AFRICA: War crimes judges found Malian jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi guilty of destroying Timbuktu’s fabled shrines.
AMERICAS: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “deeply concerned” about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he held his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
ASIA: More than 130 female activists from 38 countries pressed UN leader Ban Ki-Moon to fulfill a long-stated goal: a permanent peace treaty to end the Korean War.
EUROPE: Two separate bomb attacks targeted a mosque and the International Congress Center in Dresden, Germany, with no injuries reported.
MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least nine civilians.
TECHNOLOGY: The German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist “terror fantasies”.
Europe: EU clashes with UK over joint-defense strategy.
France and Germany made the case for the EU’s most ambitious defense plan in almost two decades.
Proposals included increasing spending on military missions, jointly developing assets such as helicopters and drones, expanding peacekeeping abroad and building stronger defenses against state-sponsored hackers in cyberspace.
The UK will oppose any attempts to create an EU army because it could “undermine” the role of NATO, UK Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said.
Fallon said the UK wouldn’t veto military cooperation plans because “there is no majority” to support it.
However, Britain must tread warily as playing hardball on defense when it is leaving the EU could undermine the negotiating goodwill of its partners.
Mali: War crimes judges found Malian jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi guilty of destroying Timbuktu’s fabled shrines. (AFP)
South Africa: Some universities that have closed because of student protests warned they might not be able to complete the academic year if unrest persists. (AP)
Zambia: The country’s ruling Patriotic Front party scoffed at plans by the main opposition party to take its presidential election petition to the International Criminal Court. (Xinhua)
Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “deeply concerned” about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he held his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)
Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto said the country will continue to investigate the case of the 43 students who went missing two years ago. (Xinhua)
United States: Defense Secretary Ash Carter earmarked USD 108B to correct decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including building a new generation of weapons. (AP)
Region: Developing Asia needs USD 300B every year if it intends to meet the goals agreed to at the 2015 Paris climate summit, the Asian Development Bank said. (DPA)
Region: India will accelerate building new hydropower plants along three rivers that flow into Pakistan, in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations. (Reuters)
Korean Peninsula: South Korean Unification Minister, Hong Yong Pyo, has claimed that another North Korean nuclear test looks likely to be carried out this year. (Kyodo)
Korean Peninsula: More than 130 female activists from 38 countries pressed UN leader Ban Ki-Moon to fulfill a long-stated goal: a permanent peace treaty to end the Korean War. (NYT)
Taiwan: The country faces its third typhoon in two weeks, with thousands evacuated, schools and offices closed across the island and hundreds of flights disrupted. (AFP)
Azerbaijan: The country overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes extending President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power in a controversial referendum. (AFP)
Denmark: A court acquitted four Danes accused of aiding a Copenhagen gunman who killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in FEB2015. (AFP)
Germany: Two separate bomb attacks targeted a mosque and the International Congress Center in the city of Dresden, with no injuries reported. (CNN)
Turkey: Authorities have dismissed 87 intelligence officers for suspected links with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for organizing a failed coup in July. (Reuters)
Iraq: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial area of the capital, Baghdad, killing at least nine civilians. (AP)
Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging full citizen rights for women and an end to the male guardianship system. (AFP)
Syria: The Syrian army and its allies clashed with insurgents in the opposition-held 1070 Apartments district of southwestern Aleppo. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: The German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist “terror fantasies”. (Reuters)
Suspected Cases as of 23SEP: 195,397 (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 23SEP: 107,364
Deaths as of 23SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.