AFRICA: Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita asked the US to remove a travel ban on Chadian nationals, or risk Chad’s security commitments.
AMERICAS: The US will reduce the number of refugees it will welcome to only 45,000 over the next year – about half the figure for 2016.
ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament and called a snap election, expected on 22OCT.
EUROPE: Catalonia’s foreign affairs chief Raul Romeva appealed for support from the EU before a disputed referendum calling for independence from Spain.
MIDDLE EAST: International aid groups say some 50,000 displaced Syrians stuck on Jordan’s border live in “rapidly deteriorating” conditions after receiving only sporadic aid.
TECHNOLOGY: Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news during Germany’s national elections included taking down tens of thousands of fake profiles in the final month of the campaign.
Iraq: Kurdish referendum aftermath and response begins.
All foreign flights to and from the Kurdish regional capital Arbil will be suspended starting 29SEP.
The order from Iraq’s central government adds to pressure to cancel the results of this week’s independence referendum, in which 93 percent voted to split from Baghdad.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi’s government does not recognize the independence vote, which it says is an unconstitutional attempt by the Kurds to exert greater control over the country’s oil revenues and disputed territory such as Kirkuk.
Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude oil exports, after the independence referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said Turkey will not shy away from giving the harshest response to a national security threat on its border, but that is not its first choice after the referendum.
Region: Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita asked the US to remove a travel ban on Chadian nationals, or risk Chad’s security commitments. (Reuters)
Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga asked his lawyers to prosecute six employees of telecoms operator Safaricom for conspiring with election board officials to rig the nullified 08AUG presidential poll. (Reuters)
Uganda: Lawmakers brawled in parliament over a fiercely disputed move to change the constitution to let long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni run for re-election after age 75. (Reuters)
Colombia: Dissident FARC leader Euclides Mora was killed in an air force operation in the province of Guaviare. (BBC)
El Salvador: The country launched the first commission to search for persons who went missing during its civil war, 25 years after the end of a conflict. (Reuters)
Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto said preliminary accounting of the damage caused by two big recent earthquakes could cost upward of USD 2B. (AP)
United States: The country will reduce the number of refugees it will welcome to only 45,000 over the next year – about half the figure for 2016. (Al-Jazeera)
Region: China’s agricultural exports to North Korea rose sharply in July and August, amid rising geopolitical tensions. (WSJ)
Region: Malaysia banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. (AP)
Japan: PM Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament and called a snap election, expected on 22OCT. (Reuters)
Korean Peninsula: The US will send “strategic” military assets to South Korea on a more regular basis to better deter North Korea. (WP)
Thailand: PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said former PM Yingluck Shinawatra is currently in the United Arab Emirates. (Reuters)
Region: Catalonia’s foreign affairs chief Raul Romeva appealed for support from the EU before a disputed referendum calling for independence from Spain. (AP)
Region: More than 20 migrants or refugees were rescued and one child died on a Greek island after the boat they sailed from the Turkish coast either capsized or sank. (AP)
Azerbaijan: The crackdown on capital Baku’s LGBT community continued, with at least 60 people imprisoned or fined. (Guardian)
Ukraine: The country ruled out a foreign sabotage plot in a massive fire at an ammunition depot that forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP)
United Kingdom: British PM Theresa May said Boeing’s behavior is undermining its relationship with Britain in a dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier that has put jobs at risk in Northern Ireland. (AFP)
Region: International aid groups say some 50,000 displaced Syrians stuck on Jordan’s border live in “rapidly deteriorating” conditions after receiving only sporadic aid. (AP)
Israel: The country thwarted a plan by two Israeli Arabs with Islamic State sympathies to mount an attack at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. (Reuters)
Syria: Russia denied allegations that Russian and Syrian jets killed at least 150 civilians in over a week of bombing. (Reuters)
Yemen: Houthi forces denied detaining a US citizen and said he had been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the capital Sanaa. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news during Germany’s national elections included taking down tens of thousands of fake profiles in the final month of the campaign. (Reuters)
Suspected Cases as of 22SEP: 59,901 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Cases as of 22SEP: 122.774 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deaths as of 22SEP: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Cases as of 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)