State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov announced at a Bishkek press conference on Friday that Russia, was, as had been stated before, against Nato's eastward expansion. According to Seleznyov, Russia's relations with the alliance were today exclusively focused on organizing anti-terrorist operations and drawing up global policies to combat terrorism. At the same time, the speaker of Russia's lower chamber of parliament expressed his opposition to Nato's eastward enlargement, in particular, the admission of the Baltic countries to the alliance, as this step would entail inevitably negative consequences with regard to relations with Russia.
The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was found in a well on the territory of the residence of the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul
The month of October was rich with rare astronomical phenomena.