in his Cabinet because officials are leaving for political or personal reasons. (EFE)
- Panama: President Juan Carlos Varela pointed to a decline in the country’s murder rate since he took office two and a half years ago. (EFE)
- Puerto Rico: Governor Ricardo Rossello said the island’s government does not have the funds to pay public employees for FEB17. (EFE)
- United States: House Republicans voted to significantly curtail the independent power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. (NYT)
- Region: China confirmed its sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Region: The Russian Navy announced plans to hold war games with the Philippines, as two of its ships made a rare stop in Manila. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea asserted US President-elect Donald Trump’s “clear warning” to North Korea shows he is aware of the urgency of the threat posed by its nuclear program. (Reuters)
- Malaysia: Emergency services deployed boats and trucks in Terengganu and Kelantan states as thousands were stranded after heavy flooding. (AFP)
- South Korea: The country’s Constitutional Court held its first open hearing to determine the fate of President Park Geun-hye, who did not appear in an anticipated move. (Yonhap)
- Germany: Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed a security shake-up aimed to ease the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers and centralizing the country’s domestic intelligence agency. (AP)
- Italy: Italian police quelled a violent protest by occupants of the Cona migrant center near Venice that left fearful workers barricaded inside offices. (AP)
- Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim said he expected the new US administration to halt supplying weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. (Reuters)
- Iran: The fate of imprisoned activist Arash Sadeghi sparked a rare unauthorized protest near the prison where he is being held. (AP)
- Iraq: An attack carried out by the Islamic State group on a Samarra police station killed three officers. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Dozens of foreign workers were sentenced to flogging and jail for unrest during protests over unpaid wages by Saudi Binladin Group. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A nationwide collapse of the US customs service computer system left thousands of passengers awaiting clearance to officially enter the country. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 30DEC: 347,647 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 30DEC: 150,380
- Deaths as of 30DEC: 172
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 20DEC: 1,864 (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 20DEC: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29DEC: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 29DEC: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 29DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JAN)
- Libya: Anniversary of Second Gulf of Sidra Incident with US Navy – 1989