- AFRICA: Egypt released political activist Ahmed Maher, a leading figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail term.
- AMERICAS: The losers in Haiti’s presidential election insisted they will not recognize Jovenel Moise as the winner, calling the official result a political coup.
- ASIA: The Indonesian defense ministry said relations with Australia would not be affected despite a suspension of military cooperation between the two countries.
- EUROPE: In Turkey, police arrested several people over the Istanbul nightclub attack, as authorities tightened the country’s borders to prevent the fugitive killer from escaping.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran hit back at “unconstructive” Turkish allegations that Tehran’s allies were violating a fragile ceasefire in Syria, accusing rebels of breaking the truce.
- TECHNOLOGY: Senator John McCain said Russia’s alleged cyber-attacks on US political organizations were an “act of war”.
- Myanmar: Government accused of whitewashing reports of Rohingya abuse.
- Human rights groups said Myanmar’s government is trying to cover up abuses against civilians in a Muslim-majority part of Rakhine State after an investigation panel dismissed claims a government crackdown there amounts to “genocide”.
- The recent spurt in violence is believed to be the result of an attack on three security posts by nearly 250 armed men on 09OCT16, resulting in an ongoing military operation to drive out ethnic Muslims from Rakhine.
- The government maintains it is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the state and denied reports of killing innocent people or abusing them.
- Malaysia’s top counter-terrorism official Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said Myanmar faces a growing danger of attacks by foreign Islamic State supporters fighting for persecuted Muslim Rohingyas.
- Coverage: IBT, Reuters, Reuters-2
- Central African Republic: Two Moroccan UN peacekeepers were killed and two others wounded by unknown attackers in the southeast of the country. (Reuters)
- Egypt: The country released political activist Ahmed Maher, a leading figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail term. (AFP)
- Uganda: A group of lawmakers petitioned the International Criminal Court for an investigation into possible atrocities by security forces late last year. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The government asked a UN mission tasked with supervising the demobilization of FARC rebels to safeguard its neutrality, after video showed UN staff dancing with rebels at a New Year celebration. (Reuters)
- Haiti: The losers in the country’s presidential election insisted they will not recognize Jovenel Moise as the winner, calling the official result a political coup. (AFP)
- Mexico: Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores throughout the country. (AP)
- Region: The Indonesian defense ministry said relations with Australia would not be affected despite a suspension of military cooperation between the two countries. (DPA)
- Region: Swiss banker Jens Fred Sturzenegger was charged in Singapore in connection with the international corruption scandal involving Malaysian state fund 1MDB. (AFP)
- Region: South Korea called in Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong as diplomatic tensions grew over Seoul’s plan to deploy an advanced US missile defense system. (Yonhap)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea is speeding up plans for a “decapitation unit,” a brigade tasked with targeting North Korea’s “wartime command,” including leader Kim Jong Un. (CNN)
- Philippines: Security forces killed Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, the leader of a pro-Islamic State Muslim militant group. (AFP)
- Greece: A leader of the defunct leftist Revolutionary Struggle, Paula Roupa, was arrested in Athens after being on the run for over four years. (AFP)
- Turkey: Police detained a former chief executive of major Turkish conglomerate, Dogan Holding, in relation to ongoing coup investigations. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Police arrested several people over the Istanbul nightclub attack, as authorities tightened the country’s borders to prevent the fugitive killer from escaping. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: PM Theresa May will make a major speech later in JAN17 in an attempt to quell criticism the government is not yet clear on its negotiating objectives for exiting the EU. (Guardian)
- Region: Iran hit back at “unconstructive” Turkish allegations that Tehran’s allies were violating a fragile ceasefire in Syria, accusing rebels of breaking the truce. (AFP)
- Iraq: A car bomb tore through a Baghdad market, killing at least nine people in what appeared to be another attack by the Islamic State group. (AP)
- Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an offensive aimed at retaking towns still under the control of the Islamic State group in western areas near the border with Syria. (AFP)
- Israel: Police arrested two people for inciting violence on social media against three judges who convicted a soldier of manslaughter over shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker. (AFP)
- Syria: Turkey’s military said Turkish warplanes and artillery struck Islamic State targets in the country, ‘neutralizing’ 38 of the group’s militants. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Senator John McCain said Russia’s alleged cyber-attacks on US political organizations were an “act of war”. (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 (06JAN)
- India: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa to visit (to 12JAN)
- Iraq: Army Day
- Christianity: Epiphany