- AFRICA: Six Russian sailors and an Estonian that were kidnapped from an oil company ship off the coast of Nigeria have been freed.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, a bomb was detonated near a crowded market in Valle del Cauca state, killing at least two and injuring several more.
- ASIA: The Pakistani Cabinet approved the liberalized visa agreement with India which will relax visa requirements for traders, tourists, pilgrims, members of the civil society and children.
- EUROPE: The British Parliament voted on a motion that demands PM Cameron to request a cut in the EU’s 2014-20 budgets.
- MIDDLE EAST: Nine female prisoners, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, have gone on a hunger strike to protest snap body searches and abuse by prison guards in Iran.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Homeland Security is considering plans to set up a “Cyber Reserve” of computer security experts who can be called upon in the event of a large-scale cyber attack.
- Syria: US withdrew support for the SNC; Lebanese journalist freed; planes bomb the northwest; Syrian killed in border clash with Lebanese forces
- The US revoked its support for the Syrian National Council, saying the opposition is detrimentally fragmented and reorganization is necessary to successfully oust Assad’s regime.
- Lebanese TV journalist Fida Itani has been freed after being held by a rebel group in northern Syria since 27OCT.
- Warplanes bombed the outskirts of Harasta and towns in the northwestern province of Idlib.
- One Syrian man was killed and several others wounded in a border clash between Lebanese security forces and a group of armed Syrian men who were crossing into Lebanon illegally.
- Coverage: AFP, Al-Jazeera, NYT, WSJ
- Djibouti: Russian DM Seryukov said Russia hopes to deploy anti-piracy reconnaissance planes to Djibouti. (RIA Novosti)
- Mali: German FM Westerwelle will be stopping in Mali to meet with interim President Traore to discuss EU efforts to aid the government. (AP)
- Nigeria: Six Russian sailors and an Estonian that were kidnapped from an oil company ship off the coast of Nigeria have been freed. (AP)
- Sudan: The two Iranian warships docked at the Port of Sudan for the past three days departed. The US has been monitoring the warships’ presence in Sudan. (AP, AFP)
- Tunisia: The official TAP news agency reported the state of emergency has been extended for another three months following recent attacks. (AFP)
- Region: Venezuela and Bolivia pledged aid to assist countries affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Xinhua)
- Brazil: The military ended a three week long operation in the Amazon in which five dozen vehicles and 200 boats used by drug traffickers in the region were confiscated. (AP)
- Colombia: A bomb was detonated near a crowded market in Valle del Cauca state, killing at least two and injuring several more. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The government opened an investigation into alleged ties between mining businessmen and organized crime. (AP)
- Region: Chinese surveillance ships have been spotted sailing near Senkaku islands for the 13th straight day. (Kyodo)
- Japan: A government audit found money earmarked for tsunami relief work was diverted to unrelated projects. (AFP)
- Myanmar: Rakhine local authorities issued an ultimatum for the handing over of all arms in the western state, saying legal action will be taken against those found holding arms after 03NOV. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: The Cabinet approved the liberalized visa agreement with India which will relax visa requirements for traders, tourists, pilgrims, members of the civil society and children. (Xinhua)
- Thailand: Six people, including a young boy, were killed in number of shootings across Thailand’s south. (AFP)
- Cyprus: Finance Minister Shiarly rejected a statement made by German Finance Minister Schaeuble that there had not yet been any concrete negotiations with Cyprus on a bailout request. (Xinhua)
- France: The Interior Ministry ordered the deportation of a Tunisian Imam who is accused of inciting jihad and the use of violence against women. (Xinhua)
- Germany: Police have broken up a drug trafficking ring that allegedly transported cocaine and cannabis by yacht to Europe from South America and Morocco. (AFP)
- Portugal: Thousands of anti-austerity protesters gathered in front of Parliament after lawmakers approved an austerity budget for 2013. (Xinhua)
- Serbia: Parliament will hold an emergency meeting today to revoke sections of its central bank law that had been criticized by the EU and the IMF. (DPA)
- United Kingdom: Parliament voted on a motion that demands PM Cameron to request a cut in the EU’s 2014-20 budgets. (Xinhua)
- United Kingdom: Activists accused the British Government of war crimes for failing to secure the release of a Pakistani man held in Iraq without trial for eight years. (Independent)
- Iran: Nine female prisoners, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, have gone on a hunger strike to protest snap body searches and abuse by prison guards. (AP)
- Israel: The Mossad spy agency killed Abu Jihad, the number two man in the PLO in 1988, making it the first time an Israeli source admitted to the assassination. (AFP)
- Kuwait: The opposition plans to hold an opposition meeting today following violent clashes between police and protesters. (AFP)
- Kuwait: Authorities warned they will implement harsher measures to crack down on anti-government demonstrators who defy bans on gatherings and protests. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The US Department of Homeland Security is considering plans to set up a “Cyber Reserve” of computer security experts who can be called upon in the event of a large-scale cyber attack. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Nilam
- Location: SE India
- Direction: NW at 12 knots
- Winds: 34-63 knots
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Rosa
- Location: SE of Cabo San Lucas
- Direction: WNW at 3 knots
- Winds: 34-63 knots
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Colombia: Anniversary of the US designating the FARC as a terrorist organization – 2001.
- United States: Mashable Media Summit held in New York.