January – Week 1

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8th January 2017:

  1. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the upcoming Geneva Cyprus peace talks on Saturday, a Downing Street spokesperson said, adding that the politicians agreed that it was essential to reach an agreement on the divided island
  2. Despite apparently having arrived at a deal with the president, Ivory Coast’s mutiny has not ended, with soldiers launching protests in more cities and briefly trapping the defense minister and other officials in a house in Bouake
  3. France should boost its cybersecurity as it could be hurt by cyber-attacks like the United States, in particular, there is a real risk of cyber-attacks on civil infrastructure such as electricity, transport, water or telecommunications, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said
  4. US President-elect Donald Trump has said Sunday he is looking forward to meeting UK Prime Minister Theresa May in the spring
  5. Russian-Japanese joint economic activity on the disputed South Kurils islands will contribute to reaching a peace treaty between the two states, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said
  6. China plans to set up telescopes in Tibet to study gravitational waves that may help to learn more about the Big Bang
  7. The recommendation of the United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is puzzling as the UK agency has been cooperating with the country, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said
  8. Amid US media allegations suggesting that China is using two Chinese hotels as spy centers, Beijing has urged Washington to explain their own spying instead of conducting “groundless” smear attempts
  9. Czech President Milos Zeman has predicted that the United Kingdom could re-enter the European Union in the next two decades
  10. Hillary Clinton’s confidante said Sunday that she does not expect the former US Secretary of State to run for the New York City mayor or seek any other office ever again



7th January 2017:

  1. The first test flight of China’s Comac C919 plane will most likely take place in the first quarter of 2017, Chinese media reported
  2. The Israeli government will cut its contributions to the UN in response to the recently adopted resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank
  3. Head of Germany’s Bavaria state Horst Seehofer has called for strengthening of the border control in the European Union and stricter refugee regulations in Germany
  4. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to address violations of the rights of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, which he said amounted to a “flagrant violation” of the UN Charter
  5. Iraqi federal police took over the headquarters of the Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia and other countries) directing the actions of ethnically Chechen terrorists, the statements of the operation’s commanders said
  6. Russian energy giant Gazprom said Saturday it had reached the record 165.2 million cubic meters volume of daily gas supply to Europe via Nord Stream pipeline
  7. Andrew Cook, one of the major Conservative Party donors, warned UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday that he would stop funding the party if the country leaves the EU single market after Brexit
  8. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen left for the United States Saturday on her way to Central America, a trip that will be scrutinized by China. Chinese political expert are interested in how it may be related to US-Chinese bilateral relations
  9. The Chinese authorities plan to continue removing high-emission cars from Beijing’s roads in 2017 as part of the plan to ease pollution, local media reported
  10. Hundreds of thousands of South Korean citizens took to the streets on Saturday to demand the resignation of impeached President Park Geun-hye, local media reported



6th January 2017:

  1. The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will work in favor of the European gas market given shrinking domestic gas sources including in the North Sea and the United Kingdom, spokesperson for the German energy company Uniper said
  2. Director of National Intelligence said that an unclassified report on Russia’s alleged interference in the US election will be released publicly next week
  3. US Department of State designated Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), according to an official statement
  4. The second round of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s questioning was started by Israeli police, according to local media.
  5. US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said that the US Congress is waiting for President-elect Donald Trump coming to office in order to repeal Obamacare
  6. No evidence was presented during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday to support allegations that Russia hacked the US Presidential election, despite multiple calls by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for the nation to “throw rocks” at the Kremlin
  7. US President–elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson, is willing to release his tax information to the public, Senator Tom Udall said
  8. The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of condemning the UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel’s settlement activity, Speaker Paul Ryan said
  9. Cuba’s state-run company Cuba Export and US-based Coabana Trading LLC have signed an agreement to deliver charcoal to the US – a truly breakthrough deal as it becomes the first Cuban export to the US since President Kennedy’s embargo ended trade between the countries in the early 1960’s
  10. All overseas envoys appointed by US President Barack Obama have been given a strict order to come back by Inauguration Day in two weeks.
  11. The search, which has been conducted by Malaysia, China and Australia across vast areas of the Indian Ocean since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane disappeared in 2014 is set to come to an end; some 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) have been covered
  12. The Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union must work at rejuvenating the EU project, involve member states’ citizens more as well as ensuring equality among all states in the bloc, Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds and 2017 Presidency Ian Borg said
  13. Chinese leader Xi Jinping said anti-corruption fight should be enhanced
  14. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with US President-elect Donald Trump in the spring, according to a spokesman
  15. Austria remains in favor of border controls and an upper limit on refugees, Interior Minister Wolfgang Subotka told German newspaper Die Welt
  16. Ankara is expecting stronger economic ties to be developed as a result of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said


