- AFRICA: Indian PM Narendra Modi promised USD 10B in credit to back a “partnership of prosperity” and pitching a broad alliance for global reform between India and African nations.
- AMERICAS: Ending the US embargo against Cuba is a “Latin American cause”, Argentine Deputy FM Eduardo Zuain said.
- ASIA: Australia said it would continue scheduled live-fire naval exercises with China, even after the US sent a warship into disputed South China Sea waters this week.
- EUROPE: Chinese and German companies signed far-reaching deals worth tens of billions of dollars during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Russia appears to have carried out strikes in the southern Daraa province for the first time in an apparent expansion of its aerial campaign.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google will next year step up testing of its Internet-beaming helium balloons after striking deals with three Indonesian mobile network operators.
- Syria: International talks begin on war-torn nation, featuring new players
- Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will hold the second round of talks on Syria in less than a week, ahead of the larger meeting of regional players, including Iran, on Friday.
- Iran takes part in international talks on Syria for the first time this week, giving it a voice in the effort to find a resolution to the more than 4-year-old civil war.
- The talks notably will not include members of either the Syrian government or the main groups trying to overthrow it.
- The US is working on the assumption Russia’s efforts to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are landing it in a “quagmire,” opening up diplomatic possibilities.
- The Saudis and most Western powers see President al-Assad as an obstacle, whereas the Russians and Iranians argue he’s a vital partner.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, VOA
- Region: Indian PM Narendra Modi promised USD 10B in credit to back a “partnership of prosperity” and pitching a broad alliance for global reform. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Flash floods have affected thousands of people in low lying areas of the southern and central parts of the country, the UN said. (Xinhua)
- Tanzania: Foreign embassies have raised concerns after the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago annulled polls over irregularities, sparking tensions on the islands. (AFP)
- Region: Argentina will send a 61-member contingent to Haiti to help the Caribbean nation in its post-earthquake reconstruction efforts. (Xinhua)
- Region: Visiting Chilean FM Heraldo Munoz met his Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Hulguin to discuss boosting trade, investment and bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
- Region: Ending the US embargo against Cuba is a “Latin American cause”, Argentine Deputy FM Eduardo Zuain said. (Xinhua)
- Region: Australia said it would continue scheduled live-fire naval exercises with China, even after the US sent a warship into disputed South China Sea waters this week. (AFP)
- Region: The Australian government rejected a report by Amnesty International that said Australian officials paid people smugglers to return asylum seekers to Indonesia. (DPA)
- Region: Four Japanese nationals are being investigated in China on suspicion of spying, according to the Chinese embassy in Tokyo. (DPA)
- China: A total of 556 suspects have been captured overseas since “Fox Hunt 2015” began in April, part of the country’s “Skynet” operation. (Xinhua)
- India: Indian security forces in Kashmir killed Abu Qasim, a top commander of Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. (Reuters)
- Germany: Chinese and German companies signed far-reaching deals worth tens of billions of dollars during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing. (DPA)
- Greece: The country should stick to reforms it has agreed with its lenders as part of a third bailout, German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. (Reuters)
- Greece: Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos search for 38 people believed still missing after the sinking of a wooden boat carrying migrants. (AP)
- Region: The Israeli military says a Palestinian stabbed a soldier in the West Bank and was shot by security forces. (AP)
- Iran: The country is considering appointing the first female ambassador of the Islamic Republic since 1979. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Russia appears to have carried out strikes in the southern Daraa province for the first time in an apparent expansion of its aerial campaign. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Google will next year step up testing of its Internet-beaming helium balloons after striking deals with three Indonesian mobile network operators. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A
- Location: 517 NM SE of Masirah Island
- Wind: 51 mph
- Movement: WNW at 5 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Turrialba, Costa Rica
- A column of gas and ash released into the sky. (Weather Channel)
- 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 29OCT: 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 29OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Cholera – Tanzania
- Cases as of 29OCT: 971
- Deaths as of 29OCT: 13
- Sourcing: WHO
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 29OCT: 1599 (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 29OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30OCT)
- Nothing to report