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AFRICA: UN rights investigators reported that rebels in South Sudan killed at least 353 civilians in April last year, including people sheltering in a mosque, hospital and a UN base.
AMERICAS: At least 30 US food and agriculture companies and associations said they will push Congress to end the embargo on Cuba.
ASIA: The Sri Lankan elections commissioner said opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was elected president with 51.28 percent of the valid votes cast to Rajapaksa’s 47.58 percent.
EUROPE: Britain, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania urged Brussels to prepare an EU-wide plan to tackle Russia’s “propaganda campaign” amid tensions over Ukraine.
MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government said that US Secretary Kerry will meet with FM Zarif on 14JAN in Geneva ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks.
TECHNOLOGY: FTC Chairwoman Ramirez outlined concerns about inadequate security for the ‘Internet of things’ in a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show.
France: Charlie Hebdo killing suspects take hostage as police seal off area.
Brothers suspected in the terror attack were cornered with a hostage inside a printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele after hijacking a car in the early morning hours.
Interior Minister Cazeneuve confirmed that an operation was under way to “neutralize” the suspects.
French police identified a suspect in the shooting of a policewoman in Montrouge south of Paris, and have taken two people in his immediate circle into custody.
A senior Yemeni intelligence source said one of the suspects visited Yemen in 2011 and met the late al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki.
The head of MI5 warned on that militant Islamists in Syria were planning “mass casualty attacks” in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.
Region: Niger said it will not be involved in any attempt to retake the north-east town of Baga from Boko Haram. (BBC)
Mali: The country named Modibo Keita prime minister after Moussa Mara resigned under pressure from the president. (AFP)
South Sudan: UN rights investigators reported that rebels in the country killed at least 353 civilians in April last year, including people sheltering in a mosque, hospital and a UN base. (AFP)
Tanzania: The country’s top UN official said it must find an albino girl kidnapped last month, expressing “outrage” at a series of attacks on albinos. (AFP)
Cuba: Dissident leaders said that at least 30 political prisoners were released in the last 48 hours. (AFP)
Haiti: US officials said that Washington had been over ambitious in its plans to help the country in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. (AFP)
Mexico: State-owned oil company Pemex announced a decision to import petroleum from the US to improve production in its refineries amid opposition criticism. (EFE)
United States: At least 30 food and agriculture companies and associations said they will push Congress to end the embargo on Cuba. (AP)
China: A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker pledged to resign from Hong Kong’s legislature, triggering a by-election to allow residents to “vent their anger” at authorities. (AFP)
Indonesia: Officials said that search and rescue teams had detected pinging from the black box recorders of AirAsia Flight 8501. (NYT)
Pakistan: Police said they had shot dead four regional al-Qaeda militants including a senior leader in an encounter in Karachi. (AFP)
Sri Lanka: The country’s elections commissioner said opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was elected president with 51.28 percent of the valid votes cast to Rajapaksa’s 47.58 percent. (AP)
Thailand: Ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra launched her defense at the first hearing of impeachment proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years. (AFP)
Region: EU President Tusk said the EU’s next scheduled summit on 12FEB will focus on how to boost anti-terror efforts. (AFP)
Region: Britain, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania urged Brussels to prepare an EU-wide plan to tackle Russia’s “propaganda campaign” amid tensions over Ukraine. (AFP)
Germany: Analysts reported that falling industrial output and exports suggest the country’s current economic weakness is not yet over. (AFP)
Ukraine: Military officials said that separatists in the east have intensified their shelling of government positions ahead of peace talks expected in the coming week. (AP)
Iran: The government said that US Secretary Kerry will meet with FM Zarif on 14JAN in Geneva ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks. (AFP)
Saudi Arabia: Blogger Raef Badawi was flogged in public near a mosque in Jeddah, receiving 50 of 1000 total lashes for “insulting Islam”. (AFP)
Yemen: Security forces arrested five suspected al-Qaeda members accused of carrying out a car bomb attack on a police academy that killed 40 people. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: FTC Chairwoman Ramirez outlined concerns about inadequate security for the ‘Internet of things’ in a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show. (Mashable)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (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, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 22,796
Deaths as of 29DEC: 169 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases as of 05JAN: 945 (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 and the US)
Deaths as of 05JAN: 348 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JAN)
China and Africa Region: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to Kenya, Sudan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (to 17JAN)
India: UNSG Ban Kim-moon visits (to 13JAN)
India: US Sec. of State Kerry attends summit
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