The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization convenes Oct. 17 in Cape Town, South Africa. The first congress took place in 1974 in Switzerland, was headlined by Billy Graham, Samuel Escobar, Francis Schaeffer, Malcolm Muggeridge, and John Stott-and first presented the term unreached people group. It was followed in 1989 by a Congress in Manila, and the third gathering draws 4,000 world leaders to "promote unity, humbleness in service, and a call to action for global evangelization."
Officials in Armenia say they have constructed the world's largest aerial tramway that meets all international standards, and that it will open on Oct. 16. The tramway will take tourists over a scenic gorge to a historic monastery about 140 miles from Yerevan, the country's capital and largest city.
Race to the finish
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and his challenger, Republican Sharron Angle, will square off for a debate in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 19 ahead of the November mid-term elections. In Illinois, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Rep. Mark Kirk will debate on the same day in their race to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
Race to the finish, part 2
In another high-profile Senate contest, candidates to fill the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez in 2009 will debate in Tampa on Oct. 19. Republican favorite Marco Rubio will face Independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.
All eyes will be on Boston for the first night of the NBA season. But it won't be to see the defending Eastern Conference champion Celtics. Rather, fans across the country will be tuning into the TNT telecast of Miami versus Boston on Oct. 26 to see how LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Heat's high-profile free agent additions, mix with long-time Miami star Dwyane Wade.
Leaders from the 27 European Union nations will begin a two-day meeting on Oct. 21 to discuss austerity plans as the continent seeks stability during worldwide recession. The nations have already agreed to spending cuts, but, as in Greece, the austerity measures are proving unpopular at home.