Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Security Council welcomed the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement by the government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Delta weakened after hitting a corner of southwestern Louisiana, which has repeatedly been battered by storms this year.
  • ASIA: China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer, John S. McCain, as it sailed near islands claimed by the nation in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: British foreign minister Dominic Raab announced that London is temporarily recalling its Ambassador to Belarus, Jacqueline Perkins, to discuss the situation in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two explosive-laden drones towards the Kingdom by Iran-aligned Houthis, state news agency SPA reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Pakistan banned the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company did not fully comply with the instructions to establish an effective system to control unlawful content.

Top Story

  • Caucuses: Ceasefire was enacted in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. 
    • Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire starting on Saturday to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the fighting, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, announced.
    • Canada made clear to Turkey that it and other nations should stay out of the conflict between Armenian and Azeri forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, said Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
    • France welcomed a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and said now it had to be fully implemented to guarantee conditions were in place to end the conflict permanently.
    • Less than an hour into the truce, which came into force at midday local time (08:00 GMT), the warring sides have accused the other of breaking it.
    • Reporting: The Guardian, Reuters, Reuters, BBC,

Africa

  • Libya: The east-based army denied any intention to launch attacks on cities in the western part of the nation. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced he had spoken by phone with President Uhuru Kenyatta about two Cuban doctors abducted in the nation last year. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The Security Council welcomed the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement by the central government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Mexico: At least six people died, and two were injured after an explosion, and a resulting fire occurred at a farm following a shootout in the municipality of Tonala in Jalisco, Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Hurricane Delta weakened after hitting a corner of southwestern Louisiana, which has repeatedly been battered by storms this year. (Reuters)
  • United States: New cases of COVID-19 in the United States hit a two-month high with over 58,000 cases of COVID-19 reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest at record levels for five straight days, according to a Reuters analysis. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • China: The nation said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer, John S. McCain, as it sailed near islands claimed by the nation in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • India: The nation’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are closing in on 7 million, with another 73,272 reported in 24 hours. (AP)
  • North Korea: Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed efforts to further develop his country’s relationship with the nation and support its struggle to advance its socialist agenda, state media reported. (YNA)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Parliament was set to meet on Saturday and potentially vote in a new government to end a power vacuum in the strategically important Central Asian nation which has been gripped by unrest since a contested Oct. 4 election. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Europe has surpassed the 100,000 mark for the first time, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO). (DPA)
  • Belarus: British foreign minister Dominic Raab announced that London is temporarily recalling its Ambassador to Belarus, Jacqueline Perkins, to discuss the situation in the country. (Reuters)
  • Lithuania: Voters are preparing for choosing a new parliament for a nation that has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and whose center-right coalition government has faced increased criticism over soaring virus-related unemployment. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the nation has exceeded 100 for the first time since the pandemic began, jumping to 108, the national security council reported. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed that his country desires “immediately” to bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews. (AP)
  • Jordan: The nation imposes a 48-hour curfew to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two explosive-laden drones towards the Kingdom by Iran-aligned Houthis, state news agency SPA reported. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Pakistan banned the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company did not fully comply with the instructions to establish an effective system to control unlawful content. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:32.1N 136.8E
      • Movement: E
      • Wind:60 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location:31.8N 91.8W
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10OCT20: 36,916,137
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 10OCT20: 25,678,242
      • Deaths as of 10OCT20: 1,068,674
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (11OCT20)

  • Europe: Russian Foreign Minister meets Armenian counterpart in Moscow
  • Belarus: Protests expected against President Lukashenko
  • Cyprus: Northern Cyprus presidential elections first round
  • Lithuania: Parliamentary elections first round, followed by second-round 25 Oct
  • Tajikistan: Presidential elections

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