- AFRICA: Britain is hosting crisis talks with Libyan leaders in London in an attempt to ward off the collapse of Libya’s war-torn economy.
- AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government and opposition leaders have agreed on a long-term agenda for talks aimed at defusing an increasingly tense political crisis.
- ASIA: The US State Department joined activist and aid groups raising concerns about new reports of rape and murder in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.
- EUROPE: Turkish police detained the chief editor and at least eight senior staff of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper in Turkey’s continuing crackdown on dissenting voices.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Lebanon, supporters of former general Michel Aoun gathered in the capital Beirut ahead of a parliament session expected to elect him president.
- TECHNOLOGY: This week, Google will officially respond to charges from European antitrust officials it has hamstrung competitors and limited consumer choices.
- South Africa: Fraud charges against Finance Minister Praving Gordon dropped.
- Fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan have been dropped.
- National Prosecuting Authority chief Sean Abrahams announced charges against Gordhan would be dropped because there was no intention to act unlawfully.
- Gordhan was under investigation for approving an early retirement package for a former tax official who continued to work on contract.
- Analysts and supporters of Gordhan say the charges could be a ploy by President Jacob Zuma and his allies to discredit a finance minister who stood in the way of their securing access to lucrative government contracts.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, WSJ
- Central African Republic: Local sources said about 10 people had been killed in a clash between armed groups in the capital Bangui’s restive Muslim PK5 neighborhood. (AFP)
- Egypt: Militants attacked the Bir el-Abd army checkpoint in Sinai, killing one soldier. (AP)
- Libya: Britain is hosting crisis talks with Libyan leaders in London in an attempt to ward off the collapse of the country’s war-torn economy. (Guardian)
- Nigeria: Human Rights Watch accused Nigerian officials of sexually exploiting women and girls living in camps for victims of Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. (AFP)
- Brazil: Authorities arrested 48 people for violating election laws during run-off elections for local government posts. (EFE)
- El Salvador: Former President Tony Saca has been arrested for alleged illicit enrichment, unlawful association, and money laundering. (EFE)
- Venezuela: The government and opposition leaders have agreed on a long-term agenda for talks aimed at defusing an increasingly tense political crisis. (AFP)
- Region: China confirmed a decision to allow Philippine fishermen access to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. (AP)
- Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull faced increasing criticism over a law he proposed that would stop asylum seekers who try to arrive by boat from ever setting foot in the country. (NYT)
- India: Eight suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India were shot dead by police after they escaped from a high security jail. (AFP)
- Myanmar: The US State Department joined activist and aid groups raising concerns about new reports of rape and murder in the western state of Rakhine. (AP)
- Moldova: The country’s presidential election will go to a runoff after pro-Russia candidate Igor Dodon narrowly missed winning a majority of votes. (AP)
- Netherlands: The hate speech trial of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders opened, despite his absence. (AFP)
- Spain: Conservative leader Mariano Rajoy was sworn in as prime minister, ending more than 10 months of political jockeying to form a government. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Police detained the chief editor and at least eight senior staff of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper in a continuing crackdown on dissenting voices. (AP)
- Turkey: A court has ordered the detention of the two mayors of Diyarbakir, accusing them of “terrorist” activities linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. (AFP)
- Region: Iran rejected accusations from the US that it has been shipping arms to the Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen. (AFP)
- Iraq: In a fresh assault on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, Iraqi special forces fought their way into the city at daybreak this morning under heavy fire. (ABC)
- Lebanon: Supporters of former general Michel Aoun gathered in the capital Beirut ahead of a parliament session expected to elect him president. (AFP)
- Syria: Government forces regained full control of the town of Menyan, which was taken by rebels a day earlier, in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: This week, Google will officially respond to charges from European antitrust officials it has hamstrung competitors and limited consumer choices. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
- Ash eruption one kilometer into the air. (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 31OCT: 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 31OCT: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27OCT: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 27OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01NOV)
- Algeria: Algerian Revolution Day – 1954
- Belarus: Foreign ministries of CIS member states to hold consultations on European security in Minsk (to 02NOV)
- Europe Region: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang to visit Russia and Turkey for bilateral meetings (to 05NOV)
- India: Karnataka Formation Day – 1956
- Japan: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to visit (to 05NOV)
- United Arab Emirates: US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose to visit Abu Dhabi (to 03NOV)
- United Kingdom: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to visit, meet with Queen Elizabeth II
- Christianity: All Saints’ Day