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October 18

Sports

The Olympic torch relay begins in Olympia, Greece, without public attendance.
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Business and economy

German publishing house Axel Springer dismisses Julian Reichelt as the editor-in-chief of its tabloid newspaper following sexual harassment complaints against Reichelt from his co-workers.
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International relations

Russia announces it will be suspending its mission to NATO in Brussels as early as 1 November, in response to the expulsion of 8 diplomats accused of espionage from the mission earlier this month. The NATO information bureau and military liason in Moscow will also be terminated.
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Law and crime

Citing , the United States Department of Justice requests the Supreme Court to vacate the mandate of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on allowing the Texas Heartbeat Act to remain in effect, thereby blocking the law.
Source: AFP via RTL external link
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Iraq receives Ghazwan al-Zawbaee, the alleged mastermind of the ISIL suicide truck bombing that killed 340 people in Karrada, Baghdad, in 2016. He was arrested two days prior through a joint operation in a neighbouring country. It was the deadliest single-bomb attack in Iraq.
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Science and technology

Professor Egor Babaev and collaborators with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology publish an experiment showing evidence of a new state of matter called electron quadruplets.
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Armed conflicts and attacks

At least 300 suspected members of a Muslim mob are arrested for the killing of two Hindu men three days ago at a temple in Noakhali, Bangladesh. The violence erupted after an alleged Quran desecration at a Hindu temple in Haziganj Upazila. Several Hindu temples were also damaged in the clashes. Four members of the mob were also killed when Bangladesh Police personnel opened fire in Chandpur.
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ENDF airstrikes on the city of Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray Region kill at least three people.
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Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini orders the closure of schools across Eswatini in an attempt to quell pro-democracy protests that have rocked the kingdom for months. Protesters demand the end of the absolutist monarchy of King Mswati III, the last of its kind in Africa, as ministers back the move saying that there "is no room for such anarchy in our society".
Source: Bloomberg external link

October 17

Armed conflicts and attacks

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition says that they have killed 160 Houthi militants in Marib, Yemen, during 32 airstrikes in the past 24 hours. The coalition also reports that they killed a total of more than 700 Houthis during the past week.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Militants open fire on a group of non-resident workers from Bihar in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir, killing two people and wounding another.
Source: The Times of India external link

Health and environment

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says that the mass release of wastewater at the Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed. The water, which has been inside the plant since the 2011 meltdown, is planned to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean over several decades despite strong opposition from local fishermen and the governments of China and South Korea.
Source: CNA external link

Law and crime

Authorities in Haiti says that members of the "400 Mawozo" gang are behind the kidnapping of 16 American citizens and one Canadian citizen yesterday near Port-au-Prince. Those kidnapped include seven women, five men and five children.
Source: BBC external link

International relations

The French ambassador to Belarus departs following a directive issued by the Belarusian government, which did not cite a rationale. The ambassador had not presented his credentials to President Alexander Lukashenko.
Source: The Moscow Times external link

Disasters and accidents

Twenty-six people are killed and dozens are missing as heavy rains affect the Indian state of Kerala.
Source: BBC external link

Politics and elections

Cape Verdeans head to the polls to elect their new president to replace outgoing term-limited president Jorge Carlos Fonseca. The candidates of Fonseca's right-wing MpD and the leftist PAICV are the main contenders. The election is seen as important to reopen the important tourism industry which was hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Source: Reuters external link
The Instituto Nacional Electoral in Mexico says that 2.85 million signatures are needed for a recall election against president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador had promised this election, although it is opposed by opposition parties.
Source: Yahoo! News external link

October 16

Science and technology

Shenzhou 13 launches on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia, for the of the , where the crew will stay for six months. It will be China's longest crewed mission to date.
Source: AFP via NDTV external link
Lucy, a NASA spacecraft that will visit Jupiter's trojan asteroids in twelve years, launches at 05:34 EDT from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Source: CNN external link

