Situation/Intelligence Reports

Philippines: Northeast Braces For Super Typhoon Haima

The Philippines is bracing for the arrival of Super Typhoon Haima, which is due to hit on Oct. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Regional Elections Postponed To 2017

Venezuela's regional elections, originally scheduled for December 2016, will now be held in 2017, National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena said Oct. 19, Panorama reported. Read more…

Turkey: Police Kill Suspected Islamic State Militant In Capital

Turkish police killed a suspected Islamic State member in Ankara who was believed to be planning a suicide attack, Ankara Governor Ercan Topaca said, AP reported Oct. 19. Read more…

Turkey: U.S. Defense Secretary Due To Visit

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will land in Turkey for a short visit Oct. 19, the Pentagon said, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Read more…

Germany: Leaders From Russia, Ukraine, France Gather For Peace Talks

The leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France will gather in Berlin on Oct. 19, where they will discuss the stalled peace process to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, AP reported. Read more…

Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing Lawmakers Walk Out Of Legislature

Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of Hong Kong’s legislature on Oct. 19 to block two pro-independence activists from being sworn in, depriving the body of a quorum, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: EU Must Deliver On Migrant Deal, Ankara Says

Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said in an Oct. 18 interview that the European Union should grant visa-free travel for Turkish citizens by the end of 2016 and cease demands for reform to Turkey’s terrorism laws or Ankara will stop taking back migrants from Europe, Reuters reported. Read more…

Belgium: Forest Hostage Situation Ends

Police have arrested a man wielding a knife who had taken 15 hostages at a Carrefour supermarket in the Belgian city of Forest in the Brussels-Capital Region, police confirmed, RTBF reported Oct. 18. Read more…

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