- AFRICA: French DM Le Drian said an African intervention to oust islamist militants from the north of Mali will start “in a matter of weeks.”
- AMERICAS: The Cuban foreign ministry said Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel as of 14JAN13.
- ASIA: Japan reported armed Chinese naval vessels in waters near the disputed islands.
- EUROPE: Police in eastern France and Germany made 42 arrests in raids aimed at dismantling a network of Albanian heroin traffickers.
- MIDDLE EAST: The US said Hezbollah is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Assad’s “killing machine.”
- TECHNOLOGY: The Kaspersky Lab said it found a program related to Flame dubbed “miniFlame” that can carry out more precise attacks on targets in the Middle East.
- Libya: US weighs options for response in Libya.
- The White House put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into position to operate in Africa.
- Secretary Clinton told US media that she will take the blame for any shortcomings in the handling of the attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
- The Pentagon and State Department are helping the Libyan government create a new commando force to combat Islamist extremists.
- Libyan security forces started a large-scale search in Tripoli after a mass prison break.
- Coverage: NYT, Xinhua, AFP, AP, WSJ, BBC
- Region: AQIM appointed a new deputy and relieved Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of two top commanders in northern Mali. (AFP)
- Mali: French DM Le Drian said an African intervention to oust Islamist militants from the north of Mali will start “in a matter of weeks.” (AFP)
- Nigeria: Gunfire and 15 separate explosions hit the northeastern city of Maiduguri, long under siege by Boko Haram. (AP)
- Sierra Leone: A group of 28 EU long-term observers from 22 member states and Norway are to be deployed throughout the country. (Xinhua)
- Sudan: A monitoring group said Sudanese security forces burned and looted a village in South Kordofan State in May and filmed the attack. (Reuters)
- Argentina: President Fernandez dismissed Navy Chief of Staff Paz over Ghana’s seizure of an Argentine frigate. (Xinhua)
- Chile: Protesters supporting Chile’s Mapuche Indians clashed with police, leaving sixteen people arrested and six police officers injured. (AFP)
- Colombia: The chief of the FARC said all members of the group are “enthusiastic” about the coming round of peace talks. (Xinhua)
- Cuba: The foreign ministry said Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel as of 14JAN13. (AP)
- Mexico: Interior Minister Poire said Mexico is making progress in its fight against drug cartels. (Reuters)
- Region: Japan reported armed Chinese naval vessels in waters near the disputed islands. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: An intelligence agent carried out a suicide attack that killed two Americans and four Afghans on 13OCT, making it the latest in a series of “insider” attacks. (AFP)
- India: US PACOM ADM Locklear III encouraged a closer defense relationship between the US and India. (AP)
- India: The government will address a rise in cyberattacks by training up to 500,000 computer specialists over the next five years. (DPA)
- Korea, South: The ROK and the US are scheduled to hold high-level security talks over coordination of policy toward the DPRK. (Xinhua)
- Region: Police in eastern France and Germany made 42 arrests in raids aimed at dismantling a network of Albanian heroin traffickers. (AFP)
- Region: British PM Cameron and German Chancellor Merkel said “more work was needed” to reach deal on a European banking union. (AFP)
- Portugal: Eleven people were injured in protests over a new austerity budget. (DPA)
- Serbia: President Nikolic said Serbia will abandon its goal of joining the EU if it insists that Belgrade recognize Kosovo’s independence. (AFP)
- Turkey: PKK rebels kidnapped four people in southeastern Turkey. (Xinhua)
- Region: The US said Hezbollah is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Assad’s “killing machine.” (AP)
- Syria: New EU sanctions banned all government ministers from travelling to the EU and froze all of their assets in the bloc. (DPA)
- Syria: Government planes launched pre-dawn air raids on rebel positions around Maaret al-Numan. (AFP)
- Yemen: Government forces derailed a terrorist operation by al Qaeda militants in Aden. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: The Kaspersky Lab said it found a program related to Flame dubbed “miniFlame” that can carry out more precise attacks on targets in the Middle East. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Maria)
- Location: 135 NM N of Iwo To, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 17 mph
- Winds: 63 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Prapiroon)
- Location: 285 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
- Movement: WSW at 4 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Rafael
- Location: 445 miles S of Bermuda
- Movement: NNE at 16 mph
- Winds: 85 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Paul
- Location: 245 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
- Movement: NNE at 20 mph
- Winds: 110 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17OCT)
- Global: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
- Europe: European Peoples Party Congress held in Bucharest, Romania.
- Russia: Humanitarian PACE reporter visits Russia on the status of the southern Caucasus region.
- Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of oil embargo – 1973.
- Yemen: Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole at the Port of Aden – 2000.