5th January 2017:

  1. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence suggested that “power of the free market” would make healthcare more affordable for citizens across the United States
  2. You know it’s time to stop when even your friends tell you something’s not right. Horst Seehofer, the leader of Germany’s CSU, the sister party of Angela Merkel’s CDU, has called for the Chancellor to review the country’s immigration policy
  3. The UK government is worried over Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to build a good rapport with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, considering the latter’s influence in Europe
  4. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon filed a complaint at Korean press arbitration center against a Seoul-based magazine that had accused him of having received bribes
  5. A new bill introduced to the US Senate would require President-elect Donald Trump and all future US presidents and cabinet nominees to release their tax returns, US Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden said
  6. Thousands of people are returning to Aleppo, a city severely damaged by five years of war. Life is returning to normal in the liberated city, a fact that a majority of the mainstream media has chosen to ignore in their coverage of Aleppo
  7. Deutsche Bank agreed to a $95 million fine for using a shell company to avoid paying US federal income taxes, the Department of Justice said
  8. The US intelligence community’s Grizzly Steppe report claims that 876 unique IP addresses were used to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta’s email accounts. But it turns out that 42 percent of those IPs are, or were, simply part of Tor’s evolving network of exit nodes
  9. The Indian government is likely to introduce Universal Basic Income, a practice of paying every person a fixed sum of money as a means to stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life of its citizens, according to the concept’s leading proponent
  10. Pakistan has officially begun construction of a missile warship that the country hopes will guarantee the integrity of its vital trade corridor with China
  11. The US Department of Labor filed a lawsuit Wednesday to compel Google to release private information about its employees for an anti-discrimination probe
  12. CIA Director John Brennan expressed hope that Washington-Moscow relations may improve under Donald Trump’s administration
  13. Beijing plans to increase the consumption of non-fossil energy resources in order to reduce the consumption of coal, and boost the share of solar, water power, geothermal and wind energy
  14. Sweden remains undecided over the multi-million dollar Nord Stream 2 project, which Stockholm fears may ride roughshod over its security interests
  15. Antonio Tajani, one of the European Parliament’s vice presidents and a close associate of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is the most likely candidate to become the next European Parliament president after Martin Schulz
  16. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may go on board two Russian warships moored in the port city of Manila, the Russian Embassy in the country said
  17. China launched on Thursday the longest high-speed train route in the country with a length of 2,800 km (1,700 miles)
  18. Paris prosecutor’s office opened mid-December a fraud, embezzlement and undeclared work investigation into members of French far-right National Front (FN) party, whose leader, Marine Le Pen, is one of the presidential candidates for the April 2017 election



4th January 2017:

