- AFRICA: Sudan denied any connection between the aerial attack on one of its weapons factories last week and the arrival of two Iranian warships.
- AMERICAS: In Argentina, Henry de Jesus Lopez, the alleged leader of the Colombian drug gang Urabenos, was arrested.
- ASIA: Coalition security forces killed a Taliban leader named Sajid during an operation in Helmand province.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel along with five major global financial organizations called for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in the EU to restore global economic growth.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran has temporarily abandoned its attempts to create a nuclear weapon.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google introduced a new Emergency Resources service that includes maps with evacuation routes and shelters during events such as Hurricane Sandy.
- Syrian Crisis
- Activists claim the Syrian regime has transformed a military airport in Hama into a prison rife with torture practices.
- Warplanes carried out five air raids around Saqba and Douma killing 30 civilians and 13 rebels.
- Troops and rebels clashed in Idlib after rebels attacked military checkpoints near Jisr al-Shughur.
- The Syrian Foreign Ministry blamed Turkey and Gulf states for the ongoing bloodshed, claiming they did not commit themselves to making the UN-backed ceasefire a success.
- UN-AL Envoy Brahimi is meeting with the Chinese foreign minister today to discuss Chinese involvement in resolving the Syrian crisis.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, Guardian, Xinhua
- Ghana: The EU agreed to a USD97 million grant to assist Ghana achieve health and local government development in line with the Millennium Development Goals. (Xinhua)
- Libya: Around 100 protesters stormed the parliament building and delayed the congressional vote on the new cabinet, complaining some of the nominated ministers had connections with the old Gadhafi regime. (AP)
- Mali: DM Camera said war was inevitable in northern Mali to resolve the ongoing crisis. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: Militants hurled a grenade into a busy market killing one person and wounding four others. (AFP)
- Sudan: The country denied any connection between the aerial attack on one of its weapons factories last week and the arrival of two Iranian warships. (Xinhua)
- Tunisia: Clashes between police and militants killed one person after Salafists attacked a police station in Tunis. (Reuters)
- Region: Henry de Jesus Lopez, the alleged leader of the Colombian drug gang Urabenos, was arrested in Argentina. (BBC)
- Argentina: Iran and Argentina ended their first round of negotiations about the 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Aid Association in which eight Iranians are suspected. (AFP)
- Brazil: Some 600 heavily-armed members of the state military police battalion have been deployed in a Sao Paolo slum as part of a major anti-crime and drug operation following several murders and executions of police officers. (AFP)
- United States: The National Guard arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey to aid residents after heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy. (AP)
- Region: Japanese FM Gemba stated the “timing has not been ripe” for high-level talks with China regarding the territorial dispute in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Coalition security forces killed a Taliban leader named Sajid during an operation in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: An insurgent roadside bomb killed eight civilians in Helmand. (AFP)
- China: Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Chinese patrolling around the Diaoyu islands is legal and should not be criticized. (AP)
- Indonesia: Security forces killed one terrorist suspect and arrested two others in a raid of hideouts in central Sulawesi. (AP)
- Myanmar: The UN reported production of opium has increased in Myanmar due to an increase in demand across Asia. (AP)
- Taiwan: The mainland spokesman asserted the need to safeguard sovereignty backing Chinese claims over the South China Sea islands. (Xinhua)
- Region: German Chancellor Merkel along with five major global financial organizations called for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in the EU to restore global economic growth. (WSJ)
- France: Tax authorities filed a 1.3 billion euro claim against Google over compensation to media websites. (AFP)
- Greece: Journalists went on strike, protesting austerity plans that will privatize public utilities and affect healthcare funds. (AP)
- Russia: The upper house of parliament passed a controversial bill redefining high treason to include NGOs passing along harmful information. (AFP)
- Turkey: PM Erdogan said the EU will lose Turkey if it is not granted membership by 2023. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: PM Azarov asked international observers to specify the irregularities observed during the election on Sunday. (Interfax)
- Region: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran has temporarily abandoned attempts to create a nuclear weapon. (Telegraph)
- Israel: Settlers built two new settlements in the West Bank in the first such development since 2005. (AFP)
- Yemen: Unknown saboteurs blew up a pipeline linking gas fields in Yemen to a maritime terminal. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Google introduced a new Emergency Resources service that includes maps with evacuation routes and shelters during events such as Hurricane Sandy. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone (Nilam)
- Location: 50 miles SE of India
- Movement: NW at 7 knots
- Winds: 34-63 knots
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm (Rosa)
- Location: SSE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 3 knots
- Winds: 34-63 knots
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01NOV)
- Africa: Civil society members attend international conference on transition in the Arab World in Tunis.
- Americas: Japan holds its first talks with Mercosur in Brazil.
- Algeria: Revolution day celebrated.
- Nigeria: Anniversary of the beginning of violence between Christians and Muslims – 2008.
- Pakistan: The Lahore High Court hears the party Jamat-ud-Dawa’s petition against US drone strikes.
- Palestinian Territories: Bahrain Prince Khalifa visits the Gaza Strip to open two UN Relief and Works Agency schools.
- Vietnam: Russian PM Medvedev visits Vietnam for talks on development and bilateral cooperation.
- United States: Anniversary of terrorist attack attempt on two Chicago synagogues – 2010.