- AFRICA: The African Union has warned of its “deep concern” for Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.
- AMERICAS: In Belize, PM Dean Barrow won a record third term in a snap general election in the country, after his party gained a clear majority in parliament.
- ASIA: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flew to a US aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea and blamed China for rising tension in the region.
- EUROPE: In Romania, President Klaus Iohannis appointed the country‘s education minister Sorin Cimpreanu as interim PM following Victor Ponta‘s resignation a day earlier.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia has sent missile systems to Syria to protect its military forces there, the head of Russia’s air force said.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard military force hacked email and social-media accounts of Obama administration officials in recent weeks.
- Egypt: US, British intelligence suggests terrorism “highly likely” in Russian plane crash.
○ US intelligence assessments suggest someone planted a bomb on the plane before takeoff, multiple US officials said, and someone inside Sharm el-Sheikh airport could have helped.
○ The US and European security sources stressed they had reached no final conclusions about the crash.
○ The emerging focus on a bomb followed claims by people purporting to represent the Islamic State militants Russia is fighting in Syria who said the jet was downed in retaliation.
○ Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the disaster, but has so far not presented any firm evidence to back it up.
○ The first victim of Saturday’s plane crash over Egypt was laid to rest on Thursday following a funeral service in a medieval church in city in northern Russia.
- Burundi: The African Union has warned of its “deep concern” for troubled country and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully. (AFP)
- Egypt: Britain said it was planning emergency measures to repatriate holidaymakers from Sharm el-Sheikh over security concerns. (AFP)
- South Sudan: UN divers in the country searched the Nile for victims and the black box flight recorder from a plane crash in which at least 36 people died. (AFP)
- Tanzania: President John Magufuli was sworn into office along with the east African nation’s first female vice-president to huge cheers from crowds. (AFP)
- Uganda: The country’s electoral commission has set 18FEB as the date for presidential polls, with eight candidates approved to run for office. (AFP)
- Region: Chilean FM Heraldo Munoz said he agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call for dialogue between Bolivia and Chile. (Xinhua)
- Belize: PM Dean Barrow won a record third term in a snap general election in the country, after his party gained a clear majority in parliament. (Reuters)
- Guatemala: A Guatemalan court has rejected the release of former president Otto Perez Molina, presently in custody for his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal. (IANS)
- Region: The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released, offering the first detailed look at the contents of the world’s largest free trade area. (AFP)
- Region: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flew to a US aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea and blamed China for rising tension in the region. (Reuters)
- Cambodia: Three men charged with brutally beating two Cambodian opposition MPs last week are members of the country’s military. (AFP)
- Nepal: The US warned of a looming “humanitarian crisis” in which the quake-hit nation is facing crippling shortages of vital supplies. (AFP)
- Vietnam: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to the nation featured tightened security after protests against China’s seizures of Vietnamese territory in the South China Sea. (DPA)
- Region: The EU predicts 3 million more migrants could arrive by end of 2016. (AP)
- Bosnia: A Bosnian court jailed a radical Muslim leader for seven years for inciting terrorism by encouraging his followers to fight alongside jihadists in Syria and Iraq. (AFP)
- Romania: President Klaus Iohannis appointed the country‘s education minister Sorin Cimpreanu as interim PM following Victor Ponta‘s resignation a day earlier. (DPA)
- Turkey: The armed Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK) declares an end to a month-old unilateral cessation of military activities against the nation. (DPA)
- Region: Turkey is planning to launch a military campaign soon against the Islamic State group which is accused of carrying out the deadliest attack in the country’s history. (AFP)
- Region: Syria’s Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group has agreed to meet with Russian officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week. (Xinhua)
- Iran: The country will fulfill its commitments under the nuclear agreement in time to have sanctions lifted by the end of the year, its atomic energy chief said. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia has sent missile systems to the country to protect its military forces there, the head of Russia’s air force said. (Reuters)
- Syria: The Syrian army foiled an Islamic State (IS) on an airbase in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard military force hacked email and social-media accounts of Obama administration officials in recent weeks. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
○ Winds blew an ash cloud away from Ngurah Rai International Airport, clearing the skies above Bali for the first time in days. (AFP)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
○ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
■ Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
■ Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
○ Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
■ Suspected Cases as of 05NOV: 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 05NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
○ Cholera – Tanzania
■ Cases as of 05NOV: 971
■ Deaths as of 05NOV: 13
■ Sourcing: WHO
○ Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
■ Cases as of 05NOV: 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 05NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06OCT)
- Morocco: Green March Day – 1975
- Tajikistan: Tajikistan Constitution Day – 1994