- AFRICA: The Egyptian state prosecutor has ordered that the remains of victims from the crash of EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo be handed over to relatives.
- AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government extended the use of its 100-bolivar bill until 02JAN, after its decision to pull the banknote out of circulation left the country short of cash, and sparked protests and looting.
- ASIA: Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he used fentanyl, a powerful narcotic painkiller, prompting concern about his health.
- EUROPE: Four armed bandits were killed and two others wounded in a shootout following an attack on police in the capital of the Chechnya region of Russia.
- MIDDLE EAST: The head of the IAEA confirmed that Iran has shown commitment to the deal on its nuclear program agreed to with world powers.
- TECHNOLOGY: Romanian nationals accused of operating a cyber fraud scheme infecting at least 60,000 computers and stealing at least $4 million have been indicted by US prosecutors.
- Yemen: Suicide bombing kills 49 in Aden
- The incident took place as the soldiers gathered to collect their salaries.
- Officials state that the bomber immersed himself in the crowd of soldiers at Al-Solban base in Al-Arish district, before detonating his explosives.
- The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which also injured more than 50 people.
- The bombing follows a near identical attack at the base earlier in the week, in which 48 soldiers were killed. That attack was also claimed by the Islamic State,
- Sources: WSJ, WP, BBC, AP, Reuters, Xinhua
- Region: Mali’s president said he could let Burkina Faso forces pursue jihadist fighters when they flee across the border into his country, days after militants massacred 12 Burkinabe soldiers. (AFP)
- DR Congo: The country’s main opposition bloc announced it is not planning to march against President Joseph Kabila when his mandate expires on Monday. (Reuters)
- Egypt: The state prosecutor has ordered that the remains of victims from the crash of EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo be handed over to relatives. (AFP)
- Gambia: ECOWAS leaders called on President Yahya Jammeh to step down next month when his term ends. (AFP)
- Libya: Unity government leader Fayez al-Sarraj officially announced the end of military operations in Sirte, which has been fully liberated from Islamic State group forces. (AFP)
- Brazil: Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva criticized the new corruption case brought against him; the fourth of its kind. (Reuters)
- Ecuador: President Rafael Correa named a new Minister of Finance, to replace the previous one who stepped down for health reasons this week. (Xinhua)
- Venezuela: The government extended the use of its 100-bolivar bill until 02JAN, after its decision to pull the banknote out of circulation left the country short of cash, and sparked protests and looting. (AP)
- Afghanistan: The Afghan army killed a total of six militants in operations across the country this weekend. (Xinhua)
- New Zealand: The country’s new prime minister, Bill English, announced his cabinet, introducing four new faces. (Reuters)
- North Korea: The UN Security Council lifted sanctions on five ships that were blacklisted in March for ties to the country’s arms trade. (Reuters)
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte’s admitted that he used fentanyl, a powerful narcotic painkiller, prompting concern about his health. (AFP)
- Croatia: Police discovered 62 migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, many in poor health, crammed inside a van. (DPA)
- Poland: President Andrzej Duda is reportedly meeting with opposition party leaders in an attempt to solve a political crisis, as anti-government protests continue. (AP)
- Russia: Four armed bandits were killed and two others wounded in a shootout following an attack on police in the capital of the Chechnya region. (AFP)
- Iran: The head of the IAEA confirmed that Iran has shown commitment to the deal on its nuclear program agreed to with world powers. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Human Rights Watch alleges that pro-government tribal militiamen summarily executed four men suspected of being members of the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Saudi King Salman in what likely will be his last visit as America’s top diplomat. (AP)
- Syria: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg defended the alliance’s decision to refrain from stepping into the war in Syria, saying doing so would only make matters worse. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Romanian nationals accused of operating a cyber fraud scheme infecting at least 60,000 computers and stealing at least $4 million have been indicted by US prosecutors. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 29 km SE of Ngulu, Micronesia
- Magnitude: 6.5
- Depth: 29 km
- Earthquakes: 83 km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 39.1 km
- Earthquakes: 169 km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 35.9 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 (19DEC)
- Belgium: NATO-Russia Council (NRC) to meet in Brussels to discuss European security and the Ukraine conflict
- Hong Kong: Anniversary of the signing of the Sino-British Join Declaration – 1984
- Myanmar: Emergency ASEAN meeting to be held in Yangon to discuss Rohingya crisis
- Poland: Term of Andrzej Rzepliński as President of Constitutional Tribunal to end
- United States: California working group to meet to discuss marijuana banking
- United States: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to visit to attend meeting of UN Security Council in New York