# Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 on board.
# Viktor Chernomyrdin (pictured), the longest-serving Prime Minister of Russia and the founder of Gazprom, dies at the age of 72.
# In the United States midterm elections, the Democratic Party retains a majority in the Senate, while the Republican Party wins a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
# In baseball, the San Francisco Giants defeat the Texas Rangers to win the World Series.
# Islamic militants attack a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the deaths of 58 people and the injuries of dozens more.
# Authorities investigate a plot to bomb planes with cargo packages intercepted in England and Dubai, en route from Yemen to the United States.
# Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party is elected Brazil's first female president.
# Archaeologists in Blombos Cave, South Africa, discover evidence of early humans using pressure flaking to make stone tools in 73,000 BCE, 55,000 years earlier than previously thought.
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