- AFRICA: In Nigeria, the Boko Haram insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school, the UN children’s agency reported, heightening fears of further radicalization.
- AMERICAS: On the heels of alleged electoral irregularities, Haiti has pushed back next week’s presidential runoff, without immediately announcing a new date.
- ASIA: In China, prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been released from detention after receiving a suspended jail sentence.
- EUROPE: Over one million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe by land and sea this year, the International Organization for Migration says.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces advanced into the center of Ramadi, which has been under the control of Islamic State group jihadists since May.
- TECHNOLOGY: China donated a traffic control system and police equipment against internet-related crimes to the Cambodian National Police.
- Afghanistan: Britain to provide troops to prevent further Taliban conquest.
- Britain said it had sent military personnel to the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand following reports that the district capital Sangin was on the verge of falling to Taliban forces.
- Britain’s Ministry of Defense said British troops were to help local forces, but would not take any combat role and would only provide advisory support.
- The development came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed six US troops near a Kabul base — the deadliest attack on Americans in the country since August.
- The Helmand governor and police dismissed Taliban reports that it now controlled it as “totally false”.
- Helmand has proved to be the deadliest province for NATO troops fighting in the country and the toll rose on Monday with the death of six US troops in a suicide attack near Bagram airport.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Independent, Reuters
- Burundi: The country’s security forces systematically killed dozens of people during violent repression in the capital Bujumbura on 11DEC, Amnesty International says. (BBC)
- Djibouti: The government said nine people were wounded when gunmen attacked security forces, but an opposition party said 19 people were killed in the clashes. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The Boko Haram insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school, the UN children’s agency reported, heightening fears of further radicalization. (AFP)
- South Sudan: Ceasefire monitors welcomed the first meeting of rebel and government representatives in the capital Juba, aimed at ending the civil war. (AFP)
- Region: The Panama Canal expansion will be complete by April 2016, according to the Panama Canal Authority. (Xinhua)
- Haiti: On the heels of alleged electoral irregularities, the country has pushed back next week’s presidential runoff, without immediately announcing a new date. (AFP)
- Panama: The nation’s Supreme Court ordered the detention of former President Ricardo Martinelli to face charges that he illegally spied on opponents. (AP)
- Region: Japan said it spotted for the first time an armed Chinese coast guard ship near islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute between both countries. (AP)
- China: Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been released from detention after receiving a suspended jail sentence. (BBC)
- China: The nation called for more international cooperation in fighting terrorism to avoid incidents like the downing of a Russian plane last month. (Xinhua)
- Indonesia: The nation is punishing more than 20 companies in an unprecedented move for starting deadly forest fires that killed 19 people, a government official said. (AFP)
- Region: Over one million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe by land and sea this year, the International Organization for Migration says. (BBC)
- Bosnia: Police have detained 11 people suspected of links with the Islamic State group and its militants fighting in Syria and Iraq. (AP)
- Russia: Russian investigators raided the apartments of employees of Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia group. (AFP)
- Turkey: Turkish police killed two female “terrorists” in a pre-dawn raid on a cell of suspected militants in Istanbul. (AFP)
- Iraq: The nation and China are going to establish a strategic partnership during the on-going visit by Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to China. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Iraqi security forces advanced into the center of Ramadi, which has been under the control of Islamic State group jihadists since May. (AFP)
- Syria: The next round of talks aimed at easing the violence in the country will be held at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva early next year, a UN spokesman said. (AFP)
- Yemen: A fresh bout of deadly fighting and air strikes hit the country, despite an extended ceasefire that was supposed to come into force overnight. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China donated a traffic control system and police equipment against internet-related crimes to the Cambodian National Police. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 607,961 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 35,019
- Deaths as of 22DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 22DEC: 1621 (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 22DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23DEC)
- Japan: Emperor’s Birthday – 1948
- Russia and India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a state visit to Russia