AFRICA: In Morocco, nationwide legislative elections take place today, with millions of Moroccans focused on joblessness and extremism.
AMERICAS: Downgraded to a Category 3 storm, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the US as evacuation orders were issued in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
ASIA: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the US military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the South China Sea have been put on hold.
EUROPE: French President Francois Hollande called for “firmness” by the EU in Brexit negotiations to avoid the risk that other countries might seek leave the bloc.
MIDDLE EAST: The implementation of Iran’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers is still fragile, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said.
TECHNOLOGY: US police that use increasingly-common technology to conduct real-time social media surveillance during protests are drawing criticism from civil liberties advocates.
Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his “resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”
The award comes on the heels of a shocking rejection of the peace deal by the Colombian people in a referendum.
Mr. Santos has vowed to continue with negotiations with the FARC rebels.
Some Colombians felt that FARC was getting too many concessions and praise for its willingness to put down its arms after decades of violence, causing the referendum to fail.
Now, the FARC rebels and Colombian government will have to go back to the drawing board to reimagine an acceptable peace to victims of murder, extortion and kidnapping.
The Nobel prize committee considered a record 376 nominations this year, including the negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal, the Syrian activists who rescue bombing victims, and Svetlana Gannushkina, a fierce advocate for migrants’ rights in Russia.
Region: US President Barack Obama issued waivers that continue US military assistance for Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. (AP)
Burundi: The country plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, after the court’s prosecutor said it will investigate violence which killed hundreds of people throughout the nation. (Reuters)
Morocco: Nationwide legislative elections take place today, with millions of Moroccans focused on joblessness and extremism. (AP)
Colombia: FARC guerrillas returned to their hideouts in the Colombian jungle and mountains after voters rejected a landmark peace deal with the government. (AFP)
Haiti: The death toll from Hurricane Matthew was poised to surpass 300, with 350,000 people in need of assistance and fears of possible cholera outbreaks. (WP)
United States: Downgraded to a Category 3 storm, Hurricane Matthew made landfall as evacuation orders were issued in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. (WP)
United States: The FBI says authorities have arrested 28 people linked with a violent gang that operated in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. (AP)
Region: A piece of an aircraft wing found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been confirmed as belonging to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (AP)
Korean Peninsula: Cho Tae-yong, a South Korean presidential security advisor, visited the US this week for meetings over North Korea’s escalating nuclear threats. (Yonhap)
North Korea: New satellite photos show activity at the country’s nuclear test site amid speculation Pyongyang will stage another nuclear test around major national anniversaries in the coming days. (WSJ)
Pakistan: A bomb exploded on a passenger train in the country’s southwest, killing at least six people and wounding 19. (AP)
Philippines: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the US military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the South China Sea have been put on hold. (AP)
Region: French President Francois Hollande called for “firmness” by the EU in Brexit negotiations to avoid the risk that other countries might seek leave the bloc. (AFP)
Britain: The pound suffered a “flash crash”, its biggest drop since the country voted in June to leave the EU. (AFP)
Turkey: Turkish authorities detained 120 police officers and issued warrants for 46 others, extending a nationwide post-coup clampdown. (Reuters)
Turkey: Turkish police have arrested six people in connection with an Istanbul motorbike bombing, some with suspected ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party. (AFP)
Iran: The implementation of the country’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers is still fragile, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said. (Reuters)
Iran: South Korea has provided USD 4M to the UN World Food Programme to help feed Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the country. (Yonhap)
Israel: Spanish photographer Sandra Barrilaro who was detained on board a pro-Palestine activist boat attempting to break through the Gaza blockade was deported from the country. (EFE)
Syria: As part of a broader offensive, the Syrian army recaptured a strategic hilltop, overlooking rebel-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: US police that use increasingly-common technology to conduct real-time social media surveillance during protests are drawing criticism from civil liberties advocates. (AP)
Suspected Cases as of 30SEP: 195,809 (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 30SEP: 107,481
Deaths as of 30SEP: 108
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
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)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29SEP: 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 29SEP: 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 29SEP: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.