Sandy strengthens into a “strong category two hurricane” as it makes landfall in southern Cuba, after leaving one man dead in Jamaica.
The US embassy in Moscow expresses concern over the detention of a Russian opposition activist in Kiev and his transfer to Moscow in mysterious circumstances.
The UK economy emerged from recession in the three months from July to September, with growth of 1.0%, helped by the Olympic Games.
Syria’s government is expected to announce its decision on a ceasefire proposed for this weekend’s Eid al-Adha holiday by UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
Ahead of the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, Microsoft’s chief executive says the firm will “obviously” make more hardware.