- AFRICA: AQIM urged Muslims to kill representatives of the US government in the region in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam.
- AMERICAS: In Mexico, at least 132 convicts escaped from a prison near the US border through a tunnel they dug in the old carpentry workshop.
- ASIA: Chinese DM Liang Guanglie said his country reserved the right to take “further actions” to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan.
- EUROPE: Russian President Putin urged an increase to defense capabilities amid the “growing use of force in international affairs.”
- MIDDLE EAST: Foreign Ministers from the regional “contact group” on Syria agreed at talks in Cairo to hold more consultations in New York later this month.
- TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a new zero-day exploit.
- Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul and ongoing violent protests.
- A suicide car bomber killed 12 people, nine of them foreigners, in an attack claimed by a militant group insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami.
- The group said the attack was in retaliation for the anti-Islam film.
- Several hundred Afghan university students clashed with police and set fire to photographs of US President Obama in another protest in Kunduz.
- NATO scaled back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks and reduce local tensions over the anti-Islam film.
- Protests continued in other countries in the region, with clashes between police and protesters in Kashmir.
- Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, AFP, NYT, Reuters
- Region: AQIM urged Muslims to kill representatives of the US government in the region in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam. (Reuters)
- Region: An ECOWAS envoy to the UNSC said West African nations need fighter jets and other international military support to beat the Islamists who seized northern Mali. (AFP)
- Libya: A State Department official refused to call the attack on the US mission in Benghazi “an act of terror,” saying a full investigation had to be completed first. (AFP)
- Mali: The UN human rights commissioner said Islamists in northern Mali have committed serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes. (AP)
- Somalia: Forces battling Islamist fighters advanced on the key insurgent bastion of Kismayo. (AFP)
- South Africa: Negotiators seeking to end a damaging South African miners’ strike have hopes of a solution by the end of the week. (AFP)
- Mexico: At least 132 convicts escaped from a Mexican prison near the US border through a tunnel they dug in an old carpentry workshop. (AFP)
- Peru: The National Police seized a Bolivian-flagged light aircraft loaded with 349 kg of cocaine. (Xinhua)
- United States: Authorities isolated and searched two planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport after receiving hijack threats, but found no explosives. (Xinhua)
- United States: Louisiana State University was temporarily evacuated yesterday after a bomb threat was called in. (AP)
- Afghanistan: NATO said it arrested a Taliban leader wanted for an attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand province. (AFP)
- China: DM Liang Guanglie called for more efforts to promote improved military ties between China and the US. US Defense Secretary Panetta invited China to send a ship to participate in the RIMPAC 2014 exercise. (Xinhua, Xinhua-1)
- China: DM Liang Guanglie said his country reserved the right to take “further actions” to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan. (AFP)
- Korea, South: The military will host a multinational navy drill aimed at curbing trafficking in weapons of mass destruction. (AFP)
- Myanmar: About 60 political prisoners have been freed a day after the government announced amnesty for hundreds of detainees. (AFP)
- Philippines: The government and the MILF insurgents are drafting a preliminary peace agreement that can be signed this year, but the insurgents say they won’t disarm until a final pact is concluded in a few years. (AP)
- Region: Russian DM Serdyukov will discuss prospects for military cooperation with Armenian DM Oganyan. (Itar-Tass)
- Region: The IMF acknowledged the rules of the EU currency zone created “serious challenges” for designing bailout programs. (Reuters)
- Macedonia: The EU cautioned Macedonia to build constructive and compassionate relations with its neighbors in order to aid its accession to the 27-member bloc. (Xinhua)
- Moldova: PM Filat will meet with President Shevchuk of the unrecognized Trans-Dniester republic before the end of the week to discuss the Dniester conflict. (Itar-Tass)
- Romania: EC President Barroso called on PM Ponta to “remove all doubts” on his government’s commitment to judicial independence. (AFP)
- Russia: President Putin urged Russia to increase its defense capability amid the “growing use of force in international affairs.” (Xinhua)
- Iran: The country proposed it, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey dispatch observers to its ally Syria in an effort to quell the violence. (AFP)
- Lebanon: The leader of the militant Hezbollah group exhorted hundreds of thousands of supporters to keep up the campaign against an anti-Islam video. (AP)
- Syria: Foreign Ministers from the regional “contact group” on Syria agreed at talks in Cairo to hold more consultations in New York later this month. (AFP)
- Yemen: Hundreds of citizens demonstrated against an anti-Islam film and rejected the arrival of an extra 50 US Marines for embassy protection. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a new zero-day exploit. (Mashable)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
- Location: 490 miles WSW of the Azores
- Movement: NE at 8 mph
- Winds: 60 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Lane
- Location: 1180 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
- Movement: NNW at 9 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19SEP)
- Asia: Russian President Putin visits Kazakhstan to participate in the 9th Russian-Kazakh Inter-Regional Cooperation Forum.
- Mexico: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake in Mexico City – 1985.