- AFRICA: Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh announced he will step down from power to keep peace in his country.
- AMERICAS: Mexico expelled 91 Cuban migrants attempting to reach the United States.
- ASIA: Three Indonesian fishermen went missing in waters off the southern Philippines, an area that has seen repeated kidnappings for ransom by Islamist militants.
- EUROPE: Turkey saw three attacks on police and political offices in Istanbul, which are suspected to be the work of ultra-leftists.
- MIDDLE EAST: A US strike killed more than 100 Al-Qaeda fighters at a training camp in northwest Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Kremlin claims to have information about the involvement of foreign intelligence agencies in cyber-attacks on Russia’s government servers.
- Pakistan: Twenty-two killed by bombing in NW tribal region
- The explosion took place at a vegetable market in Parachinar city, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt.
- The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device hidden in a vegetable box.
- At least 50 people were wounded by the blast.
- The death toll is expected to rise.
- Two groups participated in the planning and carrying out of the attack: a faction of the Pakistani Taliban and Lashker-e-Jhangvi.
- A Taliban spokesman said they wanted to “teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad.”
- Sources: BBC, RFE/RL, AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua
- Cameroon: Three people were killed and four others wounded in an explosion in the north of the country. (Xinhua)
- Gambia: Leader Yahya Jammeh announced he will step down from power to keep peace in his country. (AFP)
- Libya: The US removed a former extremist stronghold in Libya from a list of combat zones where counterterrorism drone strikes are authorized without obeying rules intended to prevent civilian deaths. (NYT)
- Morocco: Security services busted a dangerous criminal gang specializing in robbery whose leader is an Islamic State sympathizer. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: At least six Al-Shabaab fighters and two government soldiers were killed and several others injured in heavy fighting in the south of the country. (Xinhua)
- Ecuador: A man accused of stealing an 86lb bucket of gold flakes worth USD 1.6M from a truck in New York has been detained by authorities. (BBC)
- Mexico: The country expelled 91 Cuban migrants whose aim of reaching the United States was thwarted by a sudden change in US policy. (AFP)
- Region: Three Indonesian fishermen went missing in waters off the southern Philippines, an area that has seen repeated kidnappings for ransom by Islamist militants. (AFP)
- Maldives: Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who faces jail time in his country, says he wants to return home to contest elections and guide the nation away from environmental catastrophe. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The army announced it will hand over an Indian soldier, who had crossed the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in Kashmir region in SEP16. (Xinhua)
- Sri Lanka: Authorities report that over 1 million people have been affected by severe drought, and warn the numbers could rise in the coming weeks due to less rainfall. (Xinhua)
- Austria: Police raided several addresses in Vienna and Lower Austria, and grilled a suspected Islamic extremist thought to have been planning an attack. (AFP)
- France: Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen predicts that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will have a domino effect across the bloc. (Reuters)
- Russia: Security forces in Dagestan province tracked down and killed two suspected militants. (AP)
- Turkey: There were a series of three attacks on police and political offices in Istanbul, which are suspected to be the work of ultra-leftists. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Two suspected militants blew themselves up in a confrontation with security forces in Jeddah. (Reuters)
- Syria: A US airstrike killed more than 100 Al-Qaeda fighters at a training camp in the northwest of the country. (AFP)
- Syria: A bomb blast struck the Rakban refugee camp near the border with Jordan, causing injuries and deaths. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The Kremlin claims to have information about the involvement of foreign intelligence agencies in cyber-attacks on Russia’s government servers. (Xinhua)
- 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 20JAN: 33 (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)
- Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
- Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 0
- Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
- Deaths as of 20JAN: 0
- Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 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 17JAN: 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 17JAN: 666 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 (22JAN)
- Bulgaria: Rumen Radev to be inaugurated Prime Minister
- Colombia: French President Hollande to visit (to 24JAN)
- France: First Socialist Party primary