Key Storylines

  • AFRICA:  Representatives across different political factions in Libya have agreed to have national elections in December next year, said the UN Mission in the nation.
  • AMERICAS: U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters will take to the streets to back his unproven claims of election fraud as he moves ahead with a series of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
  • ASIA: Afghan forces have captured the “mastermind” of a devastating attack on Kabul University when militants stormed classrooms and gunned down dozens of students earlier this month, a top official announced.
  • EUROPE: Russia recorded a record daily increase of 22,702 new COVID-19 infections, taking the national tally to 1,903,253.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping plan the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israeli agents acting at the behest of the United States, the New York Times reported, citing intelligence sources.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Video-sharing app TikTok was granted by the U.S. government a 15-day extension to reach a deal with U.S. buyers, a federal court filing showed.

Top Story

  • United States: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to intensify within the nation. 
    • The country reports a staggering Covid-19 record of more than 184,000 daily cases.
    • President Trump says a vaccine will ship in “a matter of weeks” to vulnerable populations, even though the Food and Drug Administration has not yet been asked to grant the necessary emergency approvals.
    • The US states of Oregon and New Mexico have reintroduced strict measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 as the country faces growing outbreaks of the disease.
    • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim about New York state’s lack of preparation for COVID-19 vaccination, saying it “untrue.”
    • Reporting: CNN, AP, BBC, Xinhua

Africa

  • Ethiopia: A national human rights commission has said it will send a team to research reports of mass killings of civilians in the northern Tigray state. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Two explosions hit cities in Amhara state, which borders the northern state of Tigray, where federal troops are fighting local forces, and the human rights commission warned of rights violations in the conflict. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Representatives from different political factions in the nation have agreed to have national elections in December next year, said the UN Mission. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Mexico: Authorities in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, announced they have arrested two drug gang members in connection with the Oct. 29 killing of a local television anchor. (AP)
  • Peru: Less than a week after Martín Vizcarra was removed as president in a fast-track impeachment process regarded by some citizens as a coup, the situation has caused an increase in protests against the nation’s new leaders. (FT)
  • United States: President Donald Trump’s supporters will take to the streets to back his unproven claims of election fraud as he moves ahead with a series of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. (Reuters)
  • United States: Nasa and SpaceX have announced a 24-hour weather delay of the upcoming launch of four astronauts into orbit for the nation’s first fully-fledged human mission using a privately owned spacecraft. (The Guardian)

Asia  

  • Region: U.S. President Donald Trump did not attend a virtual summit with Southeast Asian leaders, the third year in a row that the president did not participate in this event. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Forces have captured the “mastermind” of a devastating attack on Kabul University when militants stormed classrooms and gunned down dozens of students earlier this month, a top official announced. (AFP)
  • India: COVID-19 cases in the nation reached 8,773,479 as 44,684 additional cases were registered across the country in the past 24 hours, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases exceeded 200 for the first time in 73 days in the nation amid lingering cluster infections across the nation, with health authorities considering adding more social distancing restrictions. (YNA)

Europe

  • Germany: The number of COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 22,461 to 775,556, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The nation recorded a record daily increase of 22,702 new COVID-19 infections, taking the national tally to 1,903,253. (Reuters)
  • Slovakia: People entering the nation from most EU countries will need a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that indicates infection with COVID-19. (DPA)

Middle East

  • Region: Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping plan the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israeli agents acting at the behest of the United States, the New York Times reported, citing intelligence sources. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The nation denied a New York Times report that al Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in Iran in August by Israeli agents with the backing of the United States. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The nation expects to enter a new phase of strict and indefinite lockdowns across the country in a bid to gain control over a dramatic spike in new COVID-19 infections. (DPA)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Video-sharing app TikTok was granted by the U.S. government a 15-day extension to reach a deal with U.S. buyers, a federal court filing showed. (Xinhua)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Vamco
      • Location: 16 N 110.2 E
      • Movement: W at 11 mph
      • Wind: 115mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Iota
      • Location:13.5N 74.8W
      • Movement: WSW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Theta
      • Location: 32 N 20.8 W
      • Movement: E at 7 mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
  • Confirmed Cases as of 14NOV20: 53,420,167
  • Total Recovered Cases as of 14NOV20: 34,495,745
  • Deaths as of 14NOV20: 1,303,400
  • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
  • 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 (15NOV20)

  • Asia-Pacific: ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting
  • Belarus: Protests expected against the ruling regime
  • Bosnia: local elections
  • Brazil: Municipal elections
  • Moldova: Presidential Runoff
  • Palestinian Territories: Independence Day

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