- AFRICA: In the Republic of Congo, police fired tear gas to try to disperse protests against a referendum to make the country’s longtime president eligible for a new term.
- AMERICAS: Canadian PM Stephen Harper was unseated at the hands of Justin Trudeau, the young leader of the Liberal Party.
- ASIA: Hundreds of elderly South Koreans headed to North Korea to meet their long-lost relatives since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice.
- EUROPE: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United Kingdom amid security fears over human rights protests.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran rejected criticism from Saudi Arabia about Tehran’s interventions in unstable countries in the Middle East, and accused the kingdom in turn of playing a destabilizing role in the volatile region.
- TECHNOLOGY: A national register of drones and their owners is urgently needed, the US transport secretary has said.
- Israel & the Palestinian Territories: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon makes a surprise visit to the region.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is making a surprise visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to the wave of violence that has plagued the region.
- The UN Secretary General urged Palestinian youth to “put down the weapons of despair”, saying he understands their frustration but that violence is not the answer.
- The UN chief added both sides need to recommit to pursuing a two-state solution.
- Israel arrested a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, accusing him of inciting violence by encouraging attacks against Israelis.
- The Israeli military has demolished the home of a Palestinian who killed an Israeli woman last year.
- Coverage: NBC, USA Today, VOA, WP, WSJ
- Congo: Police fired tear gas to try to disperse protests against a constitutional referendum to make the country’s longtime president eligible for a new term. (AP)
- Libya: Warplanes carried out air strikes on the city of Sirte targeting areas controlled by fighters loyal to Islamic State militants. (Reuters)
- Niger: Violent clashes between police and students protesting for better study conditions left at least seven injured and led to 79 arrests. (AFP)
- Region: Mexican FM Claudia Ruiz Massieu praised the renewal of the Mexican-Cuban relationship. (Xinhua)
- Canada: PM Stephen Harper was unseated at the hands of Justin Trudeau, the young leader of the Liberal Party. (NYT)
- Colombia: Former President Andres Pastrana is calling for an investigation into the crash of small plane minutes before it was scheduled to transport him to a campaign rally. (AP)
- Afghanistan: About 21 Taliban militants have been killed while 12 others were wounded amid operations carried out by Afghan security forces over the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
- Australia: A swathe of anti-terror laws are to be introduced as police officials meet to counter radicalization following a spate of terror-related incidents. (Xinhua)
- Korean Peninsula: Hundreds of elderly South Koreans headed to North Korea to meet their long-lost relatives since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice. (Xinhua)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s spy service believes North Korea is preparing for a fourth nuclear test but not in the immediate future. (AP)
- Laos: Two men have been arrested and some 90,000 amphetamine-type stimulant pills were seized. (Xinhua)
- Region: The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) plans to open a mission in Russia, a move that would anger Turkey which sees the party as a terrorist group. (Reuters)
- Britain: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the country amid security fears over human rights protests. (IBT)
- Slovenia: Parliament is expected to approve changes to its laws later to enable the army to help police guard the border, as migrants flood into the country. (Reuters)
- Spain: Spanish police have arrested a 22-year-old woman they suspect was planning to join the Islamic State armed group in Syria. (AP)
- Turkey: Police arrested a top lawyer in the majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for alleged “terrorist propaganda”. (AFP)
- Region: Iran rejected criticism from Saudi Arabia about Tehran’s interventions in unstable countries in the Middle East, and accused the kingdom in turn of playing a destabilizing role in the volatile region. (Reuters)
- Qatar: UN human rights experts have called on the country to release a poet sentenced to 15 years in prison over verses considered offensive to the Gulf nation’s former ruler. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month killed at least 2,177 pilgrims after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy. (AP)
- Syria: At least 45 people have been killed in a wave of Russian air strikes in the north of the regime stronghold of Latakia province. (AFP)
- Syria: Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes south of the second city Aleppo since a government offensive there began last week. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A national register of drones and their owners is urgently needed, the US transport secretary has said. (BBC)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Koppu
- Location: 274 NM N of Manila, Philippines
- Wind: 57 mph
- Movement: NNE at 5 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Champi
- Location: 209 NM SSW of Iwo To, Japan
- Wind: 115 mph
- Movement: N at 4 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane OLAF
- Location: 1235 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 140 mph
- Movement: W at 10 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 19OCT: 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 19OCT: 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 19OCT: 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 19OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21OCT)
- Global: Technical meeting of OPEC and other crude-producing countries set
- China: Chung Yeung Festival
- Kenya: Mashujaa (Heroes’) Day Holiday – 2010