- AFRICA: Kenyan police arrested two terror suspects as security agencies intensify surveillance over impending attacks in the coastal city of Mombasa.
- AMERICAS: Mexican authorities have arrested the brother-in-law of drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who helped in his jailbreak, and a pilot accused of flying him out of town.
- ASIA: Two Chinese diplomats being held in Indonesia over a gun attack that killed two colleagues had immunity and will be sent back to China.
- EUROPE: More than 12,600 migrants arrived in Slovenia over a 24-hour period, surpassing Hungary at the height of the crisis in September.
- MIDDLE EAST: A major increase in violence by the Islamic State group saw over 1,000 attacks and nearly 3,000 deaths worldwide in the past three months.
- TECHNOLOGY: The CIA condemned the hacking of director John Brennan’s personal email account, saying so far there was “no indication” any classified information was released.
- Israel & the Palestinian Territories: US Secretary Kerry & Israeli PM Netanyahu meet to discuss recent wave of violence.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu called for an immediate end to incitement blamed for a recent deadly wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis.
- Israeli police shot two Palestinians who stabbed a resident of a town near Jerusalem, in a wave of violence that was the focus of talks later in the day between US Secretary of State John Kerry and PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Mr. Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned this week that the crisis could spiral into a full-blown conflict if the violence is not halted.
- Expectations are low that Kerry will be able to accomplish much, with alarm growing about the spreading violence related to the status of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, a site that is holy to Jews and Muslims.
- Netanyahu said Israel is committed to keeping the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.
- Coverage: AP, Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ
- Republic of Congo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned at tensions between opposition parties and the government over Sunday’s constitutional referendum. (Xinhua)
- Kenya: Police arrested two terror suspects as security agencies intensify surveillance over impending attacks in the coastal city of Mombasa. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: Over 30,000 people in the country’s war-zone regions face death by starvation with thousands more on the brink of famine. (AFP)
- Region: Brazilian authorities have pulled out of the Union of South American Nations because Venezuela rejected the Brazilian official named to lead the group. (WSJ)
- Mexico: Authorities have arrested the brother-in-law of drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who helped in his jailbreak, and a pilot accused of flying him out of town. (AFP)
- United States: President Barack Obama will veto a $612 billion defense policy bill, as the bill would complicate his pledge to close the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP)
- Region: China is expected to replace Japan as the second-largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping operations budget in 2016-2018 period. (Kyodo)
- Region: Russia plans to build a military base on the Kurile Islands, a group of Pacific islands it seized from Japan at the end of World War Two. (Reuters)
- Korean Peninsula: A senior North Korean security official defected to South Korea earlier this year. (Kyodo)
- Philippines: Two Chinese diplomats being held in the country over a gun attack that killed two colleagues had immunity and will be sent back to China. (AFP)
- Vanuatu: A group of lawmakers who tried to overturn their own bribery convictions with hastily issued pardons were reportedly jailed for up to four years. (AFP)
- Region: Slovenia has asked the EU for police to help regulate the inflow of migrants from Croatia. (Reuters)
- Slovenia: More than 12,600 migrants arrived in the country over a 24-hour period, surpassing Hungary at the height of the crisis in September. (AFP)
- Sweden: The nation’s expects up to 190,000 refugees fleeing war in countries such as Syria and Iraq to arrive this year, putting further strain on the country. (Reuters)
- Turkey: A 15-year-old schoolboy has been detained by police for allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
- Region: A major increase in violence by the Islamic State group saw over 1,000 attacks and nearly 3,000 deaths worldwide in the past three months. (AFP)
- Region: Qatar suggested it could intervene militarily in the Syrian conflict but said it still preferred a political solution to the crisis. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Al-Qaeda has made inroads in multiple cities in the absence of state authority and with the country mired in conflict. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The CIA condemned the hacking of director John Brennan’s personal email account, saying so far there was “no indication” any classified information was released. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Champi
- Location: 66 NM S of Iwo To, Japan
- Wind: 115 mph
- Movement: NE at 6 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 26W
- Location: 770 NM E of Iwo To, Japan
- Wind: 28 mph
- Movement: NW at 14 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Olaf
- Location: 718 NM SE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 120 mph
- Movement: WNW at 8 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Patricia
- Location: 240 NM S of Acapulco, Mexico
- Wind: 65 mph
- Movement: WSW at 14 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
- Ash plume rises to a height of 4.5 km above sea level. (TASS)
- Volcanoes: Ubinas, Peru
- Ash column rises 1,000 meters into the sky. (Peru This Week)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,512 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 21OCT: 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 21OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 21OCT: 971
- Deaths as of 21OCT: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 21OCT: 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 21OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23OCT)
- Hungary: Republic Day – 1989
- Libya: Liberation Day – 2011
- Thailand: Chulalongkorn Day – 1910