In an official visit to Beijing on Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced his military and economic separation from the United States. Duterte also expressed interest in warming relations with Russia. Going into damage control mode a day later, his office released a statement that it has no intentions to withdraw on treaties and trade agreements with allies.
The EU-Canada trade deal, known as Ceta, is collapsing after the Canadian trade minister left the talks for failure to reach an agreement. The trade deal has been in the making for nearly seven years. The Belgian region of Wallonia thwarted the Belgian government from signing the deal, which would have removed taxes on most goods exchanged between Canada and the EU.
A UN-brokered ceasefire took effect in Yemen on Wednesday. UN officials said they hoped the 72-hour cease would allow workers to distribute humanitarian aid throughout the country. The agreement follows an international outcry over an airstrike by a Saudi-led pro-government coalition that killed 140 people.
Saudi Arabia executed Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer for fatally shooting another man during a physical altercation. This the first time a member of the royal family has been put to death since 1975 and it is the 134th person put to death in 2016. Most executions are beheadings, carried out in the country's capital, Riyadh. No details have been provided about the execution.
Syria and Russia have temporarily halted bombing in the divided city of Aleppo in preparation for a humanitarian pause. The pause is intended to allow civilians to exit and to evacuate the sick and injured in Eastern Aleppo.
Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people under a state of emergency. A six-month state of emergency has been declared following several unprecedented anti-government protests less than two weeks ago. Ethiopia announced a security crackdown on the wave of attacks on foreign-owned businesses and demonstrations over political rights.
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had their third and final debate on Wednesday night. Aside from the usual personal attacks against each other, the two also clashed on several policy issues, most notably immigration and abortion.
A gunman in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed two American advisors, a soldier and a civilian, on Wednesday outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker was not immediately identified, U.S. officials are investigating.
Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, was arrested on Wednesday for corruption charges. Cunha, who was the architect of President Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment, is accused of taking bribes worth nearly 40 million USD from the state oil company, Petrobras. He is also accused of money laundering, among many other allegations. Cunha denies all the charges.
Ecuador pulled the internet plug on WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who lives in the country’s embassy in the UK. The embassy is limiting Assange’s internet services because it claims Assange was interfering with another country’s affairs by leaking emails from the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Thousands of women marched in Argentina on Wednesday in mass demonstrations demanding more protection for women and girls from sexual violence. The protests erupted after the horrific rape of Lucia Perez, a 16-year old high school student. There have been 19 women and girls murdered just in the first 18 days of October.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, companies are no longer spending heavily on cybersecurity. Last year, venture capitalists invested nearly $3.8 billion USD on cybersecurity startups. In the third financial quarter of this year, investors only spent $854 million USD, thats down 24% from the same quarter last year.