Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Tunisian Health Ministry reported 3,137 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 31,259 and the death toll to 456 in the country.
  • AMERICAS: The White House doctor stated that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of spreading COVID-19 but did not say whether Trump had tested negative for it
  • ASIA: India confirmed the COVID-19 case toll crossed 7 million, with a number of new cases decreasing in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of the mask and distancing fatigue setting in.   
  • EUROPE: A fragile cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh is at risk of collapse over allegations that each side continued attacks despite the agreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates has stated, adding that it contributed to negative polarization.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: President Trump is behind former vice president Joe Biden by twelve points, being affected by distrust on the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

 

Top Story

  • North Korea: New ICBM missiles have been spotted at North Korea’s military parade. 
    • New intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) were showcased during a military parade marking the ruling Workers’ Party’s 75th founding anniversary. 
    • Supreme leader Kim Jong-un said that his country will continue strengthening its military for self-defense and “deterrence.”
    • South Korea urged the North to adhere to agreements that ban armed clashes between the neighbors, in comments, made a day after North Korea showcased new strategic and tactical weapons at a predawn military parade.
    • The United States government finds it “disappointing” that North Korea still seeks to prioritize its weapons development, a senior U.S. official said, asking the communist state to return to denuclearization talks.
    • Reporting: YNAEFE. Reuters, YNA

 

Africa

  • Algeria: Five people were killed, and 16 others injured in a gas explosion in the northwestern part of the country, the official APS news agency reported. (Xinhua
  • Libya: The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it was lifting force majeure on the Sharara oilfield. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The Health Ministry reported 3,137 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 31,259 and the death toll to 456 in the country. (Xinhua

 

Americas

  • Colombia: COVID-19 infections in the country rose to 902,747 after tests detected 8,447 new cases in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported. (Xinhua
  • United States: A private security guard working for a TV station was in custody after a person died from a shooting during dueling protests in downtown Denver. (AP)  
  • United States: The White House doctor stated that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of spreading COVID-19 but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.  (AP

 

Asia

  • China: Mainland China reported 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 10, up from 15 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority reported. (Reuters)  
  • India: The nation confirmed COVID-19 toll crossed 7 million with a number of new cases decreasing in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of the mask and distancing fatigue setting in. (AP
  • South Korea:  The nation’s daily new COVID-19 cases rose by double digits for the fourth straight day Sunday, yet health authorities are still on alert over a possible spike in infections amid back-to-back holidays. (YNA)
  • Tajikistan: The Central Asian republic is expected to re-elect its long-time, authoritarian President Emomali Rahmon in a nationwide vote regarded mainly as a formality. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Region: A fragile cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh is at risk of collapse over allegations that each side continued attacks despite the agreement. (RFE)
  • Region: The EU risks capitulating “hostage” to authoritarian member states if it fails to agree to a system that defends the rule of law within its borders, Slovakia’s president has warned. (FT)
  • Bulgaria: The nation reported 448 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 24,319, official figures reported. (Xinhua)
  • Lithuania: Polls opened for the first-round parliamentary election, where voters will choose 141 federal lawmakers, and the ruling four-party coalition is facing a stiff challenge from the opposition. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates has stated, adding that it contributed to negative polarization. (Reuters)  
  • Egypt: The nation recorded 125 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 104,387. (Xinhua)  
  • Saudi Arabia: The Saudi-led coalition said that it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the kingdom’s Najran city, the state news agency announced. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: President Trump is behind former vice president Joe Biden by twelve points, being affected by distrust on the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. (WaPo)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:31.8N 141.4E
      • Movement: ESE
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Linfa
      • Location:15.2N 108.3E
      • Movement: W
      • 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 11OCT20: 37,246,627
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 11OCT20: 25,912,335
      • Deaths as of 11OCT20: 1,073,348
      • 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 (12OCT20)

  • Global: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting, held virtually
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meetings on Western Sahara
  • Global: ECB President Christine Lagarde speaks at a Governor Talk virtual meeting
  • Eurasia: Delegations from Russia and Uzbekistan to meet in Bukhara for the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
  • Europe: France, the U.S, and Russia to hold OSCE Minsk Group meeting in Moscow.
  • Europe: Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan to visit Russia, meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Belarus: Joint Belarus-Russia drills take place in the nation
  • Israel: The country will ratify the Abraham Accords
  • United States: Columbus Day

 

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