- AFRICA: In Ivory Coast, a new UN report accused exiled allies of the former president of trying to recruit Islamist rebels to destabilize the region.
- AMERICAS: The Mexican navy says top Zetas drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano has most likely been killed in a firefight with marines in Coahuila.
- ASIA: The DPRK said it possessed “strategic rocket forces” capable of striking the US mainland.
- EUROPE: An EU diplomat said Portugal’s international creditors agreed to give the country the next portion of its rescue loans.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israel deployed an anti-missile system in the north a few days after the Israeli air force shot down an unmanned drone that entered Israeli airspace.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Philippine Supreme Court suspended implementation of the country’s anti-cybercrime law while it decides whether certain provisions violate civil liberties.
- Syria: Internal violence escalates as tensions with Turkey continue.
- Two suicide bombers, one driving an ambulance packed with explosives, blasted an air force intelligence base near Damascus.
- Turkish news agency said additional fighter jets have been sent to reinforce an air base in the country’s southeast.
- Turkish President Abdullah Gul called for the international community to take action on Syria.
- Syria accused Turkey of imperialist delusions as Syria and Turkey exchanged mortar fire for the sixth consecutive day.
- NATO SG Rasmussen said the alliance has “all necessary plans in place” to defend Turkey if necessary.”
- Coverage: AFP, AP, Xinhua, NYT, Xinhua-1
- Ivory Coast: A new report from UN experts accused exiled allies of the former president of trying to recruit Islamist rebels to destabilize the region. (AP)
- Libya: The US Embassy in Tripoli requested and received a four-month extension of a 16-member security team. (AP)
- Libya: Shelling by Libyan pro-government forces killed three people in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid. (Reuters)
- Sudan: The ruling National Congress Party condemned a mortar attack by an armed group belonging to Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on South Kordofan. (Xinhua)
- Argentina: DM Puricelli denounced British military maneuvers near the disputed Falkland Islands. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: The FARC rebel group said it has sent a delegation overseas for peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The Navy says top Zetas drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano has most likely been killed in a firefight with marines in Coahuila. (AP)
- Venezuela: President Chavez pledged to become a “better president” and work with the opposition. (AFP)
- Region: Chinese vessels continued to enter waters near the Japanese-controlled islets in the East China Sea, sailing in the contiguous zone for the ninth consecutive day. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Four members of Afghan Local Police were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunduz. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The government rejected a report that the government could collapse after NATO and US forces pull out by the end of 2014. (Xinhua)
- India: US Treasury Secretary Geithner met with Indian Finance Minister Chidambaram in New Delhi to discuss ways to improve economic ties between the two countries. (AP)
- Korea, North: The DPRK said it possessed “strategic rocket forces” capable of striking the US mainland. (NYT)
- Thailand: Suspected Muslim militants shot dead 11 people including three paramilitary rangers in the south. (AFP)
- Bosnia-Herzegovina: The president of the Bosnian Serb entity proposed the complete demilitarization of Bosnia and Herzegovina and pushed for the abolition of armed forces before the entity’s session of parliament. (Xinhua)
- Greece: German Chancellor Merkel is to travel to Greece for talks with leaders amid anti-austerity protests. (DPA)
- Greece: The activist hacker group Anonymous said it had taken down a number of Greek government websites. (Reuters)
- Portugal: An EU diplomat said Portugal’s international creditors agreed to give the country the next portion of its rescue loans. (AP)
- Russia: The military launched air strikes against a suspected hideout of an armed group on the outskirts of Makhachkala. (Interfax)
- Region: Iran’s foreign ministry warned it could cut diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates because of a dispute over three Gulf islands claimed by both countries. (AFP)
- Iraq: PM Maliki said Iraq would not take sides on the Syrian crisis. (Xinhua)
- Israel: The military deployed an anti-missile system in the north a few days after the Israeli air force shot down an unmanned drone that entered Israeli airspace. (ABC)
- United Arab Emirates: The FM said Gulf Arab countries should work together to stop the Muslim Brotherhood plotting to undermine governments in the region. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Security forces detained a man believed to be an American who appeared on a list of wanted al Qaeda suspects. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: The Philippine Supreme Court suspended implementation of the country’s anti-cybercrime law while it decides whether certain provisions violate civil liberties. (AP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Prapiroon)
- Location: 590 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
- Movement: WSW at 5 mph
- Winds: 74 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Post-Tropical Cyclone Olivia
- Location: 900 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
- Movement: SW at 7 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Earthquakes: Banda Sea
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 34.7 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10OCT)
- Canada: Anniversary of Quebec’s Labor and Immigration Minister being kidnapped by gunmen – 1970.
- Czech Republic: German President Jauck visits with Czech leaders.
- North Korea: Anniversary of the founding of the Worker’s Party of Korea – 1945.