Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Libyan Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000
  • AMERICAS: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election.
  • ASIA:  New Delhi police have arrested a veteran Indian journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border.
  • EUROPE: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States.

 

Top Story

  • Thailand: Largest pro-democracy protests in years take place in the nation. 
    • In a significant act of defiance against the ruling government, student protest leaders submitted a letter to the palace calling for reforms to the institution, a new government, and a rewrite of the constitution.
    • Anti-government protesters have installed a plaque declaring Thailand “belongs to the people” in a sign of opposition to the monarchy.
    • A demonstration by thousands of protesters in the capital city of Bangkok is ending after demands for King Maha Vajiralongkorn were handed over to police, one of the protest leaders announced.
    • Anti-government protesters declared “victory” after handing in their demands. 
    • Reporting: DPA, BBC, Reuters, CNN,  

 

Africa

  • Libya: The Coast Guard rescued 128 illegal migrants off the country’s western coast, authorities said. (Xinhua)  
  • Libya: The National Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000. (Xinhua)  
  • Nigeria: The country’s economic hub Lagos is set to reopen gyms and cinemas after months of shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Canada: John Turner, a Liberal Party politician who served shortly as the justice and finance ministers before being the country’s 17th prime minister, has died at age 91, his family reported. (AP)  
  • Mexico: A court has unfrozen the bank accounts of a local company blacklisted by the United States for trading in oil with Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA despite U.S. sanctions, the national anti-money laundering unit reported. (Reuters)  
  • United States: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election. (AP)  

 

Asia  

  • Region: Police said that they have taken into custody a North Korean defector for attempting to cross into his homeland through a military unit in an eastern border town. (YNA)  
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents launched offensives on Shuhada and Khash districts of northern Badakhshan province early, but the attacks have been repulsed, according to the provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari. (Xinhua
  • India: New Delhi police have arrested a veteran journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border. (FT)  
  • South Korea: All kindergartens and schools in Seoul and its adjacent areas will resume limited in-person classes this week, the education ministry reported, as the spread of COVID-19 is showing signs of slowing down. (YNA)  

 

Europe

  • Region: The European Union wants to equip itself with new abilities to punish large technology companies, the Financial Times reported. (Reuters)  
  • Germany: The domestic humanitarian aid organization Sea-Eye has stated that its Alan Kurdi rescue ship had picked up more than 100 migrants trying to reach Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. (DPA)  
  • Russia: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program on Russian TV. (TASS
  • Russia: The nation reported 6,148 new COVID-19 cases, the second straight day when the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, taking the national tally of infections to 1,103,399. (Reuters)  

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation registered an additional 128 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 101,900, said its Health Ministry. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N sanctions on the nation had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. (Reuters
  • Yemen: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported. (Reuters)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location:27N 92.7W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:60 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Wilfred
      • Location:15N 42W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:40 mph
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  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location:28N 62W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:115 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20SEP20: 30,800,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20SEP20: 21,059,531
      • Deaths as of 20SEP20: 957,316
      • 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 11SEP20: 115 
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21SEP20)

  • Global: U.N. Private Sector Forum
  • Global: United Nations Security Council mandates expire for the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and the Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
  • United States: CBO releases long-term budget outlook

 

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