- AFRICA: In Tanzania, Zanzibar’s opposition chief called for calm, as troops patrolled the streets of the capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
- AMERICAS: The US military hailed the success of a complex USD 230M test of the US missile defense system.
- ASIA: Afghanistan will take back all its citizens being deported from Germany as the European country struggles to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees.
- EUROPE: Turkey’s Justice and Development Party won a decisive mandate, a surprise election turnaround that strengthens the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran has begun preliminary implementation of the nuclear deal struck with six world powers in July, according to Tehran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi.
- TECHNOLOGY: The British government gave the details of contested plans to update Internet spying laws to keep pace with the digital age, including access to Internet and social media activity if they get a special warrant.
- Japan & South Korea: Dialogue to resolve WWII sex slave issue renews.
- After a 3 ½ year freeze, the leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks and agreed to accelerate efforts to resolve the decades-old issue of Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.
- South Korea demands Japan acknowledge its responsibility for the sex slaves, while Japan insists the issue was settled under the normalization treaty of 1965.
- Japan’s position is that compensation for “comfort women” was legally settled by the 1965 diplomatic treaty normalizing relations.
- Japan issued a landmark apology for this practice in 1993 but conservatives around Abe have repeatedly claimed the women were simply prostitutes, rekindling anger in South Korea, where about 50 “comfort women” still live.
- The meeting was a diplomatic plus for Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, who had sought two-way talks with South Korean Park Geun-Hye amid a push by the US for Japan and South Korea to improve relations in the face of an increasingly assertive China and an unpredictable North Korea.
- Coverage: AP, Guardian, Reuters, Yonhap, VOA, WP
- Central African Republic: Cambodia sent the second batch of 216 troops to join a UN peacekeeping operation in the country. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: Thirteen UN workers kidnapped by rebels in the country have been safely freed a week after their abduction. (AFP)
- Tanzania: Zanzibar’s opposition chief called for calm, as troops patrolled the streets of the capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago. (AFP)
- Bolivia: The government has activated its National Emergency Plan to mitigate the consequences of El Nino. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Police have arrested a fugitive ex-lawmaker sentenced to 36 years in jail for killing a journalist who had accused him of corruption. (AFP)
- United States: The military hailed the success of a complex USD 230M test of the US missile defense system. (Reuters)
- Region: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlighted innovation cooperation as an important achievement resulting from his visit to South Korea. (Xinhua)
- Region: Sri Lanka deported a Maldivian teenager wanted in an investigation into an explosion on a boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: The country will take back all its citizens being deported from Germany as the European country struggles to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees. (AP)
- Afghanistan: About five Afghan army personnel have been killed in separate attacks within the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
- Nepal: An Indian national was killed when police fired into a crowd of protesters who were trying to block a border checkpoint. (AFP)
- Region: The EU said it looked forward to working with the new Turkish government after elections showed the people’s “strong commitment” to democracy. (AFP)
- Region: More than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October, a monthly record and nearly the same number of crossings for all of 2014. (AFP)
- Russia: Victims of Russian airline Kogalymavia’s flight 9268 crash in Egypt landed in St. Petersberg, with a second plane schedule to arrive later Monday. (AFP)
- Turkey: The country’s Justice and Development Party won a decisive mandate, a surprise election turnaround that strengthens the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
- Turkey: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for last week’s slaying of two Syrian activists in the country. (AP)
- Region: A Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a border crossing in the northern West Bank and was shot dead by the army. (AFP)
- Iran: The country has begun preliminary implementation of the nuclear deal struck with six world powers in July, according to Tehran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi. (Reuters)
- Kuwait: A Kuwaiti lower court sentenced five men to 10 years in jail each for raising funds for the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)
- Lebanon: Two soldiers were killed overnight when an Army Intelligence unit raided a nightclub north of Beirut. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: The Arab coalition battling Iran-backed rebels in the country has provided pro-government forces in the city of Taez with dozens of armored vehicles. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The British government gave the details of contested plans to update Internet spying laws to keep pace with the digital age, including access to Internet and social media activity if they get a special warrant. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Chapala
- Location: 560 miles SW of Masirah Island
- Winds: 120 mph
- Movement: W at 11 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Turrialba, Costa Rica
- Plume of gas and ash one kilometer into the air. (QCostarica.com)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Cases: 28,575 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
- Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 01NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 24,388
- Deaths as of 01NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 01NOV: 971
- Deaths as of 01NOV: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 01NOV: 1611 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 01NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03OCT)
- Asia Region: Meeting of defense chiefs from the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations in Malaysia (05NOV)
- Japan: Culture Day – 1948
- Panama: Panama Independence Day – 1903