AFRICA: South Africa plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) amid criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudan’s president earlier this year.
AMERICAS: Honduras ordered the “forced liquidation” of Banco Continental, which stands accused by the US of money laundering and supporting drug trafficking.
ASIA: Two more Japanese citizens are being held in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the total number of such cases to four.
EUROPE: President Alexander Lukashenko has been re-elected for a fifth term, officials in Belarus said, following a campaign boycotted by the opposition.
MIDDLE EAST: Iranian state television reported jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted.
TECHNOLOGY: In China, Apple has blocked overseas users’ access to Apple News as long as they are connected to a Chinese telecom network.
Turkey: Islamic State ‘prime suspect’ in Ankara bombings.
The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said.
The Saturday attack near Ankara’s main train station was carried out by two suicide bombers, killing at least 97 people and wounding nearly 250 others.
No one has claimed responsibility, but the attack bears similarities to a suicide bombing the government blames on the Islamic State group that killed 33 Turkish and Kurdish peace activists near the town of Suruc bordering Syria in July.
Government officials made clear that despite alarm over the attack, there would be no postponement of November polls Erdogan hopes can restore an overall majority for the AK Party he founded.
More than 40 suspected ISIL militants have now been detained in four cities but it is not clear if the arrests are linked to Saturday’s bombings.
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Confirmed Cases: 23,483
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Cases as of 11OCT: 1589 (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 11OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)