Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: China backed and congratulated Guinea’s President Alpha Conde for his controversial re-election that was mired by fraud accusations.
  • AMERICAS: Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the US state of Florida prompting officials to order some evacuations and close down beaches, coronavirus testing sites and public transportation.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party claims it won a majority of the seats in Parliament in the country’s general elections.
  • EUROPE: European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said the EU will impose tariffs on US products related to the dispute between the EU and the US over aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch urged the G20 countries to press Saudi Arabia on its past rights abuses and to free activists it detains unlawfully.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Australia’s largest media organizations and editorial staff members are on trial over an alleged breach of a 2018 gag order on the news coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s now-quashed sex crimes convictions.

 

Top Story

  • Global: World markets rally after US election.
    • Markets across the world rallied following the weekend declaration of former US Vice President Joe Biden winning the US presidential election.
    • Japan’s Nikkei, France’s CAC 40, Germany’s DAX, the UK’s FTSE100 and the US Dow, and S&P 500 futures surged early in the day.
    • There were also similar surges in Australia and China, as oil and currency markets also climbed.
    • World stocks rallied to a record peak off the expectations that there will be better global trade ties and more monetary stimulus under US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
    • The rallies also took place even though US President Donald Trump has not yet conceded the US presidential election.
    • Reporting: Reuters, BBC, AP, DPA

 

Africa

  • Region: Egypt unveiled proposals to construct railway lines from the country to Sudan’s Wadi Haifa city, and to extend an existing train line to the city of Benghazi in Libya. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed intensified his government’s military offensive against the country’s Tigray region with air strikes, in continued defiance of calls by the UN and allies to resolve the conflict through negotiations. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: China backed and congratulated President Alpha Conde for his controversial re-election that was mired by fraud accusations. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Looters are reportedly targeting government warehouses full of coronavirus relief supplies that they say the government should have already distributed to those who need the supplies. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Bolivia: Luis Arce was inaugurated and sworn-in as the country’s new president. (CNN)
  • Brazil: Tens of thousands of people in the northern state of Amapa are left without any access to electricity for the sixth consecutive day. (AP)
  • Canada: Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government is ready to hold financial assistance talks with airline companies suffering due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)
  • United States: Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in Florida prompting officials to order some evacuations and close down beaches, coronavirus testing sites and public transportation. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • China: Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing noticed that former US Vice President Joe Biden declared victory in the US presidential election but is holding off on sending any message of congratulations. (AP)
  • India: The country’s restive Kashmir region witnessed its bloodiest violence in recent months as fighting between the army and militants left four soldiers and three militants dead. (UPI)
  • Myanmar: The ruling National League for Democracy party claims it won a majority of the seats in Parliament in the country’s general elections. (AP)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in vowed that his government will ensure there is no gap in Seoul’s alliance with the US as he congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said the EU will impose tariffs on US products related to the dispute between the EU and the US over aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. (DPA)
  • Austria: Authorities raided people and organizations suspected of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas across several of the country’s regions. (AP)
  • Georgia: The police used water cannons against thousands of protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission to demand a new parliamentary election. (BBC)
  • Hungary: Prime Minister Viktor Orban reversed course on his coronavirus policy and implemented brand new measures and restrictions amid a coronavirus surge which is threatening to overwhelm hospitals in the country. (Bloomberg)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin is reportedly set to reshuffle his cabinet which will see him dismissing the three ministers for Transport, Construction, and Natural Resources, and also see Energy Minister Alexander Novak being promoted to the post of the country’s Deputy Prime Minister. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh dismissed US sanctions on the country saying Tehran’s oil industry would never succumb to the sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State reportedly attacked a lookout point west of capital city Baghdad, resulting in the deaths of eleven people. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Watch urged the G20 countries to press Riyadh on its past rights abuses and to free activists it detains unlawfully. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Australia’s largest media organizations and editorial staff members went on trial over an alleged breach of a 2018 gag order on the news coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s now-quashed sex crimes convictions. (AFP)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Etau
      • Location: 293 nautical miles SE of Da Nang, Vietnam
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: W at 13 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Eta
      • Location: 45 miles N-NW of Key West, Florida
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 11 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 09NOV20: 50,493,472 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 09NOV20: 33,081,594
      • Deaths as of 09NOV20: 1,257,253
      • 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 (10NOV20)

  • Global: The 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht
  • Global: The World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly will be conducted virtually. (to 14NOV)
  • Global: The 5th EU Arab World Summit will be held virtually. 
  • Global: The UN’s World Science Day for Peace and Development – 2002
  • Asia: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization will hold its annual summit virtually, with Chinese President Xi Jinping expected to participate.
  • Europe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, EU Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are expected to hold a teleconference to discuss an initiative against Islamist extremism.
  • Europe: The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine is expected to hold a meeting.
  • Europe: Pope Francis’s former ambassador to France Luigi Ventura will stand trial for sex assault in Paris.
  • Europe: The European Court of Auditors will publish its annual report on the European Union’s budget.
  • Europe: Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will hold discussions with the Norwegian government. 
  • Europe: The European Affairs Ministers of EU member-states will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Europe: The European Central Bank’s annual Central Banking Forum will be held virtually. (to 12NOV)
  • China: Hong Kong companies exporting goods to the US will be required to use the “Made in China” label on their products from this date.
  • Estonia: The government will hold a meeting to discuss new coronavirus measures and restrictions.
  • Germany: Interior Minister Horst Seehofer will deliver the opening address at the German-Islam conference.
  • Iran: Non-essential businesses will be closed for a month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Jordan: Parliamentary elections will be held.
  • Libya: The UN Security Council will hold a briefing on the situation in the country.
  • Spain: Three people, suspected of helping the perpetrators of twin jihadist attacks in the city of Barcelona in 2017, will go on trial.
  • Sweden: The country is expected to conduct 5G spectrum auctions. 
  • Sweden: The Riksdag’s Defense Committee chief MP Pal Jonson will speak about grey-zone aggression at an event hosted by the AEI think tank. 
  • Turkey: The government will release unemployment data for the month of August.
  • United States: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the FBI’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation.

 

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