  1. The Pentagon has confirmed that the Iraqi army backed by US-led coalition is still advancing in Mosul, reclaiming two thirds of the embattled city from Daesh.
  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that another UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli-Palestinian standoff may be adopted at the upcoming Paris international conference, adding that Israelis will try to prevent it from being passed.
  3. US Senators have come up with an idea to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  4. Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah will meet in Moscow in January to discuss divisions between them and work the ways of overcoming the current situation.
  5. US President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would hold a press conference on January 11 in the city of New York.
  6. US President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that an intelligence briefing regarding alleged Russian involvement in hacking the US elections has been delayed until Friday.
  7. US President-elect Donald Trump sees Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton as the leading candidate to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, local media reported citing an official working with the transition team.
  8. US Senator Ted Cruz and House Representative Ron DeSantis proposed an amendment to the constitution to put a cap on terms that members of Congress may serve, the lawmakers said in a joint press release.
  9. Former UK Permanent Representative to the European Union Ivan Rogers, who unexpectedly resigned, called on the European Union (UKRep) to counter “ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking” of those in power in Brexit negotiations.
  10. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed his cabinet would carve out a better future for a new nation in the coming decades, starting this year, at a press conference on Wednesday.
  11. Bashar Yaziji, Syrian minister of tourism said that Damascus is seeking for investments to rebuild the bombed-out city of Aleppo.
  12. Cheaper than flying and faster than sea, China has launched a new direct rail freight service to the UK.
  13. Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she considered a national currency as a cornerstone of sovereignty.
  14. Libya is ready to welcome any possible initiatives by Russia designed to arrange the political dialogue in the country, as Russia contacts all parties to the conflict and has a balanced position, Libyan national unity government Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq said.
  15. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) army medic Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after a months-long inquiry into the shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron, according to local media.
  16. US Senator Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Make Federal Reserve More Transparent. US Senator Rand Paul said that new legislation would prevent the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information about the way it runs from the Congress.
  17. Tim Barrow, a former UK ambassador to Russia, will be appointed as the new UK ambassador to the European Union, according to local media.



3rd January 2017:

  1. Several Syrian opposition groups signed a statement declaring boycott of the upcoming political settlement talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, citing ceasefire violations, media reported Tuesday.
  2. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is planning to visit Iraq later this week, local media reported citing governmental sources.
  3. Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria has said that the state authorities aim to carry out reforms to make Georgia more compatible with NATO.
  4. Turkmenistan’s authorities have made a decision to cut the deliveries of natural gas from the Central Asian country to Iran because of the National Iranian Gas Company’s (NIGC) debts, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement
  5. China is going to improve the situation at its borders and broaden its “circle of friends,” according to Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang
  6. Japanese authorities hope to speed up the negotiating process between Tokyo and Brussels on the issue of a free-trade agreement between the Asian state and the 28-nation bloc.
  7. The Maltese Government – which took over the revolving presidency of the EU, January 1 – has pledged to shake up the EU’s immigration system, which has so far failed to live up to live up to promises, with record numbers of migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean.
  8. Finland has become the latest country to experiment with a Universal Basic Income (UBI) policy, with 2,000 unemployed citizens scheduled to receive a guaranteed minimum monthly income of €560 (US$587) over the next two years.
  9. Donald Trump said that General Motors must make its Chevy Cruze automobile in the United States, or it will pay a border tax for producing it in Mexico.
  10. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is arriving in India next week to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Rogozin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the summit to evaluate the play of Indo-Russian ties since the previous Putin-Modi summit in Goa.
  11. Iceland could hold a referendum on joining the European Union if ongoing government formation negotiations are successful, a party leader involved in the talks has confirmed.
  12. The ongoing deterioration of relations between the EU and Poland took a further nosedive after Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski described the EU Council President Donald Tusk as “the icon of evil and stupidity.”
  13. UK Ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers, who was expected to start negotiating Brexit with the bloc in the end of March, has announced his resignation.
  14. China Raises Green Awareness With Responsibility Covering Full Production Cycle. Firms producing electronics, cars, lead-acid batteries and packaging will be the first to come under closer scrutiny. They will be asked to step up recycling and use more renewable resources.
  15. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in an attempt to distance herself from its image as the talking shop of the elite and powerful, on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President.
  16. Israeli anti-corruption police interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours under caution at his official residence in Jerusalem on December 2, on suspicion he accepted illegal gifts from businesspeople totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars
  17. Republicans in the US House representatives decided amid much criticism to reverse a proposal that would strip the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), according media reports.
  18. In a move few could have predicted to start off 2017, the Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs and sea tanker Boris Butomato have arrived in the Philippines to conduct military training exercises in an unprecedented navy-to-navy contact between the two nations.
  19. The White House advised the incoming Trump administration to seek cooperation with countries like China and Russia in order to resolve the North Korea nuclear program issue.
  20. After pouring billions into a project to develop key air and sea travel hubs in the southern-most regions of Sri Lanka, it appears that the Sri Lankan government will officially approve undisclosed Chinese companies to manage the Port of Hambantota for the rest of the 21st century.



