- AFRICA: Al Shabaab seized from Somali government forces a town 160 miles northwest of Mogadishu.
- AMERICAS: Venezuelan government and opposition leaders announced they will meet Sunday in a bid to open a dialogue about the country’s deepening political crisis.
- ASIA: The scandalized associate of the South Korean president returned to the country from Europe to present herself to prosecutors for questioning.
- EUROPE: Turkish authorities dismissed more than 10,000 more civil servants over their suspected links with Fethullah Gulen.
- MIDDLE EAST: At least 38 people were killed in Saudi-led air strikes on a rebel-held prison in western Yemen.
- TECHNOLOGY: A federal judge ruled that Harold T. Martin III, who stole 50 terabytes of data from the NSA, poses a significant flight risk and must remain jailed as he awaits trial.
- Italy: Magnitude 6.6 earthquake causes buildings collapse
- There were no immediate reports of deaths, but a dozen people appear to have been injured. Search and rescue teams were active in the area.
- The quake’s epicenter was Norcia, but it was felt as far as 600km away.
- The quake was an aftershock to two back-to-back earthquakes that struck central Italy four days ago.
- Towns already destroyed by a quake that killed nearly 300 people in August reported new damage.
- The Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia, already damaged from the quake last week, suffered severe damage.
- In Ussita, a town near the epicenter of Wednesday’s quake, reportedly 90 percent of the houses were destroyed.
- Sources: NYT, BBC, CNN, AP
- Egypt: At least 22 people were killed and 72 injured in flooding caused by torrential rains in Sohag, South Sinai, and along the Red Sea coast. (AFP)
- Ivory Coast: Polls opened for citizens to vote on controversial constitutional changes made by the president and approved by parliament earlier in the week. (AFP)
- Kenya: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan police officer outside a US embassy in Nairobi last week. (Reuters)
- Libya: A car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi killing six people including a political activist. (AP)
- Somalia: Al Shabaab seized from government forces a town 160 miles northwest of Mogadishu. (Reuters)
- Region: Venezuelan President Maduro was conspicuously absent from the Ibero-American summit attended by leaders of Latin American nations, Spain, and Portugal. (AP)
- Colombia: Negotiations on changes to the peace agreement with the FARC concluded, with participants reporting progress in matters relating to rural reform and political participation. (EFE)
- Venezuela: The government and opposition leaders announced they will meet Sunday in a bid to open a dialogue about the country’s deepening political crisis. (AFP)
- Region: Although Chinese coast guard ships still guard a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Philippines reports they have allowed Filipinos to fish there for the first time in years. (AP)
- Afghanistan: The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that the death rate among Afghan security forces is surging far above last year’s levels. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The military reported at least four civilians were injured in Indian firing at the working boundary between the two countries in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
- South Korea: Choi Soon-sil, the scandalized associate of President Park, returned to the country from Europe to present herself to prosecutors for questioning. (NYT)
- Germany: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a fatal knife attack in Hamburg on 16OCT. (AFP)
- Iceland: The anti-establishment Pirate Party failed to gain the necessary 32 seats to command a majority in parliament. (AFP)
- Turkey: Authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 more civil servants over their suspected links with Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: One policeman was killed and another injured in shooting attack in the city of Qatif. (Xinhua)
- Syria: 38 civilians have been killed over two days in fighting between the regime and rebels on the western edges of Aleppo. (AFP)
- Yemen: At least 38 people were killed in Saudi-led air strikes on a rebel-held prison in the west of the country. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Data Theft: A federal judge ruled that Harold T. Martin III, who stole 50 terabytes of data from the NSA, poses a significant flight risk and must remain jailed as he awaits trial. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: 6km N of Norcia, Italy
- Magnitude: 6.6
- Depth: 10 km
- 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 (31OCT)
- Asia Region: Taiwan and Japan to hold bilateral talks to discuss cooperation on maritime affairs near Okinotori
- Azerbaijan: 7th Azerbaijani-Russian Interregional Forum to be held in Baku (to 01NOV)
- Central African Republic: Francois Lounceny Fall of Guinea to succeed Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)
- China: 12th NPC Standing Committee to meet (to 07NOV)
- China: Malaysian PM Razak to visit (to 06NOV)
- Cuba: International Trade Fair of Havana (FIHAV 2016) (to 04NOV)
- India: Anniversary of assassination of Indian PM Indira Gandhi – 1984
- Lebanon: Parliament to attempt to elect a president for 46th time
- Mexico: Day of the Dead
- Spain: Deadline to form a new government or hold fresh polls
- Sri Lanka: Four-member delegation from the European Parliament to visit