- AFRICA: In Nigeria, scores of injured people were airlifted for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers.
- AMERICAS: US President Obama commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world.
- ASIA: A Chinese official has admitted his province falsified its economic data for years, partially confirming long-held suspicions China has been cooking the books.
- EUROPE: Germany is aiming to hold this year’s general election on 24SEP.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces have retaken the entire eastern side of Mosul from the Islamic State group.
- TECHNOLOGY: App stores in China must register with the state, a government statement said, as China tightens its control over the Internet.
- The Gambia: President Jammeh’s term extended as uncertainty rises.
- The Gambian National Assembly extended President Yahya Jammeh’s term for three months with immediate effect.
- Jammeh declared a state of emergency after refusing to admit defeat in last month’s elections.
- Jammeh said the state of emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the Supreme Court considered his legal challenge to December’s election result.
- Jammeh’s opponent in the election, Adama Barrow, who has the overwhelming support of Gambians and international leaders, is forging ahead with plans for an inauguration ceremony on 19SEP.
- Thousands of Gambians are fleeing the country or sending their children abroad, afraid that the regional organization ECOWAS will make good on its promise to resort to force to remove Jammeh if necessary.
- British tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating nearly 1,000 holidaymakers out of fear of rising uncertainty.
- Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, NYT, Guardian, Reuters
- Mali: A suicide bomb attack on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in the northern city Gao killed 37 fighters. (AFP)
- Mali: Human Rights Watch said the Malian government is failing to protect civilians in its northern and central regions from Islamic extremists. (AP)
- Nigeria: Scores of injured people were airlifted for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers. (AFP)
- Honduras: Journalist Igor Padilla was shot dead in San Pedro Sula, becoming the 69th member of the media killed in the violence-plagued country since 2003. (AFP)
- Mexico: The Zetas drug cartel claimed responsibility for the nightclub shooting that killed five people in the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors’ office in Cancun, killing four people. (AP)
- United States: President Obama commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. (NYT)
- Region: China urged the US not to allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Reuters)
- Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met with representatives of Pacific Islands nations, for talks focused on pursuing mutually beneficial cooperation. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Up to six militants of the Islamic State group were killed and four others wounded during an Afghan army operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Xinhua)
- China: A Chinese official has admitted his province falsified its economic data for years, partially confirming long-held suspicions the world’s second largest economy has been cooking the books. (AFP)
- Philippines: Philippine government troops captured three suspected Islamic State sympathizers in South Cotabato, a province in southern Mindanao. (Xinhua)
- Region: Japan pressed Britain and the EU to limit the effect of Britain’s exit from the bloc on Japanese firms. (Kyodo)
- Region: Greece said progress had been made on Cyprus talks, but urged Turkey to drop ‘aggressive rhetoric’ to reach a deal. (Reuters)
- Germany: The German government is aiming to hold this year’s general election on 24SEP. (AP)
- Russia: The country extended a residence permit for Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret US National Security Agency documents, by “a couple of years.” (AP)
- Turkey: Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said the capture of the Istanbul nightclub attack suspect will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group’s operations in the country. (AP)
- Iraq: Iraqi forces have retaken the entire eastern side of Mosul from the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Israel: An Israeli policeman and his accused attacker died during clashes over an operation to demolish homes in the southern Arab Israeli Umm al-Hiran village. (AP)
- Syria: The Syrian government and opposition have picked their delegations for peace talks due to start next week, sources from both sides said. (DPA)
- Syria: Fierce clashes gripped the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as the Islamic State group set tires ablaze to create a smokescreen from regime warplanes. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: App stores in China must register with the state, a government statement said, as China tightens its control over the Internet. (AFP)
- 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 (19JAN)
- Gambia: Mandate of President Yahya Jammeh to end