October 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated September 25, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for October 2019:

  1. Hong Kong Protests Continue to Worsen
  2. North Korea Launches Missile
  3. Baghdad Imposes Curfew
  4. Four People Stabbed in Paris
  5. Protesters in France
  6. Violent Protests in Ecuador
  7. Shooting Near German Synagogue
  8. Ground Offensive Launched in Syria
  9. Ethiopian Prime Minister Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  10. State of Emergency in Chile
  11. Bangladesh Riot Over Facebook Post
  12. Investigation in Essex
  13. Mass Shooting at Siberian Military Base
  14. Deadly Protests in Ethiopia
  15. ISIS Leader Dead
  16. Argentina Election

Hong Kong Protests Continue to Worsen

Hong Kong Protests

On October 2, as people in Beijing began to celebrate their National Day, they seemed completely unaware of the turmoil taking place in Hong Kong. On the same day, one protestor in Hong Kong was shot by police, in the first turn of violence during the 17-week-long protest. On October 6, protests became even more violent after the banning of face masks during demonstrations. That same day, a taxi driver mowed down protestors, and a man was beaten bloody by a mob. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

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North Korea Launches Missile

North Korea Missiles

On October 3, North Korea said it tested a new submarine ballistic missile just a day after agreeing with Washington to resume nuclear talks. The US and North Korea are set to continue talks on October 4. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

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Baghdad Imposes Curfew

Baghdad Missiles

On October 3, after two days of anti-government protestors and security forces clashes, Baghdad has imposed a curfew. Seven people have died and hundreds more have been wounded during the violence. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

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Four People Stabbed in Paris

Paris Stabbings

On October 6, a man stabbed four people in Paris, claiming radical Islam as the reason. Anti-terror investigators took over the case on October 5. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Michel Euler

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Protesters in France

Paris Protests

On October 6, large crowds of protestors flooded the streets of Paris after a bill was proposed allowing single women and lesbian couples access to fetility/IVF treatments. The bill will face the Senate later this month. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh

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Violent Protests in Ecuador

Ecuador Protests

On October 8, Ecuador’s president announced he and his government will move away from the capital amid the violent protests. The military has already had to rescue 50 members who were being held hostage by protesters. The protests have been going on for five days and are due to the president’s economic reform. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

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Shooting Near German Synagogue

Germany Shooting

On October 9, a gunman killed 2 people and injured more on an attack at an East German synagogue. The attack was on one of the holiest Jewish days and is expected to have been an antisemetic attack. The 27-year-old suspect streamed the attack live on Twitch and has been arrested. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jens Meyer

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Ground Offensive Launched in Syria

Turkey Offense

On October 9, Turkey launched a ground offensive in Northern Syria. The EU has urged Turkey to end it’s offensive. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Ably Ahmed

On October 11, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Ahmed has helped end his country’s 20 year war with Eritrea. (CNN)

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State of Emergency in Chile

Chile Protests

On October 19, Chile’s president declared a state of emergency over the riots. Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest the rise of public transfer fees. On October 21, three more people died in a supermarket fire during the protests. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Esteban Felix

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Bangladesh Riot Over Facebook Post

Bangladesh Riot

On October 21, four people died in Bangladesh after police fired into a crowd of rioters. The riot was caused by an offensive Facebook post. The poster claims his account was hacked. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos

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Investigation in Essex

Bodies Found in Truck

On October 22, thirty-nine bodies were found in a container truck in Essex, England. A suspect has been arrested, but investigations continue. (CNN)

Photo Source: UK Pool via AP

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Mass Shooting at Siberian Military Base

Siberian Shooting Suspect

On October 25, a colleague went on a shooting spree at a Siberian military base. The suspect has been detained and an investigation is in place. (CNN)

Photo Source: Project Baza via AP

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Deadly Protests in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Protests

On October 26, protests in Ethiopia entered their third day after a Facebook post from Mohammad stating police were conspiring to kill him. So far, 69 people have died during these protests and another 200 have been injured. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP photo Mulugeta Ayene

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ISIS Leader Dead


On October 26, it was announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US troops. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

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Argentina Election

Argentina Elections

On October 28, Alberto Fernandez announced his victory in Argentina’s elections. Voters turned out in large numbers in an attempt to change the economic crisis. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

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