Situation/Intelligence Reports

Venezuela: Government Extends State Of Emergency

Venezuela extended states of emergency in the Tachira state cities of Lobatera, Panamericano, Garcia de Hevia and Ayacucho by 60 days, El Nacional reported Oct. 30. Read more…

Austria: World Powers Convene In Vienna For Syria Talks

Diplomats from 17 countries, along with representatives from the United Nations and the European Union, met in Vienna on Oct. 30 to discuss a resolution to the ongoing conflict in Syria, Reuters reported. Read more…

North Korea: Ruling Party To Hold First Congress Since 1980

North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party will hold its first congress in more than 30 years next May, Kyodo reported Oct. 30, citing North Korean state-run KCNA. Read more…

North Korea: New Tunnel May Be For Nuclear Test, Official Says

North Korea appears to be excavating a new tunnel at its Punggye-ri nuclear site, where it conducted nuclear tests in tunnels in 2006, 2009 and 2013, an unnamed official said Oct. 30, Yonhap reported. Read more…

South Korea, U.S.: THAAD Talks Ongoing, Manufacturer Says

Formal and informal discussions are underway between Washington and Seoul about the possible deployment of the contentious Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery in South Korea, a senior official with Lockheed Martin, the system's manufacturer said Oct. 29, Yonhap reported. Read more…

China, Philippines: International Tribunal To Take Up South China Sea Case

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled Oct. 29 that it has the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines against China over disputed islands in the South China Sea, AFP reported. Read more…

Colombia: President Accepts FARC Cease-Fire Proposal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted a proposal from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to begin a bilateral cease-fire on Dec. 16 instead of Jan. 1, as the president originally proposed, Caracol Radio reported Oct. 29. Read more…

Tanzania: Ruling Party Wins Presidency

John Magufuli, candidate for the ruling Party of the Revolution (CCM), won Tanzania's Oct. 29 presidential election, Reuters reported. Read more…

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