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AFRICA: Indonesia denied that Indonesian UN peacekeepers took weapons out of the Sudan’s conflict-wracked Darfur.
AMERICAS: Several thousands of people marched against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, as the nation continues descent into crisis.
ASIA: Australia was working to recast the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the US and opened the door for China to sign up after President Donald Trump ditched the trade pact.
EUROPE: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and new US Defense Secretary James Mattis discussed military spending and combating terrorism.
MIDDLE EAST: Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions concluded with Russia, Turkey and Iran striking a deal on a three-way mechanism to consolidate the country’s nearly month-old cease-fire.
TECHNOLOGY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will face an even broader Russian disinformation campaign ahead of elections this year, a source close to the matter said.
United Kingdom: Supreme Court decides Parliament approval on Brexit needed.
The British Supreme Court dismissed the government’s appeal in a landmark case about Brexit, meaning Parliament will be required to give its approval before official talks on leaving the EU can begin.
The government said the ruling wouldn’t affect PM Theresa May’s plans to trigger talks to leave the EU by the end of March and the opposition Labour Party said after the judgment it wouldn’t seek to stop Brexit from happening.
But the court decided that the UK government did not need the approval of devolved governments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to begin the negotiating process.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn indicated that Labour would seek to amend the bill the government proposes, and the Scottish National Party said it would introduce around 50 amendments.
DR Congo: Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi headed to Belgium for medical treatment, as his party negotiates a power-sharing deal following President Laurent Kabila’s refusal to step down. (AFP)
Sudan: Indonesia denied that Indonesian UN peacekeepers took weapons out of the country’s conflict-wracked Darfur. (AFP)
Swaziland: The government ordered the country’s schools to teach only Christianity, a move criticized by opponents as fuelling intolerance of Muslims. (AFP)
Mexico: Mexican authorities captured top Sinaloa cartel leader Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno’s son, who is suspected of running a drug distribution network and managing cartel finances. (AP)
United States: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo has been sworn in as the next CIA director. (AP)
Venezuela: Several thousands of people marched against President Nicolas Maduro’s government, as the nation continues descent into crisis. (WP)
Region: Australia was working to recast the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the US and opened the door for China to sign up after President Donald Trump ditched the trade pact. (AFP)
Region: China warned the US it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend its interests there. (AFP)
Afghanistan: A group of 26 Afghan asylum seekers whose requests to live in Germany were rejected, arrived in Kabul after they were forcibly deported. (DPA)
Afghanistan: The attorney general ordered the arrest of nine vice-presidential bodyguards over accusations of rape and torture made by a political rival, as Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum remains under investigation. (NYT)
Japan: The country launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defense Forces. (Reuters)
Region: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and new US Defense Secretary James Mattis discussed military spending and combating terrorism. (AP)
Region: The trade agreement between the EU and Canada cleared a big hurdle in the EU’s parliament, preparing it for full ratification next month. (AP)
Region: Italian anti-mafia police broke up an international drug ring conspiring to smuggle cocaine to Europe from Colombia. (Reuters)
Region: French FM Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was confident a Saudi Arabian-funded military aid package for Lebanon would be restored. (AFP)
Iraq: Iraqi forces have started preparing an offensive to capture the western side of Mosul from Islamic State. (Reuters)
Syria: Claims that Turkey will hand over the Syrian town of al-Bab to Syrian forces after driving out Islamic State are not true, Turkish Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said. (Reuters)
Syria: Peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions concluded with Russia, Turkey and Iran striking a deal on a three-way mechanism to consolidate the country’s nearly month-old cease-fire. (AP)
Syria: Jihadist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launched an assault and seized some positions from Free Syrian Army groups that are attending peace talks in Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will face an even broader Russian disinformation campaign ahead of elections this year, a source close to the matter said. (AFP)
Cyclones: Nothing to Report
Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 33 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 0
Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deaths as of 20JAN: 0
Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases as of 17JAN: 1,879 (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 17JAN: 666 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Outbreak Terminated as of 20JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 20JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JAN)
Austria: OSCE Chairmanship Business Conference 2017 to be held in Vienna
Egypt: National Police Day / Revolution Day – 1952 / 2011
United States: Mexican FM Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo to attend talks with chief-of-staff Reince Reibus and advisor Jared Kushner in DC (to 26JAN)
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