- AFRICA: UN peacekeepers reported that 25 people were killed, including 6 police, in two days of violence in the Central African Republic town of Bambari.
- AMERICAS: A court sentenced the former leader of the Guatemalan Congress to 13 years and four months in prison for trying to bribe a judge to issue a ruling favoring the vice president at the time.
- ASIA: Philippine officials announced that Chinese vessels have left the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: Polls opened in Iceland in an election that is predicted to bring the anti-establishment Pirate Party to power.
- MIDDLE EAST: Guards thwarted a suicide attack on the Yemeni central bank, opening fire on the bomber’s vehicle and blowing it up before it reached the building.
- TECHNOLOGY: European privacy watchdogs expressed concern over WhatsApp’s sharing user information with parent company Facebook.
- Iraq: Iran-backed Shiite militias join the offensive for Mosul
- The move could whip up sectarian and regional tensions in the already complex battle.
- The militias launched their offensive west of the city, toward the town of Tal Afar.
- Shiite leaders said their aim is to oust the Islamic State from Tal Afar, cutting the jihadists’ supply routes to Mosul from Syria.
- Tal Afar had a Shia majority before it was overrun by the Islamic State in 2014. The Shiite militia leaders have agreed not to enter the predominantly Sunni city of Mosul for now.
- More than 10,000 Shiite fighters are participating in the offensive.
- Sources: WP, BBC, RFE/RL, AP, Reuters
- Central African Republic: UN peacekeepers reported that 25 people were killed, including 6 police, in two days of violence around the town of Bambari. (AFP)
- Egypt: A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and critically wounded four others in the northeastern region of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
- Nigeria: The United Nations announced having negotiated the release of 876 children detained at a Nigerian army barracks over the past year. (AP)
- Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed at least nine people in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AP)
- Argentina: A United Nations panel called on the Argentine government to release activist Milagro Sala. (AP)
- Guatemala: A court sentenced the former leader of Congress to 13 years and four months in prison for trying to bribe a judge to issue a ruling favoring the vice president at the time. (AP)
- Venezuela: The Supreme Court declared that President Maduro is a natural-born Venezuelan and does not hold citizenship in any other country. (AP)
- Region: Philippine officials announced that Chinese vessels have left the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: One police officer was killed and three others injured in a suicide bomb attack in Kandahar city. (Xinhua)
- Thailand: Thousands of Thais visited Bangkok’s Grand Palace to view the body of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (AFP)
- Estonia: PM Taavi Roivas said that while it is unlikely that Russia may threaten the country’s security, the country should be prepared for such a threat. (Interfax)
- Iceland: Polls opened in an election predicted to bring the anti-establishment Pirate Party to power. (AFP)
- Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is widely expected to win a crunch parliamentary confidence vote today, which will see him officially re-appointed as Spanish leader. (AFP)
- Iraq: A suicide bomber targeting Shiite pilgrims killed seven people and wounded more than 20 in Baghdad. (AP)
- Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian attacked Israeli troops with his car and then with a knife in the occupied West Bank before being shot and seriously wounded. (AFP)
- Yemen: Guards thwarted a suicide attack on the Yemeni central bank, opening fire on the bomber’s vehicle and blowing it up before it reached the building. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: European privacy watchdogs expressed concern over WhatsApp’s sharing user information with parent company Facebook. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 28OCT: 195,186 (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 28OCT: 107,704
- Deaths as of 28OCT: 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 (30OCT)
- China: Leader of Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) Party Hung Hsiu-chu to visit (to 03NOV)
- Georgia: Second round of parliamentary elections
- Ivory Coast: Constitutional referendum
- Moldova: Presidential Election
- Venezuela: Government and opposition to begin negotiations on Margarita island