- AFRICA: The mutinous soldiers withdrew from the streets of Ivory Coast’s second city, after the president announced a deal to meet their demands.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s national secretary of youth resigned after celebrating the deaths of inmates killed in prison uprisings.
- ASIA: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to remove a statue of a “comfort woman” that has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo’s wartime sex slavery.
- EUROPE: Turkish intelligence has identified the attacker who shot dead 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the Islamic State (IS) group.
- MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad’s main vegetable market, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens.
- TECHNOLOGY: The French Defense Minister said the military will boost its resources to defend against the risk of cyber attacks on civil infrastructure.
- Mexico: Authorities hunt for a gunman who shot a US consular official
- The attacker fired his gun at the official in his car in the city of Guadalajara.
- The attacker was disguised as a female nurse at the time of the attack.
- A video posted to Facebook by the US consulate shows the gunman following the official to his car.
- The shooting victim is a vice consul, and interviews visa applicants at the consulate.
- The vice consul is in stable condition at this time.
- The US Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a $20,000 reward for information about the shooter.
- Sources: NYT, WP, LAT, AFP, AP, Reuters
- Gambia: The United States warned its citizens against visiting the country, and told those there to considering leaving, citing the risk of unrest as President Yahya Jammeh digs in despite losing an election. (Reuters)
- Ivory Coast: The mutinous soldiers withdrew from the streets of the country’s second city, Bouake, after the president announced a deal to meet their demands for bonuses, pay rises, housing, and faster promotion. (AFP)
- Seychelles: The country’s founding president, James Mancham, who spent only a year in office before being ousted in a coup, died aged 77. (AFP)
- Somalia: African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali troops arrested a senior Al-Shabaab commander. (Xinhua)
- Brazil: The national secretary of youth resigned after celebrating the deaths of inmates killed in prison uprisings. (AP)
- Colombia: The United Nations is investigating more observers for taking part in a New Year’s Eve party at which leftist FARC rebels were present. (AFP)
- Mexico: A police operation to evict protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices left at least 15 people injured, including several federal police officers, and 70 detained. (EFE)
- Region: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to remove a statue of a “comfort woman” that has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo’s wartime sex slavery. (AFP)
- China: Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad, which will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, and the burning of wood and other biomass. (AP)
- North Korea: A defector has reported that Ri Yong-ho, the former chief of military general staff, was executed in 2012 after he was likely wiretapped and caught expressing grievances against the country’s leader. (Yonhap)
- Philippines: Police raided an Islamic center in Manila and briefly detained scores of people as part of heightened security before a major Catholic festival. (AFP)
- Germany: Domestic security chief Hans-Georg Maassen warned that the country’s radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralized, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations. (AFP)
- Turkey: Turkish intelligence has identified the attacker who shot dead 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the Islamic State (IS) group. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: The Red Cross reports that Britain’s health service is engulfed in a “humanitarian crisis” and has required the organization’s support transporting patients. (Reuters)
- Iraq: A suicide bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad’s main vegetable market, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens. (AFP)
- Israel: Police made seven arrests overnight following a protest against the manslaughter conviction of a soldier for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Police killed one of the two men who had planned a suicide bombing in July outside of the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The French Defense Minister said the military will boost its resources to defend against the risk of cyber attacks on civil infrastructure. (Reuters)
- 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 06JAN: 347,876 (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 06JAN: 150,385
- Deaths as of 06JAN: 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 05JAN: 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 05JAN: 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 05JAN: 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 (09JAN)
- Global: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to hold town hall meeting with UN staff
- Bangladesh: Ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to appear before court in Dhaka
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia’s Serbs’ “Statehood Day”
- Chad: Appeal of Former President Habre against his war crimes conviction to open in Dakar
- Macedonia: President Ivanov expected to appoint a Prime Minister
- Saudi Arabia: Lebanese President Michel Aoun to visit (to 10JAN)
- Syria: Russian officials to visit Turkey to discuss Astana peace talks