- AFRICA: Kenyan and Somali troops captured Kismayu, the last major stronghold of al Shabaab.
- AMERICAS: Eight Colombian FARC rebels were reportedly killed by an airstrike in the country’s northwest.
- ASIA: US and NATO coalition forces resumed the practice of joint patrols with Afghan forces.
- EUROPE: In Spain, the Catalonian parliament in the country’s northeast approved a resolution foreseeing a vote on independence, while Spain vowed to do “whatever it can” to prevent it.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition forces reported heavy fighting in Aleppo.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US FTC moved to establish tighter privacy protections for children online.
- Middle East: Iran’s nuclear program takes center stage at UN
- Israeli PM Netanyahu gave a speech at the UN outlining a “red line” condition for Iran’s nuclear program.
- Iran declared it had the right to retaliate against any attack.
- Commentators analyzing the Netanyahu speech’s “red line” criteria reported it indicated military action is unlikely to take place this year.
- Coverage: Reuters, BBC, NYT, Al Jazeera-1, Al Jazeera-2, Reuters-2
- DR Congo: Gun and grenade attacks struck Goma, killing at least 12. (Reuters)
- Libya: US Defense Secretary Panetta said terrorists had planned and carried out the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. (AP)
- Libya: The US withdrew more embassy staff from Tripoli due to security reasons. (AFP)
- Mali: EU officials stated they were considering ways to assist the government in dealing with Islamist militants occupying the northern part of the country. (Reuters)
- Rwanda: The country’s UN envoy rejected claims it was aiding rebel groups in the DR Congo. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Kenyan and Somali troops captured Kismayu, the last major stronghold of al Shabaab. (Reuters)
- Tunisia: President Marzouki vowed to crack down on Islamist extremists after they encouraged crowds to attack the US embassy in the capital Tunis. (AP)
- Brazil: Nearly 23,000 military police agents were deployed in a massive anti-crime operation across Sao Paulo. (AFP)
- Colombia: Eight FARC rebels were reportedly killed by an airstrike in the country’s northwest. (EFE)
- Colombia: The FARC and ELN issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to upcoming peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
- Guatemala: Authorities arrested a man suspected of running a Zetas cartel operation in the country’s northwest. (EFE)
- Region: China and Japan traded accusations over the disputed Senkaku Islands at the UN. (BBC)
- Afghanistan: US and NATO coalition forces resumed the practice of joint patrols with Afghan forces. (AP)
- Myanmar: Opposition leader Suu Kyi stated her country could not become a full democracy without an independent judiciary. (AP)
- Pakistan: The country’s foreign ministry rejected a US report that it had given “tacit consent” to the use of drone strikes against militants. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey said a planned meeting between US and Pakistani military chiefs was postponed this week due to a wave of violent anti-American protests. (AFP)
- Philippines: The US issued a security alert for Manila, warning its citizens they could be the target of an unspecified attack. (AFP)
- Region: French Minister for European Affairs Cazeneuve said France is open to the idea of a new EU treaty to deepen integration if it is deemed necessary to improve economic governance in the bloc. (Reuters)
- Cyprus: The country’s central bank said it would conduct stress tests on its chief lenders. (AP)
- France: President Hollande’s administration will release its first budget, expected to set tough deficit reduction goals. (BBC)
- Germany: Chancellor Merkel renewed a commitment to stabilizing the euro. (AP)
- Spain: The parliament of the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia approved a resolution foreseeing a vote on independence, while Spain vowed to do “whatever it can” to prevent it. (DPA)
- Turkey: PM Erdogan said Turkey could hold a fresh round of talks with Kurdish rebels but accused France and Germany of obstructing its efforts to solve the unrest. (AFP)
- Iraq: Twelve policemen were killed in clashes at a Tikrit prison seized by militants and later retaken by security forces. (AP)
- Palestinian Territories: President Abbas stated he will seek an upgrade to Palestine’s UN status at the General Assembly. (Al Jazeera)
- Syria: Opposition forces reported heavy fighting in Aleppo. (Reuters)
- Syria: EU defense ministers ruled out the possibility of a military intervention in Syria and advocated a political solution to the crisis faced by the country. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- United States: The FTC moved to establish tighter privacy protections for children online. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Ewiniar
- Location: 280 NM SE of Tokyo
- Movement: ENW at 10 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Jelawat
- Location: 250 NM SW of Kadena Air Base
- Movement: NNE at 15 mph
- Winds: 165 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
- Location: 740 miles SSW of the Azores
- Movement; W at 7 mph
- Winds: 65 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Post-Tropical Cyclone Miriam
- Location: 440 miles W of Baja California
- Movement: S at 1 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 125 SE of Baja California
- Movement: N at 15 mph
- Earthquakes: Solomon Islands
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29SEP)
- Haiti: Anniversary of former President Aristide ousted – 1991.
- Pakistan: Court resumes corruption hearing filed against Nawaz Sharif.