Situation/Intelligence Reports

China: Property Investment Slowing

Growth in Chinese real estate investment has grown just 2.6 percent since the beginning of the year, according to data released Oct. 19 by the National Bureau of Statistics. Read more…

Libya: El Feel Oil Field To Resume Production

Production at Libya's southwestern El Feel oil field, which has been closed since April, will resume "within days," the field's manager said, Libya Herald reported Oct. 19, citing Libyan News Agency. Read more…

Yemen: Government To Attend U.N. Talks With Houthis

The Yemeni government will attend U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the Houthi rebels and their allies, an unnamed government spokesman said Oct. 18, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Receive Additional Weapons

Rebels fighting troops loyal to the Syrian government south of Aleppo say they have received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, Reuters reported Oct. 19. Read more…

North Korea: Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo Preparing Joint Declaration On Nuclear Program, Officials Say

South Korea, China and Japan have been in talks to prepare a joint declaration that includes calls to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue, unnamed South Korean government officials said Oct. 19, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Switzerland: Projections Show Electoral Win For Anti-Immigrant Party

The anti-immigrant Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is expected to win the largest share of the vote in Switzerland’s Oct. 18 parliamentary election, winning support from around 29.5 percent of voters, according to projections released Oct. 19 by Swiss broadcaster SRF, EurActiv reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Second Phase Of Weapons Withdrawal To Begin Oct. 20

Kiev plans to launch the second phase of its withdrawal of weapons from the contact line in eastern Ukraine on Oct. 20, a military spokesman said Oct. 19, Tass reported. Read more…

China: Hacking Of U.S. Companies Continuing, Report Says

Chinese hacking attempts on U.S. corporate intellectual property have occurred repeatedly over the past three weeks, despite China’s recent cybersecurity agreement with the United States, according to a report by California-based cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, AP reported. Read more…

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