- AFRICA: The Gambia said it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing the world body of seeking only to prosecute Africans.
- AMERICAS: Panama and Colombia signed agreements to increase security along their porous border, which is used by migrants and drug traffickers.
- ASIA: In Pakistan, the city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy while families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack.
- EUROPE: Fires cut through a swathe of the Calais “Jungle”, sending migrants fleeing as French authorities prepared to ramp up demolition of the camp.
- MIDDLE EAST: More than 3,300 fleeing Iraqis sought help from the government on day nine of its offensive to retake Mosul, the most for a single day so far.
- TECHNOLOGY: Alphabet, the parent of internet giant Google, announced it was halting the rollout of its Google Fiber wireless service in some markets.
- Afghanistan: Islamic State, Taliban attacks kill several.
- Thirty people were kidnapped and killed by militants linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan’s Ghor province.
- The kidnapped people were all shot and killed during a failed rescue attempt by security forces, which killed one ISIS commander.
- IS is making steady inroads in Afghanistan, but has so far not officially claimed responsibility for the attack.
- However, Abdul Hai Khateby, provincial governor spokesman, said he is convinced the militants behind the attacks and abductions were a renegade Taliban group that swore allegiance last year to Afghanistan’s ISIS affiliate.
- Elsewhere, Taliban fighters cut the highway linking the Afghan capital to the southern city of Kandahar, following an attack on the main town of Wardak province to the west of Kabul.
- Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NBC, Reuters
- Central African Republic: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the outbreak of violence in the country, which killed at least four civilians and injured nine others including five peacekeepers a day earlier. (Xinhua)
- Gambia: The country said it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing the world body of seeking only to prosecute Africans. (Reuters)
- Morocco: The country will deploy over 5,000 policemen to protect the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on 08-18NOV in Marrakech. (Xinhua)
- Region: Panama and Colombia signed agreements to increase security along their porous border, which is used by migrants and drug traffickers. (AP)
- Brazil: The government announced it bought 3.5 million rapid testing kits for Zika virus. (Xinhua)
- Nicaragua: The Organization of American States will send observers to the country for its 06NOV elections. (AP)
- Venezuela: Opposition leaders called for mass protests to drive President Nicolas Maduro from office. (AP)
- Region: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan that his high-profile visit to China was about economics, not security. (Reuters)
- China: The country urged the US to honor its commitment to the one China policy, the principle of the three joint communiques, and to oppose “Taiwan independence.” (Xinhua)
- Japan: The country decided not to support a draft UN resolution urging the start of negotiations in 2017 to outlaw nuclear weapons. (Kyodo)
- Kyrgyzstan: The government resigned after President Almazbek Atambayev’s party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: The city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy while families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack. (AP)
- Region: EU President Donald Tusk still hopes a free trade between the bloc and Canada can be signed at a summit this week despite Belgium’s refusal so far to sign on. (AP)
- Region: Spain is reviewing plans to allow Russian warships to refuel in Spanish ports on the way to escalate attacks against rebel fighters in Syria. (Guardian)
- France: Fires cut through a swathe of the Calais “Jungle”, sending migrants fleeing as French authorities prepared to ramp up demolition of the camp. (AFP)
- Spain: Police arrested a Moroccan man suspected of spreading propaganda for the Islamic State armed group. (AP)
- Turkey: Police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city’s co-mayors. (AFP)
- Iran: The Revolutionary Guards said they developed a “suicide drone” capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land. (AFP)
- Iraq: More than 3,300 fleeing Iraqis sought help from the government on day nine of its offensive to retake Mosul, the most for a single day so far. (AFP)
- Syria: A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels in the first apparent direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey’s cross-border incursion in AUG16. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia and the Syrian government are ready to resume the “humanitarian pause” in air strikes in Aleppo if international organizations provide a guarantee for the evacuation of civilians. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Alphabet, the parent of internet giant Google, announced it was halting the rollout of its Google Fiber wireless service in some markets. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Kyant
- Location: 300 NM ESE of Visakhapatam, India
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: W at 11 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Seymour
- Location: 690 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 150 mph
- Movement: WNW at 15 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 (28OCT)
- Brazil: Civil Servants’ Day
- Colombia: Cartagena to host 25th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government (to 29OCT)
- Cuba and the United States: Anniversary of the end of the Cuban missile crisis – 1962
- Greece: Ochi Day – 1940
- Russia: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to visit Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
- South Korea: US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose to visit Seoul (to 29OCT)