- AFRICA: The US named Laurence Pope the new charge d’affaires to Libya.
- AMERICAS: The Mexican Congress approved a law to crack down on money laundering in a bid to attack the finances of drug cartels
- ASIA: In Pakistan, a US drone killed 18 and wounded four.
- EUROPE: The Turkish Parliament extended a bill that allows the military to stage operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
- MIDDLE EAST: Hezbollah Head Nasrallah said the militant group sent a sophisticated unmanned drone, built by Iran, over Israel last week.
- TECHNOLOGY: Defense Secretary Panetta said the US faces a growing threat of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and has drafted new rules for the military that would enable it to move aggressively against digital attacks.
- Syria: Deadliest day for Government forces since beginning of conflict.
- Government forces suffered the highest death toll since the start of rebel hostilities with at least 87 soldiers killed.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 210 people were killed across the country, including 64 rebel fighters and 59 civilians.
- The US voiced support for Turkey’s inspection of a Syrian passenger plane allegedly carrying Russian-made munitions.
- Qatar’s FM said the UN should consider creating a no-fly zone to protect civilians.
- Russia pressed Turkey for an account of what Turkish officials had discovered on board the intercepted jet.
- Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, AP, NYT, The Guardian
- Ghana: The government reiterated its position that it would not allow the use of its territory by forces hostile to the current Ivorian government. (Xinhua)
- Libya: The US named Laurence Pope the new charge d’affaires to Libya. (AFP)
- Mali: The UNSC is set to adopt a draft resolution paving the way for military intervention in Mali. (AFP)
- Tunisia: A controversial blasphemy clause proposed by the ruling Islamist party will not be included in the new constitution. (AFP)
- Region: Bolivia, Brazil and Peru plan to forge a trilateral deal to fight cross-border drug trafficking, production and shipping. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Police seized a ton of cocaine stashed inside an excavator as it was transported from Bogota to the port city of Barranquilla. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The Congress approved a law to crack down on money laundering in a bid to attack the finances of drug cartels. (Reuters)
- Mexico: A US Border Patrol agent opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teenage boy. (AP)
- Nicaragua: The government said Colombia had assumed a “hostile posture” toward a Nicaraguan civilian boat carrying out scientific research in Caribbean waters claimed by both nations. (EFE)
- Region: World Bank Managing Director Indrawati called on China and Japan to resolve their ongoing territorial dispute. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Seven members of Britain’s Royal Marines were arrested in connection with an alleged murder in Afghanistan in 2011. (The Guardian)
- Japan: The FM vowed to continue dialogue with China over the territorial dispute, but warned there were limits on compromise. (AFP)
- Pakistan: A US drone killed 18 and wounded four. (NYT)
- Germany: The finance minister said there is “no alternative” to cutting debt in European countries. (AFP)
- Poland: The PM will seek a confidence vote in a bid to boost support for his government amid an economic decline. (AP)
- Russia: The US said it was still talking to Russia about extending the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Parliament extended a bill that allows the military to stage operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. (AP)
- Iraq: The country’s branch of al Qaeda said it masterminded a jailbreak in Tikrit in September. (Reuters)
- Israel: Hezbollah Head Nasrallah said the militant group sent a sophisticated unmanned drone, built by Iran, over Israel last week. (AFP)
- Jordan: US special operations forces are training Jordanian commandos in techniques to protect civilians in case of a chemical attack from neighboring Syria. (AP)
- Yemen: Authorities seized Iranian military equipment slated for rebels aboard a cargo ship at the port of Hodeidah. (UPI)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Defense Secretary Panetta said the US faces a growing threat of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and has drafted new rules for the military that would enable it to move aggressively against digital attacks. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Prapiroon)
- Location: 380 NM S of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
- Movement: NE at 3 mph
- Winds: 109 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Patty
- Location: 260 miles NE of the central Bahamas
- Movement: SSW at 3 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 30 miles ESE of Saint Lucia
- Movement: NW at 15 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 450 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Movement: W at 15 mph
- Earthquakes: Near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia
- Magnitude: 6.7
- Depth: 24.7 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13OCT)
- Europe: Russia and NATO begin two-day joint exercises focused on air terrorism.
- Yemen: Anniversary of a bomb targeting the British embassy in Sanaa causing damage but no casualties – 2000.