- AFRICA: In Ethiopia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with PM Hailemariam Desalegn to focus on the country’s newly declared state of emergency.
- AMERICAS: The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced they would launch peace negotiations on 27OCT in Ecuador.
- ASIA: Top Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida says he has been barred from leaving the country, after he reported a row between military and government officials.
- EUROPE: Poland says it rejected a multi-billion euro deal to buy Airbus military helicopters because it was bad for state security.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli authorities have barred Palestinians from entering the country from the occupied West Bank or the Gaza Strip ahead of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.
- TECHNOLOGY: Samsung Electronics halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and told owners to stop using them while it investigates reports of fires.
- Europe: Tension rises between Russia and France as Putin cancels visit.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will not come to Paris next week after declining to meet President Francois Hollande only for talks on Syria.
- Putin’s decision came after Russia blocked a UN Security Council resolution proposed by France and Spain on ending the hostilities in Syria.
- Mr. Hollande suggested Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Syria’s city of Aleppo.
- Putin was due to visit for the opening of a Russian Orthodox Church in Paris on 19OCT.
- Meanwhile, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said, “This is the heaviest Russian bombardment since the Syrian regime announced it would reduce the bombardment” on 05OCT.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters
- Ethiopia: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with PM Hailemariam Desalegn to focus on the country’s newly declared state of emergency. (AP)
- Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam Desalegn said police did not used violent tactics against protesters and the government would investigate such incidents. (Reuters)
- South Africa: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be prosecuted for fraud in a move that sent the rand tumbling over concerns about political rivalry and the country’s fragile economy. (AFP)
- Region: The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced they would launch peace negotiations on 27OCT in Ecuador. (AFP)
- Region: The US will provide Colombia with USD 10M to help its efforts to clear landmines in the South American country. (Reuters)
- Colombia: Former President Alvaro Uribe proposed that leaders of the FARC rebel group lose their freedom for at least five years and they be banned from elected office as part of changes to a peace deal between the government and the insurgents. (Reuters)
- Haiti: In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthews, the country is fighting a growing cholera outbreak. (AFP)
- Region: Beijing and Russia rapped Washington for its interventions in Asia, as tensions grow between over disputes in the South China Sea and how to handle increasingly erratic North Korea. (AFP)
- Region: South Korea said it would use greater force against Chinese boats fishing illegally in its waters and summoned China’s ambassador to protest the issue. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: A government delegation will visit the western Rakhine State in the wake of coordinated attacks on police posts close near the Bangladeshi border. (EFE)
- Pakistan: Top Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida says he has been barred from leaving the country, after he reported a row between military and government officials. (BBC)
- Thailand: The country’s most prominent opposition Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan, was jailed after a court ruled that he breached bail conditions by criticizing the ruling junta. (AFP)
- Germany: Federal police re-opened a train station in the southwest town of Rastatt after finding nothing suspicious following a bomb threat. (Reuters)
- Poland: The government says it rejected a multi-billion euro deal to buy Airbus military helicopters because it was bad for state security. (AP)
- Turkey: Deryan Aktert, the ruling party’s top official in the mainly Kurdish, southeast town of Dicle, was killed in a still-unclaimed attack. (AP)
- Region: Israeli authorities have barred Palestinians from entering the country from the occupied West Bank or the Gaza Strip ahead of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday. (AFP)
- Region: The Israeli military says it demolished the home of a Palestinian convicted of being an accomplice to a deadly attack on Israelis last year. (AP)
- Iran: The country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps fought off an attack near its eastern border by the Kurdish separatist Party of Free Life of Kurdistan. (Xinhua)
- Iran: A reconnaissance plane belonging to the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards crashed in the southeast of the country, killing two people. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Iraqi security forces deployed in and around Karbala to protect hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocking to the shrine city for annual mourning rituals. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Samsung Electronics halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and told owners to stop using them while it investigates reports of fires. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Songda
- Location: 310 NM NE of Iwo To, Japan
- Winds: 115 mph
- Movement: N at 6 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
- Location: 380 NM S of Bermuda
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: N at 6 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 07OCT: 196,436 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 07OCT: 107,513
- Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16SEP: 1,806 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 06OCT: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 06OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 06OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12OCT)
- Azerbaijan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit
- Brazil: Lady of Aparecida Day – 1980
- Equatorial Guinea: Independence Day – 1968
- Indonesia: Anniversary of Bali Resort Bombing – 2002
- Laos: Day of Liberation – 1954
- Pakistan: Anniversary of the Pakistani military coup – 1999
- Russia: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to visit St. Petersburg (to 14OCT)
- Spain: Fiesta Nacional de Espana – 1492
- Turkey: Meeting between members and non-members of oil cartel OPEC to take place in Istanbul
- Venezuela: Opposition to hold nationwide protest to push for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro
- Yemen: Anniversary of the USS Cole bombing – 2000
- Islam: Day of Ashura / Muharram
- Judaism: Yom Kippur