AFRICA: Nigerian government forces fought what they said was a gun battle with Islamist insurgents in Abuja.
AMERICAS: Panama signed a free trade agreement with Colombia.
ASIA: The Pakistani government released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar.
EUROPE: A Turkish police headquarters building in Ankara was attacked with rockets.
MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Kurds in the autonomous region begin to vote in parliamentary elections.
TECHNOLOGY: New Mac malware found in the wild has been linked to the Syrian Electronic Army.
Syria: Government delivers preliminary report on arsenal as internal instability continues.
The government submitted an “initial disclosure” of its chemical weapons to experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
The opposition National Coalition rejected an Iranian offer to broker talks with the regime, saying the bid was “not serious” and calling Tehran “part of the problem.”
Syrian troops backed by pro-regime militia killed at least 15 people in a Sunni village in Hama.
US Secretary Kerry said he and Russian FM Lavrov spoke about a “strong” UNSC resolution.
Egypt: The US moved to ensure it does not lose more than $500 million USD in potential aid as it weighs suspending assistance. (AP)
Ivory Coast: The government said it would not transfer former first lady Gbagbo to the ICC, but would try her in the country instead. (AFP)
Nigeria: Government forces fought what they said was a gun battle with islamist insurgents in Abuja. (AFP)
Region: Ecuadoran President Correa met with Cuban President Castro and Fidel Castro. (AFP)
Region: Panama signed a free trade agreement with Colombia. (Xinhua)
Colombia: Former President Uribe said President Santos is offering impunity to FARC rebels. (AFP)
Afghanistan: A bomb in Charbolak district of the Balkh province injured at least eight civilians. (Xinhua)
Korea, North: The government said it was postponing indefinitely a series of reunions for families separated during the Korean War that had been scheduled to start next week. (Reuters)
Pakistan: The government released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar. (AFP)
Philippines: The government urged its citizens to send more aid for 100,000 people who had fled fighting between troops and rebels in the country’s south. (AFP)
Georgia: The legislature on approved a bill drafted by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia coalition on cutting the power of future prime ministers. (Xinhua)
Spain: A member of ETA wanted by courts in Spain and France was arrested in Venezuela. (EFE)
Turkey: A police headquarters building in Ankara was attacked with rockets. (AFP)
Iraq: Four suicide bombers stormed a police headquarters north of Baghdad killing six SWAT officers.(Reuters)
Iraq: Kurds in the autonomous region begin to vote in parliamentary elections. (AFP)
Lebanon: Three people were arrested in the Western Bekaa region for possessing weapons and explosives. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: New Mac malware found in the wild has been linked to the Syrian Electronic Army. (Mashable)
Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Pabuk)
Location: 339 NM SE of Iwo To
Movement: NW at 9 mph
Winds: 46 mph
Cyclones: Typhoon 17E (Usagi)
Location: 261 NM S of Taipei, Taiwan
Movement: W at 11 mph
Winds: 138 mph
Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
Location: 400 miles SSE of Bermuda
Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
Location: 50 miles S of Brownsville, Texas
Movement: N at 10 mph
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22SEP)
Global: September Equinox; first day of autumn in northern hemisphere and first day of spring in southern hemisphere.
Bulgaria: Independence Day – 1908.
China: Verdict due in the case against politician Bo Xilai.
Germany: General elections.
Guinea: Campaigning ends for 24SEP elections.
Iran and Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War – 1980.
Switzerland: Citizens will vote on three federal referendums.
Sri Lanka: First local council elections in former war zone in northeast.
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