Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: African peace envoys will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a day after he said the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties.
  • AMERICAS: A Venezuelan court sentenced six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo to prison after convicting them of corruption charges
  • ASIA: North Korea has ordered its overseas missions not to antagonize the United States amid an ongoing power transition in Washington following the presidential election win by Joe Biden, according to Seoul lawmakers.
  • EUROPE: Russia recorded a record high of 27,543 additional COVID-19 infections, including 7,918 in the capital Moscow, bringing the national tally to 2,215,533.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iranian diplomat on trial in Belgium accused of plotting to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris has refused to appear in the dock, his lawyer said.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: South Korea’s intelligence agency has foiled attempts by North Korean hackers to disrupt attempts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, according to officials.

Top Story

  • United States: President Trump hints he is willing to leave the White House, despite anger over unconfirmed election fraud. 
    • President Trump noted that he would leave the White House if the electoral college confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden next month.
    • In response to losing at the electoral college the president added “if they do [elect Joe Biden], they made a mistake”, and suggested he may never accept defeat.
    • Trump bitter about his loss, denounced officials in battleground states he had lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he would be traveling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5
    • Reporting: Reuters, BBC, AP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: African peace envoys will meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a day after he said the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The country stated they will work with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to increase tourism cooperation in the post-COVID-19 future. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: The country recorded 225 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the East African country to 19,115, the Ministry of Health reported. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Canada: Lawyers for detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have accused the police of trying to “cover-up” the illegal sharing of data from her electronic devices with the FBI ahead of her high-profile arrest in Vancouver. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government announced an extension of its health state of emergency for three months, until the end of February 2021, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic media reported. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: A court sentenced six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo to prison after convicting them of corruption charges. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: China is set to impose anti-dumping deposits on Australian wine amid escalating tensions between the two economies, the Chinese Commerce Ministry reported. (DPA)
  • Japan: COVID-19 infections in Tokyo hit a record daily 570 cases, topping the previous high of 539, the Tokyo metropolitan government announced. (Reuters)
  • Kazakhstan: The All-National Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan (OSDP), a large opposition party, has announced that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections. (RFE)
  • North Korea: The government has recently ordered its overseas missions not to antagonize the United States amid an ongoing power transition in Washington following the presidential election win by Joe Biden, according to Seoul lawmakers. (YNA)

Europe

  • Germany: The nation saw its total number of COVID-19 cases pass one million, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said. (AFP)
  • Romania: The nation has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. (The Guardian)
  • Russia: The nation recorded a record high of 27,543 additional COVID-19 infections, including 7,918 in the capital Moscow, bringing the national tally to 2,215,533. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The nation recorded 16,218 additional COVID-19 cases, a new all-time high, with 8,843 recoveries, and 192 deaths on Friday morning, Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov reported. (Interfax)

Middle East

  • Region: Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition launched multiple airstrikes on Houthi militia-held military camps in the mountains of the capital city of Sanaa, residents told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A diplomat on trial in Belgium for allegedly planning to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris has refused to appear in the dock, his lawyer said. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea’s intelligence agency has foiled attempts by North Korean hackers to disrupt attempts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, according to officials. (The Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Nivar
      • Location:12.3N 79.4E
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:65 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 27NOV20: 61,064,901
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 27NOV20: 39,149,295
      • Deaths as of 27NOV20: 1,433,150
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28NOV20)

  • Asia-Pacific: Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape will face the risk of a no-confidence vote following the expiration of an 18-month grace period granting him immunity since the beginning of his term in May 2019.

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