- AFRICA: In Ivory Coast, President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes after a two-day military mutiny that spread unrest across the nation.
- AMERICAS: Haitian interim president Jocelerme Privert called for the signing of a social pact for development, saying instability is enemy number one of the Caribbean country.
- ASIA: President Xi Jinping will become the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, as China seeks a greater role in global affairs.
- EUROPE: German domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen said Germany should be able to counter hacking attempts with its own cyberattacks.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran is ready to “participate in bilateral talks” with Saudi Arabia about the 2017 hajj pilgrimage.
- TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange insisted the leaked Democratic Party material they published before the US presidential election did not come from the Russian government.
- Iran: Iranians flock to Tehran for former President Rafsanjani’s funeral.
- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians turned out in the capital, Tehran, for the funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
- Rafsanjani will be buried in the mausoleum of his ally, the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
- Rafsanjani’s pragmatic policies of economic liberalization and better relations with the West attracted fierce supporters and equally fierce critics during his life.
- Rafsanjani critics paint a dark picture of a man who is largely responsible for Iran’s current economic standing and poor human rights record.
- Coverage: BBC, Reuters, USA Today, VOA
- Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes after a two-day military mutiny that spread unrest across the nation. (Reuters)
- Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta approved a law requiring backup plans for an AUG17 election if electronic voting systems fail. (Reuters)
- Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni appointed his son as his senior adviser, a move analysts said was part of a plan to groom him to take over the top job. (Reuters)
- Haiti: Interim president Jocelerme Privert called for the signing of a social pact for development, saying instability is enemy number one of the Caribbean country. (EFE)
- United States: Bomb threats targeted Jewish community centers in at least six states, according to an official with the Jewish Federations of North America. (AP)
- Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers sought to trigger early elections by passing a key censure motion against President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)
- Region: South Korea’s Acting President and PM Hwang Kyo Ahn called to avoid worsening relations with Japan in the wake of a row over a “comfort women” statue. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: At least seven people were killed when a suicide bomber carried out an attack in the southern Helmand province. (AP)
- China: President Xi Jinping will become the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, as the country seeks a greater role in global affairs. (AFP)
- Thailand: PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s office requested changes to a draft constitution to ensure his royal powers. (Reuters)
- Germany: , German domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen said the country should be able to counter hacking attempts with its own cyberattacks. (DPA)
- Germany: Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has decided to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in this year’s election. (AFP)
- Greece: A police officer was injured after a gunman opened fire outside the main offices of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement in Athens. (AP)
- Iceland: The country is set to get a new government comprising three parties, ending an impasse since the OCT16 elections. (DPA)
- Region: Iran is ready to “participate in bilateral talks” with Saudi Arabia about the 2017 hajj pilgrimage. (AP)
- Region: Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who attacked them with a knife during an overnight operation to arrest suspected militants. (AFP)
- Iraq: A military spokesman said Iraqi forces continue to advance in Mosul but are being slowed by Islamic State’s tactic of using civilians for cover. (Reuters)
- Syria: Nineteen Islamic State terrorists were killed and 367 terrorist targets were hit in Al-Bab of northern Syria by military operations in the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange insisted the leaked Democratic Party material they published before the US presidential election did not come from the Russian government. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression One
- Location: 8 NM NE of Mactan, Philippines
- Winds: 25 mph
- Movement: WNW at 8 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 188km SSE of Tabiauan, Philippines
- Magnitude: 7.3
- Depth: 612.7 km
- 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 09JAN: 1,879 (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 09JAN: 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 (11JAN)
- Cyprus: North and South Cyprus leaders to meet in Geneva to discuss maps of federal zones as part of peace talks
- Morocco: Independence Manifesto Day – 1944
- Poland: Parliament to resume; opposition sit-in inside parliament to end
- Russia: Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko in charge of economic relations to visit (to 12JAN)
- Russia: PACE delegation led by President Pedro Agramunt to visit Moscow (to 13JAN)
- United States: President-elect Trump to hold press conference