- AFRICA: Sudanese security agents seized all copies of three newspapers, just days after the publications covered a fuel price hike in reports seen as critical of the government.
- AMERICAS: President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is predicted to win a third consecutive term in today’s election.
- ASIA: South Korean prosecutors formally arrested two former presidential aides in the political scandal surrounding the president.
- EUROPE: The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party said it is halting all its activities in the Turkish parliament after nine of its MPs, including the two co-leaders, were arrested.
- MIDDLE EAST: A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters launched an operation to capture Raqa from the Islamic State.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran reports developing new equipment to detect industrial sabotage, since US and Israeli attacks on their nuclear facilities.
- Iraq: A series of suicide bombings kill at least 21 people in two cities
- The attacks targeted Shi’a pilgrims; some of the dead were Iranian.
- The attackers used explosives-laden ambulances.
- The deadliest of the blasts took place at a checkpoint in Tikrit, killing 13 people, and the second attack was in the parking lot of a Shi’a shrine in Samarra.
- The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
- Authorities declared curfews for both of the affected cities.
- Sources: BBC, RFE/RL, AFP, Reuters
- Guinea-Bissau: Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding fresh elections. (Reuters)
- Somalia: A car bombing near the Somali Parliament building killed three people, including two police officers and injured several more; al-Shabab claimed responsibility. (UPI)
- Sudan: Security agents seized all copies of three newspapers, just days after the publications covered a fuel price hike in reports seen as critical of the government. (AFP)
- El Salvador: A judge ruled that former President Tony Saca and six of his officials will remain in custody on corruption charges. (EFE)
- Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega is predicted to win a third consecutive term in today’s election; he’s running with his wife as his vice presidential candidate. (AP)
- Venezuela: A papal envoy said if upcoming Vatican-backed talks between the country’s government and opposition fail, the result could well be “bloodshed”. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: Gunmen kidnapped a female Australian employee of a non-governmental organization in Kabul. (AP)
- Bangladesh: Investigators arrested 44 people in an attempt to quell religious tension that broke out in the eastern part of the country after a Muslim crowd recently vandalized Hindu homes and temples. (DPA)
- South Korea: Prosecutors formally arrested two former presidential aides in the political scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye. (AP)
- Bulgaria: Polls opened in the election of a new president who faces rising migration from neighboring Turkey and growing tensions between Russia and the West. (AP)
- Germany: A German newspaper revealed an Interior Ministry plan to curb migration to Europe by intercepting migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and returning them directly to Africa. (Reuters)
- Turkey: The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party said it is halting all its activities in the Turkish parliament after nine of its MPs, including the two co-leaders, were arrested. (AFP)
- Oman: Sultan Qaboos held talks with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla; his first announced meeting with foreign dignitaries in nearly seven months. (AFP)
- Syria: A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters launched an operation to capture the Islamic State’s de facto capital city, Raqa. (AFP)
- Yemen: Fresh clashes in two different parts of the country killed 14 rebels and six fighters loyal to the internationally recognized government. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran reports developing new equipment to detect industrial sabotage, since US and Israeli attacks on their nuclear facilities. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Meari
- Location: 274 NM SSE of Iwo To, Japan
- Wind: 104 mph
- Movement: NE at 18 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
- Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
- A column of ash rose 1.5km into the sky. (Xinhua)
- 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 (07NOV)
- Cyprus: Peace talks between southern President Anastasiades and northern President Akinci to be held in Switzerland (to 11NOV)
- Gambia: Nominations for elections (to 10NOV)
- Morocco: Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP 22) (to 18NOV)
- New Zealand: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to make the state visit (to 09NOV)
- Pakistan: New registrations of Afghan refugees to be suspended
- Russia and China: Prime Ministers Dmitry Medvedev and Li Keqiang to attend 21st regular bilateral meeting in St Petersburg (to 08NOV)
- South Korea: FM Yun Byung-se to meet with US Ambassador to China Max Baucus, Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, and Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert in Seoul
- United States and Venezuela: Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas, nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, to face trial in New York