AFRICA: Western and some Middle Eastern powers expressed support for the Libyan UN-brokered unity government and PM Fayez Seraj’s push to restore order.
AMERICAS: Scientists are preparing to unleash millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil to mate with and kill mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.
ASIA: India and Pakistan tallied at least 13 deaths in recent firing across their disputed border in Kashmir.
EUROPE: Italy’s most powerful earthquake since 1980 has left more than 15,000 people homeless.
MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch slammed a “well-funded” clampdown on Gulf Arab rights activists and urged the six Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies to implement “much-needed reforms” instead of jailing peaceful critics.
TECHNOLOGY: In Thailand, private chats on the mobile phone application LINE will not be monitored, following a government request for the company to monitor and report content deemed to violate the lese-majesty law.
Iraq: Iraqi troops have entered the city of Mosul for the first time since 2014.
Iraqi troops have entered the city of Mosul and face heavy resistance from the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Troops opened up with artillery, tank and machine gun fire on IS positions on the edge of the Gogjali neighborhood, with the extremists responding with guided anti-tank missiles and small arms to block the advance.
If the troops reach the neighborhood, it will be the first time they have entered Mosul since 2014.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi declared the country’s army would “cut the head (off) the snake” and liberate those trapped inside Mosul from ISIS’ brutal rule.
Libya: Western and some Middle Eastern powers expressed support for the UN-brokered unity government and PM Fayez Seraj’s push to restore order across the country. (Reuters)
Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group threatened to step up attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta if President Muhammadu Buhari pursues a military campaign. (Reuters)
Sudan: The US has extended sanctions on the country for another year, citing Khartoum’s policies as an “extraordinary threat” to the US national security. (AFP)
Region: Venezuela and the US should have “respectful relations” and a “permanent dialogue,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (Xinhua)
Brazil: Scientists are preparing to unleash millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the country to mate with and kill mosquitos that carry the Zika virus. (Independent)
Mexico: Two soldiers were found dead in civilian clothes and covered in sheets in the Pacific resort of Acapulco a day after they were abducted by gunmen. (AFP)
Region: Malaysian PM Najib Razak began an official visit to China where he will sign a “significant” defense deal,” in a potential strategic shift as his ties with the US fray over a corruption scandal. (AFP)
Region: Japan extended by three months an order to its Self-Defense Forces to remain ready to shoot down potential ballistic missiles launched from North Korea. (Kyodo)
Region: India and Pakistan tallied at least 13 deaths in recent firing across their disputed border in Kashmir. (Reuters)
China: The country has showcased its long-awaited J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time. (BBC)
Italy: The country’s most powerful earthquake since 1980 has left more than 15,000 people homeless. (BBC)
Sweden: Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who helped thousands of Hungarian Jews to escape Nazi mass murder in World War II, has been formally pronounced dead. (BBC)
Turkey: Opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet vowed “We will not surrender,” after at least 11 staff members were detained as part of alleged anti-terrorism measures. (DPA)
Turkey: Authorities will appoint administrators to run the municipality in Diyarbakir, after detaining its joint mayors last week. (Reuters)
Region: Human Rights Watch slammed a “well-funded” clampdown on Gulf Arab rights activists and urged the six Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies to implement “much-needed reforms” instead of jailing peaceful critics. (AFP)
Palestinian Territories: Israeli army forces searched the residence of a Palestinian man who was killed after opening fire at a West Bank checkpoint and injuring three soldiers. (DPA)
Syria: Russia is assailing NATO for applying pressure to deny port access to Russian warships en route to the country’s shores. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: UK Treasury Secretary Philip Hammond will unveil a USD 2.3B package designed to boost Britain’s defenses against a growing online threat, which he will say is invading personal privacy and putting national security at risk. (Guardian)
Technology: In Thailand, private chats on the mobile phone application LINE will not be monitored, following a government request for the company to monitor and report content deemed to violate the lese-majesty law. (DPA)
Cyclones: Nothing to Report
Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
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)
Cases as of 01NOV: 1,813 (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 01NOV: 645 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
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.