- AFRICA: In Rwanda, a UN expert panel reported traders in Rwanda profiting from smuggled DRC ore are helping fund a rebels in the DRC.
- AMERICAS: In Canada, the Peace Arch border crossing on the US-Canada border was closed after a Canadian agent was shot.
- ASIA: In Afghanistan, a suicide car bomb near the gate of a US-Afghan combat outpost wounded at least ten Afghan troops.
- EUROPE: Greeks opposing a new round of austerity cuts began two days of strikes and protests ahead of an EU summit this week.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, al Qaeda militants killed six pro-government militiamen and wounded eight in an attack on a checkpoint.
- GLOBAL: The UNODC unveiled a digest of more than 200 case analyses and knowledge from more than 50 experts that countries can use to understand different crime-fighting experiences and integrate them into their own strategies.
- TECHNOLOGY: The data mining trade group the Direct Marketing Association launched a one million public relations campaign to forestall regulation of the consumer data-mining industry.
- Syria: Government rejects Eid ceasefire proposed by UN-Arab League envoy.
- The government said the UN-AL envoy Brahimi’s call for a holiday cease-fire was pointless because the rebels have no unified leadership to sign it.
- Brahimi arrived in Lebanon on the latest leg of his second regional tour aimed at finding a solution to the Syria conflict.
- A UN commission investigating rights abuses in the country said foreign militants fighting in Syria could contribute to an increased “radicalization” of the conflict.
- The PKK said it would retaliate to any Turkish attacks on Kurds in Syria.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, CNN
- Libya: Human Rights Watch reported new evidence implicating militias in executions after Gaddafi was captured and killed in Sirte. (AFP)
- Libya: President Obama assumed responsibility for the terror attack in Benghazi shortly after Secretary Clinton sought to take responsibility. (AP)
- Nigeria: Gunfire and multiple explosions hit the city of Potiskum. (AFP)
- Rwanda: A UN expert panel reported traders in Rwanda are profiting from smuggled DRC ore that helps fund rebels in the DRC. (Reuters)
- Region: The Inter American Press Association said violence and authoritarian governments are the main problems for independent press outlets in Latin America. AP)
- Canada: The Peace Arch border crossing on the US-Canada border was closed after a Canadian agent was shot. (AP)
- Mexico: A regional boss of Los Zetas drug cartel along with four other suspected members were arrested by Mexican marines in the northern state of Coahuila. (EFE)
- Nicaragua: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Nicaragua is the only Latin American country that has made progress in food security in the past two years. (Xinhua)
- Region: New Zealand and China Customs agreed to work more closely to fight the smuggling of pharmaceutical products used to make methamphetamine. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: A suicide car bomb near the gate of a US-Afghan combat outpost wounded at least ten Afghan troops. (AP)
- Afghanistan: NATO forces expressed regret for the deaths of three Afghan civilians during an operation against insurgents on 14OCT. (AFP)
- Korea, South: The ROK’s coast guard is holding 23 Chinese fishermen in custody for questioning after a violent clash in the Yellow Sea. (AFP)
- Philippines: President Aquino said there is an effort to revive stalled peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front. (Xinhua)
- Estonia: Russia and Estonia may start consultations on a border treaty the week of 22OCT. (Interfax)
- Georgia: President Saakashvili said he and his party will cooperate with the new government. (Interfax)
- Greece: Those opposing a new round of austerity cuts began two days of strikes and protests ahead of an EU summit this week. (AFP)
- Moldova: A former adviser to the defense minister denied Transdniestria’s claims that Moldova is preparing to host a NATO base on its territory. (Interfax)
- Turkey: Kurdish militants attacked military outposts killing three Turkish soldiers. (Reuters)
- Iran: Economic sanctions imposed by the West have the potential to create a currency shortage in the country. (NYT)
- Israel: Public radio reported PM Netanyahu wants to adopt parts of a report which proposes legalizing unauthorized settler outposts. (AFP)
- Israel: The country’s UN envoy asked the UN to persuade a Swedish ship carrying rights activists not to try to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
- Palestinian Territories: Israeli planes carried out a sortie in the Gaza Strip after a rocket from the territory exploded in southern Israel. (AFP)
- Yemen: Al Qaeda militants killed six Yemeni militiamen and wounded eight in an attack on a checkpoint. (AFP)
- Drug Trafficking: The UNODC unveiled a digest of more than 200 case analyses and knowledge from more than 50 experts that countries can use to understand different crime-fighting experiences and integrate them into their own strategies. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The data mining trade group the Direct Marketing Association launched a one million dollar public relations campaign to forestall regulation of the consumer data-mining industry. (Bits NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Maria)
- Location: 430 NM SE of Tokyo, Japan
- Movement: ENE at 15 mph
- Winds: 57 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Prapiroon)
- Location: 150 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 9 mph
- Winds: 51 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Rafael
- Location: 135 miles E of Bermuda
- Movement: NNE at 33 mph
- Winds: 80 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Paul
- Location: 60 miles SE of Punta Abreojos, Mexico
- Movement: NW at 13 mph
- Winds: 45 mph
- Earthquakes: Celebes Sea
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 337.4 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)
- Europe: EU leaders meet to discuss bailouts for Greece and Spain.
- Azerbaijan: Anniversary of declaration of independence from the USSR – 1991.
- East Germany: Anniversary of Communist leader Honecker’s forced resignation – 1989.
- Pakistan: Sindh general elections held.