- AFRICA: Libya is facing “political impasse” and “hazardous military developments”, UN envoy Martin Kobler warned, highlighting the impact of violence on civilians.
- AMERICAS: Global health authorities declared the Americas free of endemic measles, the first region to be so certified.
- ASIA: A suspected US drone strike against Islamic State jihadists killed 18 people, most of them militants but possibly including some civilians.
- EUROPE: Police arrested five suspected members of an Islamic State cell in Spain, Belgium, and Germany that spread propaganda for the group online.
- MIDDLE EAST: The World Bank announced it will release USD 300M in loans to help facilitate the labor market for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
- TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month.
- Israel: Elder statesman Shimon Peres dies at 93; world mourns.
- Shimon Peres, who served twice as Israel’s prime minister and once as president, has died at the age of 93.
- A founder of Israel, Peres held nearly every high political office over a 55-year political career, including prime minister, foreign minister, and president.
- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he would return early from a state visit to Ukraine to mourn.
- Several world leaders are expected to attend the Friday funeral, including US President Barack Obama.
- Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 with Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat for the 1993 Oslo peace accords.
- There was no immediate formal statement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Peres’s death.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ
- Egypt: Human Rights Watch says prison guards routinely abuse political prisoners at the maximum-security facility Scorpion Prison, in possibly fatal ways. (AP)
- Libya: The country is facing “political impasse” and “hazardous military developments”, UN envoy Martin Kobler warned, highlighting the impact of violence on civilians. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The body of journalist Isaac Vuni, abducted almost four months ago, was found on a farm this week, Reporters Without Borders said. (AFP)
- Region: Global health authorities declared the Americas free of endemic measles, the first region to be so certified. (NYT)
- Region: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he is hopeful for improved relations with the US, a day after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Reuters)
- Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said if the National Liberation Army, the country’s second guerrilla group, frees their hostages, a public phase of peace talks could start next week. (EFE)
- Region: Bangladesh pulled out of a key regional summit to be held in Pakistan, after India said it was boycotting the event. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: A suspected US drone strike against Islamic State jihadists killed 18 people, most of them militants but possibly including some civilians. (Reuters)
- Malaysia: Armed men seized a fisherman off the country’s eastern Sabah state, where Abu Sayyaf militants have been blamed for a series of abductions. (AFP)
- Thailand: Authorities shut down an Amnesty International news conference on torture in the kingdom. (AFP)
- Region: Police arrested five suspected members of an Islamic State cell in Spain, Belgium, and Germany that spread propaganda for the group online. (AFP)
- Denmark: The country will need to extend temporary control at its German border after 12NOV, PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said. (Reuters)
- Germany: Police shot dead a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pakistani he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter. (AFP)
- Turkey: US officials will respond within a couple of days to the country’s demand to arrest Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for a July’s coup attempt. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 70,000 people had been investigated after July’s coup attempt, with 32,000 remanded in custody. (AFP)
- Region: The World Bank announced it will release USD 300M in loans to help facilitate the labor market for Syrian refugees in Jordan. (AFP)
- Dubai: Dubai International Airport was forced to ground flights for half an hour due to a drone flying in the area. (BBC)
- Iran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu for a third set of talks in less than one-and-a-half-months. (AFP)
- Syria: Air raids hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Aleppo, putting them temporarily out of service. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Megi
- Location: 141 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
- Winds: 75 mph
- Movement: WNW at 13 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Chaba
- Location: 194 NM E of Andersen AFB
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 16 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Roslyn
- Location: 450 miles WSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: NE at 9 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Ulika
- Location: 1145 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 65 mph
- Movement: NE at 7 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Mount Barujani, Indonesia
- Ash and smoke eruption 2 km into the sky, causing evacuation of tourists. (AFP)
- Volcanoes: Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
- Volcanic ash eruption cancels flights from Bali. (ABC)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 23SEP: 195,397 (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 23SEP: 107,364
- Deaths as of 23SEP: 108
- 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 (29SEP)
- Global: World Maritime Day – 1990
- Global: World Heart Day – 2000
- Europe Region: EU parliamentary civil-liberties committee to vote on Ukraine visa liberalization
- Haiti: Anniversary of Aristide ousted – 1991
- Ukraine: US delegation let by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to visit to attend Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Babyn Yar Massacre