- AFRICA: At least 36 people have been killed in multiple suicide attacks in Nigeria at a mosque and a residential building.
- AMERICAS: Amid concerns Peru is becoming a narco-state, a new surveillance center is being funded by Britain’s “FBI”.
- ASIA: In Malaysia, authorities have arrested a hacker who they accuse of stealing personal information of US military members and giving it to ISIS.
- EUROPE: European Union leaders agreed on further steps to tackle the “pressing” migration and refugee crisis, following a one-day summit.
- MIDDLE EAST: A senior United Arab Emirates official has said it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department is broadening its overseas efforts against cybercrime, for the first time stationing a legal adviser in Malaysia to help ensure that Southeast Asian countries have the laws and tools to fight hackers.
- Israel & Palestinian Territories: Tensions, violence continue into possible “Day of Rage”.
○ Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has urged Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to hold talks to calm the recent surge of violence.
○ The Israeli government announced it was deploying more troops to the border with Gaza, where Hamas has called for a “Day of Rage”.
○ On Friday, the UN Security Council will take up the matter.
○ Palestinians torched Joseph’s Tomb, a holy site revered by Jews in the West Bank city of Nablus overnight.
○ Israeli citizens who legally own firearms were encouraged by the government to be vigilant and carry them.
○ Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers and police, some during the attacks and others during demonstrations.
- Nigeria: At least 36 people have been killed in multiple suicide attacks in the northeastern Borno state at a mosque and a residential building. (Reuters)
- South Africa: The International Criminal Court has given the country more time to explain why it failed to arrest Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, accused by the ICC of war crimes, when he visited the country in June. (Reuters)
- South Africa: The country’s Strategic Fuel Fund is seeking to import 24 million barrels of oil a year from Iraq to boost its reserves. (Reuters)
- Peru: Amid concerns the country is becoming a narco-state, a new surveillance center is being funded by Britain’s “FBI”. (Independent)
- United States: US law enforcement officials announced they arrested 151 people in a crackdown on synthetic “designer” drugs. (AFP)
- Venezuela: Former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales was arrested on upon his return to the country from exile in Peru. (Reuters)
- Region: China’s defense minister struck a conciliatory tone with Southeast Asia defense chiefs, saying that all needed to work hard to maintain peace and stability. (Reuters)
- Region: Chinese and Indonesian state-owned companies signed a USD 5.5B deal to build the first high-speed railway in Southeast Asia’s top economy. (AFP)
- Indonesia: Police named 10 suspected instigators of this week’s burning of a church and ensuing clashes in the Muslim province of Aceh that killed one person. (DPA)
- Malaysia: Authorities have arrested a hacker who they accuse of stealing personal information of US military members and giving it to ISIS. (CNN)
- Vanuatu: Police reportedly arrested 12 lawmakers, who previously pardoned themselves amid a scandal while the president was out of the country. (AFP)
- Region: EU leaders agreed on further steps to tackle the “pressing” migration and refugee crisis, following a one-day summit. (Xinhua)
- Greece: The EU’s top migration official was visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, a day after seven more migrants drowned in the Aegean Sea. (AFP)
- Greece: The Greek Parliament was expected to approve a first batch of reforms and tax cuts stemming from its third EU bailout. (AFP)
- Iran: The country has honored a deadline for supplying information to the International Atomic Energy Agency for assessing its past nuclear work. (NYT)
- Syria: Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked insurgent fighters south of Aleppo. (Reuters)
- United Arab Emirates: A senior country official has said it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US Justice Department is broadening its overseas efforts against cybercrime, for the first time stationing a legal adviser in Malaysia to help ensure that Southeast Asian countries have the laws and tools to fight hackers. (AP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Koppu (24W)
○ Location: 370 NM E of Manila, Philippines
○ Wind: 92 mph
○ Movement: W at 8 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Champi (25W)
○ Location: 73 NM ENE of Saipan
○ Wind: 69 mph
○ Movement: W at 18 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nora (18E)
○ Location: 231 NM SE of Hilo, Hawaii
○ Wind: 28 mph
○ Movement: WNW at 5 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nineteen-E
○ Location: 1190 miles SW of Baja California, Mexico
○ Wind: 30 mph
○ Movement: W at 13 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Cotopaxi, Ecuador
○ Ash cloud continues to rise from peak. (Earthweek)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases: 28,490 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 15OCT: 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 15OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 15OCT: 971
■ Deaths as of 15OCT: 13
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 15OCT: 1595 (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 15OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17OCT)
- Global: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty