1 | New York City
U.N. Security Council Elections
The U.N. General Assembly elected Germany, India, South Africa, Colombia and Portugal to the 15-member decisionmaking Security Council on Oct. 12. Canada had been vying for one of the Western-bloc seats but withdrew when it failed to win enough votes. Starting in January, the new nonpermanent members will serve two-year terms, making the 2011 Council one with several major emerging powers in its lineup.
Seats on the U.N. Security Council
• PJoining in 2011
South Africa Colombia
• PLeaving at the end of 2011
Bosnia and Herzegovina
• PLeaving at the end of 2010
2 | London
Aid Worker's Death to Be Probed
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama ordered a joint investigation into the death of British aid worker Linda Norgrove, 36, who was killed Oct. 8 as U.S. special forces attempted to rescue her from the Taliban in Afghanistan. Though initial reports claimed her death was caused by an exploding suicide vest worn by one of her captors, Cameron revealed Oct. 11 that she may have been killed by a grenade thrown by an American soldier.
3 | Lebanon
Mahmoud Pays a Visit
On Oct. 13, thousands filled the streets of Beirut to greet the arrival of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose government has extensive ties to the influential Lebanese Shi'ite group Hizballah. Ahmadinejad's visit came in the midst of a U.N. investigation that some say may indict Hizballah members in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
4 | Kyrgyzstan
After the Violence, an Election
Kyrgyzstan held perhaps the first free, competitive elections in Central Asia on Oct. 10. The parliamentary polls came six months after a coup ousted the country's ruling autocrat, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and four months after weeks of rioting led to 400 deaths and the displacement of 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks. Though ballots are to be recounted and no party won a majority, early results showed success for Bakiyev's supporters, leaving the fragile interim government on uncertain ground.
5 | Israel
Loyalty Oath Approved
On Oct. 10, the Israeli Cabinet approved a new law requiring non-Jewish immigrants to pledge loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state. While some think the oath discriminates against non-Jewish Israelis, the move is seen by others as an attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appease the hard-right-wingers in his ruling coalition to get their sanction for his peace talks with Palestinians.