AFRICA: UN experts warned that Sudan’s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence raged at an alarming level.
AMERICAS: Brazil’s environment Minister Teixeira said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930.
ASIA: Indian police said cameraman Ishwar Chandra Behera passed on information about the country’s missile activities to Pakistan’s intelligence community
EUROPE: Pro-Russian rebels rejected a previously signed peace deal and launched a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops.
MIDDLE EAST: Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral Kirby said IS militants in Iraq have lost one-percent of their territory after five months of airstrikes.
TECHNOLOGY: Global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos voiced concerns of the global economic impact the potential breakup of the internet would have.
Saudi Arabia: Continuity of relations expected as King Salman succeeds to the throne.
Analysts in Tehran argued that the change in Saudi leadership will not result in a change in hostilities or tensions between the two regional power rivals.
Western analysts said that the US will navigate the leadership succession very carefully while continuing its attempts to improve ties with Iran.
King Salman acted quickly to clarify the top tier of the Saudi hierarchy, seeking to project stability and resolve while the country faces challenges on multiple fronts.
King Salman’s first public remarks were designed to send a reassuring message of stability. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech on state TV.
World leaders including President Obama, British PM Cameron, French President Hollande, and US Vice-President Joe Biden planned to converge on Riyadh to pay respects to King Abdullah and attend ceremonies welcoming King Salman.
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