- AFRICA: South Africa’s parliament will debate a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on 10NOV following a report by the anti-graft watchdog over allegations of influence-peddling.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela’s opposition began a truce with President Nicolas Maduro, but supporters accused it of betraying them amid warnings the strategy might backfire.
- ASIA: South Korean prosecutors detained a former senior aide of President Park Geun-hye as they widen their investigation into whether the president’s close friend controlled the government from the shadows. EUROPE: The United Kingdom’s High Court ruled Parliament must vote on whether the process of leaving the EU can formally begin.
- MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the US is talking with Turkey about taking an eventual role in the campaign to regain control of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State extremist group.
- TECHNOLOGY: A new EU-US pact governing the transfer of personal data faces a second legal challenge, putting the details of a deal of transatlantic trade in digital services under further scrutiny.
- Iraq: Purported audio message from IS leader first in more than a year.
- The Islamic State (IS) group released an audiotape which it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the first public message from him in about a year, if authentic.
- Addressing the estimated 5,000 ISIS members in the city, anticipating the arrival of Iraqi forces, al-Baghdadi said that “holding your ground in honor is a thousand times better than retreating in disgrace.”
- He also urged them to target Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Sunni Muslim regional powers he said had entered the war against Islamic State.
- Al-Baghdadi’s silence since his last public message on 26DEC2015 led to persistent rumors that he was wounded or killed.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today
- Egypt: The country’s central bank said it would freely float the local currency, in a move aimed at eliminating a flourishing black market for dollars. (WSJ)
- Kenya: Police beat anti-corruption protesters with batons in the capital Nairobi and fired volleys of tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. (Reuters)
- South Africa: The country’s parliament will debate a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on 10NOV following a report by the anti-graft watchdog over allegations of influence-peddling. (Reuters)
- Region: Eight Afghans detained in Guantanamo Bay have been imprisoned for years on the basis of tenuous evidence, “fantastical allegations” and hearsay, an Afghanistan Analysts Network report said. (Reuters)
- United States: A suspect in an apparent ambush killings of two Iowa police officers was taken into custody. (CNN)
- Venezuela: The country’s opposition began a truce with President Nicolas Maduro, but supporters accused it of betraying them amid warnings the strategy might backfire. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: NATO says two US service members were killed and two others wounded fighting the Taliban in Kunduz province. (AP)
- Australia: Australian police arrested two people accused of terror links, one for having fought with jihadi militia in Syria and another for attempting to. (IANS)
- Pakistan: At least 17 people died and another 40 were injured when two trains collided in the southern city of Karachi. (BBC)
- Thailand: The nation’s top court dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall, but his suspended prison sentence still stands. (AP)
- South Korea: Prosecutors detained a former senior aide of President Park Geun-hye as they widen their investigation into whether the president’s close friend controlled the government from the shadows. (AP)
- France: The last residents of Calais’ migrant camp are being evacuated — up to 400 women and children – so the government can shut the camp for good. (AP)
- United Kingdom: The country’s High Court ruled Parliament must vote on whether the process of leaving the EU can formally begin. (BBC)
- United Kingdom: North Korea appointed Choe Il as its new ambassador to the country, two months after the embassy’s number-two diplomat defected to South Korea. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Watch said activist Khalid al-Umair remains in prison despite completing his eight-year sentence for protesting the war in Gaza. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Twelve people were arrested in the country’s south on suspicion of belonging to a Yemeni rebel group fighting the kingdom. (AFP)
- Syria: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the US is talking with Turkey about taking an eventual role in the campaign to regain control of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State extremist group. (RFE/RL)
- Syria: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab armed groups said it would reject Turkish involvement in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital of Raqqa. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A new EU-US pact governing the transfer of personal data faces a second legal challenge, putting the details of a deal of transatlantic trade in digital services under further scrutiny. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Meari
- Location: 909 NM E of Manila, Philippines
- Wind: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 9 mph
- 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 (04NOV)
- Global: Paris Agreement on Climate Change to come into force
- Hungary: Anniversary of Soviet troops overrunning Hungary – 1956
- Iran: Anniversary of American Embassy attacked in Tehran – 1979
- Israel: Anniversary of the assassination of Israeli PM Rabin – 1995
- Israel: Possible peace rally in Tel Aviv
- Korean Peninsula: US-South Korea joint war games (to 10NOV)
- Russia: Unity Day – 1612
- Russia: Anniversary of more than 2,300 people killed when a 9.0-magnitude quake occurs on Siberia’s Kamchatka peninsula, causing a tsunami felt as far as Chile and Peru – 1952
- Spain: New cabinet ministers to be sworn in