- AFRICA: Thousands of South Africans demonstrated in the South African capital,. Pretoria, for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, who has been enmeshed in scandals that critics say are undermining the country’s democracy.
- AMERICAS: Opposition lawmakers suspended a “trial” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ahead of next week’s talks with the government.
- ASIA: South Korean coastguard vessels have, for the first time, fired machine guns against Chinese boats illegally fishing in Korean waters.
- EUROPE: Swiss police raided a mosque in the city of Winterthur, detaining four people including an Ethiopian imam who allegedly called for the killing of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers.
- MIDDLE EAST: Newly-elected President Michel Aoun began consultations with Lebanon’s parliamentary blocs ahead of naming a new prime minister.
- TECHNOLOGY: Australian law enforcement agencies identified 20 people in Australia using illegal ‘darknet’ websites; four were arrested, six were issued with court summons and the rest given strict warnings not to use the websites again.
- Iraq: Iraqi forces continue progress; IS head al-Baghdadi rumored to be in Mosul.
- Iraqi forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul have broken through the front line without suffering any losses.
- Iraqi special forces were holding their positions along the city’s eastern outskirts as poor weather hampered visibility in operations.
- The fight for Mosul remains significant because self-declared IS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be still inside the city, a senior Kurdish official said.
- Concerns have mounted over the fate of civilians, with IS accused of using them as human shields to slow the alliance’s advance.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Independent
- Central African Republic: Cambodia has dispatched the third batch of 216 peacekeepers to join a UN peacekeeping operation in the country. (Xinhua)
- South Africa: President Jacob Zuma abandoned a court bid to block a watchdog’s report into corruption allegations against him. (AFP)
- South Africa: Thousands of South Africans demonstrated in the capital Pretoria for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, who has been enmeshed in scandals that critics say are undermining the country’s democracy. (AP)
- Colombia: The start of peace talks between the government and the ELN rebel group on 03NOV are now uncertain, with internal divisions among guerrilla factions being blamed. (AFP)
- Venezuela: Authorities denied Washington Post reporter Joshua Partlow entry, in the latest case of blocking a foreign correspondent from covering the country’s mounting political and economic turmoil. (WP)
- Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers suspended a “trial” of President Nicolas Maduro ahead of next week’s talks with the government. (AFP)
- Region: South Korean coastguard vessels have, for the first time, fired machine guns against Chinese boats illegally fishing in Korean waters. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan may expel two Indian diplomats in Islamabad for spying, the latest tit-for-tat measure amid worsening ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors. (Reuters)
- India: The US Embassy in Delhi asked Americans in the country to stay alert and increase their security awareness, citing media reports of the Islamic State’s desire to attack Indian targets. (Xinhua)
- Indonesia: The country and the US have begun military maneuvers, the first such joint combat drills after 19 years. (IANS)
- South Korea: Embattled president Park Geun-Hye replaced her prime minister and two other top cabinet members, in her latest bid to contain a damaging political scandal. (AFP)
- France: Authorities began moving about 1,500 unaccompanied child migrants from the demolished Calais camp to reception centers across the country. (AFP)
- Germany: Authorities conducted raids in three states against asylum-seekers, primarily from Chechnya, suspected of having formed a criminal organization. (AP)
- Italy: Authorities say the number of people living in shelters after a series of powerful earthquakes in the country’s central region has risen to around 22,000. (AP)
- Switzerland: Police raided a mosque in the city of Winterthur, detaining four people including an Ethiopian imam who allegedly called for the killing of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers. (AP)
- Israel: Protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they sought to approach Jerusalem’s Western Wall. (AFP)
- Lebanon: Newly-elected President Michel Aoun began consultations with the country‘s parliamentary blocs ahead of naming a new prime minister. (DPA)
- Qatar: The country expects “100 percent compliance” from businesses with a labor reform designed to ensure its vast migrant workforce receive their salaries on time. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Reports indicate an unnamed Al Saud prince was flogged over an undisclosed crime. (AP)
- Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin unilaterally declared a 10-hour “humanitarian pause” for Aleppo on 04NOV. (CNN)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Australian law enforcement agencies identified 20 people in Australia using illegal ‘darknet’ websites; four were arrested, six were issued with court summons and the rest given strict warnings not to use the websites again. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 28OCT: 195,186 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 28OCT: 107,704
- Deaths as of 28OCT: 106
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 01NOV: 1,813 (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: 645 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27OCT: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 27OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03NOV)
- Colombia: Peace talks between government and ELN possibly to begin in Quito, Ecuador
- Colombia: Peace talks between the government and the FARC to restart in Havana, Cuba
- Japan: Culture Day – 1948
- Panama: Independence Day – 1903
- Spain: PM Rajoy to name his new cabinet