Law and crime

Seven activists are sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to twelve months' imprisonment for protesting against the national security law in July 2020. Among those sentenced are Leung Kwok-hung and Figo Chan. Leung is currently serving two sentences of 18 months' imprisonment for other charges and Chan is currently serving a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment for unauthorized assembly.
Source: RTHK external link
Argentine federal judge María Romilda Servini indicts post Franco-era Spanish minister Rodolfo Martín Villa on four counts of homicide. Villa, who resides in Spain, says that he will appeal the decision of the Argentine judge.
Source: SwissInfo external link
An unidentified armed gang kidnaps 15 American missionaries and their families in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Source: Barron's external link
Colombian businessman Alex Saab is extradited to the United States from Cape Verde ahead of an initial court appearance in Florida on October 18 over his alleged money laundering for the Venezuelan government.
Source: Deccan Herald external link

Politics and elections

French president Emmanuel Macron condemns the Paris massacre of 1961 on the eve of its 60th anniversary, but does not issue a formal apology. Macron is the first French president to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims.
Source: AFP via WION external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

The Taliban says that they will step up security at Shi'ite mosques after IS-KP bombed mosques in Kunduz and Kandahar this month, killing over 120 people in total.
Source: Reuters external link
Two workers are killed by gunmen in Srinagar and Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, in a spike of civilians being killed by rebels in the area.
Source: Greater Kashmir external link
A Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and another militant are killed during a gunfight with security forces in Pulwama. The killed commander, who was involved in the murder of two policemen, was among the top 10 targets of Jammu and Kashmir police. It is also announced that two more rebels, involved in the recent killings of civilians, were killed yesterday during a gunfight in Srinagar.
Source: India Today external link
Twenty Boko Haram militants and three Nigerian Army soldiers are killed during a gunfight as the military has tried to recapture the Nigerian town of Maiduguri.
Source: Sahara Reporters external link
Yesterday's killing of MP Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death in a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is declared as a terrorist incident by police.
Source: BBC News external link

Disasters and accidents

Three people are killed and seven are injured as a 4.8 earthquake hits Bali, Indonesia.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Eleven people drown during a school outing for a river clean-up in West Java, Indonesia.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

October 15

Armed conflicts and attacks

Three suicide bombers attack a Shiite mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, killing 47 people and injuring 70 others. The explosions occur at the main door and inside the mosque. Taliban authorities later arrived and secured the mosque. Taliban interior ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti says that authorities are currently collecting evidence in order to determine responsibility for the bombing.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
ISIL-K claims responsibility for the attack, reporting that two attackers shot and killed security guards outside the mosque before blowing themselves up inside, where people were worshipping.
Source: Reuters external link
United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel Stuart Scheller is reprimanded by a military judge following his criticism of the U.S. military’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Source: ABC News external link
David Amess, United Kingdom MP for Southend West, is stabbed to death in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, while meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church. The suspect was arrested at the scene, and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Source: BBC News external link
A Cameroonian policeman is lynched by a mob after he killed a five-year-old girl at a checkpoint in Buea Southwest Region. Protests involving hundreds of people occurred after the killing of the child.
Source: The Guardian external link
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Disasters and accidents

Four migrants are found dead by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Trafalgar in the Province of Cádiz after their boat sank. The coast guard reports that 21 others from the boat are missing.
Source: AFP via i24 News external link

International relations

During an online emergency meeting, the foreign ministers of the ASEAN agree to exclude Myanmar's military junta chief Min Aung Hlaing from the upcoming ASEAN Summit to be held later this month. The country will instead be represented by non-political representative at the summit.
Source: AFP via Al Arabiya external link
President Xi Jinping of China will not attend in person the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow, as it's told to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The announcement comes amid international pessimism that, now compounded by the absence of China, a global leader in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the event would not result in any substantiative change.
Source: Reuters external link

Law and crime

Masten Wanjala, the Kenyan suspected serial killer of 14 boys, who escaped from prison two days ago, is murdered by lynching by a mob of villagers in Bungoma. Wanjala was hiding at his parents' home when he was identified by neighbours.
Source: BBC News external link