- AFRICA: Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said they have retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of African Union forces withdrew.
- AMERICAS: 174 inmates escaped from a Haitian prison after killing a guard and stealing firearms.
- ASIA: The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan has risen ten percent to the third-highest level in more than 20 years, according to UNODC.
- EUROPE: A police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes around the Yemeni capital Sanaa before dawn, just hours after a 72-hour cease-fire expired.
- TECHNOLOGY: In a meeting with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Google representatives agreed to help the Thai government remove content from YouTube deemed insulting to the recently deceased king.
- Japan: Man commits suicide by blowing himself up; injures three bystanders
- The man was a 72 year-old retired soldier.
- He blew himself up in a park in the city of Utsunomiya, during a folk art festival.
- A second explosion, of the man’s car, was reported as taking place simultaneously in a nearby parking lot. Meanwhile his home, located 5 miles from the park, also burnt to the ground.
- Police discovered a suicide note written by the man and were investigating the three incidents, but did not give further details.
- Sources: AFP, AP, Reuters, BBC, Xinhua
- Egypt: A little known militant group, calling themselves the “Banner of the Revolution,” has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s killing of a senior army officer outside his suburban Cairo home. (AP)
- Somalia: Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said they have retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union’s AMISOM force withdrew. (AFP)
- Somalia: Pirates released 26 hostages after nearly five years in captivity. (CNN)
- Region: Colombia’s Avianca will restart flights to Venezuela after one of its aircraft was approached by at least one Venezuelan warplane, prompting the airline to cancel flights. (Reuters)
- Haiti: 174 inmates of a northern prison escaped after killing a guard and stealing firearms. (Reuters)
- Mexico: One person was killed and several others injured in a clash between members of the Yaqui indigenous group divided over construction of a gas pipeline in the northwest of the country. (AP)
- Region: After his four day trip to China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that fishermen would be able to return to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in the next few days. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: The cultivation of opium poppy in the country has risen ten percent to the third-highest level in more than 20 years, according to UNODC. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Afghan government forces expelled Taliban militants from a second police district of Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar and the armed outfit fled the area, security official Mir Hamza said. (Xinhua)
- Region: The Italian coastguard rescued 2,400 migrants as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea. (Reuters)
- Lithuania: Polling stations opened in the second round of voting for the country‘s national parliament. (DPA)
- Romania: More than 2,000 people marched through the capital city demanding the country’s reunification with neighboring Moldova. (AP)
- Turkey: A police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a dawn offensive on two new fronts to the northeast of Mosul, near the town of Bashiqa. (AP)
- Syria: Heavy clashes were reported in the besieged city of Aleppo after a three-day ceasefire ended. (BBC)
- Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes around the capital Sanaa before dawn, just hours after a 72-hour cease-fire expired. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: In a meeting with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Google representatives agreed to help the Thai government remove content from YouTube deemed insulting to the recently deceased king. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 21OCT: 194,872 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 21OCT: 107,570
- Deaths as of 21OCT: 106
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20OCT: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 20OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 20OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24OCT)
- Global: World Development Information Day – 1972
- Global: Anniversary of the start of the UN – 1945
- China: Communist Party to convene meeting of senior officials
- Europe Region: The 18th EU-Ukraine summit to be held in Brussels
- Palestinian Territories: UN Security Council to hold 2nd special meeting on Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories
- Spain: King Felipe to meet leaders of all the main political parties (to 25OCT)
- Vietnam: Hanoi to host 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit and the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, Cambodian PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen to visit (to 26OCT)
- Zambia: Independence Day – 1964