AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram insurgents stormed a college dormitory in Yobe, firing on students as they slept.
AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos rejected the involvement of US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in overseeing the release of a former US Marine kidnapped by FARC.
ASIA: The Chinese government launched a free trade zone in Shanghai.
EUROPE: Polls opened in Austria’s general election.
MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s Shin Bet announced the arrest on 11SEP of an Iranian “spy” carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
TECHNOLOGY: The UK is to set up a dedicated military unit to counter cyber attacks and develop strike capability
Pakistan: Instability in Peshawar escaltes with new bombing.
A car bomb killed at least 33 and wounded 80 in Peshawar.
The attack occurs a week after a double suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people at a church in the city.
A US drone strike killed three militants on Sunday in the North Waziristan tribal region.
PM Sharif and Indian PM Singh are set to meet at the UN to discuss improving bilateral relations.
DR Congo: Customs officers seized 375 kilogrammes of coltan en route to Rwanda. (AFP)
Nigeria: Boko Haram insurgents stormed a college dormitory in Yobe, firing on students as they slept. (AFP)
Sudan: Information Minister Osman said the county would not reverse its decision to raise fuel prices. (AFP)
Sudan, South: Western observers voiced concern that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army have been targeting civilians. (NYT)
Argentina: Iran confirmed to the government that it would cooperate to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center. (AFP)
Colombia: President Santos rejected the involvement of US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in overseeing the release of a former US Marine kidnapped by FARC. (Reuters)
United States: The second in command of the nuclear war-fighting forces for the US military, Vice ADM Giardina, was suspended amid an investigation into his possible involvement in illegal gambling. (NYT)
Afghanistan: At least three people were killed by a suicide bombing in Helmand. (Xinhua)
Bangladesh: Garment factory owners promised to raise wages, ending a week-long violent protest. (AFP)
China: The government launched a free trade zone in Shanghai. (AFP)
Philippines: The Army continued to hunt for the remnants of MNLF in Zamboanga. (AFP)
Region: Romania called for the UN to keep the “protracted conflicts” in the Black Sea region a high priority on the UN peace and security agenda. (Xinhua)
Austria: Polls opened in the country’s general election. (AFP)
Greece: Five lawmakers of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn will face charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, (AFP)
Portugal: Polls opened in local elections that are expected to provoke heavy losses for PM Coelho’s conservatives. (DPA)
Israel: Shin Bet announced the arrest on 11SEP of an Iranian “spy” carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv. (AFP)
Jordan: Hackers attacked the official website of the PM’s office in a protest over rising prices. (AFP)
Syria: UN chemical weapons experts began investigating seven alleged chemical weapons attacks. (AFP)
Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon held his first meeting with the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: The UK is to set up a dedicated military unit to counter cyber attacks and develop strike capability. (AFP)
Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Wutip)
Location: 200 NM ENE of Da Nang, Vietnam
Movement: W at 8 mph
Winds: 103 mph
Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eleven
Location: 1000 mi ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands
Movement: NE at 9 mph
Winds: 35 mph
Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
Location: Central Caribbean Sea
Movement: N at 10 mph
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30SEP)
Cameroon: Legislative elections.
Central African Republic: UNICEF measles vaccination campaign set to begin.
Ecuador: Anniversary of state of emergency declared after President Correa accused opposition and security forces of a coup attempt – 2010.
United States: End of fiscal year.
Uzbekistan: US to provide non lethal aid.
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