Here is your weekly news briefing on significant global events through 26 DEC 2016 to 01 JAN 2017.
MANILA: At least 39 people have been injured in two separate bomb attacks in the Philippines, authorities said Thursday (Dec 29).
Beijing: 5 killed at Communist Party HQ in “terrorist attack,” according to state media sources.
Istanbul: At least 39 dead in nightclub shooting on New Years Eve.
Baghdad: 28 dead in bomb attacks
TRENDS IN TERRORIST ACTIVITY:
Experts say female extremism is on the rise in Kenya and across the continent of Africa.
FRENCH TERROR PLOT:
French police arrest man suspected of planning an attack on New Years Eve
BANGLEDESH TERROR PLOT:
Bangladeshi police arrest 5 in connection to New Years Eve terror plot
SENIOR ISIS COMMANDER KILLED IN SYRIA:
One of Islamic State’s top commanders in Syria has been killed in a U.S.-led coalition air strike, the coalition’s spokesman said on Thursday, corroborating an earlier report.
ISIS calls for more holiday attacks in Europe
ISIS OPERATIONS IN AFRICA:
Africa likely the new front on war with ISIS; African Centre for Research and Study on Terrorism warns that ‘‘2,000 to 2,500 ISIS terrorists were regrouping with a view to relocating to the troubled regions in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes…Tunisian borders were also a source of worry following the ISIS terrorists’ defeat in the Libyan city of Sirte.”
Somalia on Tuesday swore in new lawmakers after weeks of voting in a complex political process seen as its most democratic election in nearly five decades, despite significant flaws. The new parliament was inaugurated under tight security in Mogadishu two months after voting began. Lawmakers are expected to elect a president by secret ballot, however it was unclear when that would take place. The vote for president has been put off several times as a result of delays in the election of lawmakers due to clan disputes, accusations of fraud, and organisational challenges.
DR CONGO ELECTIONS:
A deal has been signed to end Joseph Kabila’s 15-year rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo – but the president himself has yet to add his signature. Senior ministers backed the deal, which would see Mr Kabila stay on until elections are held by the end of 2017. The country has faced a crisis since Mr Kabila failed to step down earlier in December, when his mandate expired.
OMAN JOINS SAUDI-LED ISLAMIC ALLIANCE:
Oman, which has traditionally resisted Gulf Arab states’ efforts to close ranks against Iran, has joined a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, Saudi and Gulf sources said on Wednesday.
EGYPTIAN MEDIA LAW:
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has ratified a new media law that critics say is a blow to pluralism and press freedom in the country. The new law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Sisi on Monday, will see the creation of a Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, a body that can revoke licences to foreign media and fine or suspend publications and broadcasters.
NIGERIA GENDER EQUALITY BILL:
Nigeria’s most senior Muslim cleric has rejected a new gender equality bill, which proposes that women and men inherit an equal share. The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar, said Muslims would not accept the violation of Islamic law guaranteeing men a greater share. Nigeria’s main Christian body has welcomed the bill, saying its religion permitted equal inheritance. Activists have pushed for the bill to end discrimination against women.
BANGLADESH WORKERS UNION:
At least 1,500 garment workers in Bangladesh have been sacked after a week of protests over pay, say police.
VENEZUELA MILITARY TRAFFICKING FOOD AS COUNTRY GOES HUNGRY
Israel plans to continue settlements in East Jerusalem, despite UN Security Council’s threats
Obama “punishes” Putin for alleged election hacking; Putin does not reciprocate sanctions, permits US diplomats to remain.