Japan’s defence ministry has made its biggest ever budget request, amid severe tensions with China over a maritime dispute in the East China Sea. via BBC News – Japan defence ministry makes largest-ever budget request.
A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. via Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions | Reuters.
West African health ministers have called for travel restrictions imposed to combat Ebola to be lifted. via BBC News – Ebola outbreak: West Africans back lifting travel bans.
Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. via Israel police find body of missing U.S. student | Reuters.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced a new cabinet on Friday keeping key members of the economic management team in place and appointing the man who has managed Ankara’s affairs with Europe as foreign minister. via New Turkish cabinet spells little major policy shift | Reuters.
Abdullah al-Thinni has stepped down as Libya’s prime minister in a move to end the power struggle in the country. via BBC News – Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni resigns.
Hong Kong’s most powerful critic of Beijing, a brash media tycoon whose home was raided by anti-corruption officers, said on Friday he won’t be cowed by efforts to silence him ahead of a crunch decision this weekend on the city’s political future. via Hong Kong media mogul unbowed by raid
Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday. via U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped
Ukraine’s prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. via BBC News – Ukraine crisis: PM Yatsenyuk to seek Nato membership.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a “positive result” in talks with world powers on its nuclear programme ahead of a November deadline, thanks in part to support from Russia. via Iran’s foreign minister hopes for nuclear accord ‘in short time left’ till deadline |