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AFRICA: The UN Security Council strongly condemned a targeted ambush against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed nine Nigerian peacekeepers.
AMERICAS: Texas health officials narrowed down the list of people who may have had direct and indirect contact with the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient to 50 people.
ASIA: North and South Korea both agreed to work on resuming a formal high-level dialogue that has effectively been suspended for seven months.
EUROPE: Latvia’s hardline center-right coalition is poised to return to power Saturday in an election overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Russia and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country’s sizeable Russian minority.
MIDDLE EAST: Turkey warned on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara`s enclave inside Syria.
TECHNOLOGY: European Union (EU) member states have pledged to act as coherent partners on Internet governance.
Hong Kong: Protests threaten to unravel in violence
Hong Kong braced for a second night of violence as sporadic clashes erupted between pro-democracy protesters and those opposed to their occupation of some of the city’s busiest shopping areas.
Police arrested 19 people, some believed to have organized crime ties, during a night of running brawls in an attempt to drive out pro-democracy protesters.
Women pro-democracy protesters are being targeted with sexual assaults and harassment, said demonstrators and an international human rights group.
Lai Tung-kwok, Hong Kong’s security chief, furiously denied the government had used triad gangs against pro-democracy protesters Saturday.
After clashes between pro-democracy protesters and opponents in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, student leaders called off talks with the government, accusing police of allowing the violence to happen.
Mali: The UN Security Council strongly condemned a targeted ambush against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed nine Nigerian peacekeepers. (Xinhua)
Somalia: Al-Qaeda-aligned militants are withdrawing from their last major stronghold on the country’s southern coast, according to residents. (BBC)
Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni said his country risks a trade boycott by the West if it reintroduces a divisive anti-gay law that was rejected by the constitutional court. (Reuters)
Zambia: Michael Sata, the country’s leader, will not resign, amid growing speculations about his failing health, according to Vice President Guy Scott. (Xinhua)
Region: The U.S. Border Patrol is targeting Mexican cartel scouts who get paid to help smugglers stay clear of law enforcement with the use of sophisticated technology. (AP)
Cuba: A Havana criminal court passed sentences to 14 former Cuban officials and three foreign businessmen found guilty of corruption. (Xinhua)
Mexico: The United Nations in Mexico urged authorities to conduct an “effective” search for 43 students who vanished after a deadly police shooting last week. (AFP)
United States: Texas health officials narrowed down the list of people who may have had direct and indirect contact with the country’ s first diagnosed Ebola patient to 50 people. (Xinhua)
Region: The U.S. will brief South Korea on ongoing revision with Japan to their defense cooperation guidelines ahead of the release of an interim report next week. (Kyodo)
China: The number of dengue fever case is rising alarmingly in south China with over 200 cases reported from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua)
Malaysia: About 155 Uygur illegal immigrants, including 76 children, have been detained by the Malaysian authorities, local media reported on Saturday. (Xinhua)
North & South Korea: Both nations agreed to work on resuming a formal high-level dialogue that has effectively been suspended for seven months. (AFP)
Taiwan: Health minister Chiu Wen-ta resigned over ‘gutter oil’ scandal, where eight people have been charged over recycled waste oil sales. (South China Morning Post)
Region: Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine will make a decision on the date and place of another trilateral meeting on gas next week. (TASS)
Latvia: The country’s hardline center-right coalition is poised to return to power Saturday in an election overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Russia and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country’s sizeable Russian minority. (AFP)
Russia: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will visit for the 18th meeting of the Joint Commission for the Regular Prime Ministers’ Meetings between Oct. 9 and 11. (Xinhua)
Spain: Catalan leaders forged ahead for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain. (AFP)
Region: Turkey warned on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara`s enclave inside Syria. (AFP)
Region: Sweden’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state is “courageous,” senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said, calling on other EU states to follow suit. (AFP)
Iraq: The U.S. welcomed Dutch air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, with F-16 fighters from the Netherlands poised to join the action as early as the weekend. (AFP)
Syria: The UN Security Council on Friday condemned the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, which killed over 50 people and injured dozens more, mostly children. (Xinhua)
Syria: President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Yahoo Inc.plans to reinvest a small portion it made from an early bet on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.in another fast-growing startup, Snapchat Inc. (WSJ)
Communications: European Union (EU) member states have pledged to act as coherent partners on Internet governance. (Xinhua)
Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Nineteen)
Location: 637 NM ESE of Saipan
Movement: WNW at 6 mph
Winds: 28 mph
Cyclones: Super Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)
Location: 682 NM WSW of Yokosuka, Japan
Movement: NNW at 5 mph
Winds: 66 mph
Hurricanes: Hurricane Simon
Location: 280 miles SSW of Baja California
Movement: WNW at 12 mph
Winds: 75 mph
Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 7470 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US)
Deaths: 3431 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases as of 02OCT: 852 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
Deaths as of 02OCT: 301 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05OCT)
Brazil: Brazil general elections
Bulgaria: Bulgaria general elections
Portugal: Portuguese Republican Day – 1910
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