- AFRICA: The 27th Africa-France Summit closed in Mali, with participants adopting a global plan on fight against terrorism and other forms of violence.
- AMERICAS: The Colombian government and representatives from the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group held preliminary peace talks in Ecuador.
- ASIA: President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said he would impose martial law if the drug problem in his country became “very virulent.”
- EUROPE: Belgian police detained three people in a series of anti-terror raids in a Brussels suburb; they were later released without charge.
- MIDDLE EAST: A Germany-bound passenger flight from Oman landed in Kuwait over a bomb threat, but no explosives were found on board.
- TECHNOLOGY: Malawi’s largest media house resumed regular radio and television programming after the government had temporarily blocked their operations earlier in the week for unpaid taxes.
- Bahrain: Three Shiite men executed for the killing of three policemen
- These were the kingdom’s first executions since 2011.
- The executions were criticized by human rights groups and sparked outrage among opponents of the Sunni-ruled government. Activists allege that testimony used against the condemned men was obtained through torture.
- Bahrain’s public prosecution said the death sentences were carried out by firing squad early in the day.
- Hundreds of protesters took to the streets ahead of the executions. Protests and clashes continued Sunday despite a heavy presence of riot police deployed in predominantly Shiite areas.
- One police officer was injured when several people shot at a police patrol in Bani Jamra, west of the capital Manama.
- Sources: BBC, AFP, AP, Reuters, Al-Jazeera
- Region: The 27th Africa-France Summit closed in Mali, with participants adopting a global plan on fight against terrorism and other forms of violence. (Xinhua)
- Libya: An electricity blackout spread west from Tripoli, ultimately extending 560 miles to the border of Tunisia. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Gunmen kidnapped five students and two staff, including a Turkish national, from an international school in the southern state of Ogun. (Reuters)
- Uganda: Police re-arrested a traditional leader who is facing treason and other charges hours after he was granted bail by a court. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Fighting between rival gangs in a prison in the north of the country has left at least 10 more inmates dead; three of the victims were beheaded. (AP)
- Colombia: The Colombian government and representatives from the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group held preliminary peace talks in Ecuador. (DPA)
- Mexico: Authorities have arrested a member of the Honduran military wanted in connection with the 2016 murder of a prominent environmental activist. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Four Taliban militants and one police personnel were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Seven civilians were killed and two others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Nangarhar province. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he would impose martial law if the drug problem became “very virulent.” (Reuters)
- Belgium: Police detained three people in a series of anti-terror raids in a Brussels suburb; the men were later released without charge. (Reuters)
- Iceland: US President-elect Donald Trump plans to hold a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Iceland on his first foreign trip after he takes office. (AFP)
- Region: A Germany-bound passenger flight from Oman landed in Kuwait over a bomb threat, but no explosives were found on board. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: Spain’s King Felipe VI is in the country on an official state visit to meet with King Salman. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Shelling from Yemen killed a Saudi soldier on the kingdom’s southern border. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Malawi’s largest media house resumed regular radio and television programming after the government had temporarily blocked their operations earlier in the week for unpaid taxes. (DPA)
- 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 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 (16JAN)
- Algeria: Anniversary of In Amenas hostage crisis – 2013 (to 19JAN)
- Chile: Anniversary of civil war beginning – 1891
- El Salvador: Anniversary of Chapultepec Peace Accords signed, bringing an end to civil war – 1992
- Syria: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov to hold talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Geneva
- Ukraine: Next meeting of Contact Group in Minsk
- Ukraine: US Vice President Biden to meet with President Poroshenko
- United States: Martin Luther King Jr Day – 1983