- AFRICA: Three foreign nationals kidnapped in the south of Libya in SEP16 were released.
- AMERICAS: The UN says additional cease-fire monitors will be deployed to Colombia on 07NOV, bringing the total number from 152 to 400.
- ASIA: Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal.
- EUROPE: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed nine people in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey.
- MIDDLE EAST: Three US military trainers were shot dead when they failed to stop at the gate of a Jordanian military base and were fired on by security forces.
- TECHNOLOGY: A massive cyber attack targeting Liberia’s single broadband link took out the country’s internet for the last week.
- Turkey: Nine more journalists from opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet arrested
- 13 other Cumhuriyet staff were detained in raids earlier in the week.
- Those arrested include some of the most prominent names in Turkish journalism.
- They include editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, celebrated cartoonist Musa Kart and influential anti-Erdogan columnist Kadri Gursel.
- The suspects are charged with links to the Kurdish militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the movement of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the failed coup bid.
- The journalists’ trial date has yet to be set.
- Sources: AFP, AP, Reuters, DPA
- Region: Several African countries demanded that the appointment of a new UN expert on LGBT rights be suspended, saying anti-gay violence has nothing to do with human rights. (AFP)
- Ivory Coast: The country’s top court validated the results of a referendum backing a new constitution. (Reuters)
- Libya: Two Italians and a Canadian who were kidnapped in the south of the country in SEP16 were released. (AFP)
- Morocco: Thousands of protesters demanded justice for a fish seller who was accidentally killed as he tried to protest against the seizure and destruction of his catch. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Experts say the country is the latest battleground in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with violent clashes between supporters of rival groups from the two main branches of Islam. (AFP)
- Canada: The country will send a Navy ship to investigate claims that a diver located a nuclear bomb that went missing after an American B-36 bomber crashed in the Pacific during the Cold War. (Guardian)
- Colombia: The UN says additional cease-fire monitors will be deployed 07NOV, bringing the total number from 152 to 400. (AP)
- United States: Mayor Bill de Blasio said the New York Police Department will be on heightened alert in coming days in response to a warning about possible terrorist activity that could occur the day before the presidential election. (NYT)
- Indian Kashmir: At least 30 people were injured by government forces when a funeral procession for a teenager turned into a protest against Indian rule. (AP)
- Indonesia: President Joko Widodo lashed out at politicians for stoking a huge protest by Muslims that turned violent, resulting in at least one death. (Reuters)
- Philippines: A mayor detained for drug-related charges was killed along with another inmate in a shootout at a jail. (Reuters)
- South Korea: Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal. (AFP)
- Greece: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reshuffled his cabinet in an effort to pull the country out of recession; however, key ministries remained unchanged. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed nine people in the Kurdish-dominated south-east of the country. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced it awarded a contract worth USD 125M to deliver a key defensive weapon for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Special Forces cleared buildings in eastern Mosul neighborhoods. (AP)
- Jordan: Three US military trainers were shot dead when they failed to stop at the gate of a military base and were fired on by Jordanian security forces. (Reuters)
- Kuwait: Opposition groups leaders who boycotted elections for four years are aiming for a comeback in parliament; more than 30 have registered to run in the 26NOV polls. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A massive cyber attack, similar to the one targeting major US websites in OCT16, targeted Liberia’s single broadband link and took out the country’s internet for the last week. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Meari
- Location: 450 NM S of Iwo To
- Wind: 80 mph
- Movement: NNE at 8 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: 25km ESE of Curico, Chile
- Magnitude: 6.4
- Depth: 91 km
- 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 03NOV: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 03NOV: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 03NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06NOV)
- Global: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – 2001
- Bahrain: Appeals court to hear case of opposition Al-Wefaq’s leader Sheikh Ali Salman
- Bulgaria: Presidential elections
- Japan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit (to 09NOV)
- Morocco and Western Sahara: Anniversary of the Green March – 1975
- Nicaragua: Presidential and legislative elections
- Tajikistan: Constitution Day – 1994