- AFRICA: Gabon’s capital Libreville’s nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence after the country’s top court upheld President Ali Bongo’s re-election in disputed polls.
- AMERICAS: President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and the leader of the FARC, Rodrigo Londono, are set to sign the accord on Monday 26SEP.
- ASIA: North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display at the country’s first ever public aviation show.
- EUROPE: A group opposed to the British exit from the EU accused the government of refusing to allow it to make public the official justification for triggering Article 50 to start the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote.
- MIDDLE EAST: Warplanes mounted a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria, pressing a major offensive by the Russian-backed Syrian military.
- TECHNOLOGY: The UN Global Pulse initiative announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Iraq: Triple suicide attack north of Baghdad in the city of Tikrit kills 12 troops, wounds 34.
- Militants shot dead four police at a checkpoint on the west side of the city.
- Around the same time, another group detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at another checkpoint near the north entrance of the province, killing eight more people.
- Two senior security officials of Iraq’s central province of Salahudin escaped.
- Police Commander of Salahuddin province, Dhamin Al-Jubouri, was believed to be the target.
- There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on the city.
- AFP, AP, Xinhua, Al Jazeera, KUNA
- Region: Thousands of conservationists and government officials open talks in Johannesburg today to debate regulating international trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants. (AFP)
- DR Congo: Security forces in Kananga clashed with militia fighters seeking to avenge the death of their leader who was killed in AUG by the military. (BBC)
- Gabon: Libreville’s nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence after the country’s top court upheld President Ali Bongo’s re-election in disputed polls. (AFP)
- Brazil: A Supreme Court judge authorized opening preliminary investigations into allegations that President Michel Temer sought illicit campaign donations in 2012. (AFP)
- Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the FARC, Rodrigo Londono, are set to sign the accord on Monday 26SEP. (AFP)
- Ecuador: The nation was named president of the Group of 77 and China bloc at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Xinhua)
- United States: A man armed with a rifle entered a Macy’s store at a mall in Washington state, killed four women and vanished into the night. (CNN)
- Afghanistan: Up to 12 Taliban militants were killed and seven others injured as security forces launched operations in parts of Dasht-e-Archi district in the northern Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
- Japan: Four China Coast Guard vessels entered the nation’s territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
- North Korea: The nation put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display at the country’s first ever public aviation show. (AFP)
- Region: Leaders from countries along the Balkan migration route were set to gather in Vienna to discuss ways to better protect the external EU borders. (DPA)
- France: President Francois Hollande said he hopes to relocate 9,000 migrants massed in a squalid camp in Calais to reception centers across France in the coming weeks. (AP)
- Great Britain: A group opposed to exit from the EU accused the government of refusing to allow it to make public the official justification for triggering Article 50 to start the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote. (Reuters)
- Syria: Warplanes mounted a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, pressing a major offensive by the Russian-backed military. (Reuters)
- Syria: Nearly two million civilians were without water in Aleppo after regime bombardment damaged one pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation. (BBC)
- Yemen: Four members of al Qaeda’s Yemen, including a local commander, were killed in a suspected US drone strike on a vehicle traveling east of the capital Sanaa. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Social Media: The UN Global Pulse initiative announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Megi
- 527 NM SSW of Iwo To
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: WNW at 8 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
- 85 miles S of Bermuda
- Winds: 65 mph
- Movement: NNE at 10 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Depression Lisa
- 995 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NW at 8 mph
- Earthquake: Tamisan, Phillipines
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 65km
- Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 16SEP: 187,192 (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 16SEP: 67,639
- Deaths as of 16SEP: 53
- 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 (25SEP)
- Azerbaijan: Campaigning to end for referendum on proposed constitutional amendments.
- Bosnia: Bosnian Serbs to hold referendum on celebrating 09JAN as “Statehood Day”
- Mozambique: Armed Forces Day – 1964
- Somalia: Upper house elections