- AFRICA: In Libya at least eleven were killed and an unknown number wounded in clashes near Bani Walid.
- AMERICAS: A Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaeda links was arrested in New York on charges of plotting to destroy the city’s Federal Reserve building.
- ASIA: NATO said its drawdown plans for Afghanistan remain unchanged and that the coalition will stay on in the country until 2014.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel said the EU’s top financial official should have the power to veto the national budgets of member states.
- MIDDLE EAST: US Deputy National Security Adviser McDonough is visiting Iraq and Afghanistan to discuss security.
- TECHNOLOGY: A series of applications called ‘Silent Circle’ that can be used on mobile devices to encrypt communications became publicly available.
- Syria: Iran and Turkey endorse call for ceasefire as violence increases.
- Iran and Turkey declared support on for UN-AL envoy Brahimi’s cease-fire proposal.
- Government warplanes launched a new wave of strikes on the town of Maaret al-Numan, seized by rebels last week.
- The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Brahimi is set to arrive in Damascus on 20OCT.
- Turkey’s armed forces fired back into Syria after a mortar shell landed inside Turkey’s Hatay border province.
- The US said it is still assessing ways to stop the fighting in Syria, including a no-fly zone.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, NYT
- Ivory Coast: High level military chiefs held an emergency meeting to discuss ways to provide “maximum security” for the country’s strategic sites. (Xinhua)
- Libya: At least eleven were killed and an unknown number wounded in clashes near Bani Walid. (AFP)
- Libya: The US renewed its call for Libya to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Qaddafi. (AFP)
- Malawi: FM Chiume said the country is preparing to re-open talks over a long-standing border dispute with Tanzania. (AFP)
- Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the latest attack on peacekeepers in Darfur. (Xinhua)
- Argentina: The Senate approved a bill to lower the voting age to 16 from 18 ahead of a crucial midterm election. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The government and representatives of the FARC are set to continue formal peace talks. (NYT)
- Cuba: The first public statement from Fidel Castro in approximately four months appeared in the state media. (AFP)
- Paraguay: The top Paraguayan envoy in Venezuela said that President Chavez’s government ordered Paraguay’s remaining diplomats to leave. (AP)
- United States: A Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaeda links was arrested in New York on charges of plotting to destroy the city’s Federal Reserve building. (WaPo)
- Region: The US Treasury froze the assets of three Pakistani-based individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other militant organizations. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: NATO said its drawdown plans for Afghanistan remain unchanged and that the coalition will stay on in the country until 2014. (AP)
- India: A landmine attack by Maoist rebels in eastern India killed four policemen. (AFP)
- Korea, South: The ROK called for a “calm response” from China after a Chinese fisherman was killed by a rubber bullet during a ROK coastguard operation. (AFP)
- Pakistan: At least eight militants were killed and seven others injured in Pakistani military air strikes in Khyber Agency. (Xinhua)
- Region: German Chancellor Merkel said the EU’s top financial official should have the power to veto the national budgets of member states. (AFP)
- Region: European leaders are set to discuss plans for a banking union at the 22nd summit since the 2009 crisis in Greece. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: Websites of several Ukrainian opposition parties were knocked offline in what the groups described as government cyberattacks. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: The foreign ministry warned that British security could come under threat if Scotland votes for independence in its 2014 referendum. (AFP)
- Region: US Deputy National Security Adviser McDonough is visiting Iraq and Afghanistan to discuss security. (UPI)
- Iran: The acting commander of the Revolutionary Guard warned that Israel will “definitely” face fierce retaliation if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites. (AP)
- Yemen: A series of explosions hit the headquarters of the First Armored Division in Sanaa. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: A drone strike near Jaar killed at least seven al-Qaeda suspects. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: A series of applications called ‘Silent Circle’ that can be used on mobile devices to encrypt communications became publicly available. (Slate)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Maria)
- Location: 700 NM E of Tokyo, Japan
- Movement: E at 30 mph
- Winds: 46 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Prapiroon)
- Location: 505 NM SW of Yokosuka, Japan
- Movement: NE at 24 mph
- Winds: 46 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19OCT)
- Curacao: Parliamentary elections due.
- Rwanda: Verdict due for opposition figure accused of financing terrorism.