- AFRICA: France plans to send drones to Mali in order to assist in an international intervention aimed at freeing the country from al-Qaeda militants.
- AMERICAS: FARC rebels killed three Colombian soldiers in the northeastern region of Arauca.
- ASIA: Three people have been killed in a new wave of violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in the Western Rakhine state in Myanmar.
- EUROPE: Russia will begin to withdraw peacekeeping helicopters from the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria.
- MIDDLE EAST: Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani entered the Gaza Strip in a landmark visit in which he will invest 245 million dollars into rebuilding the Gaza Strip.
- TECHNOLOGY: Android applications downloaded from Google’s Play Market can expose users’ online banking and social networking information due to inadequate encryption.
- Syria: President Bashir al-Assad declares an amnesty for crimes committed before October 23, 2012, but excludes “terrorist crimes”
- Ghana: Crew members of the Argentinian naval ship ARA Libertad will return home while the ship remains impounded in Ghana. (Xinhua, Reuters)
- Mali: France is planning on sending drones to Mali in order to assist in an international intervention aimed at freeing the country from al-Qaeda militants. (Guardian)
- Somalia: The American One Earth Future foundation reported that Somali pirate attacks are at their lowest in three years. (Reuters)
- Somalia: The Philippines will send a coast guard team on board UN vessels delivering food to Africa to protect against Somali pirates. (Xinhua)
- Sudan: The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North claimed to have shelled the South Kordofan capital of Kadugli as a matter of self-defense after government troops started firing upon them earlier this morning. (Reuters)
- Two children have been reported killed and eight injured in the shelling. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: FARC rebels killed three Colombian soldiers in the northeastern region of Arauca (Xinhua)
- Haiti: Hillary Clinton spoke at the formal opening of the new Haitian industrial zone meant to boost economic development following the 2010 earthquake (AFP)
- Mexico: Authorities have exhumed the remnants of a relative of Heriberto Lazcano in order to take DNA samples that will confirm whether or not the drug lord was killed on October 16th (AP)
- Afghanistan: Fourteen people, including high-ranking police officials, have been killed in an ongoing military operation in Herat (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The United Kingdom plans to double its drone fleet to ten (AP)
- Japan: Keishu Tanaka has resigned as Japan’s justice minister after admitting to past links with organized crime (AFP)
- Myanmar: Three people have been killed in a new wave of violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in the Western Rakhine state (AFP)
- South Korea: Members of the South Korean National Defense Committee are visiting the disputed Dokdo Islands today in a move expected to stoke tensions with Japan (AFP)
- Region: British foreign minister William Hague warned against further centralization of the European Union citing state sovereignty and state-based competitive industries as the victims of further centralization (AFP)
- Hungary: Rival rallies are expected in Budapest today as part of a gearing up for the 2014 elections. (AFP)
- Moldova: Russia announced that it will begin to withdraw peacekeeping helicopters from the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria. (Itar-Tass)
- Russia: A suicide bomber kills a policeman and wounds three others at a checkpoint between North Ossetia and Ingushetia in Russia’s North Caucus region. (Reuters)
- Gaza Strip: Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani entered the Gaza Strip in a landmark visit in which he will invest 245 million dollars into redeveloping the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
- Iran: Iranian oil minister Rostam Qasemi said Iran could discontinue oil exports if Western sanctions intensified.(Reuters)
- Iraq: Eight people have been killed and 24 injured in car bombs and mortar attacks targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad. (AP)
- Israel: An explosion along the Gaza security fence wounded an Israeli soldier. (AFP)
- Kuwait: Gatherings of more than 20 people have been banned and police given more authority amid protests against changes to Kuwait’s election laws. (Reuters)
- Lebanon: The US is sending a FBI team to Beirut to investigate the car bombing that killed police intelligence chief General Wissam al-Hassan last Friday. (AFP)
- Syria: The United Nations is planning for a peacekeeping force to be sent to Syria if a political deal or ceasefire is achieved. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Security: Android applications downloaded from Google’s Play Market can expose users’ online banking and social networking information due to inadequate encryption protections. (ARS-Technica)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Sandy
- Location: Couple hundred miles S of Jamaica
- Movement: Slowly NNE
- Wind: 45 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Nineteen
- Location: Over 700 miles NE of Antigua and Barbuda
- Movement: Slowly NNE
- Wind: 35 mph
- Earthquakes: SE of the Loyalty Islands
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24OCT)
- Global: Anniversary of the founding of the UN – 1945.
- Europe: EU FMs meet in Luxembourg to discuss Syria.
- Germany: European Central Bank President Draghi meets with lawmakers to discuss EU bailouts.
- United States: South Korea and the US hold high-level security talks on the DPRK in Washington.