Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: An Israeli delegation will travel to Sudan soon after the two countries agreed to take steps to normalize ties, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.   
  • AMERICAS: Key Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo López has left the Spanish diplomatic compound in Caracas, where he took refuge for more than a year and fled the country, his party announced. 
  • ASIA: Prominent leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement vowed to return to the streets to protest against Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha after their deadline for him to resign has passed.
  • EUROPE: Tens of thousands of Belarussian protesters are expected to attend rallies against President Alexander Lukashenko, the end of a deadline set by the opposition for him to step down.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi parliament approved most of the country’s electoral districts amid disputes among the parliamentary political blocs. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook has demanded that New York University pull the plug on a research project into the platform’s targeting practices for political ads, saying it is a violation of terms to collect user data.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Covid-19 cases continue to accelerate as a third wave of the pandemic looks inevitable. 
    • Officials in Alaska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Illinois announced more new cases than any other day since the pandemic started.
    • Two of Vice President Mike Pence’s most senior political advisers have tested positive for Covid-19.
    • The COVID-19 test positivity rates have increased slightly in New York State, with the rate in the “micro-cluster” focus areas being the most severe.
    • U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it would be clear whether a COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective by early December, but that more widespread vaccination would not be possible until later in 2021.
    • Reporting: NYT, NBC, Xinhua, Reuters

 

Africa

  • Cameroon: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) strongly condemned the killing of school children in the nation’s turbulent English-speaking region of Southwest. (Xinhua)  
  • Morocco: The nation welcomed the signing of a United Nations-backed cease-fire agreement by the Libyan factions in Geneva and considered it a “very positive development.” (Xinhua
  • Sudan: An Israeli delegation will travel to the nation soon after the two countries agreed to take steps to normalize ties, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Brazil: The nation recorded another 432 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 156,903, the government reported. (Xinhua)  
  • Canada: The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) is on track to form a majority government in the western province of British Columbia, Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) News projected after a recent election. (Reuters)  
  • Chile: The nation will decide whether to draft a new constitution to replace guiding principles enforced four decades ago under the Pinochet military dictatorship. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Key opposition figure Leopoldo López has left the Spanish diplomatic compound in Caracas, where he had been taking refuge for more than a year, and fled the country, his party announced. (DPA

 

Asia  

  • Australia: A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Victoria state to delay further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. (AP)  
  • Malaysia: Government leaders are set to meet to discuss what sources have said is a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to impose a state of emergency amid a political crisis. (Reuters)  
  • Philippines: The government evacuated nearly 1,800 people and suspended sea travel as tropical storm Molave approaches two regions in the southern part of the main island of Luzon. (Reuters)  
  • Thailand: Prominent leaders of the pro-democracy movement vowed to return to the streets to protest against Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha, after their deadline for him to resign has passed. (AFP

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to attend rallies against President Alexander Lukashenko, the end of a deadline set by the opposition for him to step down. (DPA)
  • Italy: Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the curfew, as the government prepared to tighten COVID-19 restrictions further. (AFP)
  • Lithuania: Parliamentary elections entered their second round as the number of COVID-19 infections increased in the Baltic state. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, is preparing to extend post-Brexit talks in London for another three days, amid possible optimism on both sides over the revived negotiations. (Telegraph)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Detained British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has reportedly been moved from Qarchak prison, along with all of her belongings, with her current location currently unknown. (The Guardian
  • Iraq: The parliament approved most of the country’s electoral districts amid disputes among the parliamentary political blocs. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The military spokesman for the Houthi movement said in a tweet it had targeted the Jizan and Abha airports and the Khamis Mushait base in Saudi Arabia with drones. (Reuters

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook has demanded that New York University pull the plug on a research project into the platform’s targeting practices for political ads, saying it is a violation of terms to collect user data. (AFP

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Saudel
      • Location:17.5N 108.2E
      • Movement: W
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Molave
      • Location:13.4N 124.9E
      • Movement: W
      • Wind:70 mph
      • Map 
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Epsilon 
      • Location:42.8N 53.7W
      • Movement: NE
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map 
    • Hurricane Zeta
      • Location:13.4N 124.9E
      • Movement: W
      • Wind:70 mph
      • Map 
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24OCT20: 42,650,540 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 24OCT20: 28,792,003
      • Deaths as of 24OCT20:1,150,241
      • 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 (26OCT20)

  • Americas/South Asia: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in India.
  • Asia-Pacific/Americas: Chinese Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, to appear in court in Canada.
  • Asia-Pacific: Indonesia and Singapore to open a travel corridor.
  • Eurasia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit Greece, meet with the Greek government and oppositionmembers to discuss ongoing tensions with Turkey.
  • Europe: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to meet with EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to discuss the spending of EU funds
  • MENA: Virtual preparatory meeting for Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis, Tunisia.
  • South Asia: India Energy Forum.
  • China: The government to hold the Fifth Plenum of the Nineteenth Communist Party Congress to lay out the country’s 14th five-year economic plan.
  • Japan: Prime Minister Yoshihide expected to announce a Japanese plan for net carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Malaysia: APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting
  • Thailand: Parliament to meet for a special session to address ongoing student-led protests.

 

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