- AFRICA: Mauritian PM Sir Anerood Jugnauth handed over power to his son Pravind despite anger from the opposition which has called for new elections in the island nation.
- AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to join forces to encourage economic integration in North America.
- ASIA: China urged the administration of US President Donald Trump to respect the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue.
- EUROPE: Greece’s Supreme Court postponed an expected ruling on whether to extradite eight Turkish soldiers sought by Ankara over the JUL2016 failed coup attempt.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to visit the White House in FEB2017 in hopes of forging a “common vision” for the region.
- TECHNOLOGY: Donald Trump’s “running war” on the media is continuing into his presidency, calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted.
- Syria: Peace talks between government and rebels begin in Astana.
- Fresh peace talks aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict have begun in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
- Osama Abo Zayd, a rebel media representative to the talks, said the scope of the negotiations is limited to strengthening the ceasefire.
- Opposition spokesman Yahya al-Aridi said the rebels had opted out of the first session of face-to-face negotiations, accusing the government of Bashar al-Assad of violating the 30DEC truce deal brokered by Russia and Turkey.
- Russia believes the talks can be more productive than previous efforts led by the UN, because the military balance has changed and the negotiations are between the Syrian government and fighters, rather than with political leaders representing the opposition but often living outside Syria.
- Further rounds of talks will seek to achieve a final settlement by the end of 2017 that includes a power-sharing government, a new constitution and elections.
- Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Guardian
- Cameroon: A top general in charge of the country’s fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram died in an accidental helicopter crash on a patrol mission. (AP)
- Egypt: The Egyptian army said assailants killed five soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)
- Mauritius: PM Sir Anerood Jugnauth handed over power to his son Pravind despite anger from the opposition which has called for new elections in the island nation. (AFP)
- Tanzania: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President John Magufuli, and was expected to push for the closure of schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. (AP)
- Region: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to join forces to encourage economic integration in North America. (Reuters)
- Region: Protesters took control of one of the busiest crossings on the US-Mexican border to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes. (AP)
- Mexico: A mass grave discovered in the northern city of Garcia almost a year ago contains the remains of 56 people. (Reuters)
- United States: US counterintelligence agents investigated communications that President Donald Trump’s national security adviser had with Russian officials, according to close sources. (WSJ)
- Region: China urged the administration of US President Donald Trump to respect the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue. (Kyodo)
- China: The country offered to assume global leadership if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said, after US President Donald Trump pledged to put “America first” in his first speech. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: The country’s deputy defence chief urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP)
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the offer of Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to resign following revelations surrounding the death of a Korean businessman. (CNN)
- Region: Greece’s Supreme Court postponed an expected ruling on whether to extradite eight Turkish soldiers sought by Ankara over the JUL2016 failed coup attempt. (AFP)
- Region: The EU should seek a new deal with the US as the free trade agreement has failed, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said. (Reuters)
- Austria: Austrian authorities are treating a recently arrested teenager as a potentially dangerous radical with connections to the Islamic State group. (AP)
- Turkey: Dozens of officers and soldiers have gone on trial in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in JUL2016. (AP)
- Israel: Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat says the Trump administration is “serious” and committed to moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (AP)
- Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to visit the White House in FEB2017 in hopes of forging a “common vision” for the region. (AP)
- Kuwait: The Kuwait Oil Company says contained an oil leak at its southwestern al-Maqwa oil field. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China has announced a campaign to crack down on devices such as virtual private networks used to evade strict censorship. (AFP)
- Communications: Donald Trump’s “running war” on the media is continuing into his presidency, calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted. (AP)
- 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 (24JAN)
- Japan: Defense Ministry’s 1st satellite to be launched
- Somalia: Possible presidential elections
- United Kingdom: Supreme court to deliver ruling on whether PM May can begin process of leaving the EU without parliament’s assent