- AFRICA: South Sudan’s army said it was preparing bases outside the capital ahead of a pullout from Juba as part of a peace deal to end a 21-month civil war.
- AMERICAS: US President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro will likely cross paths at the UN General Assembly in New York next week, the White House said.
- ASIA: US and allied defense officials are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2016.
- EUROPE: UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien has expressed alarm after UN agencies were ordered out of rebel-held parts of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region.
- MIDDLE EAST: Saudi diplomats are resisting calls from the UN Human Rights Council for an international inquiry into abuses by all parties during the Yemeni conflict.
- TECHNOLOGY: Facebook’s initiative to bring free Internet access to the world’s four billion people who don’t have it has experienced unexpected criticism from users.
- Saudi Arabia: Blame trading begins for deadliest hajj incident in quarter century
- A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj — the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca — has killed more than 700 people and injured nearly 900 others in Saudi Arabia.
- The incident made it the deadliest incident during the annual pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.
- King Salman of Saudi Arabia has demanded a review of safety protocol for the hajj pilgrimage.
- Saudi health minister Khalid al-Falih blamed the tragedy on “undisciplined” pilgrims who hadn’t followed instructions.
- Witnesses blamed the Saudi authorities, and said police weren’t properly trained and don’t have the language skills to communicate with the mainly foreign pilgrims.
- Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi authorities should shoulder responsibility, blaming their “mismanagement” for the catastrophe.
- Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, Time, USA Today, WP, WP-2
- Democratic Republic of Congo: At least three soldiers were killed in an attack on their camp in the country’s troubled east. (AFP)
- Egypt: Last week’s attack by security forces that killed a dozen people including eight Mexican tourists has prompted calls for renewed scrutiny on a recent increase in US and European arms sales to the country. (Guardian)
- South Sudan: The army said it was preparing bases outside the capital ahead of a pullout from Juba as part of a peace deal to end a 21-month civil war. (AFP)
- Region: US President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro will likely cross paths at the UN General Assembly in New York next week, the White House said. (The Hill)
- Colombia: The government’s border crisis with Venezuela delayed the start of formal peace talks between Bogota and the National Liberation Army (ELN). (EFE)
- Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to pursue the truth in the case of 43 students who disappeared last year (AFP)
- Peru: Some forty people, mostly foreign tourists, were released after being held in protest by indigenous people protesting the halt in construction of a highway. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: US and allied defense officials are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond the end of 2016. (WSJ)
- Japan: The country and the US will sign a new pact next week allowing officials to enter US military bases to conduct environment surveys in specific instances, FM Fumio Kishida said. (Kyodo)
- Malaysia: Three people were arrested in Kuala Lumpur on suspicion of terrorism after a warning by the US embassy of a possible attack in the city center. (DPA)
- Sri Lanka: The country appears set to avoid an international inquiry into atrocities committed during its lengthy civil war if a new UN resolution is adopted next week. (AFP)
- Finland: The government condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators – including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit – attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers. (AFP)
- Germany: The government has pledged USD 4.5B to its regional states, double the current levels of funding, to help them cope with a record migrant influx. (BBC)
- Greece: The country must “quickly implement” the terms of a tough EU bailout agreed in July, PM Alexis Tsipras said. (AFP)
- Ukraine: UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien has expressed alarm after UN agencies were ordered out of rebel-held parts of the eastern Luhansk region. (BBC)
- Region: Israel’s security cabinet approved a crackdown on violent Palestinian protests. (WSJ)
- Saudi Arabia: Gunmen opened fire on two police posts in the northwest of the Gulf kingdom killing two civilians and a policeman. (AFP)
- Yemen: Saudi diplomats are resisting calls from the UN Human Rights Council for an international inquiry into abuses by all parties during the Yemeni conflict. (NYT)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Facebook’s initiative to bring free Internet access to the world’s four billion people who don’t have it has experienced unexpected criticism from users. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Dujuan (21W)
- Location: 501 NM SSE of Kadena AB
- Wind: 74 mph
- Movement: NNW at 3 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06C
- Location: 477 NM SE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 40 mph
- Movement: NW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ida
- Location: 1175 miles ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands
- Wind: 35 mph
- Movement: NNW at 5 mph
- Earthquakes: 28km N of Sorong, Indonesia
- Magnitude: 6.6
- Depth: 24.1 km
- Earthquakes: 98km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 23.4 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 25SEP: 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 25SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 25SEP: 971
- Deaths as of 25SEP: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 25SEP: 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 25SEP: 555 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26SEP)
- Global: World Maritime Day
- Venezuela: Russian FM Lavrov to visit