AFRICA: The Egyptian government will trim working hours as it seeks to encourage higher turnout for the second day of voting in the first parliamentary elections in more than three years.
AMERICAS: Canadians appear set to end nine years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative rule at the ballot box and elect a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau.
ASIA: Close to 400 South Koreans gathered before crossing into North Korea for a rare reunion with separated family members.
EUROPE: Thousands of migrants clamored to enter Croatia from Serbia, their passage slowed by a Slovenian effort to impose limits on the flow to western Europe.
MIDDLE EAST: The US is planning a meeting with Russian, Saudi and Turkish leaders to seek an end to the Syrian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
TECHNOLOGY: Chinese government hackers have attempted in the past few weeks to penetrate the networks of US companies despite a pledge by China’s president that they would not do so.
Israel & the Palestinian Territories: International attention and efforts at quelling violence begins to rise.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was vital that Israeli and Palestinian leaders clarify the status around the al-Aqsa compound and agree on steps that can be taken to calm unrest during talks this week.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said a proposed international presence at the Jerusalem holy site at the center of escalating Israeli, Palestinian tension and violence is not needed.
An Arab attacker armed with a gun and a knife opened fire in a southern Israeli bus station, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people.
In recent days, several new roadblocks and checkpoints have been installed in Palestinian sections of Jerusalem.
The violence has caught Israeli security forces off guard as most of the attacks have been carried out by “lone-wolf” assailants who were not working in an organized cell or with formal political support.
Suspected Cases as of 18OCT: 573,708 (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: 23,875
Deaths as of 18OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
Cases as of 18OCT: 1595 (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 18OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)