- AFRICA: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the government will look into revising a protest law under which hundreds of activists have been jailed.
- AMERICAS: ELN rebels killed two civilian truck drivers in Colombia’s northeast in a “terrorist act”, hours after the government suspended peace talks.
- ASIA: An Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani border forces opened fire in Kashmir, as clashes along the frontiers intensified amid heightened tensions.
- EUROPE: NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said NATO’s signatory countries have “a problem” with not spending enough of their budgets on defense.
- MIDDLE EAST: Its PM Nechirvan Barzani said Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region plans to renew its push for independence once the city of Mosul is retaken from Islamic State group jihadists.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department is citing last week’s Internet outages caused by widespread cyberattacks to support allowing US agents to search online devices in faraway locations with approval from a single judge.
- Syria: Rebels launch counter-offensive to break Aleppo siege.
- Rebels began an offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of Aleppo.
- Ammar Sakkar, the military spokesman for the Fastaqim faction inside the city, said “all the revolutionary factions, without exception, are participating in the battle.”
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebel shelling killed more than 15 civilians and wounded 100 others so far.
- The Islamic Front rebel coalition said the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group launched rockets at a military airport in the east of the city and destroyed a government position in the west.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, USA Today
- Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the government will look into revising a protest law under which hundreds of activists have been jailed. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The country launched a USD 10B infrastructure program in its restive Delta region as part of a plan to end an insurgency that has hobbled oil production. (Reuters)
- South Africa: President Jacob Zuma asked a court to postpone a hearing to review his application to delay the release of a report over allegations of political influence by wealthy friends. (Reuters)
- Colombia: ELN rebels killed two civilian truck drivers in the country’s northeast in a “terrorist act”, hours after the government suspended peace talks. (AFP)
- United States: Classified information stolen by a former National Security Agency contractor included the names of covert intelligence officers. (AP)
- Venezuela: Congress heard testimony from citizens accusing President Nicolas Maduro of violating their rights, a move to pressure the socialist leader into accepting a recall vote. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: The opposition confirmed it would participate in dialogue with the government, in a meeting set for 30OCT on the island of Margarita. (Xinhua)
- Region: An Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani border forces opened fire in Kashmir, as clashes along the frontiers intensified amid heightened tensions. (DPA)
- Pakistan: Security forces killed four militants linked to the recent attack on a Quetta police academy. (AFP)
- Philippines: Anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. (AP)
- South Korea: The country’s main opposition Minjoo Party expressed its strong objection to the resumption of talks with Japan to share military intelligence on North Korea. (Xinhua)
- Region: NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said NATO’s signatory countries have “a problem” with not spending enough of their budgets on defense. (Independent)
- Region: Malta withdrew permission for a Russian military tanker to refuel off the island following international pressure. (DPA)
- Region: The US Army-linked RAND Corporation said NATO’s military assets in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were so mismatched with Russia as to be “inviting a devastating war, rather than deterring it”. (Independent)
- Region: Dozens of migrant youths were left fending for themselves after a second night sleeping in the French Calais “Jungle” as France and Britain battled over who was to blame for their plight. (AFP)
- Azerbaijan: Security services killed two suspected members of the armed Caucasus Jamaat group who were plotting “terrorist attacks” in the country. (AFP)
- Region: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party aims to hold its first congress since 2009 by the end of this year. (AFP)
- Iraq: Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary groups are about to launch an offensive on Islamic State positions west of Mosul. (Reuters)
- Iraq: The UN said the Islamic State group slaughtered at least 232 people near its stronghold of Mosul last week. (Independent)
- Iraq: Its PM Nechirvan Barzani said the Kurdish autonomous region plans to renew its push for independence once the city of Mosul is retaken from Islamic State group jihadists. (AFP)
- Syria: According to leaked documents, the UN hired friends and political associates of President Bashar al-Assad as part of its relief operation in the country. (Guardian)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US Justice Department is citing last week’s Internet outages caused by widespread cyberattacks to support allowing US agents to search online devices in faraway locations with approval from a single judge. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Seymour
- Location: 840 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: N at 10 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 27OCT: 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 27OCT: 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 27OCT: 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 (29OCT)
- China: French FM Ayrault to visit (to 01NOV)
- China: US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken and Vice FM Zhang Yesui to hold China-US Strategic Security Dialogue in Beijing
- Iceland: Parliamentary Elections
- Russia: FM Lavrov to meet with Iranian FM Zarif and Syrian FM al-Muallem in Moscow to discuss closer cooperation in Iraq and Syria
- Turkey: Republic Day – 1923
- Hinduism: Diwali/Deepavali