- AFRICA: The Egyptian government will trim working hours as it seeks to encourage higher turnout for the second day of voting in the first parliamentary elections in more than three years.
- AMERICAS: Canadians appear set to end nine years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative rule at the ballot box and elect a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau.
- ASIA: Close to 400 South Koreans gathered before crossing into North Korea for a rare reunion with separated family members.
- EUROPE: Thousands of migrants clamored to enter Croatia from Serbia, their passage slowed by a Slovenian effort to impose limits on the flow to western Europe.
- MIDDLE EAST: The US is planning a meeting with Russian, Saudi and Turkish leaders to seek an end to the Syrian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
- TECHNOLOGY: Chinese government hackers have attempted in the past few weeks to penetrate the networks of US companies despite a pledge by China’s president that they would not do so.
- Israel & the Palestinian Territories: International attention and efforts at quelling violence begins to rise.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was vital that Israeli and Palestinian leaders clarify the status around the al-Aqsa compound and agree on steps that can be taken to calm unrest during talks this week.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry said a proposed international presence at the Jerusalem holy site at the center of escalating Israeli, Palestinian tension and violence is not needed.
- An Arab attacker armed with a gun and a knife opened fire in a southern Israeli bus station, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people.
- In recent days, several new roadblocks and checkpoints have been installed in Palestinian sections of Jerusalem.
- The violence has caught Israeli security forces off guard as most of the attacks have been carried out by “lone-wolf” assailants who were not working in an organized cell or with formal political support.
- Coverage: AP, AP-2, CNN, FT, Reuters
- Algeria: As many as four people were killed in a factory explosion in northern Algeria, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: The government will trim working hours as it seeks to encourage higher turnout for the second day of voting in the first parliamentary elections in more than three years. (DPA)
- Nigeria: Two female suicide bombers killed at least 11 people after hiding among residents fleeing a suspected Boko Haram attack on a remote village. (AFP)
- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff sprang to the defense of her embattled finance minister, saying she would not be pressured into sacking him. (AFP)
- Canada: Canadians appear set to end nine years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative rule at the ballot box and elect a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau. (AFP)
- Mexico: The US State Department has decided that the country failed to reach some human rights goals, triggering a cutoff of millions of dollars in aid. (WP)
- Korean Peninsula: Close to 400 South Koreans gathered before crossing into North Korea for a rare reunion with separated family members. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: North Korea criticized South Korean President Park Geun-hye for her latest denuclearization deal with US President Barack Obama. (Yonhap)
- Laos: Half a million doses of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) will be distributed to at risk groups as health authorities respond to the dangers posed by the virus. (Xinhua)
- Thailand: A roadside bomb killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded five others in the violence-plagued south, where the military is fighting Malay Muslim insurgents. (Reuters)
- Region: NATO was to begin Trident Juncture, an exercise seen as the biggest test of the trans-Atlantic alliance’s capabilities conducted since 2002. (DPA)
- Region: Thousands of migrants clamored to enter Croatia from Serbia, their passage slowed by a Slovenian effort to impose limits on the flow to western Europe. (Reuters)
- France: Jean-Yves Le Drian will have to resign as defense minister if he wins the presidency of Brittany in December’s regional elections, President Francois Hollande said. (Reuters)
- Germany: Police are expecting tens of thousands of people to take to the streets during the march through the city of Dresden by the anti-Islamic Pegida movement. (DPA)
- Region: The New Zealand government welcomed a move by Spain for ministerial-level talks on the Middle East at the UN Security Council this week. (Xinhua)
- Syria: The US is planning a meeting with Russian, Saudi and Turkish leaders to seek an end to the Syrian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said. (AFP)
- Yemen: A battalion of Sudanese troops arrived in the southern port city of Aden, bolstering Saudi-led Arab forces. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Chinese government hackers have attempted in the past few weeks to penetrate the networks of US companies despite a pledge by China’s president that they would not do so. (WP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Koppu
- Location: 173 NM NNW of Manila, Philippines
- Wind: 86 mph
- Movement: NNE at 4 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Champi
- Location: 263 NM S of Iwo To, Japan
- Wind: 132 mph
- Movement: NNE at 3 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane OLAF
- Location: 1485 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 100 mph
- Movement: W at 12 mph
- 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)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 18OCT: 573,708 (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: 23,875
- Deaths as of 18OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 18OCT: 971
- Deaths as of 18OCT: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 18OCT: 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 18OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)
- China and United Kingdom: Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Britain for a state visit (to 23OCT)
- Libya: Anniversary of Libyan leader Gaddafi killed – 2011
- South Korea and Japan: Defense chiefs of South Korea and Japan have planned to hold a bilateral dialogue
- North and South Korea: Next round of reunions of family members separated during the 1950-53 Korean-War (to 26OCT)