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Militants attacked the town of Mozogo in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria, on Jan. 8, culminating in a suicide bomber’s killing at least 15 people. According to witnesses, the militants fired their guns into the air and herded locals into a park, where the suicide bomber, a young girl, then detonated her bomb.

The group responsible was identified as Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group based in Nigeria. The group has been known to attack locations in neighboring...


A Sriwijaya Air flight to Borneo crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 9, killing all 50 passengers and 12 crew. No distress calls were issued by the pilot or copilot before the plane disappeared from radar.

At press time, investigators suspected that the crash was caused by an issue with the autothrottle, which had been reported to be malfunctioning days before the crash. The plane’s black boxes were recovered and investigations were...


A magnitude-6.2 earthquake occurred on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Jan. 15, killing at least 90 people and injuring hundreds of others. Many thousands of people were displaced, particularly in the city of Mamuju, which suffered serious damage, including the partial collapse of a hospital.

A second powerful earthquake, measuring 7.1, occurred in the ocean between Sulawesi and Mindanao, Philippines, on Jan. 21, though no damage or tsunamis were reported.

Heavy rains and flooding caused two landslides to occur in Cihanjuang, West Java, Indonesia, on Jan. 10. As rescuers were attempting to save victims from the first landslide, the second occurred, burying them. At least 40 people were killed and 25 injured, with many more still missing at press time.

Thousands of Tunisians rioted on multiple nights, starting in mid-January, over COVID-19 policies, clashing with police, vandalizing property and looting. More than 600 people were arrested, most ages 14 and 15.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Tunisia was already suffering from high unemployment and a poor economy. A third of its youth is unemployed. One of Tunisia’s largest industries is tourism, which shrunk dramatically in 2020.

Multinight protests against a COVID-19 curfew in the Netherlands became violent in cities across the country starting in late January, with protesters clashing with police, setting cars and bikes on fire and vandalizing and looting stores. More than 450 people had been arrested as of press time.

Farmers protesting new regulations in India broke through police barricades and stormed the Red Fort in Delhi on Jan. 26. During the incident, one police officer was killed and at least 80 farmers were injured.

The farmers were granted permission to march along the perimeter of the city as long as they avoided Republic Day celebrations. However, the group quickly broke from their agreed-upon path, marching toward central Delhi and the Parliament building.


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