- AFRICA: Burundi informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of its decision to quit the International Criminal Court.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, government and opposition supporters held dueling marches after the recall referendum process against President Nicolas Maduro was suspended.
- ASIA: According to the Indian foreign ministry, New Delhi expelled a Pakistani high commission staff member for “espionage activities”.
- EUROPE: Russia announced it will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than expected.
- MIDDLE EAST: US General Joseph Votel estimated between 800 and 900 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Iraqi-led operations to recapture Mosul began.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US company, Dynamic Network Services Inc, said possibly 100,000 connected devices were hijacked in last week’s massive cyber attack to swamp its systems and close off the internet to millions of users.
- Europe: Belgium breaks deadlock on landmark EU-Canada trade deal.
- Belgian politicians reached a deal to break a deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement that all 27 other EU governments support.
- The EU and Canada had scrapped plans for a summit in Brussels, as Belgium sought more time to lend its support to a landmark transatlantic trade deal.
- Failure to sign the deal wouldn’t just bode ill for the EU’s trade relations with Canada but also for its reputation as a credible trading partner.
- Wallonia lawmakers’ opposition to the deal includes potential harm for the region’s beef and pork farmers, the risk to environmental and labor standards, and its proposed system for settling investment disputes, which they say would end up giving multinationals more power to sue EU governments.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ
- Region: Botswanan FM Pelomoni Venson-Moitoi said African states unhappy with the International Criminal Court should work to reform it from within rather than pulling out. (Reuters)
- Burundi: The country informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of its decision to quit the International Criminal Court. (Reuters)
- Libya: The EU will go ahead with training for the Libyan coast guard, after a coast guard vessel allegedly attacked a boat carrying migrants, causing four to drown. (Reuters)
- Libya: The navy said almost 100 migrants were missing after their Europe-bound boat sank off the country’s coast, while 29 others were rescued. (AFP)
- Region: The attorneys for former Colombian government minister Andres Felipe Arias asked a US judge to release him claiming that there is no extradition treaty in force between the US and Colombia. (EFE)
- Brazil: New statistics from the country’s Institute of Public Security show almost 4,000 people have been killed by police in the state of Rio de Janeiro between JAN10 and AUG16. (Xinhua)
- Brazil: The defense team of former President Quiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the UN accepted their complaint against Judge Sergio Moro for violating Lula’s civil and political rights. (Xinhua)
- Venezuela: Government and opposition supporters held dueling marches after the recall referendum process against President Nicolas Maduro was suspended. (Xinhua)
- Region: South Korea said it would restart talks with Japan about a military intelligence-sharing pact. (NYT)
- Region: The US reassured key Asian allies Japan and South Korea that its policy seeking North Korea’s nuclear disarmament remains unchanged, after its intelligence chief called it a “lost cause”. (AFP)
- Region: According to the Indian foreign ministry, New Delhi expelled a Pakistani high commission staff member for “espionage activities”. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: According to a local official , two senior al-Qaeda leaders, Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi, were 0 killed by US air strikes in Kunar province. (DPA)
- Japan: The 100-year-old uncle of Japanese Emperor Akihito, Prince Mikasa, died, leaving only four heirs to the Chrysanthemum throne. (Reuters)
- Region: NATO plans to provide reconnaissance and logistical assistance to the EU‘s operations off the coast of Libya. (DPA)
- France: Regional Prefect Fabienne Buccio said migrants arriving at the Calais “Jungle” since demolition of the camp began cannot expect to be resettled by the local authorities. (Reuters)
- Russia: The country announced it will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than expected. (AP)
- Turkey: Prosecutors ordered the detention of 73 air force pilots, the latest in a stream of police operations related to the investigation of JUL16‘s attempted coup. (Reuters)
- Iraq: US General Joseph Votel estimated between 800 and 900 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Iraqi-led operations to recapture Mosul began. (AFP)
- Iraq: The UN said it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in “mass casualty management,” with a special focus on chemical attacks during the operation to retake Mosul. (AP)
- Syria: The Russian defense ministry said Russian and Syrian warplanes have not flown over Aleppo for nine days. (Reuters)
- Syria: The UN called the airstrikes on a school in rebel-held northern Idlib a day earlier a potential “war crime.” (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US company, Dynamic Network Services Inc, said possibly 100,000 connected devices were hijacked in last week’s massive cyber attack to swamp its systems and close off the internet to millions of users. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Kyant
- Location: 423 NM SSW of Calcutta, India
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: WSW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Seymour
- Location: 815 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 110 mph
- Movement: NW at 14 mph
- Earthquakes: 3km W of Visso, Italy
- Magnitude: 6.1
- Depth: 10 km
- 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)
- United Kingdom: Northern Ireland’s High Court to rule on challenge to Brexit