- AFRICA: Presidential hopefuls in Tanzania held their final campaign rallies, a day before East Africa’s most populous country holds general elections, expected to be the tightest in the nation’s history.
- AMERICAS: The Brazilian Defense Ministry announced some 5,000 military personnel are taking part in a wide-ranging security operation on the country’s northwestern border.
- ASIA: At least one person was killed and nearly 80 wounded in a bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State outside the main Shiite site in the Bangladeshi capital as thousands gathered for the annual Ashura procession.
- EUROPE: UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters the first winter weather has arrived in many parts of Central and South Eastern Europe and is already affecting refugees and migrants.
- MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped to reconvene another meeting on Syria as early as October 30, after talks with his Russian, Turkish and Saudi Arabian counterparts.
- TECHNOLOGY: Hillary Clinton took aim this week at some of the biggest companies in the country in her latest campaign move: an essay decrying “local monopolies” and “corporate concentration,” which she blames for rising Internet prices and a lack of broadband competition.
- Mexico: Parts of the country are at risk of major floods and landslides after Hurricane Patricia made landfall.
○ The National Hurricane Center (NHC) described the situation as “potentially catastrophic.”
○ The hurricane is the strongest hurricane ever known to assault the Western Hemisphere.
○ Almost five hours after landfall, President Enrique Pena Nieto addressed the nation on television, saying that the first reports “confirm that the damages have been smaller than those corresponding to a hurricane of this magnitude.”
○ By 4 a.m. Patricia was downgraded to Category 1.
○ The NHC warned “very heavy rainfall is likely to cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero.”
○ It is the 22nd category 4 or 5 storm to form in the Northern Hemisphere this year, which is also the greatest number ever recorded.
- Region: A World Health Organization expert panel recommended pilot roll-outs of the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine to young children in several areas of sub-Saharan Africa. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Two bomb blasts ripped through mosques in the northeast, killing at least 55 people and injuring more than 100. (BBC)
- Republic of Congo: The country’s political leaders faced calls to defuse tensions after deadly clashes in the run-up to a referendum on allowing longtime President Denis Sassou Nguesso to seek a third term. (AFP)
- Tanzania: Presidential hopefuls held their final campaign rallies, a day before East Africa’s most populous country holds general elections, expected to be the tightest in the nation’s history. (AFP)
- Argentina: Vote buying has ignited debates about the frailty of the country’s democracy as it prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections. (NYT)
- Brazil: The Defense Ministry announced some 5,000 military personnel are taking part in a wide-ranging security operation on the country’s northwestern border. (EFE)
- Colombia: Murders on the campaign trail, reports of votes being bought for US$14 each and murky campaign financing threaten to undermine the credibility of the country’s local elections. (Reuters)
- Region: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he had told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that Islamabad was prepared to help revive stalled Afghan peace talks but could not bring the Taliban to the negotiating table “and be asked to kill them at the same time.” (Reuters)
- Region: India welcomed a joint pledge by the United States and Pakistan to fight militant groups it suspects of attacking Indian targets, but ruled out any third-party mediation to end a long-running dispute over Kashmir. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Security forces retook control of the Ghormach district in the northwestern province of Faryab after it was overrun by the Taliban several days ago. (AP)
- Bangladesh: At least one person was killed and nearly 80 wounded in a bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State outside the main Shiite site in the capital as thousands gathered for the annual Ashura procession. (NYT)
- Maldives: Authorities arrested the nation’s Vice President Ahmed Adeeb over an alleged plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen, who escaped death after his boat was hit by a bomb last month. (BBC)
- Region: UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters the first winter weather has arrived in many parts of Central and South Eastern Europe and is already affecting refugees and migrants. (Xinhua)
- Region: According to Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, flights between Ukraine and Russia will be banned starting this weekend despite a last-ditch effort by senior Russian officials. (DPA)
- Germany: The country toughened up its asylum rules a week ahead of schedule. (AFP)
- Spain: King Felipe VI warned against “walls” and divisions that “impoverish and isolate” as an independence drive in the northeast region of Catalonia gets into higher gear. (AFP)
- Region: Eight Iranians, two of them Revolutionary Guards forces, have been killed in Syria in recent days after Tehran increased its advisory missions to help Damascus. (AFP)
- Egypt: Four people were wounded by a bomb planted at a Cairo intersection near the Pyramids, and the Islamic State (IS) group claimed it had planted the device. (Telegraph)
- Israel: At least 96 Palestinians were injured in clashes that broke out between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Xinhua)
- Israel: Secretary of State John F. Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah as he continued his quest to defuse an escalating wave of violence. (WP)
- Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped to reconvene another meeting on the crisis as early as October 30, after talks with his Russian, Turkish and Saudi Arabian counterparts. (AFP)
- Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted the country to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections and that Moscow was ready to provide air support to the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Industry and US Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton took aim this week at some of the biggest companies in the country in her latest campaign move: an essay decrying “local monopolies” and “corporate concentration,” which she blames for rising Internet prices and a lack of broadband competition. (WP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Champi
○ Location: 257 NM NW of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
○ Wind: 80 mph
○ Movement: ENE at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Olaf
○ Location: 538 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
○ Wind: 121 mph
○ Movement: NNE at 11 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Patricia
○ Location: 50 NM NW of Manzanillo, Mexico
○ Wind: 130 mph
○ Movement: NNE at 20 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 23OCT: 575,281 (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: 24,388
■ Deaths as of 23OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 24OCT: 971
■ Deaths as of 24OCT: 13
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 24OCT: 1599 (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 24OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25OCT)
- Argentina: National elections
- Bulgaria: Local elections
- Colombia: Local elections
- France: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to visit (to 27OCT)