- AFRICA: Votes were being counted in what is expected to be Tanzania’s tightest election race ever.
- AMERICAS: Argentina’s presidential election is headed for a 22NOV runoff between incumbent-chosen successor Daniel Scioli and conservative rival Mauricio Macri.
- ASIA: A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia.
- EUROPE: Four suspected Islamic State militants and two Turkish police officers were killed in a shootout in Diyarbakir, the main city in the Kurdish-majority southeast.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Western-backed Free Syrian Army said it had not refused an offer of military support from Russia and that Moscow needs to stop targeting its bases.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Russian military is operating near the vital global Internet communications undersea cables, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials.
- Guatemala: TV personality Jimmy Morales wins presidency in landslide
○ TV comic and self-styled outsider Jimmy Morales swept to Guatemala’s presidency on the back of popular anger against the political class after huge anti-corruption protests helped oust the last government.
○ Morales, 46, won more than 69% of votes with results from more than 93% of polling stations counted.
○ The 46-year-old Morales overwhelmingly beat center-left rival and former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off vote despite his lack of government experience and some policy ideas that strike many as eccentric.
○ Voters also pointed to a UN-backed investigation into a customs racket that led last month to the resignation and arrest of former president Otto Perez.
○ Morales is not without his blemishes; his political party and campaign have been endorsed by retired military officers who many connect with the brutally violent 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.
- Cote d’Ivoire: Incumbent President Alassane Ouattara said he hoped the polls will enable the people to “forget” the 2010 post-election crisis that left over 3,000 people dead. (AFP)
- Mali: Three civilians were killed when a landmine exploded over the weekend in the northern region of Kidal. (Xinhua)
- Tanzania: Votes were being counted in what is expected to be the nation’s tightest election race ever. (AFP)
- Argentina: The country’s presidential election is headed for a 22NOV runoff between incumbent-chosen successor Daniel Scioli and conservative rival Mauricio Macri. (AFP)
- Colombia: Former Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa won a tight race to regain his old job, ending the 12-year governance of the capital by the country’s Left. (AP)
- Haiti: The country celebrated peaceful elections with robust turnout as the nation seeks to shed chronic political instability and get back on its feet. (AFP)
- Region: A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. (AP)
- Region: Top nuclear envoys for six-party talks to dismantle the North Korea’s nuclear program will gather in Seoul this week to discuss cooperation in Northeast Asian region. (Xinhua)
- Region: The 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit kicked off in India with a meeting among Indian senior officials and 54 African countries. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Al-Qaida and the Islamic State have become serious threats, said the Afghan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar. (AP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea and North Korea wrapped up the week-long reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. (Xinhua)
- Region: Russia said its navy is holding drills off the coast of Crimea to practice thwarting an attack on the Black Sea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine last year. (AFP)
- Belgium: A man wearing a balaclava tried to force his car through the gates of a military barracks in Belgium, firing several shots without injuring anyone. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Four suspected Islamic State militants and two Turkish police officers were killed in a shootout in Diyarbakir, the main city in the Kurdish-majority southeast. (AFP)
- Region: A Palestinian man stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli in the southern West Bank before being shot dead. (AFP)
- Israel: An Islamic trust which administers Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound accused Israeli police of blocking the installation of cameras there. (AFP)
- Syria: The Western-backed Free Syrian Army said it had not refused an offer of military support from Russia and that Moscow needs to stop targeting its bases. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The Russian military is operating near the vital global Internet communications undersea cables, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials. (NYT)
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Olaf
○ Location: 704 NM ENE of Hilo, Hawaii
○ Wind: 80 mph
○ Movement: NNE at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 45km SSW of Jarm, Afghanistan
○ Magnitude: 7.7
○ Depth: 213.5 km
- Volcanoes: Rinjani, Lombok Island, Indonesia
○ Small ash eruption with no significant seismic activity. (Volcano Discovery)
- 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 26OCT: 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 26OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 26OCT: 971
■ Deaths as of 26OCT: 13
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 26OCT: 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 26OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27OCT)
- Kosovo: Signing of accord between European Union and Kosovo
- India and Pakistan: Anniversary of Indian troops arriving in Kashmir – 1947
- Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan Independence Day – 1991