27th January 2017

  • It is the sixth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.
  • It’s been a year since the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo and the lack of answers about his death has poisoned relations between Italy and Egypt.
  • The bodies of 90 militants were found at the site of a recent US airstrike in SIrte.
  • Malnutrition in northern Nigeria is so severe that there are barely any children under five left alive in the region.
  • Al-Shabaab overtook a remote Somali military base near the Kenyan border and claims to have killed 57 Kenyan soldiers stationed there as part of a peacekeeping mission.
  • At least 28 people were killed in an Al-Shabaab attack on the Dayah hotel in Mogadishu.
  • Uganda’s Bidi Bidi camp, opened six months ago, already hosts nearly 300,000 South Sudanese refugees.
  • As South Sudan is consumed by violence, questions are raised about its newly achieved independence.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo will extradite 186 suspected Burundian rebels, despite rights groups’ concerns about what they will face in Burundi.
  • After 27 years of rule and a great deal of resistance to the transition of power, Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia and Gambians are celebrating their new president, Adama Barrow. Before his exile, Jammeh managed to steal millions from his country in his final weeks in power.
  • Turkish nationals have lodged 5,363 cases against Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights over the post-coup crackdown and purges.
  • In the final hours of his administration, President Obama released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority in defiance of Republican members of Congress who had placed a (non-binding) hold on the funds.
  • Israel approved a huge new settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard revealed in a CNN interview that she had indeed met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a recent trip to Syria and in the same interview pushed regime talking points about Syrian rebels.
  • Trump’s proposal of safe havens in Syria is met with skepticism.
  • The Islamic State is losing on all fronts except one: it is gaining ground against coalition forces supporting the Syrian government.
  • Famine looms over Yemen as millions require immediate life-saving aid.
  • The battle to take west Mosul looms.
  • In photos: the battle for Mosul.
  • The attorney general of Afghanistan ordered the arrest of nine of Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum’s bodyguards after an elder from Dostum’s Uzbek tribe accused him of abducting, beating him, and ordering his bodyguards to torture and rape him.
  • The Rohingya are escalating their armed insurgency.
  • Sergei Mikhailov, a senior officer at the F.S.B.’s Center for Information Security, has been arrested for treason.
  • Ukraine is worried that Trump will cut Kiev out of the decision-making process on agreements over ending the violence in eastern Ukraine.
  • The Doomsday Clock advances toward midnight.
  • The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, which releases an annual report on the state of democracy around the globe, said the world continues to be in a democratic recessionand downgraded the US from a full to a flawed democracy.
  • Trump’s insecure Android phone is a serious national security threat. We should already assume the device has been compromised by hostile foreign intelligence services.
  • Trump revived the debate over the use of torture, drawing immediate ire from Senator McCain.
  • This administration’s new immigration policypaves the way for a huge expansion of detention facilities at the southern border and is likely to have devastating humanitarian effects.”
  • A draft executive order is in the works that would drastically cut US funding to the UN.
  • The State Department lost a large number of senior management officials this week. It’s unclear if they were forced out or resigned in protest.

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