Here is your weekly news briefing for 12 – 18 OCT 2017.


Xi Jinping at Communist Party Congress: Time for China to take the centre stage


North Korea warns of imminent nuclear war


Overview of Japan’s upcoming general election


Profile: The Haqqani terror group, assessed as the most deadly group in Afghanistan


Iran behind cyberattacks on British lawmakers


Israel to join the US in quitting UNESCO over anti-Israeli bias


Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize key installations from Kurdish fighters in response to Kurdish freedom referendum


Death toll in Somali bomb attack tops 300


Yemen’s cholera outbreak now worst in history: approaching one millionth infection