Iran is accused of attempted assassination on Danish soil
Danish authorities say Iranian intelligence agents tried to carry out a plot to murder an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil.
The target was thought to be the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), Danish intelligence chief Finn Borch Andersen said Tuesday.
A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on October 21 in connection with the plot and extradited to Denmark, according to Swedish police.
Lion Air wreckage ‘found’, director dismissed
Authorities believe they have identified the possible seabed location of the crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesia's military chief said Wednesday.
It comes as Lion Air’s technical director and several of its technicians were dismissed from duty by Indonesia's transport minister.
The jet had only been operating since August and flown for 800 hours when it crashed into the Java sea on Monday, killing all 189 people on board.
German nurse confesses to killing 100 more patients
A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has admitted to killing a further 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany.
The trial for Niels Hogel, 41, began with a minute of silence for his victims in court in the northwestern city of Oldenburg.
The murder charges stem from Hogel’s time at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002, and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. The alleged victims were aged between 34 and 96.
Bad weather paralyses Europe
Venice experienced its worst weather in a decade and severe storms have led to the deaths of at least 11 people in Italy. Meanwhile, snowstorms in Spain and France have cut off power to thousands of households.
“This is a situation we haven’t seen in many, many years,” a French government official told reporters on Tuesday.
A low pressure zone currently forming across the Mediterranean is also set to push north in the coming days, causing plunging temperatures and snowfall in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
Thousands camp at Bosnia-Croatia border as winter draws near
Bosnian police are bussing migrants camping at the Croatian border to reception centres in a bid to avert a humanitarian crisis as temperatures plunge in the Baltics.
Dozens of migrants were moved on October 30 to a new migrant centre in the northwest of the country, police confirmed.
The impoverished Balkan state falls on a new route migrants are taking to escape conflict and economic turmoil in Africa, Asia and the Middle East for a better life in Europe.
Two billion ‘affected by natural disasters in past decade’ – report
Over two billion people around the world have been negatively impacted by natural disasters in the past decade, mostly by weather-related hazards including floods, storms and bushfires.
The World Disasters Report 2018, released on Wednesday, said 3,751 global catastrophes had caused over $2 trillion worth of damage.
Earthquakes also accounted for 49% of all deaths linked to natural disasters.
Read the full report on ifrc.org.
As it happened on Wednesday, October 31
This is how we covered key developments this morning: