- AFRICA: At least five soldiers were killed in a surprise attack by Boko Haram Islamists on an army facility in the northeast Nigerian town of Buni Yadi.
- AMERICAS: Mexican officials said the suspect in the shooting of a US consular official in Guadalajara, Mexico is an American who will be deported back to his country.
- ASIA: China reiterated its opposition to any contacts between US officials and Taiwan’s government following a meeting between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
- EUROPE: The pound fell to its lowest level since OCT16 after PM Theresa May suggested the country was heading for a clean break from the EU.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran began three days of mourning after the death of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
- TECHNOLOGY: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said President-elect Donald Trump accepts the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber-attacks during the US presidential election and may take action in response.
- Egypt: A suicide truck bomb attack in Sinai kills at least eight police officers.
- A truck bomb attack on a checkpoint in the city of El-Arish in Egypt’s northern Sinai killed at least eight policemen.
- Police officials said a suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into the checkpoint and gunmen then opened fire on the security post.
- No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore all the hallmarks of Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate.
- The Sinai Province jihadist group, the most active insurgents, swore an oath of loyalty to IS in NOV14.
- Coverage: AFP, Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC
- The Gambia: A private, popular radio station, Paradise FM, was shut down by authorities, the fourth radio station ordered off air this month. (AFP)
- Ivory Coast: The country’s second-largest city Bouake was calm and military presence was gone, after a two-day soldiers’ mutiny took over the city and spread nationwide. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Five alleged Boko Haram suicide bombers died in explosions that killed at least three civilians in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AP)
- Nigeria: At least five soldiers were killed in a surprise attack by Boko Haram on an army facility in the northeast town of Buni Yadi. (AFP)
- Region: Mexican officials said the suspect in the shooting of a US consular official in Guadalajara, Mexico, is an American who will be deported back to his country. (AFP)
- Colombia: Peace talks between the government and ELN rebels will resume next week. (AFP)
- Colombia: French President Francois Hollande will visit a FARC demobilization center during his visit in late JAN17. (DW)
- Region: Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Nathan Law hit out at “violent attacks” by pro-China protesters at the city’s airport on his return from Taiwan. (AFP)
- Region: The Indian army says three civilian laborers were killed in a pre-dawn militant attack near the border with Pakistan in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (AP)
- Region: China reiterated its opposition to any contacts between US officials and Taiwan’s government following a meeting between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island’s President Tsai Ing-wen. (AP)
- Myanmar: UN human rights envoy Yanghee Lee began her 12-day visit amid reports of abuse of the Rohingya Muslim minority in a government security crackdown. (Reuters)
- Philippines: About a million and a half barefoot Christian Philippine devotees joined a procession in Manila for the Black Nazarene. (Reuters)
- Cyprus: President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, but the outcome is far from certain. (AFP)
- Portugal: Thousands paid their last respects to Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: The pound fell to its lowest level since OCT2016 after PM Theresa May suggested the country was heading for a clean break from the EU. (AP)
- United Kingdom: A strike on the London Underground caused major disruption for millions of passengers. (AFP)
- Iran: The country began three days of mourning after the death of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. (AFP)
- Iraq: Turkish Deputy PM Nurettin Canikli said Turkey reserves the right to take measures inside Iraq to defend itself against terror threats but would cease once such threats are removed. (Reuters)
- Israel: The UN Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” a truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, saying any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable. (Xinhua)
- Syria: President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on “everything” in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but no date had been set. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said President-elect Donald Trump accepts the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the US presidential election and may take action in response. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression One
- Location: 344 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
- Winds: 30 mph
- Movement: WNW at 5 mph
- 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 (10JAN)
- El Salvador: FMLN launches an all out attack on the government – 1981
- Gambia: Supreme court to hear incumbent President Yahya Jammeh’s appeal against election results
- Iran: P5+1 group to meet to discuss new US sanctions
- Kenya: Nairobi County government workers to strike
- Lithuania: Training Bridge 2017 military exercise to be held with Czech soldiers
- United States: President Barack Obama to give farewell speech in Chicago