- AFRICA: The Ivory Coast announced a deal to end a standoff with soldiers who staged a mutiny last week.
- AMERICAS: The governor of the Minas Gerais State in Brazil declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of yellow fever that appears to have killed at least 10 people so far.
- ASIA: The Afghan army raided a Taliban hideout in Herat province and destroyed a cache of weapons.
- EUROPE: Turkish authorities arrested two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin for suspected links to the mass shooting in an Istanbul night club on New Year’s Eve.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces have secured a portion of Mosul University since they entered the campus on Friday morning.
- TECHNOLOGY: Users of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp are vulnerable to privacy breaches due to the way the the encryption is implemented.
- Russia: Trump suggested he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia
- In an interview with the Wall Street Journal the President-elect said he would keep intact sanctions against Russia “at least for a period of time.”
- Trump said: “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
- Trump told the newspaper he is prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin some time after he is sworn in on 20JAN.
- Trump also aid he refuses to commit to the “one China” policy until he sees progress from Beijing in its currency and trade practices.
- Sources: WSJ, CNN, AFP, Reuters
- Gambia: The African Union has said it will no longer recognise President Yahya Jammeh as the country’s leader starting 19JAN, when his term ends. (BBC)
- Ivory Coast: The country announced a deal to end a standoff with soldiers who staged a mutiny last week. (AP)
- South Sudan: Samantha Power, the departing US ambassador to the UN announced that the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is operating under the “worst situation” she has seen. (Kyodo)
- Brazil: The governor of the Minas Gerais State declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of yellow fever that appears to have killed at least 10 people so far. (NYT)
- Cuba: The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce met with Cuban President Raul Castro and in separate meetings with members of Castro’s economic cabinet, as they prepare for the advent of a more hostile Trump administration next week. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: The country started a civil-military drill to strengthen its defenses against potential foreign threats. (Xinhua)
- Region: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country will work together with Australia to ensure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal comes into force. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: Afghan security forces arrested the person who was in charge of financial affairs of al-Qaeda group in Nangarhar province. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The Afghan army raided a Taliban hideout in Herat province and destroyed a cache of weapons. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: Abu Sayyaf militants released a South Korean captain and a Filipino crewman who they abducted and have held for three months. (AFP)
- Thailand: An Air Force combat fighter crash-landed during a flight show, killing the pilot. (Xinhua)
- Region: Serbia has launched a railway service to Serb-dominated northern Kosovo despite protests from the government in Pristina which called it a provocation and an aggressive violation of its sovereignty. (AP)
- Turkey: Authorities arrested two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin for suspected links to the mass shooting in an Istanbul night club on New Year’s Eve. (Reuters)
- Turkey: The Turkish parliament has temporarily suspended a pro-Kurdish lawmaker for saying the word “genocide” during heated discussions on changes to the constitution. (AFP)
- Iraq: Iraqi forces have secured less than a quarter of Mosul University since they entered the campus on the morning of 13JAN. (AP)
- Syria: An aid group says a South African has been abducted by armed men in Syria near the Turkish border. (AP)
- Syria: Air strikes on a rebel-held town in the northwestern town of Maarat Masrin killed eight people; most were civilians. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Users of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp are vulnerable to privacy breaches due to the way the the encryption is implemented. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 152km SW of Nadi, Fiji
- Magnitude: 6.1
- Depth: 10.0 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 13JAN: 349,936 (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 13JAN: 152,250
- Deaths as of 13JAN: 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 (15JAN)
- Israel and the Palestinian Territories: France to convene Middle East peace conference in Paris
- Kyrgyzstan: New Constitutional amendments to take effect
- Palestinian Territories: Moscow to host Palestinian reconciliation talks
- South Africa: United Nations World Data Forum to be held in Cape Town (to 18JAN)
- South Korea: Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to return to Seoul
- Switzerland: Chinese President Xi to visit (to 18JAN)
- Ukraine: US Vice President Biden to visit to meet with President Poroshenko