- AFRICA: Libyan protesters broke into the grounds of the parliament demanding an end to fighting in Bani Walid.
- AMERICAS: Dominican police seized 928 kg of cocaine from the country’s south.
- ASIA: South Korea banned a cross-border launch of propaganda leaflets planned by activists that had incited tension with the North.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel and Irish PM Kenny issued a joint statement reaffirming the eurozone would improve the Irish bank rescue.
- MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian authorities said they had foiled an Al Qaeda linked terror plot.
- TECHNOLOGY: Activists reported that US-funded programs designed to circumvent internet censorship are being overwhelmed by demand.
- Syria: UN peace envoy met with Assad on ceasefire; bombing struck Damascus
- UN peace envoy Brahimi pressed President Assad to accept a cease fire.
- A senior Arab League official stated the chances of a cease fire being put into place were slim.
- A bombing struck a predominantly Christian area of Damascus, killing at least thirteen.
- Coverage: WSJ, VoA, Reuters, AFP, Al Jazeera
- Guinea Bissau: A gun battle killed at least six in an apparent counter-coup attempt near Bissau. (Reuters)
- Libya: Protesters broke into the grounds of the parliament demanding an end to fighting in Bani Walid. (Reuters)
- Mali: Security officials reported an influx of foreign jihadists into the country’s north. (AFP)
- Argentina: Ghana stated that the crew of the seized warship were free to leave the country. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The army discovered a FARC oil refinery in Narino province. (EFE)
- Cuba: Fidel Castro released an article condemning “lies” about his failing health. (BBC)
- Dominican Republic: Police seized 928 kg of cocaine from the country’s south. (Xinhua)
- Region: South Korea banned a cross-border launch of propaganda leaflets planned by activists that had incited tension with the North. (AP)
- Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Khost province killed two police and wounded four others. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: An Australian special forces soldier was killed by an IED in the country’s south. (Australian)
- Philippines: Clashes between the army and communist rebels killed six in Samar province. (AP)
- Greece: Police clashed with protesters over a gold mine in the northern part of the country, at least four were injured. (AP)
- Ireland: German Chancellor Merkel and Irish PM Kenny issued a joint statement reaffirming the eurozone would improve the Irish bank rescue. (Reuters)
- Spain: PM Rajoy’s party avoided a major defeat in a regional election. (BBC)
- Israel: Security forces clashed with Hamas in Gaza, killing two. (Reuters)
- Jordan: Authorities said they had foiled an Al Qaeda linked terror plot. (AP)
- Lebanon: Continuing clashes in Beirut killed two and wounded over a dozen. (AP)
- Yemen: Four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed by a US drone strike in Maarib. (AFP)
- Yemen: The second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied he had been killed earlier this month in a released statement. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Activists reported that US-funded programs designed to circumvent internet censorship are being overwhelmed by demand. (WaPo)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Couple hundred miles S of Jamaica
- Movement: Slowly WSW
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 750 miles ESE of the Leeward Islands
- Movement: NNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 400 miles SSW of Acapulco
- Movement: W at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23OCT)
- Egypt: Administrative Court rules on viability of the Constituent Assembly.
- Germany: British FM Hague meets with FM Westerwelle to discuss the EU.
- Hungary: Anniversary of the Hungarian uprising against the USSR – 1956.
- Lebanon: Anniversary of bomb blast in Beirut that killed 146 Americans – 1983.
- Libya: Anniversary of the liberation of Libya – 2011.
- Spain: Protest held in Madrid against austerity measures.
- Tunisia: Government unveils new constitution.
- United Kingdom: Anniversary of the IRA decommissioning their weapons – 2001.