- AFRICA: Central African Republic security forces arrested three men suspected of plotting a coup.
- AMERICAS: Peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels began in Norway.
- ASIA: North Korea threatened an armed response if South Korean activists sent propaganda leaflets over the border
- EUROPE: 28 Turkish soldiers were injured in an attack on a natural gas pipeline by Kurdish rebels.
- MIDDLE EAST: At least 14 Yemeni soldiers and 12 Al Qaeda militants were killed in an attack on a military base in the southern part of the country.
- TECHNOLOGY: US bank Ally Financial was the target of a cyberattack possibly linked to Iranian hackers.
- Syria: Government struck Maarat al-Numan; widespread call for Eid ceasefire
- Airstrikes struck the city of Maarat al-Numan, captured last week by rebel forces, killing dozens.
- Opposition activists accused the government of using cluster munitions against the city.
- UN envoy Brahimi is expected to arrive in the country Friday to call for a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha.
- Germany and Turkey appealed for a truce during the Eid holiday next week.
- Opposition groups expressed support for an Eid ceasefire.
- Coverage: NYT-1, Al Jazeera, AP, CSM, AFP, XIN, NYT-2, Reuters
- Region: Ivory Coast and Liberia announced plans to launch a joint military exercise along their border by the end of the year. (Reuters)
- Central African Republic: Security forces arrested three men suspected of plotting a coup. (Reuters)
- Mali: UN, EU and West African officials met in Bamako to discuss the crisis in the country’s north. (CNN)
- Nigeria: A series of Boko Haram attacks in the northeastern part of the country killed a number of people and destroyed several buildings. (AFP)
- Rwanda: The country won a seat on the UN Security Council. (Reuters)
- Tunisia: A clash between opposition and pro-government supporters reportedly left an opposition official dead in Tatouine. (Al Jazeera)
- Region: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated the US was using excessive force along its border with Mexico. (Reuters)
- Colombia: Peace talks between the government and FARC rebels began in Norway. (WaPo)
- United States: The CIA reportedly urged the government to approve an expansion of its fleet of armed drones. (WaPo)
- Region: China conducted naval exercises in the East China Sea near islands disputed with Japan. (BBC)
- Region: North Korea threatened an armed response if South Korean activists sent propaganda leaflets over the border. (BBC)
- Afghanistan: President Karzai stated the country was ready if the US-led coalition decides to accelerate its handover of security responsibilities. (WaPo)
- Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Balkh province killed at least fifteen and injured eighteen. (AP)
- Myanmar: The US will invite the country to observe the Cobra Gold military exercise. (Reuters)
- Region: EU leaders reached an agreement to set up a eurozone banking supervisor. (BBC)
- Greece: Anti-austerity protests and a general strike hit the country. (BBC)
- Turkey: 28 soldiers were injured in an attack on a natural gas pipeline by Kurdish rebels. (AP)
- Bahrain: The interior ministry reported that a “terrorist bombing” killed one police officer and injured another in Manama. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Four Shiite pilgrims and a police officer were killed by two bomb attacks in the central part of the country. (XIN)
- Yemen: At least fourteen soldiers and twelve Al Qaeda militants were killed in an attack on a military base in the southern part of the country. (NYT)
- Yemen: A US drone strike near Jaar killed at least seven suspected Al Qaeda militants. (Al Jazeera)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: US bank Ally Financial was the target of a cyberattack possibly linked to Iranian hackers. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Maria
- Location: 875 NM NNW of Wake Island
- Movement: E at 12 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Prapiroon
- Location: 270 NM SE of Tokyo
- Movement: ENE at 35 mph
- Winds: 55 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)
- Libya: Anniversary of Gaddafi’s death in Sirte – 2011.
- Pakistan: Anniversary of US and Pakistan start diplomatic relations – 1947.
- Palestinian Territories: West Bank holds municipal elections.
- Russia: APEC meeting held in Vladivostock.