LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Argentina: A US judge ruled that Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.
Brazil: An armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in the capital Brasilia surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.
Peru: Emergency workers in Peru have recovered eight bodies from the rubble of a village after a 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit the southern city of Cusco on Sunday.
USA & CANADA
US: Police searching for missing student Hannah Graham say there is a forensic link between suspect Jesse Matthew and another unsolved murder case.
US: A US judge fines a Dutch tourist more than $3,000 for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
Canada: The trial of Luka Magnotta, 32, who is accused of murdering his Chinese lover and dismembering him, begins in Montreal.
Ukraine: Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in a clash with pro-Russian rebels near Donetsk airport, the military’s heaviest single loss since a truce was called.
Belgium: Forty-six people go on trial in Antwerp on charges of belonging to a group that sent jihadists to fight for militants in Syria.
Spain: The Constitutional Court suspends Catalonia’s independence referendum, planned for November 9, after a request by the central government.
Hong Kong: The autonomous region’s leader, CY Leung, urges pro-democracy protesters to stop their campaign as crowds bring parts of the city to a standstill.
Japan: Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers are suspended for a second time after the eruption on Mount Ontake volcano intensifies.
Afghanistan: The new Afghan government signs a deal that will permit a reduced contingent of US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.
Mediterranean: A record 3,072 migrants, mainly from Africa, have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year, a study by an international migration group finds.
Libya: Representatives from rival factions in Libya’s new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the town of Ghadames.
Guinea-Bissau: At least 22 people have been killed after a vehicle they were travelling in struck a landmine, officials in the country said.
Iraq: Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, appear to have halted advancing Islamic State militants in a key town near Baghdad, military officials said.
Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a “war of genocide” in Gaza in his speech at the
UN General Assembly last week.
Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a nuclear-armed Iran is a bigger threat to the world than Islamic State militants in his speech to the UN General Assembly. He also likened Hamas to IS.