- AFRICA: Gunmen in Nigeria killed at least 26 at a student’s hostel in Mubi.
- AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC confirmed that peace talks are planned to begin on 15OCT in Oslo.
- ASIA: The Japanese Coast Guard reported that Chinese ships had entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands for a second day.
- EUROPE: Spanish PM Rajoy denied reports that a request for a bailout by the government was imminent.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Ahmadinejad connected a sharp decline in the rial’s value to US led sanctions
- TECHNOLOGY: Mass production of the iPad Mini tablet was reported to have begun.
- Syria: Deadly explosions strike Aleppo, Hezbollah fighters die in country, state lashed out at former Hamas ally
- Pro-government Sham FM reported government troops killed 300 insurgents in the town of al Qusair, near Homs.
- Three explosions struck government controlled areas of Aleppo, killing at least 27.
- A Lebanese security official reported a Hezbollah commander and several fighters were killed in Syria.
- State TV criticized Hamas chief Khaled Meshal, a former ally of the regime.
- Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, AP, NYT, Xinhua
- Region: The US was reported to be expanding its covert operations capability in North Africa. (AP)
- Ivory Coast: A military tribunal started the first trial stemming from last year’s postelection violence. (AP)
- Libya: US officials reported they were tracking suspects in last month’s attack on US diplomatic personnel in Benghazi. (NYT)
- Libya: Armed groups clashed near the Gaddafi-supporter stronghold of Bani Walid, leaving at least one dead. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Gunmen killed at least 26 at a student’s hostel in Mubi. (BBC)
- Somalia: Militants detonated a bomb in Kismayu as government troops consolidated their hold over the former al Shabaab stronghold. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The government and FARC confirmed peace talks are planned to begin on 15OCT in Oslo. (Xinhua)
- Dominican Republic: A large international drug ring operated by Dominicans, Jamaicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Americans and Bahamians that provided planes used to smuggle drugs from South America into the US has been dismantled. (EFE)
- Mexico: A video allegedly showing the mayor of Teloloapan cutting a deal with drug traffickers. (EFE)
- Mexico: A US official stated the attack on a US embassy vehicle may be linked to the Beltran Leyva cartel. (AP)
- Region: The Japanese Coast Guard reported Chinese ships had entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands for a second day. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: An airstrike killed Taliban commander Mullah Sadeq in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
- Myanmar: Opposition leader Suu Kyi finished her trip to the US saying Myanmar has to develop its own form of democracy. (AFP)
- Philippines: Talks continued between government and MILF negotiators in Malaysia. (AP)
- Macedonia: The opposition filed a motion of no-confidence against the government in parliament. The parliament speaker is expected to convene the vote on Friday. (Xinhua)
- Russia: FM Lavrov stated Russia and the US had to do more to improve relations. (Reuters)
- Spain: PM Rajoy denied reports that a request for a bailout by the government was imminent. (WSJ)
- Turkey: A military operation killed four PKK militants in the eastern part of the country. (Xinhua)
- Iran: President Ahmadinejad connected a sharp decline in the rial’s value to US led sanctions. (NYT)
- Iraq: The government began inspecting Syria-bound Iranian aircraft for weapons. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: The powers of the religious police, charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality but often accused of abuses, will be curbed. (AFP)
- Yemen: Suspected al Qaeda militants attacked an army post in the southern part of the country, killing two. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: A group of southern separatist groups stated they would boycott a national dialog proposed by the government for next month. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Tablet Computing: Mass production of the iPad Mini tablet started. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Maliksi
- Location: 580 NM SSE of Tokyo, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 20 mph
- Winds: 50 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Gaemi
- Location: 575 NM E of Hue, Vietnam
- Movement: WSW at 5 mph
- Winds: 65 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
- Location: 525 miles WSW of the Azores
- Movement: E at 9 mph
- Winds: 50 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 1000 miles W of the Cape Verde islands
- Movement: NW at 10-15 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: South of Guatemala
- Movement: W to WNW at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04OCT)
- Global: Anniversary of Sputnik satellite blasting into space – 1957.
- Somalia: Anniversary of US forces killed in gun battle – 1993.