Here is your weekly news briefing on significant global events through 16 – 23 JAN 2017.




South and Central America


The Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel, Mexico’s drug gang powerhouses, fight for dominance in Colima province.


El Chapo extradited to United States





Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ICBM.


Taliban launches 19000 attacks in 10 month period.


ISIS actively recruiting in Western Afghanistan.






Israeli government authorizes settlement builds in East Jerusalem in defiance of UN Security Council.








Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh steps down.








Top UK court rules Parliament must vote on Brexit before implementation.


Dutch elections overtaken by populist, anti-establishment parties.







China warns US to recognize Chinese sovereignty of the South China Sea and contested islands.






World unprepared for large-scale pandemics.