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In the state of Borno, northeastern Nigeria, two suicide bombers struck a market in the town of Biu on Dec. 2, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has regularly used suicide bombers to target civilian locations since it began an insurgency in the region in 2011, is suspected.

An improvised explosive device was detonated in a bank of lockers in a supermarket in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Dec. 27, injuring at least 10 people. The lockers are set up for customers to deposit their backpacks and other bags during shopping. As of press time, no group had claimed responsibility for the bomb, but Russian authorities have called it an act of terrorism.

At least 240 people were killed in the southern Philippines when Tropical Storm Tembin made landfall on Dec. 21 with 80-mile-per-hour winds. More than 100 were still missing as of press time. The hardest-hit island was Mindanao, which experienced flooding and landslides.

After passing through the Philippines, Tembin moved to Vietnam. Though its wind speeds had dropped to 58 miles per hour, more than 70,000 people in Vietnam were evacuated from low-lying areas, which experienced minor...


As of press time, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank were continuing to engage in protests following President Trump’s announcement, on Dec. 6, that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At least 10 Palestinians had been killed and more than 100 had been injured in clashes with Israeli military and police.

In addition, Hamas militants in Gaza fired rockets into Israel, and Israel responded with artillery fire. No casualties or damage had been reported in...


The nongovernmental agency Doctors Without Borders conducted a survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and found that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed by the Myanmar military between Aug. 25 and Sept. 24, 2017.

The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority who have lived in northwestern Myanmar since, at least, the founding of the country (then called Burma) in 1948, have accused the Myanmar government of human rights abuses against them. The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya to...


At least 41 people were killed and more than 80 wounded when a suicide bombing occurred at a Shia cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 28. At least two other explosions occurred after the bombing, but authorities said that they caused no fatalities.

The Islamist militant group Daesh (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack. Daesh, a radical Sunni group, has been targeting Shia sites in Afghanistan since first forming a a branch in the country in January 2015.

Clashes between Somali and Oromo people in the central-Ethiopian state of Oromia killed at least 61 people and injured more than 100. The violence began after a prominent member of the Oromo community was killed on Dec. 14 and a military group made up of ethnically Somali Ethiopians was accused, leading to reprisal killings. Both Oromos and Somalis were killed in subsequent attacks.

The US Department of State warns of the risks of traveling in Ethiopia. Reports of unrest continue,...


The US Department of State recommends avoiding travel to Venezuela because of concerns regarding violent crime, social unrest and pervasive shortages of food and medicine.

Protests may occur with minimal public notice, and from April through August 2017 they occurred daily and often turned violent. Security forces typically deployed a range of strong countermeasures, including using tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons as well as rubber bullets, birdshot, buckshot and other live...