- AFRICA: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi pardoned two imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists, resolving a case that drew international condemnation.
- AMERICAS: Guyana’s FM Carl Greenidge said armed Venezuelan vessels were in one of the country’s rivers illegally.
- ASIA: A group of South Korean officials crossed into North Korea to help prepare for a rare reunion next month of families separated by the Korean War.
- EUROPE: Croatia and Serbia escalated a border dispute triggered by Europe’s migrant crisis, with each side further restricting cross-frontier traffic.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Saudi Arabia, at least 310 people were killed and hundreds were injured in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage.
- TECHNOLOGY: The massive breaches of US government records resulted in the theft of some 5.6 million sets of fingerprints, raising their estimate from 1.1 million.
- Colombia: Landmark peace agreement signed between country and FARC rebels
- Colombia and leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a breakthrough peace commitment setting the groundwork for a final accord within six months, President Juan Manuel Santos announced.
- The agreement includes a formula to compensate victims and punish those suspected of human rights abuses.
- Negotiators must still come up with a mechanism for rebels to demobilize and then the government needs to come up with additional money to spread the benefits of peace in parts of Colombia’s vast, jungled countryside that have known little else than war.
- The US government lauded the breakthrough, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying that “peace is now ever closer for the Colombian people and millions of conflict victims.”
- A lasting peace would also mark a huge advance for one of Latin America’s star emerging economies and could deal a setback to illegal narcotics trafficking.
- Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP
- Egypt: President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi pardoned two imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists, resolving a case that drew international condemnation. (WSJ)
- Guinea-Bissau: Former army head Jose Zamora Induta was transferred to a military prison over his suspected involvement in an aborted plot to kill President Jose Mario Vaz. (Reuters)
- Uganda: Police warned of a possible attack on mosques including in the capital Kampala by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. (Reuters)
- Argentina: Creative Argentinian drug smugglers fused rice with cocaine and tried to ship nearly 1,000 bags to Europe, police said. (AFP)
- Chile: The Chinese government has decided to provide the country with USD300,000 in humanitarian aid to help disaster relief work. (Xinhua)
- Guyana: FM Carl Greenidge said armed Venezuelan vessels were in one of the country’s rivers illegally. (EFE)
- Honduras: Jose Raul Amaya, a Honduran wanted on drug and money laundering charges by the US, was captured in the city of El Porvenir. (EFE)
- China: Kuang Wanfang, an economic crime suspect, was repatriated to the country due to cooperation between Chinese and US authorities. (Xinhua)
- Indonesia: Police have arrested 18 migrants who were stranded in the waters off Java Island as they tried to reach Australia. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: A group of South Korean officials crossed into North Korea to help prepare for a rare reunion next month of families separated by the Korean War. (AFP)
- Taiwan: The country is suffering its deadliest ever outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever with a record high of 42 deaths, double the number that died in 2014. (AFP)
- Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees among EU countries was far from what was needed to resolve the continent’s biggest migrant crisis since World War II. (AFP)
- Region: Croatia and Serbia escalated a border dispute triggered by Europe’s migrant crisis, with each side further restricting cross-frontier traffic. (AFP)
- Hungary: A new record of 10,046 migrants entered the country, mostly via Croatia. (AFP)
- Russia: The defense ministry says a guided missile cruiser will be involved in drills in the eastern Mediterranean — which could be near the Syrian coast. (AP)
- Region: A senior Israel military official says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the Russian military to coordinate their operations in Syria. (AP)
- Iran: A senior Chinese official has offered the country help with upgrading its manufacturing technology to boost its economy. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: At least 310 people were killed and hundreds were injured in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage. (AP)
- Syria: President Bashar al-Assad attended holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque in a rare public appearance. (AFP)
- Yemen: A suicide bomber struck a mosque in Sanaa, targeting Shiite worshippers that killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens during holiday prayers. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The massive breaches of US government records resulted in the theft of some 5.6 million sets of fingerprints, raising their estimate from 1.1 million. (AFP)
- Technology: Chinese President Xi Jinping defended China’s right to impose its own regulations on the Internet at a meeting with top US technology leaders. (DPA)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Dujuan (21W)
- Location: 541 NM SSE of Kadena AB
- Wind: 57 mph
- Movement: WNW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ida
- Location: 1120 miles E of the Northern Leeward Islands
- Wind: 40 mph
- Movement: E at 5 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 24SEP: 554,481 (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: 19,939
- Deaths as of 24SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 24SEP: 971
- Deaths as of 24SEP: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 24SEP: 1570 (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 24SEP: 555 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25SEP)
- Global: Pope Francis to address UN General Assembly
- China and United States: Chinese leader Xi Jinping to meet with President Barack Obama
- Mozambique: Armed Forces Day – 1949