- AFRICA: More than 90 percent of Congolese people voting in a controversial referendum approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office.
- AMERICAS: Eleven Colombian soldiers and a police officer were killed in a brazen ambush by the country’s second-largest leftist guerrilla force, known as the ELN.
- ASIA: The Taliban urged charity organizations not to hold back in delivering aid to Afghan earthquake victims, saying militants were ordered to provide “complete help”.
- EUROPE: Turkish police detained around 30 Islamic State suspects in a dawn raid, a day after a deadly shootout with a group of the jihadists.
- MIDDLE EAST: US President Obama’s most senior national security advisers have recommended US troops move closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: Germany should not depend on other countries in digitization, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
- South China Sea: US warship sails near China-claimed South China Sea island
○ The US sent a warship very close to one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, a potential challenge to Beijing’s territorial claims in the contested waters.
○ The decision to go ahead with the mission follows months of deliberation in Washington and is certain to China, which said last month it would “never allow any country” to violate what it considers to be its territorial waters and airspace around the islands.
○ China’s Foreign Ministry said the “relevant authorities” monitored, followed and warned the USS Lassen as it “illegally” entered waters near islands and reefs in the Spratlys without the Chinese government’s permission.
○ The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed “strong discontentment” and “resolute opposition” over the incident.
○ The patrol could further strain US ties with China ahead of multilateral meetings to be attended by President Barack Obama and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum next month.
- Republic of Congo: More than 90 percent of people voting in a controversial referendum approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office. (AFP)
- Republic of Congo: A Congolese opposition leader branded official referendum results claiming a landslide win for President Denis Sassou Nguesso as fraudulent. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean rangers have found 22 more elephants that were poisoned with cyanide, bringing to 62 the number of elephants poisoned by poachers in the country. (AP)
- Colombia: Eleven Colombian soldiers and a police officer were killed in a brazen ambush by the country’s second-largest leftist guerrilla force, known as the ELN. (WP)
- Cuba: Interior Minister Abelardo Colome resigned due to failing health. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: The country’s attorney general says she has sacked a prosecutor who criticized the conviction and imprisonment of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. (BBC)
- Region: Heavy cross-border fire from Afghanistan killed seven Pakistani soldiers at a checkpoint in a troubled tribal area, the army said. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: The Taliban urged charity organizations not to hold back in delivering aid to Afghan earthquake victims, saying militants were ordered to provide “complete help”. (AFP)
- Indonesia: The country and the US signed agreements valued at USD 20B investment on energy, transportation, water conservation and Islamic banking. (Xinhua)
- Japan: The Japanese government overturned a move by Okinawa’s governor to stop work on a US base relocation site. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: President Park Geun-hye vowed to strengthen South Korea’s defense capabilities to guard against future provocations from North Korea. (AFP)
- France: The European Central Bank finds the weak performance of the French economy surprising, urging Paris to press ahead with reforms. (AFP)
- Kosovo: The country is signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU, a historic milestone that will help the nation’s economic growth. (AP)
- Turkey: Police detained around 30 Islamic State suspects in a dawn raid, a day after a deadly shootout with a group of the jihadists. (AFP)
- Ukraine: A Ukrainian soldier was killed in a rebel attack near the ruins of Donetsk airport as clashes have intensified at the key flashpoint. (AFP)
- Region: US President Obama’s most senior national security advisers have recommended US troops move closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria. (WP)
- Region: An Iranian official says the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has sent more military advisers to Syria to help President Bashar Assad in the fight against insurgents. (AP)
- Iran: Two Iranian poets jailed and sentenced to 99 lashes apiece for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex are the latest targets in a hardliner crackdown. (AP)
- Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid has signed eight agreements with the UN that will provide USD 244M in aid to the country. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Germany should not depend on other countries in digitization, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Olaf
○ Location: 1210 NM ENE of Hilo, Hawaii
○ Wind: 50 mph
○ Movement: ENE at 18 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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 27OCT: 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 27OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 27OCT: 971
■ Deaths as of 27OCT: 13
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 27OCT: 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 27OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28OCT)
- Global: Anniversary of the end of the Cuban missile crisis – 1962
- Brazil: Civil Servants’ Day
- Greece: Ochi Day – 1940