- AFRICA: Clashes between the army and extremist groups killed three civilians and injured 13 others in Libya’s Benghazi.
- AMERICAS: Fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman injured his leg and face while eluding capture in Mexico.
- ASIA: Two were killed in a shooting attack on Shiite worshippers marking Ashura in Iran, one of the holiest commemorations of the faith.
- EUROPE: Croatia is set to divert migrants to Slovenia after Hungary announced it would close its border with the country.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi military forces and the Shiite militias fighting alongside them announced that they had retaken the oil refinery at Baiji from Islamic State militants.
- TECHNOLOGY: IBM has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, according to two people briefed on the practice, making it the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing’s recent demands for a stronger hand in foreign technology there.
- Turkey: The country’s airforce downed a drown believed to belong to Russia
○ The drone was shot down along Turkey’s border with Syria.
○ The aircraft was warned three times to turn back before being fired upon.
○ The craft’s wreckage was examined and showed indications of belonging to a Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance drone.
○ Turkey has accused Russia of intentionally violating its airspace.
○ The downing of the drone falls within the rules of engagement, Turkey says.
- Central African Republic: Inter-communal fighting killed at least three in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood. (AP)
- Ethiopia: Four bloggers and journalists were acquitted of terrorism after 18 months in jail. (BBC)
- Libya: Clashes between the army and extremist groups killed three civilians and injured 13 others in Benghazi. (XIN)
- Mexico: Fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman injured his leg and face while eluding capture. (AFP)
- Mexico: Authorities seized a truckload of 27,000 liters of chemical precursors used to make synthetic drugs. (EFE)
- Uruguay: The country rolled out a new digital passport that was demanded by Washington as a precondition for talks on allowing Uruguayans to enter the United States without a visa. (EFE)
- Region: Russia and its allies decided to step up their military activities in the border regions near Afghanistan to prevent militants from fanning out in the region. (NYT)
- Australia: Two men accused of supplying the revolver used to kill a police accountant outside a Sydney police building two weeks ago were formally charged with terrorism-related offenses. (AP)
- Iran: Two were killed in a shooting attack on Shiite worshippers marking Ashura, one of the holiest commemorations of the faith. (AFP)
- Kyrgyzstan: Security services killed a terrorist involved in a jailbreak that left four prison guards dead. (AFP)
- Region: Three Dutch nationals were arrested at the Bulgaria-Turkey border on suspicion of participating in a terrorist organisation will be extradited, a Bulgarian court announced. (AFP)
- Region: Croatia is set to divert migrants to Slovenia after Hungary announced it would close its border with the country. (AFP)
- Greece: The country’s parliament narrowly adopted further reforms demanded by international creditors in return for further bailout funds. (AFP)
- Spain: Police “smashed” a network which smuggled Moroccans into the country, arresting seven Moroccans and freeing a man they were holding hostage. (AFP)
- Switzerland: The country’s top prosecutor filed charges accusing four Iraqis linked to the radical Islamic State group of plotting terror attacks in Europe. (AP)
- Ukraine: The OSCE mission in the country confirms that all weaponry slated for pullback is kept at storage sites. (Interfax)
- Iraq: The country’s military forces and the Shiite militias fighting alongside them announced that they had retaken the oil refinery at Baiji from Islamic State militants. (NYT)
- Israel: The country’s soldiers and a settler shot and killed three Palestinians who tried to stab Jews in separate incidents in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: A gunman killed five people at a Shiite gathering in the east of the country before being shot dead by police. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communication: IBM has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, according to two people briefed on the practice, making it the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing’s recent demands for a stronger hand in foreign technology there. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Koppu (24W)
○ Location: 96 NM E of Manilla, Philippines
○ Wind: 132 mph
○ Movement: W at 6 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Champi (25W)
○ Location: 78 NM ESE of Iwo To, Japan
○ Wind: 104 mph
○ Movement: W at 7 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02P (Two)
○ Location: 268 NM ENE of Naumea, New Caledonia
○ Wind: 35 mph
○ Movement: W at 17 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
- 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 16OCT: 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 16OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 16OCT: 971
■ Deaths as of 16OCT: 13
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 16OCT: 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 16OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)
- Azerbaijan: Anniversary of declaration of independence from Soviet Union
- Central African Republic: Presidential elections
- Egypt: Parliamentary elections
- Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic local elections