2nd January 2017:

  1. More than 1,000 sub-Saharan African migrants tried to begin 2017 in Spain by attempting to scale the 20-foot border fence surrounding one of the country’s enclaves in Morocco.
  2. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said at a torch-lighting ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement December 31 that he believes an independent Palestinian state will become a reality in 2017.
  3. Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said the recent UN Security Council resolution on Israel was “intended to box Donald Trump in.”
  4. It was fire, not ice: In a new documentary, an expert provides evidence that a fire weakened Titanic’s hull before an iceberg dealt the fatal blow.
  5. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to invite children of the expelled Russian diplomats to Kremlin New Year Party, a press service of the Presidential Executive Office said Monday.
  6. The Israeli police are expected to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over graft suspicions in the next three days, local media reported Monday.
  7. Daesh terrorists could have arrived in Germany from the Iraqi city of Mosul, media reported.
  8. US Congress will vigorously respond to the US President-elect Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse recent sanctions against Russia, member of the House Intelligence Committee of the US Congress Adam Schiff said.
  9. India and Pakistan exchanged a list of nuclear installations, as well as of facilities, through diplomatic channels between the two countries, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.
  10. According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, the Armenian military has violated the truce in Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh 35 times over the past 24 hours.
  11. Italy is determined to serve as a go-between with regard to restrictive measures imposed on Moscow, Fulvio Scaglione, an expert on international relations and a journalist with Famiglia Cristiana, told Sputnik.
  12. The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Turkish Air Force, along with Turkey’s artillery have carried out several operations against Daesh in northern Syria, Daily Sabah newspaper reported Monday.
  13. Azerbaijani forces have violated the ceasefire in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh 30 times early on Monday, the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s (NKR) Defense Ministry said.



1st January 2017:

  1. China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s largest TV network, will launch a new global media platform New Year’s Day to tell the world more about the country, the network announced
  2. Russia delivered humanitarian aid to the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Homs
  3. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Security Council’s resolution on Syria, the United Nations website reported
  4. A nightclub in Istanbul has been attacked by armed men, who have killed at least 35 people and injured many more. US intelligence warned about planned terrorist attack in Istanbul, the owner of the attacked club said
  5. There will be no US Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East for two months
  6. Russia takes over the presidency of the Commonwealth of Independent States
  7. Polar Code of the International Maritime Organization will come into force on January 1
  8. UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said that could carry out mass chemical attacks against the country
  9. Two militants have been eliminated with several law enforcers being injured during a special operation in Russia’s Dagestan region
  10. Antonio Guterres assumed on January 1 the functions of the UN secretary-general, and will hold the post for the next five years
  11. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will not attend a New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham in the United Kingdom’s Norfolk county due to a lasting heavy cold
  12. Ankara plans to conclude the process of updating a customs union between Turkey and the European Union before 2018
  13. The leader of France’s far-right National Front party, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen intends to receive approximately 6 million euro ($6.3 million) on loan from her father
  14. Speaking before Ukrainian troops and the residents of the city of Mariupol in the Kiev-controlled part of Donbass, President Petro Poroshenko said that “Ukrainian occupation is temporary,”
  15. A member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) blamed US President Barack Obama for the turmoil in the middle-eastern country
  16. The Turkish Armed Forces eliminated 34 Daesh militants over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria
  17. US President-elect Donald Trump used his New Year’s Eve remarks to reporters to warn that no computer is safe from hacking and to say he has information to reveal about Russia’s alleged hacking into the US election in the coming days