AFRICA: Conflicting reports emerged about whether the first negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria involved a ransom payment, a prisoner swap for Islamist extremist commanders, or both.
AMERICAS: In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos extended a cease-fire with the Marxist FARC rebel group until 31DEC.
ASIA: Japan is withholding financial contributions to UNESCO to express its outrage for listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre.
EUROPE: Turkey could hold a referendum on changing the constitution and introducing a presidential system before the spring, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
MIDDLE EAST: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law to deploy its forces in Syria indefinitely.
TECHNOLOGY: Verizon Communications said it has a “reasonable basis” to believe Yahoo‘s massive data breach represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its USD 4.83B deal to buy the technology company.
Thailand: Mourning and uncertainty begins after King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after seven decades on the throne, plunging the country into intense mourning and uncertainty.
Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Bangkok, hoping to see the body of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as it it moved from a hospital to a temple in the Grand Palace.
A one-year mourning period for the government has been declared together with a 30-day moratorium on state and official events, but with no demands made of the private sector.
The long period of mourning presents a financial hit to the country’s struggling economy, with sharp declines in economic activity in the coming days that could set back growth this year.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was appointed the King’s successor in 1972, but exactly when the Crown Prince will ascend to the throne is yet to be announced.
Algeria: Soldiers killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander with an Islamic State-allied group that kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist two years ago. (Reuters)
Nigeria: Conflicting reports emerged about whether the first negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram involved a ransom payment, a prisoner swap for Islamic extremist commanders, or both. (AP)
South Africa: President Jacob Zuma asked a court not to release an anti-corruption investigation over allegations of political interference by his wealthy friends. (Reuters)
Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos extended a cease-fire with the Marxist FARC rebel group until 31DEC. (WSJ)
Haiti: The death toll after Hurricane Matthew has risen to 546 people, as cholera continues to spread. (DPA)
Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez said authorities were investigating an alleged plan by a drug cartel to assassinate him and the country’s US ambassador, James Nealon. (Reuters)
China: The US has requested a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization to examine the country’s export restraints on raw materials. (Xinhua)
Japan: The country is withholding financial contributions to UNESCO to express its outrage for listing Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. (DPA)
Maldives: The country’s main opposition party accused President Abdulla Yameen of behaving like a despot for quitting the Commonwealth in the face of mounting criticism over his rights record. (AFP)
Philippines: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is “deeply concerned” about reports of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the country. (AP)
Netherlands: A Dutch court rejected an appeal by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders to throw out his hate speech prosecution before it goes to trial this month. (AP)
Turkey: The country could hold a referendum on changing the constitution and introducing a presidential system before the spring, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. (AFP)
Turkey: Arrest warrants were issued for 189 judges and prosecutors for using an encrypted messaging app, ByLock, with suspected links to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
Region: A proposal to deliver aid to Syrian refugees using cranes across the border in Jordan has raised concerns from the UN and humanitarian groups. (WP)
Region: Top US officials charged that Iran supplied Yemeni rebels with the missiles that were aimed at a US Navy warship in several attacks this week. (RFE/RL)
Israel: The country suspended cooperation with UNESCO after the organization adopted two resolutions on annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week. (AFP)
Syria: President Bashar al-Assad says his country’s civil war has turned into a new theater of conflict between Russia and the West. (RFE/RL)
Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law to deploy Russian forces in the country indefinitely. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Verizon Communications said it has a “reasonable basis” to believe Yahoo‘s massive data breach represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its USD 4.83B deal to buy the technology company. (Reuters)
Suspected Cases as of 07OCT: 196,436 (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 07OCT: 107,513
Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
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 13OCT: 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 13OCT: 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 13OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.