Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast’s Opposition leader and former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan was arrested for creating a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, his wife and a spokeswoman said.
  • AMERICAS: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has often appeared at public events unmasked, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters
  • ASIA: India recorded 50,356 additional cases of COVID-19, taking its total to 8.46 million, data from the health ministry showcased.
  • EUROPE:  Germany’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by 23,399 to 642,488, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A UN agency has put pressure on Iran to speed up its investigation into the Kyiv-bound passenger plane mistakenly shot down in January, killing 176 people.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Brazil’s top four telecom companies have decided not to meet with a visiting senior U.S. official who has advocated excluding China’s Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] from the Brazilian 5G equipment market, an industry source reported.

Top Story

  • United States: Former Vice President Joe Biden gives speech expressing confidence that he will be President-Elect when all votes are tallied. 
    • Joe Biden says he is already preparing to assume the presidency even though he has not officially been declared president-elect.
    • Biden highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming it “is getting more worrisome all across the country,” noting that the United States has a record number of cases.
    • Democratic nominee Joe Biden said the number of votes he has received so far is a clear sign voters have given him a “mandate” to govern.
    • The former vice president edged closer to completing his victory when he took the lead on Friday in Pennsylvania, one of four most vital states that will determine the election winner.
    • Reporting: AP, BBCThe HillReuters,

Africa

  • Ivory Coast: Opposition leader and former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan was arrested for creating a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, his wife, and a spokeswoman said. (Reuters)
  • Libya: National oil revenues during the September-October period saw a sharp year-on-year drop, standing at 347.1 million U.S. dollars, the state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: An outbreak of yellow fever in southern Delta State has killed 22 people, health authorities reported. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Region: At least 19 people have died with 900 homes damaged in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, bringing the estimated death toll in Mexico and Central America from heavy rains to about 200, authorities reported. (AP)
  • Colombia: The number of COVID-19 cases in the nation has reached 1,127,733, with 9,756 new cases registered in the past 24 hours, government health authorities reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has often appeared at public events unmasked, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Afghanistan:  A bomb hidden in the vehicle of a former presenter on Kabul based TOLO TV exploded, killing the journalist and two other civilians, Kabul police reported. (AP)
  • China: The nation’s imports grew 4.7 percent, and exports rose by 11.4 percent year-on-year as its economy continued to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to October customs data. (DPA)
  • India: India recorded 50,356 additional cases of COVID-19, taking its total to 8.46 million, data from the health ministry showcased. (Reuters)
  • South Korea:  The number of citizens who died this fall after getting seasonal flu shots has risen close to 100, health authorities noted, though any correlation has not been confirmed between nearly 99 percent of the fatalities and the flu vaccinations. (YNA)

Europe

  • Armenia: The Ministry of Defense has proposed tripling the amount of money working citizens pay to a special fund set up for compensation paid to the families of soldiers killed or seriously wounded in war. (RFE)
  • Germany: The nation’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by 23,399 to 642,488, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: The nation reported a record high 107 daily COVID-19 deaths while new cases rose by 5,318, the government said in a statement. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The nation fired the governor of its central bank and replaced him with a former finance minister, according to a presidential decree published Saturday in the official gazette, after the Turkish lira reached record lows. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Egypt: Citizens began voting in the second and final stage of the country’s parliamentary elections, after a relatively low turnout in the first stage that embarrassed the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP)
  • Iran: A UN agency has called on the nation to speed up its investigation into a Kyiv-bound passenger plane mistakenly shot down in January, killing 176 people. (RFE)
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun noted that the nation would seek evidence and documents from the United States that led Washington to impose sanctions on a prominent Christian politician and his son-in-law Gebran Bassil. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: Brazil’s top four telecom companies have decided not to meet with a visiting senior U.S. official who has advocated excluding China’s Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] from the Brazilian 5G equipment market, an industry source reported. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Atsani
      • Location:22.7N 119.2E
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 07NOV20: 49,416,390
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 07NOV20: 32,536,549
      • Deaths as of 07NOV20: 1,244,201
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 190
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 17OCT20: 119
      • Probable Cases as of 17OCT20: 9
      • Deaths as of 17OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08NOV20)

  • Asia-Pacific: APEC foreign and trade ministers meet.
  • Myanmar: General elections.
  • Italy: municipal elections in Sardegna

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