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NATO defense ministers convene in tense security environment

October 26, 2016 - BELGIUM

The defense ministers of the Alliance meet at headquarters in Brussels to continue beefing-up the NATO presence on Russia's doorstep and to weigh calls for more direct intervention in Syria.

No-shows a notable feature of 25th Ibero-American summit?

October 28, 2016 - COLOMBIA

Notable absences among the leaders at the Ibero-American Summit in Cartagena promise to make bigger headlines than the theme - Youth, Enterprise and Education. Themes are chosen to circumvent ideological confrontation, but the tactic doesn't always work.

Presidential election might nudge Moldova toward Moscow

October 30, 2016 - MOLDOVA

Overshadowed by a banking scandal, ex-Soviet Moldova votes in its first direct presidential election since 1996.

Service marking Reformation brings Pope Francis to Sweden

October 31, 2016 - SWEDEN

Pope Francis will attend a Catholic-Lutheran service in Lund as part of the countdown to the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. The Pope's participation is one of three significant events in 2016 to bring major branches of Christianity together after centuries of estrangement, at a time when militant Islam is attacking the faith.

Syria toxic gas inquiry extended

October 31, 2016 - UNITED NATIONS

The joint inquiry into toxic gas attacks in Syria was extended to the end of October following a request from the investigators.

Madrid meets deadline for agreement on new government

October 31, 2016 - SPAIN

The date is the deadline for forming a new coalition government. King Felipe has the task on Oct 24 and 25 of forging an agreement between the parties. If the negotiations are unsuccessful, the country will have to hold another election - its third in less than a year - by the end of 2016.

Al Jazeera turns 20 with low oil prices a threat to its reach

November 1, 2016 - QATAR

The Al Jazeera channel was launched 20 years ago in a region with meager press freedom, yet it developed an independent voice and global reach. Qatar's declining oil revenue threatens both achievements.

Duterte to toughen smoking ban

November 1, 2016 - PHILIPPINES

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to extend a ban on smoking in all public places across Southeast Asia's second-most populous country, further strengthening some of the toughest tobacco regulation in Asia.

Golar Brazil LNG venture to start building power plant

November 1, 2016 - BRAZIL

GG Power, a joint venture between Britain's Golar LNG Ltd and Brazil's GenPower Participacoes SA, plans to start construction of its 1,500 megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant in the Brazilian state of Sergipe.

Candidates to be the next WHO Director-General make their case

November 1, 2016 - SWITZERLAND

Candidates vying to be the next director-general of the World Health Organization will present their vision to WHO member states and answer questions on their candidacy.

Prince Charles opens first “pop-up” restaurant in Scotland

November 1, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

Britain's Prince Charles is aiming to boost the recovery of an Aberdeenshire village badly affected by floods last winter by opening his own restaurant and gift shop. More than 300 homes and 60 businesses in Ballater were swamped when the River Dee overflowed as Storm Frank battered Scotland on Dec 30, 2015.

57th ICANN meeting reviews rollout of new gTLDs and DNS handover

November 3, 2016 - INDIA

The 57th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in Hyderabad, can expect a report on the long project to roll out the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). A status report on the first month of ICANN control of the Domain Naming System (DNS) can also be anticipated.

China launches rocket designed for its most ambitious missions

November 3, 2016 - CHINA

The launch of its Long March-5 rocket from Wenchang on Hainan Island will give China a booster powerful enough to carry components of the country's planned space stations and serve eventual interplanetary missions.

Doctor Strange released with nod to nostalgia

November 4, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, a much-anticipated screen version of a popular Marvel comic book, arrives on a wave of nostalgia. It is not alone in the nostalgia genre.

Requiem wraps up Hieronymus Bosch 500th anniversary season

November 4, 2016 - NETHERLANDS

The Hieronymus Bosch Requiem at Saint John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch closes out the Bosch500 commemorative season on a somber note. It started with a carnival, and included an exhibition of the freakish and unforgettable art of "the Devil's Painter" that amounted to a coup for the artist's home town.


Looking beyond the headlines




President Barack Obama’s visit to Laos in September permanently closes a final chapter of the US-led Secret War in Laos during the 1960s and 1970s, according to Kou Yang, Professor-Emeritus of California State University, Stanislaus. He shares his views on the importance of the visit in  OPINION.