the Context

2019-01-1811 AM utc

2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo general election

The Congolese government rejects a request by the African Union to delay the announcement of the final result of the 30 December 2018 general election, which is being appealed in the country's Constitutional Court amidst accusations of election fraud.

Constitutional Court poised to rule on an appeal over the outcome of the elections held in December.

Colombian armed conflict

Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez unilaterally blames the National Liberation Army for the 2019 Bogotá car bombing, and suspends ongoing peace talks with the group, requesting that the Cuban government arrest the ten guerrilla group members leading the negotiations in Havana.

The man who attacked a police academy with a car bomb belonged to the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the largest guerrilla group remaining in the country, the defense ministry said.

2019 Mexico pipeline explosion

An illicitly tapped fuel pipeline explodes in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico, killing at least 20 people who had gathered to steal the leaking fuel.

Television footage showed the pipeline gushing fuel earlier in the day and people queuing with containers

Internal conflict in Myanmar

Myanmar's military announces that it has killed 13 Arakan Army fighters in a series of eight armed clashes in Rakhine State, spanning from January 5 to 13. In the same press conference, a military spokesman states that the Arakan Army had been newly classified as a terrorist organization.

Fighting between security forces and an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy has forced some 5,000 civilians to flee their homes since December

Syrian Civil War

A massive explosion targetting a Tahrir al-Sham base in Idlib kills 15 people and wounds 20 others. A car bomb is reported to have been used in the attack.


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Facebook removes alleged Russia-based accounts and pages as a part of a crackdown on misuse of its service.

Facebook said it had removed pages and accounts linked to what it said were two Russia-based misinformation campaigns, the latest step in the social-media company’s effort to prevent misuse of its service.

United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019

U.S. President Donald Trump postpones House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming diplomatic trip to Europe, Afghanistan and Egypt after she urged the President to postpone his upcoming State of the Union Address over the ongoing government shutdown.

Members of Congress who were due to join the trip are left sitting on a bus at Capitol Hill.


Gunmen on motorbikes shoot Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale to death in Accra. Ahmed was a member of the Tiger Eye Private Investigations team that exposed high-level corruption in the Ghana Football Association.

University Lyon 1

In France, a fire at the University Lyon 1 injures three people. Investigators say that it is a result of an accidental gas bottle explosion.

A university in the French city of Lyon was evacuated on Thursday morning after a large fire broke out on the roof.

2019 Bogotá car bombing

A suicide car-bomb attack at the General Santander National Police Academy in Bogotá, Colombia, kills at least 20 people and injures more than 50 others.

Blast also injured 10 people, according to country’s defence ministry, as ambulances rush to the scene


Macedonia naming dispute

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survives a no-confidence vote after the Independent Greeks party quit the ruling coalition.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was widely expected to win, but he still faces a series of crises, including a deal to end a dispute with Macedonia.

2018 Andalusian regional election

The Andalusian parliament elects Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla as the next regional President with the votes of conservative party PP, liberal party Cs and far-right party Vox, ending a 36-year term, since the restoration of democracy, of social democratic PSOE government.

Brexit negotiations

Theresa May's government survives a no confidence vote by a majority of 19.

The PM offers meetings on Brexit with rival party leaders after seeing off a bid to topple her government.

United States federal government shutdown

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggests that President Trump's State of the Union address scheduled for January 29 be delayed or use a drastically modified format due to security concerns related to the ongoing government shutdown.

In a letter to President Trump, Pelosi cites security concerns and suggests working together to find another suitable date. Pelosi also gave the president the option to deliver the address in writing.

United States federal government shutdown

President Donald Trump signs a bill which requires the government to compensate government employees after the shutdown is over for their work during the shutdown.

President Donald Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday.

United States federal government shutdown

About 42,000 active-duty Coast Guard members, who continue to work on essential operations, missed their scheduled paycheck Tuesday. This is the first time that United States Armed Forces servicemembers have not been paid during a shutdown or other lapse in government appropriation.

"The Congress can’t get their act together. The president can’t get their act together, but your community will take care of you," one Coast Guard spouse said.


At least 21 people are killed in a 'massacre' by gunmen in police uniforms in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

'They were shooting and I was running to save my life'

Second Libyan Civil War

Five people are killed and twenty are wounded in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, breaking several months of relative peace.

United Nations warns against further escalation and condemns violence as fierce battles rock Libyan capital


Mali gunmen attack two villages in the country’s central Ménaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people.

2019 Nairobi attack

Dozens of people remain missing one day after a deadly attack on a popular hotel complex in Nairobi, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society.

"It's so sad that such a bright young person is taken away by terrorism," the mother of the American victim told NBC News.

2019 Manbij bombing

In Manbij, Syria, a suicide attack claimed by ISIL causes at least 19 casualties. Among them, two U.S. soldiers, a Pentagon Civilian, and a civilian contractor are reported dead and three other Service Members wounded.

The suicide attack in Manbij was the first such attack since President Trump announced a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.