- AFRICA: Somalia’s Islamic extremist al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 12 non-Muslims in northern Kenya.
- AMERICAS: The UN says it is looking to raise USD 200M from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti.
- ASIA: The US says it wants to remain involved in the campaign to quell Islamic militancy in the southern Philippines, despite threats by President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kick out American forces.
- EUROPE: EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said there will be no breakthrough in negotiations over a controversial EU-Canada trade deal this week.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi paramilitary forces have been ordered to retake the town of Tal Afar and prevent Islamic State group jihadists from fleeing west from Mosul towards Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: In the US, the Obama administration sought to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one on 21OCT2016.
- Pakistan: Dozens killed in militant attack on Quetta police academy.
- At least 59 cadets and guards were killed in an attack by militants on a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
- The battle to clear the complex lasted several hours, as two attackers blew themselves up while a third was gunned down in the exchange of fire with security forces, ending the siege just before dawn.
- It was the second major attack in the provincial capital since AUG16.
- Conflicting claims of responsibility have emerged, including by a Taliban splinter group and an Islamic State affiliate.
- One of the top military commanders in Baluchistan, General Sher Afgun, said calls intercepted between the attackers and their handlers suggested they were from the sectarian Sunni militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, LAT, Reuters, VOA
- Region: Somalia’s Islamic extremist al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 12 non-Muslims in northern Kenya. (AP)
- Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta commuted all death sentences in the country to life jail terms, removing 2,747 convicts from death row. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Gunmen from the al-Shabaab militant group shot dead a senior intelligence officer as he walked to a mosque in Mogadishu. (Reuters)
- Somalia: An al-Shabaab suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an African Union military base in the central city of Beledweyne. (AFP)
- Colombia: Peace talks between Colombia and the country’s second largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), will begin on 03NOV in Ecuador. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: The communist FARC rebels said they were “close” to agreeing on new terms to rescue a peace accord that was rejected by voters in a referendum. (AFP)
- Haiti: The UN says it is looking to raise USD 200M from member states to compensate the families of Haitians who have died from cholera. (AP)
- Uruguay: Former President Jorge Batlle, one of the country’s most important politicians of the 20th century, died at age 88. (AP)
- Region: Voluntary repatriation of 68 Myanmar refugees along the Thai-Myanmar border began, the first to receive endorsement from both Thailand and Myanmar. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: The UN called on the country to investigate allegations of a deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims following attacks on border police. (Al Jazeera)
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte urged foreign businesses in the country worried about his deadly drug war to “pack up and leave.” (AFP)
- Philippines: The US wants to remain involved in the campaign to quell Islamic militancy in the country’s south, despite threats by President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kick out American forces. (AFP)
- Region: EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said there will be no breakthrough in negotiations over a controversial EU-Canada trade deal this week. (DPA)
- France: Authorities are set to dismantle the structures of the Calais migrant camp. (BBC)
- Spain: Two Moroccan imams on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Turkey: A new Human Rights Watch report said the country is turning a blind eye to torture practices under its current state of emergency. (DPA)
- Iran: Held in Tehran, Iranian-American Robin Shahini was reportedly sentenced to 18 years in prison for “collaboration with a hostile government.” (AP)
- Iran: The Baha’i International Community said the country’s effort to crush the religious minority has continued unabated despite President Hassan Rouhani’s promises to end religious discrimination. (AP)
- Iraq: Iraqi paramilitary forces have been ordered to retake the town of Tal Afar and prevent Islamic State group jihadists from fleeing west from Mosul towards Syria. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Unidentified gunmen shot dead two Saudi security officers in the eastern city of Dammam. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia’s Defense Ministry says humanitarian corridors out of Aleppo are still open, with no Russian or Syrian airstrikes on the besieged city for seven days now. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: In the US, the Obama administration sought to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one on 21OCT2016. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Seymour
- Location: 540 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 105 mph
- Movement: W at 16 mph
- 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 (26OCT)
- Jordan and Israel: Anniversary of Jordan and Israel signing peace treaty – 1994
- Russia: PM Medvedev to meet with Kazakhstan PM Bakytzhan Sagintayev in Moscow
- Venezuela: MUD opposition alliance to hold nationwide demonstrations to protest suspension of presidential recall referendum campaign