Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Heavily-armed jihadists killed six members of a civilian militia pursuing them after an attack in Eastern Burkina Faso, a local mayor reported.
  • AMERICAS: The Peruvian health ministry reported that the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 800,142, with 32,142 deaths in total.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s military reported that Indian troops started shooting across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing one Pakistani soldier.
  • EUROPE: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that bordering Azerbaijan had attacked civilian towns in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to exchange around 1,000 prisoners, including 15 Saudi soldiers, at United Nations-sponsored talks as part of trust-building steps aimed at restarting the peace process, sources noted.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voiced support for LG Chem Ltd.’s call for sanctions on its rival SK Innovation Co. in connection with a legal dispute over battery patents, LG Chem said.

 

Top Story

  • Belarus: Protests in the nation increase as Alexander Lukanhesko’s disputed inauguration nears. 
    • Belarus braces for further unrest as opposition activists call for renewed anti-government protests following Alexander Lukanhesko’s disputed inauguration.
    • Security forces in Minsk arrested more than 100 protesters during a women’s march against Lukanhesko, who claimed victory in the presidential election despite reports of widespread fraud.
    • President Alexander Lukanhesko must accept the facts of democracy and resign, French President Emmanuel Macron told le Journal du Dimanche.
    • Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei accused Western countries of fostering “chaos and anarchy” in the former Soviet republic, which has been affected by street protests since an election last month.
    • Reporting: DPA, RFE Reuters, Reuters.

 

Africa

  • Region: China has sent a team of medical experts to Lesotho and Angola to help the two countries battle COVID-19, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin announced. (Xinhua)  
  • Burkina Faso: Heavily-armed jihadists killed six members of a civilian militia pursuing them after an attack in the eastern regions of the nation, a local mayor reported. (AFP
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned a Boko Haram ambush on a convoy of government officials in the northeastern state of Borno, which had 11 casualties. (Xinhua)

 

Americas

  • Mexico: Six years after 43 students disappeared and were most likely murdered in the south-western part of the country, arrest warrants have been issued for several suspected soldiers and a federal police officer. (DPA)  
  • Peru: The health ministry reported that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 800,142, with 32,142 deaths in total. (Xinhua
  • United States: President Donald Trump’s campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued North Carolina election officials to stop them from enforcing rule changes that could increase the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. (AP)  
  • United States: Portland police arrested anti-police brutality protesters who had gathered downtown. (AP

 

Asia  

  • Region: Pakistan’s military reported that Indian troops started shooting across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing one Pakistani soldier. (AP
  • India: The nation’s COVID-19 tally is inching towards the 6-million mark, reaching 5,992,532, as the death toll reached 94,503, according to new data released by the federal health ministry. (Xinhua)  
  • Kyrgyzstan: A leak of video footage showing a prominent politician in the nation appearing to suggest the country should reconsider independence from Russia has injected eleventh-hour drama into parliamentary elections. (EurasiaNet)
  • South Korea: The government reported 95 more COVID-19 cases, up 34 from the previous day, amid concern about the virus further spreading during the upcoming Chuseok holiday, even though new infections stayed below 100 for the second straight day. (YNA)

 

Europe

  • Armenia: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that bordering Azerbaijan had attacked civilian towns in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. (Reuters)  
  • Armenia: The Defense Ministry said that it has shot down two helicopters and three drones sent by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. (Xinhua)  
  • Romania: Polling stations have opened in the nation for voters taking part in local elections seen as a bellwether for a parliamentary election later this year. (DPA

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 111 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 102,736, the Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)  
  • Syria: The Foreign minister accused U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration of attempting to suffocate Syrians with sanctions in a similar manner to how “George Floyd and others were cruelly suffocated in the United States.” (Reuters
  • Yemen: The country’s warring parties have agreed to exchange around 1,000 prisoners, including 15 Saudi soldiers, at United Nations-sponsored talks as part of trust-building steps aimed at restarting the peace process, sources noted. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Energy: The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voiced support for LG Chem Ltd.’s call for sanctions on its rival SK Innovation Co. in connection with a legal dispute over battery patents, LG Chem said. (YNA

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27SEP20: 32,867,270
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 27SEP20: 22,747,180
      • Deaths as of 27SEP20: 994,499
      • 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 19SEP20: 118 
      • Probable Cases as of 19SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 19SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28SEP20)

  • Global: G20 Energy Ministers’ meeting to be held virtually
  • Americas/Eurasia: Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz to visit Moscow, meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Europe: French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Lithuania, meet with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.
  • Europe: New round of EU-UK trade talks to begin
  • Eurasia: Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripoc to visit Tajikistan.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Nigerian Labour Congress to hold planned strikes and protests.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana and Angola to issue interest-rate decisions.

 

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