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

 

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South and Central America

 

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

http://www.businessinsider.com/mexico-sinaloa-jalisco-cartel-fighting-violence-in-colima-2017-1

 

El Chapo extradited to United States

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38686379

 

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Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ICBM.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistan-test-fires-ballistic-missile-45005221

 

Taliban launches 19000 attacks in 10 month period.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/official-taliban-launch-19000-attacks-10-months-45004741

 

ISIS actively recruiting in Western Afghanistan.

http://www.khaama.com/isis-actively-recruiting-in-kunar-province-of-afghanistan-02723

 

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Israel

 

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-israel-settlements-idUSKBN1560CZ

 

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Africa

 

 

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh steps down.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38706426

 

 

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Europe

 

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-article-idUSKBN1580NY

 

Dutch elections overtaken by populist, anti-establishment parties.

http://www.voanews.com/a/dutch-elections-overtaken-by-populist-and-anti-establishment-parties/3688098.html

 

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Asia

 

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-southchinasea-ministry-idUSKBN1580MB

 

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Medical

World unprepared for large-scale pandemics.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01-world-grossly-underprepared-infectious-disease.html