AFRICA: The South Sudanese government and main armed groups signed a ceasefire agreement during peace talks in Ethiopia.
AMERICAS: In Peru, Congress voted not to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over alleged corruption.
ASIA: Japan approved a record defense budget, with money earmarked for missile defense systems and weapons that could be used in pre-emptive strikes against North Korea.
EUROPE: British FM Boris Johnson will tell Russian FM Sergei Lavrov that there can be no “business as usual” until Moscow stops “destabilizing” Europe.
MIDDLE EAST: The US has “disqualified” itself from the Middle East peace process due to its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
TECHNOLOGY: Russian hackers pursued journalists with the same gusto as when they went after US politicians and intelligence figures, an AP investigation found.
Peru: President Kuczynski avoids impeachment.
Congress in Peru has voted not to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over alleged corruption.
After hours of debate, the president’s opponents could summon only 78 votes to remove, instead of the 89 needed.
What may have swayed the result was the president’s tough stance, announced the night before, that if he was impeached, neither of this two vice-presidents would fill his shoes, effectively forcing new elections.
His detractors argued Kuczynski committed perjury by stating that he had no professional ties to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
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Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Cases as of 15DEC: 123,081 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deaths as of 15DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
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