- AFRICA: The trial former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo opened at the International Criminal Court over post-election violence wracked his nation and left 3,000 dead.
- AMERICAS: Cuba welcomed the US lifting all financial restrictions on its exports and allowing official flights linking the two countries as “another step forward.”
- ASIA: Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou defied US criticism and visited an island in the disputed South China Sea, calling for peaceful development in the tense region.
- EUROPE: A European plan to ferry back refugees from the Greek islands to Turkey has been presented by the Netherlands, which currently holds the EU presidency.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will agree to a host of commercial deals during a visit to France in the clearest demonstration yet of the country’s post-sanctions buying power.
- TECHNOLOGY: A Kosovo man accused of hacking and passing personal information of American service members to the Islamic State appeared for the first time in a US court.
- Sweden: A plan to deport several thousand asylum-seekers announced.
- Interior Minister Anders Ygeman says Sweden could deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum-seekers in coming years.
- The plan is to return people either to their home countries or to the country through which they first applied for asylum under the so-called Dublin Regulation.
- Some 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, the highest per capita number in Europe.
- The government fears many of those will go into hiding and police are increasing their work to find and expel those.
- Sweden is one of the EU countries that has taken in the largest number of refugees in relation to its population.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Guardian, Reuters
- Ethiopia: Millions of Somalis face dire food shortages, with the UN warning of a break in deliveries that could leave huge numbers without life saving aid. (AFP)
- Ivory Coast: The trial former president Laurent Gbagbo opened at the International Criminal Court over post-election violence wracked his nation and left 3,000 dead. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Multiple suicide bombings have killed 15 civilians and one soldier and the toll is expected to rise among those critically wounded in the town of Chibok. (AP)
- Nigeria: The country’s Supreme Court has overturned the ruling of a lower court which nullified the election of the governor of the southern oil-rich state of Rivers. (AFP)
- Region: Cuba welcomed the US lifting all financial restrictions on its exports and allowing official flights linking the two countries as “another step forward.” (Xinhua)
- Haiti: Government supporters blocked a highway, demanding the presidential runoff election be held as soon as possible. (EFE)
- United States: Nineteen people from four states were arrested in connection with an international drug trafficking and illegal gambling ring. (AP)
- Region: Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou defied US criticism and visited an island in the disputed South China Sea, calling for peaceful development in the tense region. (AP)
- Region: South Korea’s defense ministry said it is closely watching a possible test-launch by North Korea of its long-range ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
- China: Another human H7N9 avian flu case has been confirmed in the east Zhejiang Province, several other provinces have also reported cases this winter. (Xinhua)
- Japan: The country’s Economy Minister Akira Amari says he is resigning over corruption allegations. (BBC)
- Region: NATO says alliance defense spending is moving in the “right direction,” though the US still accounts for almost three quarters of the alliance’s total defense expenditures. (AP)
- Region: A European plan to ferry back refugees from the Greek islands to Turkey has been presented by the Netherlands, which currently holds the EU presidency. (DPA)
- Montenegro: The government survived a confidence vote in parliament with support of an opposition party, but lost votes from its own coalition partner. (Xinhua)
- Russia: The country is to spend UDS 9.8B to tackle their financial crisis, economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev said. (AFP)
- Region: The US has requested NATO’s help in fighting Islamic State in the Middle East by providing surveillance planes called the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). (Reuters)
- Region: Iran said it strongly opposed moves by Saudi Arabia to allow “terrorists in a new mask” to sit down for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition. (Reuters)
- Iran: President Hassan Rouhani will agree to a host of commercial deals during a visit to France in the clearest demonstration yet of the country’s post-sanctions buying power. (AFP)
- Syria: A major Syrian opposition grouping was still awaiting clarifications from the UN as it met to decide participation in UN-brokered peace talks to begin within 24 hours. (AFP)
- Yemen: Al-Jazeera said their three-man news crew has been freed more than 10 days after being kidnapped in the flashpoint city of Taez. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A Kosovo man accused of hacking and passing personal information of American service members to the Islamic State appeared for the first time in a US court. (WP)
- 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 28JAN: 951 (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: 21
- Deaths as of 28JAN: 0 (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 28JAN: 1632 (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 28JAN: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JAN)
- Malaysia: Anniversary Malaysia officially declared the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident and its passengers and crew presumed dead – 2015