- AFRICA: Germany decided to raise the number of troops deployed to Mali as part of a UN mission that is known as the world’s most dangerous.
- AMERICAS: President Obama used his farewell speech to outline threats to American democracy and press a more optimistic vision for a politically divided country.
- ASIA: China said it was committed to peace and stability in Asia, even as it sent an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Taiwan.
- EUROPE: Sources said senior UK government figures are convinced seven of the 11 judges will uphold the high court’s demand that PM Theresa May secure the consent of MPs and peers before triggering Brexit.
- MIDDLE EAST: A source in the Russian foreign ministry said talks on Syria’s political future will take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on 23JAN.
- TECHNOLOGY: According to a report from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Russia has targeted Sweden with a disinformation campaign, including fake news, to influence public opinion and decision-making in the Scandinavian country.
- United States: Memos implicate President-elect Trump with deep Russia ties.
- US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have spent months trying to substantiate claims that Russian operatives engaged in an extensive conspiracy with advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and company employees.
- Top US intelligence officials last week told President-elect Donald Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him.
- US spy chiefs also included memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative about alleged Kremlin operations to gather prejudicial information on Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
- Russia denied it has compromising material on Trump, calling a dossier of unverified allegations an “absolute fabrication” and an attempt to damage US-Russian relations.
- The raw memos were prepared by the former MI6 agent, whose investigations related to Trump were initially funded by groups and donors supporting Republican opponents of Trump during the GOP primaries.
- Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, CNN, WSJ, WSJ-2
- Central African Republic: Amnesty International said the lack of justice in the country is so acute that some victims are forced to live daily lives alongside their aggressors. (AP)
- DR Congo: Over two dozen people have been killed since the start of the year in clashes between government security forces and supporters of a slain tribal chief. (AFP)
- Mali: Germany decided to raise the number of troops deployed to the country as part of a UN mission that is known as the world’s most dangerous. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima said aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from funds meant to help those fleeing Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising and should leave the country. (AP)
- United States: President Obama used his farewell speech to outline threats to American democracy and press a more optimistic vision for a politically divided country. (WP)
- United States: Several retired military officers sent a joint letter to President-elect Trump urging him torture is unnecessary. (NYT)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro claimed he was the victim of a “coup” attempt and threatened his opponents would face “consequences.” (AFP)
- Region: China said it was committed to peace and stability in Asia, even as it sent an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Taiwan. (AP)
- Region: According to Amnesty International, human rights in Hong Kong have deteriorated rapidly in the past year, jeopardizing personal safety and freedom of expression. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Five United Arab Emirates officials were among 56 people killed in a string of Taliban bombings across Afghan cities. (AFP)
- Japan: The country is planning for Emperor Akihito to retire and be replaced by his eldest son on 01JAN2019. (AFP)
- France: Hospitals are being stretched to their limits by a major flu epidemic sweeping the country. (AFP)
- Italy: PM Paolo Gentiloni underwent an emergency angioplasty after feeling ill, but is now recovering. (Reuters)
- Turkey: An offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party claimed responsibility for last week’s car bomb attack at a western checkpoint in Izmir. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Police arrested 60 businessmen for suspected ties to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating the July coup. (AP)
- United Kingdom: Sources said senior government figures are convinced seven of the 11 judges will uphold the high court’s demand that PM Theresa May secure the consent of MPs and peers before triggering Brexit. (Guardian)
- Region: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said ties with Saudi Arabia were recovering, after Riyadh canceled USD 3B of military aid to Beirut last year. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Counter-Terrorism Service spokesman Sabah al-Noman said Iraqi forces have retaken at least 80 per cent of east Mosul from the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Jordan: King Abdullah II replaced Maj. Gen. Atef al-Saudi in the wake of deadly shootings with Maj. Gen. Ahmad Fatih as head of public security. (AP)
- Syria: A source in the Russian foreign ministry said talks on the country’s political future will take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on 23JAN. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: According to a report from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Russia has targeted Sweden with a disinformation campaign, including fake news, to influence public opinion and decision-making in the Scandinavian country. (Guardian)
- 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 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 (12JAN)
- China: General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong to visit (to 15JAN)
- Colombia: Peace talks between the government and the ELN rebels will resume in Quito, Ecuador
- Cyprus: Greece, Turkey, and the UK to join Cyprus peace talks on security
- Haiti: Anniversary of 7.0 earthquake in Haiti – 2010
- Philippines: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit Manila and Davao City (to 13JAN)
- Tanzania: Zanzibar Revoutionary Day – 1964