- AFRICA: In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened to fight any peacekeepers sent by the African Union to halt political and ethnic violence.
- AMERICAS: President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of Venezuela’s National Assembly in polls earlier this month, said that fraud had marred the vote and is being investigated.
- ASIA: India successfully test fire a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8, from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of the western state of Goa.
- EUROPE: In Turkey, police arrested in Ankara two suspected suicide bombers linked to ISIS who were plotting an attack on New Year’s Eve in the capital.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three months of Russian air strikes in Syria have killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians.
- TECHNOLOGY: Chang Xiaobing, the head of China Telecom, one of the country’s big three telecommunications firms, formally resigned his posts after authorities announced he was under investigation.
- Iran: Iranian navy test fires missiles near US warships in Strait of Hormuz
- The US military said Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near US warships and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
- The accusation raises new tensions between the two nations following a landmark nuclear deal to limit Iran’s enrichment of uranium in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
- According to Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a US Central Command spokesman, the USS Harry S. Truman had the encounter while the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise in the area on Saturday.
- Iranian ships announced over maritime radio their intention to carry out the test 23 minutes before the missiles were fired.
- The missiles were not fired at the Truman and other ships, only near them.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NBC, USA Today
- Burkina Faso: New President Roch Marc Christian Kabore promised to initiate “fruitful social dialogue.” (Xinhua)
- Burundi: The African Union threatened to sanction the country’s rival factions if they failed to attend peace talks next month. (AFP)
- Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened to fight any peacekeepers sent by the African Union to halt political and ethnic violence. (DPA)
- Central African Republic: Voting got off to a slow start in key presidential and parliamentary elections, which people hope will usher in stability after years of sectarian bloodshed. (AFP)
- Mexico: Carlos Rosales Mendoza, the founder of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, has been killed. (BBC)
- Mexico: Officials said gunmen killed three men attending a funeral in Xalapa for a man who died in a shoot-out with police in a crime-plagued state. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of the National Assembly in polls earlier this month, said that fraud had marred the vote, and is being investigated. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: Amid tight security, polling stations opened for the country’s first-ever local body polls on party line nomination. (Xinhua)
- Cambodia: According to the country’s latest immigration report, the government deported 4,424 undocumented foreigners in 2015. (Xinhua)
- India: The country successfully testfired a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8, from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of the western state of Goa. (Xinhua)
- Korean Peninsula: Kim Yang-Gon, a top North Korean aide who oversaw relations with the South has died in a traffic accident, a loss seen as a setback for reconciliation efforts. (AFP)
- Region: EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger voiced fears the EU could fall apart under the pressure of rising populism. (AFP)
- Dagestan: One person was killed and 10 were wounded after a gunman opened fire at the ancient citadel in Derbent, an area of focus for recruiting by the Islamic State. (NYT)
- Russia: The Russian ruble is reaching record lows in the last trading session of the year, battered by declining oil prices. (AP)
- Turkey: Turkish police arrested in Ankara two suspected suicide bombers linked to ISIS who were plotting an attack on New Year’s Eve in the capital. (AFP)
- Bahrain: The country handed down sentences up to life in prison to 29 people found guilty of attempting to murder policemen in a bomb attack last year. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Saudi economic growth is set to slow further in 2016 after the OPEC heavyweight announced record deficits due to a slump in oil prices. (AFP)
- Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three months of Russian air strikes in the country killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Chang Xiaobing, the head of China Telecom, one of the country’s big three telecommunications firms, has formally resigned his posts after authorities announced he was under investigation. (AFP)
- 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 30DEC: 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 30DEC: 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 30DEC: 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 30DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31DEC)
- Global: New Year’s Eve
- Nigeria: Anniversary of the coup d’etat, lead by General Muhammadu Buhari, that overthrew President Shehu Shagari – 1983