- AFRICA: The US is preparing for a stepped-up counterterrorism campaign against AQIM in response to the 11SEP attack on the US consulate in Libya.
- AMERICAS: The secretary of the Mexican marines said its troops burned 119 metric tons of marijuana plants seized in Michoacan.
- ASIA: The Bangladeshi government sent in troops to guard Buddhist neighborhoods after Muslim mobs carried out fresh attacks on temples and homes.
- EUROPE: Georgians started voting in parliamentary polls in the wake of a torture scandal.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh al-Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran removed online blocks on Gmail but a government Internet filtering committee official said other additional censorship was being prepared against YouTube.
- Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack strikes NATO and Afghan forces in Khost; Taliban leader in Nangarhar killed.
- A suicide attack on a joint NATO-Afghan foot patrol killed at least 13 people, including three NATO troops and four Afghan police.
- An attack near a market in Khost left six civilians dead and 37 wounded.
- The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on ISAF troops.
- Afghan and coalition forces killed the prime Taliban leader in Sherzad district in an operation in Nangarhar province.
- Coverage: AP, Reuters, AFP, Xinhua
- Region: The US is preparing for a stepped-up counterterrorism campaign against AQIM in response to the 11SEP attack on the US consulate in Libya. (WSJ)
- Kenya: Two police officers were killed and their rifles stolen near the border with Somalia. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: An explosion and multiple shootings hit a military outpost in Maiduguri. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: Troops from AMISOM and Somali National Army captured the town of Canjeel in outskirts of Kismayo. (Xinhua)
- Haiti: Several thousand people in Port-au-Prince protested the government of President Martelly. (AP)
- Mexico: The secretary of the Mexican marines said its troops burned 119 metric tons of marijuana plants seized in Michoacan. (AP)
- Nicaragua: The National Police seized approximately one ton of cocaine on the country’s southern Caribbean coast. (EFE)
- Venezuela: A crowd estimated to be at least 100,000 people gathered in Caracas to support opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP)
- Bangladesh: The government sent in troops to guard Buddhist neighborhoods after Muslim mobs carried out fresh attacks on temples and homes. (AFP)
- Japan: The cabinet resigned en masse in an indication of a coming reshuffle by PM Noda. (AFP)
- Japan: PM Noda said Japan has no intention to use the ICJ to solve tensions with China over islands in the East China Sea. (Xinhua)
- Kashmir: At least five suspected Muslim militants were killed in a clash with security forces in India-administered Kashmir. (DPA)
- Pakistan: A US drone strike targeting a vehicle killed at least three militants near the Afghan border. (AFP)
- Georgia: Voting in parliamentary polls began in the wake of a torture scandal. (AFP)
- Greece: Finance Minister Stournaras is to hold crucial talks with the country’s international creditors, as the latest controversial round of cuts goes before parliament. (AFP)
- Serbia: The country’s deputy prime minister in charge of “eurointegration” said Serbia is in no rush to meet EU conditions for membership. (DPA)
- Bahrain: The country’s highest court rejected the final appeal by nine medics against their convictions linked to anti-regime protests last year. (AFP)
- Iraq: September was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years, with 365 people killed in attacks. (AFP)
- Palestinian Territories: The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh al-Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader. (AFP)
- Syria: Pro-government media reported fighting between government troops and rebels in Aleppo left 235 rebels dead. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Activists reported at least 15 people were killed when Syrian warplanes raided a village in Idlib. (DPA)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Iran removed online blocks on Gmail but a government Internet filtering committee official said other additional censorship was being prepared against YouTube. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 20W (Twenty)
- Location: A few hundred miles SSE of Tokyo
- Movement: NW at 11 mph
- Winds: 34 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Jelawat)
- Location: 105 NM S of Misawa, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 44 mph
- Winds: 46 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Nadine
- Location: A few hundred miles WSW of the Azores.
- Movement: 6 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 500 miles SW of the Cape Verde Islands
- Movement: WNW at 15 mph
- Earthquakes: Colombia
- Magnitude: 7.3
- Depth: 168.3 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02OCT)
- Asia: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) hosts an international youth forum in Belokurikha, Altai Territory, Russian Federation until 02NOV.
- Guinea: Independence Day celebrated – 1958.