- AFRICA: A French court granted Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son Equatorial Guinea’s president, more time to prepare his defense against corruption charges.
- AMERICAS: Jovenel Moise won Haiti’s presidential elections with 55.6 percent of the first round vote, according to official results.
- ASIA: Indonesia suspended cooperation with the Australian military in DEC16, after offensive material was seen at an Australian training base.
- EUROPE: Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said the EU is more unified in its policy toward Britain’s leaving the bloc than on anything else in its past.
- MIDDLE EAST: Turkey warned that a planned Syrian peace was at risk, calling on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to halt violations of a ceasefire.
- TECHNOLOGY: Global spending on consumer technology is expected to slip this year due to factors including a strong US dollar and political uncertainty prompted by Brexit and President-elect Donald Trump.
- Turkey: Nightclub shooter identified; suspected IS militants detained.
- Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said authorities identified the gunman who shot dead dozens of revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve.
- Cavusoglu did not name the suspect or provide the suspect’s nationality.
- Turkish police also detained at least five suspected Islamic State group militants believed to be linked to the attack in an ongoing operation in the port city of Izmir.
- Turkey extended for another three months a state of emergency that was implemented after a failed coup in JUL16.
- Coverage: AP, CNN, USA Today, VOA, WP
- Egypt: Assailants on a motorcycle killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded another when they opened fire on their vehicle south of Cairo. (AFP)
- Equatorial Guinea: A French court granted Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son the country’s president, more time to prepare his defense against corruption charges. (AP)
- Somalia: Al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for a car bomb that wounded at least four UN guards in the country’s capital, Mogadishu. (Reuters)
- Tunisia: Security forces dismantled a 13-member “terrorist cell” funneling young recruits to extremist groups, as part of a growing crackdown on extremists. (AFP)
- El Salvador: Homicides in the country dropped more than 20 percent in 2016. (AP)
- Haiti: Jovenel Moise won the country’s presidential elections with 55.6 percent of the first round vote, according to official results. (AFP)
- Panama: The country will hold talks with France over possible removal from Paris’ blacklist of tax havens because of the Panama Papers leak. (AFP)
- Region: Indonesia suspended cooperation with the Australian military in DEC16, after offensive material was seen at an Australian training base. (Reuters)
- Region: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said further strikes against Pakistan can’t be ruled out. (Xinhua)
- Region: South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year, even as opposition lawmakers headed to China with a different message. (AFP)
- Myanmar: A commission probing violence in the Rakhine state denied security forces carried out a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP)
- Philippines: More than 100 inmates, including prominent members of a jihadist group, escaped from a prison in Mindanao following an armed assault against the compound. (EFE)
- Region: Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said the EU is more unified in its policy toward Britain’s leaving the bloc than on anything else in its past. (Reuters)
- Germany: The country’s first trial of a suspected Islamic State militant deployed from Syria during the 2015 migrant influx began. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: The country’s ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers attacked the government’s “muddled thinking” over Brexit as he resigned. (Independent)
- Region: Turkey warned that a planned Syrian peace was at risk, calling on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to halt violations of a ceasefire. (AFP)
- Iran: The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz separatist group claimed two pipeline bombings in the country’s oil-rich south and threatened more attacks. (AP)
- Iran: Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the chief prosecutor of Tehran, revealed as many as 70 spies are serving sentences in Iranian prisons, far more than estimated. (AFP)
- Iraq: An Iraqi military helicopter crashed in the province of Salahudin due to technical malfunction, killing two crew members. (Xinhua)
- Israel: An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant was convicted of manslaughter after a trial that deeply divided the country. (NYT)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Global spending on consumer technology is expected to slip this year due to factors including a strong US dollar and political uncertainty prompted by Brexit and President-elect Donald Trump. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Bogoslof, Alaska
- Ash eruption up to 10 kilometers in the sky. (AP)
- 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 (05JAN)
- Europe Region: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to travel to France, the Czech Republic and Ireland (to 11JAN)
- Israel and Ethiopia: Anniversary of revelation and end of Operation Moses – 1985
- Venezuela: Opposition-controlled National Assembly to be installed