- AFRICA: Equatorial Guinea granted political asylum to Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
- AMERICAS: Panama is suspending its probe into the Panama Papers, the leak of a legal firm’s files on clients who stored assets in opaque offshore companies.
- ASIA: Drawing protest from Tokyo, South Korean Governor Kim Kwan-yong visited a pair of disputed islets claimed by Japan.
- EUROPE: Belgian police held seven people for questioning after raids in the Brussels region as part of an on-going counterterrorism operation.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia hailed Syrian peace talks held in Kazakhstan as a success and said more might be held in future.
- TECHNOLOGY: EU security commissioner Julian King says Europe faces a growing threat of cyber-attacks from criminals and those plotting to destabilize the 28-nation bloc politically.
- Somalia: Mogadishu hotel attack kills at least 15.
- At least 15 people were killed after a car bomb exploded and gunmen opened fire at a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
- A second truck exploded nearby 15 minutes later.
- Five attackers were killed by Somali security forces as police, security guards, and soldiers prevented the militants from penetrating the hotel building itself.
- Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Dozens of people, including lawmakers, were thought to have been staying at the targeted Dayah hotel at the time of the attack.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, Guardian, Reuters, USA Today
- Region: Two South Sudanese men affiliated with the country’s opposition were detained by Kenyan authorities and are at risk of being deported back to Juba. (AP)
- Region: Equatorial Guinea granted political asylum to Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh. (EFE)
- Nigeria: The Nigerian Turkish International College announced the rescuing of students and members of staff of the college who were kidnapped. (Xinhua)
- Nigeria: At least four people were killed in three attacks by suicide bombers in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AP)
- Region: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Mexico will help Chile fight the worst forest fires the South American country has seen. (Xinhua)
- Panama: The country is suspending its probe into the Panama Papers, the leak of a legal firm’s files on clients who stored assets in opaque offshore companies. (AFP)
- United States: President Donald Trump threatened to send in the “feds” if the city of Chicago failed to bring its rampant crime rate under control. (AFP)
- Region: Drawing protest from Tokyo, South Korean Governor Kim Kwan-yong visited a pair of disputed islets claimed by Japan. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: President Donald Trump told President Ashraf Ghani he would consider sending more American troops to halt the deterioration in the country’s security. (WSJ)
- India: The country issued a terror alert, warning of possible attacks by militants during Republic Day celebrations. (Xinhua)
- Myanmar: Human Rights Watch questioned the country’s repression on freedom of expression and urged steps to protect it. (IANS)
- Philippines: The Philippine government will ask the US to remove the leftist Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army from its list of terrorist organizations. (Xinhua)
- Region: The European Environment Agency says the continent is facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather because of climate change. (AP)
- Belgium: Belgian police held seven people for questioning after raids in the Brussels region as part of an on-going counterterrorism operation. (AFP)
- Cyprus: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he saw “no grounds” at present for a deal to reunify the island after weeks of talks. (AFP)
- Region: Israel warned its citizens to leave the Sinai Peninsula immediately, saying there is a “very high concrete threat” of a terrorist attack. (DPA)
- Iraq: Amnesty International said the country executed 31 men for their alleged role in the 2014 mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi army cadets by the Islamic State group. (AP)
- Kuwait: The country executed seven people, including a member of the ruling Al-Sabah family. (AFP)
- Syria: Russia hailed Syrian peace talks held in Kazakhstan as a success and said more might be held in future. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: EU security commissioner Julian King says Europe faces a growing threat of cyber-attacks from criminals and those plotting to destabilize the 28-nation bloc politically. (AFP)
- Communications: Russian authorities ordered the blocking of video website Dailymotion after a reality TV station complained of copyright infringement. (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 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 (26JAN)
- Australia: Australia Day – 1788
- India: Republic Day – 1950
- Tanzania: Agritech expo in Arusha (to 27JAN)
- Uganda: NRM Liberation Day – 1986