- AFRICA: Eight deaths and nine injuries were reported after a suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb outside a club for police officers in the North Sinai capital of Arish.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, at least 12 alleged drug traffickers were killed and five camps destroyed in “the first direct bombing of a criminal ring” conducted by Colombian Air Force.
- ASIA: In the Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency, giving powers to security forces to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally.
- EUROPE: In Romania, PM Victor Ponta resigned, in a surprise move just hours after mass protests demanding cabinet resignations amid fallout from a Bucharest nightclub fire.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranians rallied marking the 36th anniversary of taking over the US embassy by a group of Iranian students in Tehran.
- TECHNOLOGY: French President Francois Hollande said sharing emissions-cutting technology with emerging nations like India and China will be a key part of the “success or failure” of climate change talks in Paris next month.
- China & Taiwan: Leaders prepare for historic meeting, with political undertones.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on neighboring Taiwan on Saturday, the first meeting of leaders from the two rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.
- Senior Taiwanese government officials said the two leaders did not expect to sign any agreement, but plan to discuss ways to cement peace.
- Taiwanese President Ma, who steps down next year, made improving ties with China one of his key policies, signing landmark investment and tourism deals.
- Saturday’s confab may therefore signify a last push to woo voters with promises that strengthening ties to the world’s second-biggest economy will boost its own before January 2016 general elections..
- Despite the improved ties in recent years, the Chinese government continues to adhere to its long-held policy that Taiwan is a breakaway province and that unification is inevitable — by force if necessary.
- Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, Time, WP
- Egypt: Eight deaths and nine injuries were reported after a suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb outside a club for police officers in the North Sinai capital of Arish. (DPA)
- Egypt: The country’s civil aviation ministry said there were no facts to substantiate assertions the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula broke up mid-air. (Reuters)
- Libya: Britain and other NATO members must do more to help prevent the spread of Islamist extremism in Libya, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said. (Reuters)
- Canada: Justin Trudeau will be sworn in as the country’s 23rd prime minister, naming an equal number of men and women to a slimmed-down cabinet. (Reuters)
- Colombia: At least 12 alleged drug traffickers were killed and five camps destroyed in “the first direct bombing of a criminal ring” conducted by Colombian Air Force. (Xinhua)
- Guatemala: President-Elect Jimmy Morales vowed to bolster the investigative bodies that blew the lid on the graft scandals. (AP)
- Region: Officials from China and Nepal agreed on resuming operation of the Khasa-Tatopani border point for bilateral trade at the earliest possible date. (Xinhua)
- Region: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and his Malaysian counterpart will cruise on a US warship for a voyage likely to highlight tensions in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Maldives: President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency, giving powers to security forces to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally. (AFP)
- Philippines: The government will not give in to ransom demands of USD 85.44M by Abu Sayyaf Group for the release of four hostages they abducted in September. (Xinhua)
- Region: Greece carried out the first relocation of migrants to Luxembourg, part of an EU-approved plan to ease the burden on border nations. (Reuters)
- Romania: PM Victor Ponta resigned, in a surprise move just hours after mass protests demanding cabinet resignations amid fallout from a Bucharest nightclub fire. (Reuters)
- Spain: The Interior Ministry says police have arrested two people of Moroccan origin on suspicion of recruiting and spreading propaganda for the Islamic State. (AP)
- Turkey: Officials say police have detained nine alleged Islamic State militants who were planning suicide bomb attacks on the offices of a political party in Istanbul. (AP)
- Iran: Iranians rallied marking the 36th anniversary of taking over the US embassy by a group of Iranian students in Tehran. (Xinhua)
- Israel: The country is to free a Palestinian detainee who survived a two-month hunger strike after holding him for a year without trial. (AFP)
- Syria: Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes on an Islamic State-held town of Al-Qaryatain killed 23 civilians. (AFP)
- Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation on the Syrian crisis in light of ministerial meetings in Vienna last week. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: French President Francois Hollande said sharing emissions-cutting technology with emerging nations like India and China will be a key part of the “success or failure” of climate change talks in Paris next month. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Chapala
- Location: 90 miles W of Mukalla, Yemen
- Winds: 46 mph
- Movement: NW at 3 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 77km WNW of Dili, East Timor
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 14.3 km
- Volcanoes: Mount Barujari, Indonesia
- Indonesian authorities have closed Bali and Lombok airports as ash continues to disrupt flights. (ABC)
- 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 04NOV: 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 04NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 04NOV: 971
- Deaths as of 04NOV: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 04NOV: 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 04NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05OCT)
- Egypt: Retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak
- Liberia: Thanksgiving Day
- Mexico: Cuban President Raul Castro to visit (to 07NOV)
- Ukraine: Normandy Four foreign ministers to meet in Berlin