PHILIPPINES: The death toll in the Philippines from the politically motivated attack has risen to 57, after 11 more bodies were recovered. Philippine authorities, under intense public pressure, announced that they’re investigating a member of a powerful clan allied with the government along with four police commanders.
CHINA: China has detected eight cases of swine flu mutation, a health official said Wednesday, amid longstanding concerns among scientists that the virus could change into a more dangerous form.
NEPAL: Nepalese have killed about 200,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigeons as part of a festival held every five years to honor Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power.
SOMALIA: The Al-Shabaab militant group has issued a statement demanding the World Food Program stop importing food aid and buy food from local farmers.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: The UN peacekeeping mission has failed to control the rebel movement in Congo, according to United Nations experts.
RUSSIA: A Siberian tiger on which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had placed a radio-tracking device has vanished, according to a Russian environmentalist. The species faces extinction, say conservation experts. The tracking device has been silent since mid-September, and the cause remains unknown.
BELGIUM: Former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, who stepped down a year ago because of a banking scandal, will now lead the government again following Herman Von Rompuy’s appointment as the EU president.
NATO will offer 5,000 additional troops in the war in Afghanistan, according to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
MEXICO: In an interview with the Televisa news network, Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the country’s oil “is running out.”
VENEZUELA: Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadineja arrived in Venezuela for a two-day visit.
IRAQ: According to Al Arabiya, the Kawliya Gypsy community of Iraq faces great struggles in the current conservative atmosphere of the country.
LIBYA: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will attempt to calm tensions between Egypt and Algeria following their football World Cup play-off matches.
SAUDI ARABIA: Millions of Muslims from around the world continue to gather in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Israel offered a 10-month freeze on settlement activity today, but Palestinians rejected it because the offer does not include East Jerusalem.