AFRICA: Sudanese police fired tear gas at demonstrators planning to march on the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, prompting organizers to push for further rallies after deadly anti-government protests.
AMERICAS: A federal employee union sued the Trump administration over the ongoing partial government shutdown, claiming that it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.
AFRICA: Malian opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off marred by accusations of fraud, violence and low turnout, calling on the population “to rise up”.
AMERICAS: President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S.
AFRICA: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita named former defense minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga new prime minister, a day after the government resigned. AMERICAS: Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “pragmatic cooperation” in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump.