- AFRICA: Egyptian officials say Omar bin Laden, son of the former leader of al-Qaida Osama bin Laden, has been denied entry to the country and was deported to Turkey.
- AMERICAS: Canadian police raided cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by the prime minister that recreational marijuana is not yet legal.
- ASIA: Five female Afghan guards working in an airport in Kandahar were killed by unknown gunmen as they were on their way to work.
- EUROPE: Polish police broke up a blockade of exits from the parliament by protesters who said ruling party lawmakers had violated the constitution.
- MIDDLE EAST: An agreement was reached to allow the resumption of civilian and rebel evacuations from eastern Aleppo.
- TECHNOLOGY: President Obama has put Russia’s Vladimir Putin on notice that the US could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the US presidential election.
- Turkey: Thirteen soldiers killed by car bomb
- The car bomb hit a bus transporting off-duty military personnel in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.
- In addition to the 13 troops killed, 55 others, some civilian, were injured in the attack.
- There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak likened the attack to last Saturday’s bombings which were claimed by an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
- Sources: WSJ, WP, USA, Reuters, AP
- Egypt: Security officials at Cairo International Airport say Omar bin Laden, son of the former leader of al-Qaida Osama bin Laden, has been denied entry to the country and was deported to Turkey. (AP)
- Somalia: The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has instituted internal investigations a into fatal road accident involving one of its police vehicles, which resulted in the death of a civilian. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the country for a year, demanding an end to the fighting as the war entered its fourth year. (AFP)
- Brazil: A judge accepted to open a fresh trial against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on charges of influence-peddling, money laundering and criminal association. (EFE)
- Canada: Police in Montreal raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Canada. (AFP)
- Mexico: Armed residents of a community in southern Mexico released 20 suspected criminals they had taken captive in a standoff with a local drug gang leader who they accused of kidnapping and extorting townsfolk. (AP)
- Peru: The centrist government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has rejected a new request to free imprisoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori. (Reuters)
- Region: China and the United States are using military channels to handle the seizure by the Chinese navy of a US underwater drone in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Five female Afghan guards working in an airport in Kandahar were killed by unknown gunmen as they were on their way to work. (Reuters)
- China: Beijing’s city government ordered 1,200 factories to shut or cut output after authorities issued the highest possible air pollution alert. (Reuters)
- France: Police made three arrests upon discovering a suspected weapons trove for the Basque militant group ETA in southern France. (AP)
- France: An anti-terrorist judge has charged three more men suspected of helping to arm the extremist who crushed 86 people to death with a truck in Nice. (AFP)
- Poland: Police forcefully broke up an hours-long blockade of exits from the parliament by protesters who said ruling party lawmakers violated the constitution by illegally passing the budget for next year. (Reuters)
- Iraq: The battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group is leaving a legacy of environmental damage and health risks that will pose dangers to residents for years to come. (AFP)
- Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israel handed Palestinian authorities the bodies of seven Palestinians killed carrying out attacks, or during clashes or arrests over a period spanning six months. (AFP)
- Syria: An agreement was reached to allow humanitarian cases to leave two besieged government-held Shiite villages in northwestern Syria, a step that would allow the resumption of civilian and rebel evacuations from eastern Aleppo. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: President Obama has put Russia’s Vladimir Putin on notice that the US could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the US presidential election. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 60km E of Taron, Papua New Guinea
- Magnitude: 8.0
- Depth: 73.4 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 16DEC: 319,841 (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 16DEC: 121,801
- Deaths as of 16DEC: 133
- 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 11DEC: 1,842 (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 11DEC: 652 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 15DEC: 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 15DEC: 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 15DEC: 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 (18DEC)
- Global: International Migrants Day – 2000
- Iraq: Anniversary of withdrawal of US troops – 2011
- Ivory Coast: Parliamentary elections
- Niger: Republic Day – 1958
- Qatar: National Day – 2007