- AFRICA: In the Central African Republic, interim President Catherine Samba-Panza left the UN General Assembly to return home due to violence in the capital Bangui.
- AMERICAS: British PM David Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica.
- ASIA: The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for gunning down an Italian on the street in Bangladesh.
- EUROPE: A court summoned Catalonia’s president for questioning over an allegedly illegal 2014 ballot on independence from Spain.
- MIDDLE EAST: Four British citizens fighting with Islamic State militants in Syria are to be subject to UN sanctions.
- TECHNOLOGY: The EU has signed a key agreement with China on the “fifth generation” of telecommunications systems, or 5G.
- Afghanistan: Joint Afghan-US operation begins to retake city of Kunduz.
- The US military carried out an airstrike on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz one day after Taliban insurgents fought their way into the major city.
- Afghan security forces arrived in Kunduz and have started retaking areas of the city from the Taliban.
- The sudden fall of Kunduz was a major setback for the government of President Ashraf Ghani and raised questions over how ready Afghan forces were to tackle the Islamist insurgency alone.
- It was the first time the Taliban has seized a major city in Afghanistan since its regime was overthrown by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001.
- Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi vowed to investigate how the Taliban managed to seize a major urban center.
- Coverage: AFP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP
- Central African Republic: Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza left the UN General Assembly to return home due to violence in the capital Bangui. (Reuters)
- Central African Republic: Hundreds of inmates at a prison in the country have escaped as a wave of violence left dozens dead. (BBC)
- Cote d’Ivoire: President Alassane Ouattara appealed for reconciliation and peace during his tour of the region of Gagnoa, a stronghold of former president Laurent Gbagbo. (Xinhua)
- Democratic Republic of Congo: A former vice president has pleaded not guilty to paying defense witnesses to give false testimony in his war crimes trial. (AP)
- El Salvador: At least 13 people were injured when an explosives warehouse blew up at a military base northwest of the country’s capital. (AP)
- Jamaica: British PM David Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to the country. (Guardian)
- Mexico: Police rescued 150 migrants, including 25 children, from the freight compartment of a truck where they had been held under packed conditions. (DPA)
- Region: ‘Super typhoon’ Dujuan killed two people and left more than 300 injured in Taiwan before reaching land in eastern China. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for gunning down an Italian on the street in the diplomatic quarter of the country’s capital. (AP)
- China: Prosecutors will investigate a former justice of the country’s Supreme Court on corruption charges, after he was stripped of Communist Party membership. (AP)
- Indonesia: Two British journalists have gone on trial in the country for allegedly trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas. (AFP)
- France: French and Indian defense officials are to hold fresh talks on the purchase of 36 Rafale jets, with hopes negotiations are close to concluding. (AFP)
- France: A 20-year-old Iraqi refugee was crushed to death by pallets near the port of Calais as he tried to reach Britain. (AFP)
- Spain: A court summoned Catalonia’s president for questioning over an allegedly illegal 2014 ballot on independence from the country. (AFP)
- Turkey: Kurdish militants have killed two police officers in the southern city of Adana. (AP)
- Iran: China will prioritize its energy and financial cooperation with the country, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters)
- Lebanon: Protesters blocked access to the country’s energy ministry in a surprise demonstration against the notoriously ineffective and costly electricity sector. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Indonesian officials said Saudi authorities prevented their diplomats from seeing initial data and blocked their immediate access in wake of the hajj disaster. (AP)
- Syria: Four British citizens fighting with Islamic State militants in the country are to be subject to UN sanctions. (Guardian)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The EU has signed a key agreement with China on the “fifth generation” of telecommunications systems, or 5G. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Dujuan (21W)
- Location: 131 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
- Wind: 86 mph
- Movement: NW at 12 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Niala (06)
- Location: 320 NM SW of Hilo, Hawaii
- Wind: 28 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Marty
- Location: 75 miles SSW of Zuhuatanejo, Mexico
- Wind: 75 mph
- Movement: ENE at 3 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Joaquin
- Location: 400 miles NE of the central Bahamas
- Wind: 40 mph
- Movement: SW at 5 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,331 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,310 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 28SEP: 565,353 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 21,722
- Deaths as of 28SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 28SEP: 971
- Deaths as of 28SEP: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 28SEP: 1583 (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 28SEP: 566 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30SEP)
- Australia: Family and Community Day
- Botswana: Botswana Day
- Pakistan: US military aid program reimbursement to end by this date if not renewed