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Mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast seized Boukaké, the country's second-largest city, and Abidjan, the commercial capital, where soldiers took over several army headquarters regarding a dispute of pay conditions. Defense Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi negotiated a deal with the rebellious soldiers after a two-day standoff.
Xi Jinping is scheduled to be the first Chinese president to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week where he is expected to promote globalization in addition to stressing China’s openness to international trade.
Thailand’s new King, Maha Vajirongkorn, has requested changes to the constitution drafted by Thailand’s military junta. These changes are reportedly needed in order to ensure his royal powers. There are no reports as to which parts of the constitution that would be amended.
Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent and director of a private security-and-investigations firm, is behind the explosive and controversial dossier regarding U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Steele’s unverified allegations conclude that the Kremlin colluded with Trump’s presidential campaign to help him win the election. Trump has dismissed all allegations.
Germany has confirmed that the number of migrants seeking asylum has fallen sharply this past year. Reports suggest that 280,000 asylum seekers arrived in the country, a drop from the 890,000 that arrived in 2015. The government speculates that numbers have decreased due to the closure of a route through the Balkans.
More than 100 people have been killed from several terrorist attacks that rocked Afghanistan this past week. Twin suicide blasts exploded near the Afghan parliament on Tuesday, killing more than 45 people and wounding close to 100, including a United Arab Emirates ambassador.
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran who helped found the Islamic republic, passed away from what has been described as a cardiac arrest by the state media at the age of 82. A leading voice for moderate politicians, Rafsanjani is remembered for being a critic of the hardline political establishment.
President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech as president, urging his fellow Americans to understand the dangers of taking democracy for granted. Obama warned the divided country about the challenges of economic inequality and political isolation, claiming that those are the very problems that may threaten American democracy.
Dylann Roof, the twenty-two year old white nationalist who murdered nine black people at a basement church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, has been sentenced to death by a jury in a unanimous decision.
Brazil’s President Michel Temer and his government have seen a rapid increase in prison violence since the beginning of the new year. Nearly 100 inmates were killed within a week, many beheaded, in three separate prison riots. Police forces have said that rival drug gangs in a war to control a smuggling route are behind the murders.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has named former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, as his cybersecurity adviser. Giuliani, who leads a cybersecurity consulting firm, will serve as an informal adviser on cybersecurity in order to find solutions to cyber-incursions in the private sector. But apparently, Giuliani's own website is "incredibly insecure."
The largest NHS hospital trust in England has been infected with a virus affecting thousands of sensitive files. A message sent to staff at Barts Health Trust on Friday morning warns that the trust’s four hospitals are experiencing a “ransomware virus attack.”