- AFRICA: In Guinea-Bissau, a new government has been formed, according to a presidential decree, ending a two-month political stalemate.
- AMERICAS: In Chile, some 5,000 people turned out for a march in support of the indigenous Mapuche people that ended in clashes between hooded militants and police.
- ASIA: The Philippines backed a reported US plan to challenge China’s territorial claims by deploying a Navy ship close to a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: International investigators have concluded Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
- MIDDLE EAST: Two rockets struck the Russian embassy in Damascus as several hundred people gathered outside to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: South Korea, Japan and China will hold talks on cyber affairs on 15OCT in Seoul to seek ways to promote cooperation in the field.
- Iran: Nuclear deal gains parliamentary support, still requires final approval.
- Iran’s parliament voted to support implementing the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, sending the measure to a council of senior clerics before its final approval.
- Lawmakers passed a bill allowing the Iranian government to implement the agreement, with 161 voting in favor, 56 against and 13 abstentions.
- Many lawmakers strongly opposed the accord President Hassan Rouhani’s government reached with world powers on 14JUL, and the vote removes an obstacle to putting the agreement into practice.
- The final say on all matters of state, including the nuclear deal, rests with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
- Parliament insisted that international inspectors would have only limited access to military sites.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ
- Benin: The government has decided to register the nation’s overseas population from 25OCT in 32 countries across the world for its 2016 presidential election. (Xinhua)
- Guinea-Bissau: A new government has been formed, according to a presidential decree, ending a two-month political stalemate. (AFP)
- Tunisia: Islamists militants killed two Tunisian soldiers who were seeking to free a man kidnapped in a mountainous area near the border with Algeria. (Reuters)
- Chile: Some 5,000 people turned out in the Chilean capital for a march in support of the indigenous Mapuche people ended in clashes between hooded militants and police. (EFE)
- Mexico: Former Colima governor Fernando Morena Pena was shot while having breakfast at a restaurant and was in stable but “delicate” condition. (AFP)
- Mexico: Thousands of teachers went on strike to demand that the government resume a dialogue with them concerning their demands. (EFE)
- Region: The Philippines backed a reported US plan to challenge China’s territorial claims by deploying a Navy ship close to a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Explosions and sporadic gunfire rocked the outskirts of Ghazni after the Taliban attempted to storm the southeastern city. (AFP)
- Myanmar: Voting was cancelled across parts of the country’s conflict-scarred north, as hopes receded for a nationwide ceasefire before historic polls in November. (AFP)
- Philippines: A military official said Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga town has been freed by Abu Sayyaf militants after six months of jungle captivity in the south. (AP)
- South Korea: The country’s last patient, who had been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), was hospitalized again, the country’s health authorities said. (Xinhua)
- Region: International investigators have concluded Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine. (AFP)
- Belarus: The EU has agreed to suspend sanctions against the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko after he was re-elected. (AFP)
- Germany: Facing a record migrant influx, the country will extend its temporary border controls until the end of October, with a special focus on the Austrian border. (AFP)
- Turkey: Istanbul has banned a protest and march by the same trade union and civic society groups who lost friends and colleagues in the country’s bloodiest terror attack. (AP)
- Region: The US and Russia must not allow the conflict in Syria to develop into a full-blown proxy war, China’s ruling Communist Party said. (AP)
- Syria: The nation’s al-Qaida affiliate described Russia’s military intervention as a “new Crusader campaign” aiming to save the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP)
- Syria: An attack to drive Islamic State from its base of operations in Raqqa is expected within weeks, according to the head of one of the militias expected to take part in the US-backed operation. (Reuters)
- Syria: Two rockets struck the Russian embassy in Damascus as several hundred people gathered outside to express their support for Moscow’s air war in the country. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: South Korea, Japan and China will hold talks on cyber affairs on 15OCT in Seoul to seek ways to promote cooperation in the field. (Kyodo)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 24W
- Location: 155 NM NW of Andersen AFB, Guam
- Wind: 28 mph
- Movement: W at 25 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nora (18E)
- Location: 602 NM SE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 51 mph
- Movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,457 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 12OCT: 571,650 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 23,483
- Deaths as of 12OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 12OCT: 971
- Deaths as of 12OCT: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 12OCT: 1589 (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 12OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14OCT)
- Japan: Fitness Day
- Tanzania: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day