- AFRICA: Libyan PM-elect Shagour presented his cabinet line-up to congress.
- AMERICAS: Election observers in Venezuela stated the basic conditions for transparent elections have been met.
- ASIA: A six-day operation in Wardak province, Afghanistan, left up to 30 Taliban militants dead.
- EUROPE: The Cypriot Council of Ministers convened to approve a final austerity package intended to raise 975 million euros.
- MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb hit a private security convoy in Baghdad, killing four and wounding at least nine others.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Philippines ordered a crackdown after eight government sites were hacked.
- Syria: Turkey and Damascus exchange fire amid international concern.
- Libya: PM-elect Shagour presented the cabinet line-up to the national congress for approval. (DPA)
- Libya: US State Department pledged a full and transparent inquiry into the consulate attack in Benghazi. (AP)
- Somalia: The US welcomed the capture of the port city of Kismayo by African Union and Somali forces.
- Sudan: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ordered a full investigation into the attack that killed four peacekeepers in Darfur. (AFP)
- Colombia: Approximately 600 people fled Nariño due to intense fighting between security forces and the FARC. (EFE)
- Haiti: UN Security Council called on officials to deliver on promises such as strengthening the rule of law and holding transparent elections. (Miami Herald)
- United States: FBI agents raided a Houston, Texas, company accused of exporting high-tech equipment to Russian officials. (Xinhua)
- Venezuela: International observers declared the basic conditions for transparent elections have been met. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: A six-day operation in Wardak province left up to 30 Taliban militants dead. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: President Karzai confirmed that elections are on pace to take place in 2014, denying reports that troop withdrawal and insecurity will suspend the elections. (Xinhua)
- India: Armed forces successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable Prithvi II ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: Former president Arroyo was arrested at a hospital for conspiring to loot nearly 9 million dollars in state lottery funds. (DPA)
- Cyprus: The Council of Ministers convened to approve a final austerity package intended to raise 975 million euros. (Xinhua)
- Georgia: President Saakashvili conceded his party lost the parliamentary election. (AP)
- Ukraine: The government submitted an amnesty bill to parliament, which would not extend amnesty to Tymoshenko. (Interfax)
- Iran: Secretary Clinton said that sanctions could be “remedied in short order” if the Islamic Republic made a sincere effort to curb its nuclear program. (Xinhua)
- Iran: Authorities used aggressive measures to halt the ‘nosedive’ of the country’s currency. (AP)
- Iraq: A car bomb hit a private security convoy in Baghdad, killing four and wounding at least nine others. (AFP)
- Syria: Al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group, claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bomb attacks in Aleppo. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Philippine Justice Secretary De Lima ordered a crackdown after eight government websites were hacked last week. (UPI)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Maliksi)
- Location: 330 nm SE of Yokosuka, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 32 knots
- Winds: 45 knots
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21W (Gaemi)
- Location: 630 NM E of Hue, Vietnam
- Movement: E at 4 knots
- Winds: 40 knots
- Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Nadine
- Location: 185 miles WSW of the Azores
- Movement: NE at 24 mph
- Winds: 45 mph
- Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Oscar
- Movement: NNW at 12 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes (P): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
- Location: Several hundred miles South of the Southern Coast of Mexico
- Movement: W at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05OCT)
- Europe: Malta hosts Dialogue Five Plus Five summit of Maghreb and EU countries.
- Portugal: Republican Day celebrated – 1910.