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January 28

Armed conflicts and attacks

Ten Pakistan Army soldiers are killed in an insurgent attack in Kech District, Balochistan, Pakistan. The separatist Baluch Liberation Front claims responsibility for the attack. The army says it has killed one of the attackers and arrested three others in a clearance operation.
Source: Reuters external link
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International relations

The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States agree to suspend Burkina Faso's membership in the bloc, condemning the coup d'état.
Source: AFP via RFI external link
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The Rwandan foreign ministry announces the reopening of the country's border crossing with Uganda following political tensions between the two countries that led to its three-year closure.
Source: AFP via Seychelles News Agency external link
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Business and economy

The Federal Communications Commission votes unanimously to revoke the authorisation of China Unicom to operate in the United States, citing national security and espionage concerns. The Chinese telecommunications operator must stop providing telecoms services in the U.S. within 60 days.
Source: BBC News external link
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Disasters and accidents

Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States collapses, causing a gas leak. Ten people are injured, none of them seriously.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette external link
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January 27

Politics and elections

Xiomara Castro is officially sworn in as the 56th President of Honduras, making her the country's first female president.
Source: AFP via NDTV external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

The United States rejects Russia's demand that Ukraine be barred from joining NATO.
Source: BBC News external link
U.S. President Joe Biden, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, says "the Russians could invade Ukraine in February".
Source: BBC News external link
Jordanian troops kill 27 "armed smugglers" after they tried to cross the border from Syria with a large quantity of amphetamines. Several other smugglers, who were "supported by other armed groups", were wounded, according to a statement from the military.
Source: Reuters external link
Five people are killed and five more are injured in a mass shooting at a Yuzhmash production facility in Dnipro, Ukraine, after a member of the Ukrainian National Guard opens fire.
Source: The Straits Times external link
Around six people are wounded near the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan after troops from both countries engage in a battle.
Source: Eurasianet external link

January 26

Law and crime

The National Assembly votes to criminalize conversion therapy, with violators facing three years in prison and up to 45,000 in fines. The bill will now be sent to President Emmanuel Macron to be signed into law.
Source: BBC News external link

International relations

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the extension of Operation Unifier for three years. Sixty more troops will also be deployed to Ukraine in the coming days. Trudeau's government also announces a shipment of non-lethal equipment and intelligence sharing.
Source: CTV News external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces recapture a prison in al-Hasakah from Islamic State.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announces the United States has given a written response to Russia, aimed at de-escalation of tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The response, coordinated with European allies and Ukraine, addresses Russia's demands and actions.
Source: CNN external link
The Malian junta demands that Denmark withdraw its forces from the country, saying they were never given authorization to participate in the ongoing European-led peacekeeping operations.
Source: AP external link

January 25

Disasters and accidents

Millions of people are left without electricity after a major power outage affects Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's energy ministry reports that the power outage had been triggered by an "energy imbalance" in Kazakhstan's power grid.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

Law and crime

Source: Vancouver Sun external link
A prison riot in the Mexican state of Colima results in the deaths of nine inmates and seven others being injured.
Source: ABC News external link
Four victims of a shooting are found dead inside a home in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The shooting is believed to have happened the night before, and the victims are believed to have known each other.
Source: CTV News external link

Arts and culture

The Australian Government announces that it has purchased the intellectual property rights to the Australian Aboriginal Flag from its designer Harold Thomas for over $20 million (US$14m), allowing for the public use of the flag.
Source: AFP via France24 external link