Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Fifty-one Nigerian civilians have been killed since the beginning of anti-police brutality protests in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari stated, the first time he has admitted there were deaths.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President-elect Luis Arce promised to “rebuild” the Andean country after a tumultuous year of political turmoil amid the pandemic, as the official vote count confirmed a landslide win for the socialist party.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government is considering compiling an extra budget worth around $95.5 billion to offset the economic drag caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Mainichi newspaper reported.
  • EUROPE: Germany has recorded more than 10,000 Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data published.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The U.S.-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize relations is “phony” and was achieved by a “ransom,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The U.S. Treasury Department alleged that the Russian government-backed Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics – participated in creating “customized tools that enabled the attack” on an unidentified petrochemical facility in the Middle East in 2017.

Top Story

  • United States: The nation recorded a daily record for additional COVID-19 cases. 
    • The United States has set a new daily record for COVID-19 infections, with cases increasing by 83,757, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said that he’s worried about a massive increase in Covid-19 cases across the country and urged people to “double down” on measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
    • U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was still possible to get more of COVID-19 stimulus before the Nov. 3 general election, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to help by bringing along Senate Republicans.
    • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city has fought hard against the COVID-19 pandemic and is taking steps to stave off a second wave.
    • US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has warned that hospital admission numbers are increasing, but mortality rates are still falling due to better patient care and knowledge of the virus.
    • Reporting: DPA, CNN, Reuters XinhuaBBC

Africa

  • Cameroon: The authorities arrested four ivory smugglers attempting to transport nearly 120 elephant tusks through the nation’s south, officials reported. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Fifty-one civilians have been killed since the beginning of anti-police brutality protests in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari stated, the first time he has admitted there were deaths. (DPA)
  • Sudan: A secondary health emergency is looming in the nation, with more than 4.5 million people at risk of vector-borne diseases following unprecedented rains and floods, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Bolivia: President-elect Luis Arce pledged to “rebuild” the Andean country after a tumultuous year of political turmoil amid the pandemic, as the official vote count confirmed a landslide win for the socialist party. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the most severe level of alert and lockdown after COVID-19 cases increased and hospitals sustained an increasing number of patients. (AP)
  • United States: A suburban Chicago police officer who shot an African American couple inside a vehicle — killing a 19-year-old man and wounding his girlfriend — has been fired, the police chief reported. (AP)

Asia  

  • India: The COVID-19 tally reached 7,814,682 as 53,370 more cases were recorded during the past 24 hours, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry reported. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government is considering compiling an extra budget worth around $95.5 billion to offset the economic drag caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mainichi newspaper reported. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The nation’s new COVID-19 cases returned to below 100 after triple-digit infections were reported for the past two days, as sporadic cluster infections continued at senior care hospitals and other risk-prone facilities. (YNA)
  • Thailand: King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s praise for a man who held up a royal portrait at a protest site in Bangkok has caused controversy in the nation, winning acclaim from monarchists and scorn from protesters. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Germany: The nation has recorded more than 10,000 Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data published. (The Guardian)
  • Italy: Hundreds of people in the southern city Naples protested against a curfew and a planned regional lockdown amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. (DPA)
  • Poland: President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for COVID-19 but is feeling good, presidential minister Blazej Spychalski announced on Twitter. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The nation reported 2,165 additional COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)

Middle East

  • Region: Israel said it would not oppose U.S. sales of “specific weapons systems” to the United Arab Emirates, in an apparent reference to the F-35 warplanes sought by Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)
  • Region: The U.S.-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize relations is “phony” and was gotten by a “ransom,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry reported. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Citizens vote to elect a new legislature expected to be dominated by candidates loyal to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. (DPA)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The U.S. Treasury Department alleged that the Russian government-backed Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics – participated in creating “customized tools that enabled the attack” on an unidentified petrochemical facility in the Middle East in 2017. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Saudel
      • Location: 17.7 N 113.6 E
      • Movement: W at 7 mph
      • Wind: 65mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Epsilon
      • Location:36.9N 62W
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24OCT20: 42,237,160
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 24OCT20: 28,568,009
      • Deaths as of 24OCT20: 1,144,682
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 189
      • 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 (25OCT20)

  • Asia-Pacific: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in China.
  • Americas/South Asia: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to visit India to lead the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with their Indian counterparts.
  • Europe/MENA: French interior minister Gérald Darmanin to visit Algeria.
  • MENA: Kuwait to resume some flights to Saudi Arabia.
  • Belarus: The Belarusian opposition ultimatum of threatening a national strike if President Lukashenko does not resign to expire.
  • Chile: Chile referendum elections.  
  • Egypt: Egypt parliamentary elections.
  • Iraq: Iraqis to hold demonstrations to commemorate the first anniversary of anti-corruption protests in Baghdad.
  • Ukraine: Ukraine local elections, including a non-binding referendum on the separatist dispute in Eastern Ukraine.

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