- AFRICA: South Sudan’s sacked VP Riek Machar vowed to return, insisting his rebel faction could still negotiate a peace deal with President Salva Kiir.
- AMERICAS: The Colombian army killed an ELN rebel and captured four others days before peace talks between the leftist guerrillas and the government are set to open.
- ASIA: The Taliban and the Afghan government have restarted secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar.
- EUROPE: Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine will hold a summit in Berlin on 19OCT to “evaluate the implementation” of the Minsk peace accords for Ukraine.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces are “ahead of schedule”, the Pentagon said, as they begin the second day of the battle to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State.
- TECHNOLOGY: Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said its founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador.
- Syria: Pro-government bombing halted ahead of ceasefire.
- Russian and Syrian troops suspended bombing sorties around Aleppo in preparation for aid convoys to reach the besieged Syrian city.
- Syrian rebels, including al-Qaida militants, as well as the wounded and the sick will be allowed to leave to the neighboring rebel-held province of Idlib.
- Russian warplanes pounded the rebel-held areas of Aleppo shortly before announcing the suspension, activists say.
- Military experts would meet in Geneva to start work on separating “terrorists” from Syria’s moderate opposition, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said.
- Syria and Russia do not appear to have discussed the halting of airstrikes with the US and the United Kingdom.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ
- Kenya: A Kenyan night guard was killed during a shootout between the police and Al-Shabaab militants near the Somali border. (Xinhua)
- Libya: US aircraft hit Islamic State targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: The country’s sacked VP Riek Machar vowed to return, insisting his rebel faction could still negotiate a peace deal with President Salva Kiir. (BBC)
- Brazil: Police fired tear gas in downtown Rio de Janeiro at protesters during a budget plan protest. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The army killed an ELN rebel and captured four others days before peace talks between the leftist guerrillas and the government are set to open. (AFP)
- Mexico: Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias, a federal judge whose court has handled some cases related to drug cartels, has been killed near Mexico City. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: The Taliban and the Afghan government have restarted secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar. (Guardian)
- Bangladesh: The opposition Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami swore in Maqbul Ahmed as its new leader, after the execution of several of its top members. (AFP)
- Japan: The government expects the abdication of Emperor Akihito to take place in 2018. (IANS)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea plans to bring forward its homegrown missile defense program and preemptive strike capability against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. (Xinhua)
- Thailand: Thais should “socially sanction” those who defame the monarchy following King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said. (AFP)
- Region: The EU warned that Europe must be prepared for a new influx of Islamic State jihadists if Iraqi forces retake the group’s stronghold of Mosul. (AFP)
- Region: Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine will hold a summit in Berlin on 19OCT to “evaluate the implementation” of the Minsk peace accords for Ukraine. (AFP)
- Region: EU Foreign Trade Commissioner Margot Malmstroem acknowledged member states will likely be unable to back a landmark trade deal with Canada as scheduled but was optimistic the deal could still be signed next week. (AP)
- United Kingdom: The British economy will weather the effects of uncertainty over Brexit this year, but will suffer a downturn in 2017, an EY ITEM Club report suggests. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Anti-ISIS forces are “ahead of schedule”, the Pentagon said, as they begin the second day of the battle to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State. (BBC)
- Iraq: Thousands of Iraqis gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad to protest Turkey’s continued military presence north of Mosul. (DPA)
- United Arab Emirates: Police in Abu Dhabi arrested three foreigners for trying to sell smuggled antiquities. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said its founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Haima
- Location: 644 NM E of Manila, Philippines
- Winds: 140 mph
- Movement: WNW at 14 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Sarika
- Location: 217 NM NE of da nang, Vietnam
- Winds: 80 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
- Location: 295 NM E of Cape Race, Newfoundland
- Winds: 70 mph
- Movement: NE at 25 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 07OCT: 196,436 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 07OCT: 107,513
- Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13OCT: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 13OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19OCT)
- Germany: Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Berlin for talks with some leaders of the European Union and Ukraine
- Luxembourg: Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to visit (to 20OCT)
- South Atlantic Region: Britain to hold military exercises in the Falkland Islands (to 28OCT)
- South Korea and the United States: South Korean FM Yun Byung Se and Defense Minister Han Min Koo will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in Washington
- Ukraine: Ukraine-EU political consultations with participation of Poroshenko, EU institutions’ leaders to be held in Brussels
- United States: Anniversary of Black Monday crash – 1987