Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The ruling party in Burkina Faso has been unable to secure a parliamentary majority despite winning the presidential election earlier this week, the country’s electoral commission reported.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil registered 587 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the national count to 172,561, the Health Ministry reported.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials say 34 people have been killed in separate suicide bombings in the country’s east and south.
  • EUROPE: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party would only garner 7 percent of votes if an election were held now, its worst popularity since July 2017, according to the pollsters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Government officials have increased efforts to evict tens of thousands of people with possible links to Islamist militants from sprawling camps that military officials warn could become breeding grounds for extremism.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Christopher Krebs, the former top cybersecurity official, said President Donald Trump’s decision to unceremoniously fire him via tweet last week was “not how I wanted to go out.”

 

Top Story

  • East Africa: War continues in Ethiopia as troops take the capital of the breakaway province of Tigray.
    • Ethiopia’s military has gained “full control” Mekele, the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army reported. 
    • The leader of the rebellious Tigrayan forces told Reuters that they will continue fighting the Ethiopian government, despite the government declaring military operations in Tigray complete.
    • Sources with the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) told ABC News that they decided to leave the city before the Ethiopian army’s arrival and called their move a “tactical retreat.”
    • Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, according to the U.S. State Department said; with it being currently unknown if they were related to the conflict in the neighboring Tigray region of Ethiopia.
    • UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi reported that 147 million U.S. dollars are needed to aid Ethiopian refugees in Sudan affected by the recent conflict in Tigray.
    • Reported: APReutersABCnewsReuters, Xinhua 

 

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: The ruling party has been unable to secure a parliamentary majority despite winning the presidential election earlier this week, the country’s electoral commission reported. (AFP)  
  • Nigeria: Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents were killed in airstrikes carried out by the military in the northeast region, a military spokesman reported. (Xinhua
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari condemned an attack on farmers in the northeastern state of Borno, which has reportedly killed dozens of people. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Brazil: The nation registered 587 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the national count to 172,561, the Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)  
  • Guatemala: Citizens protesting the government have again clashed with police, one week after part of the parliamentary building had been burnt down. (AFP
  • United States: Colorado governor Jared Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor announced in a statement. (AP)  

 

Asia  

  • Region: Australia could take China to the World Trade Organization to deal with a trade dispute over barley, Canberra’s Trade Minister announced. (DPA
  • Afghanistan: Government officials say 34 people have been killed in separate suicide bombings in the country’s east and south. (AP)  
  • North Korea: The government is increasing restrictions on entering sea waters as part of additional steps to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, state media reported, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing. (AP)  
  • South Korea: The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in South Korea fell back to below 500 for the first time in four days, due to less testing over the weekend, as health authorities were set to possibly raise distancing measures in the greater Seoul area. (YNA

 

Europe

  • Region: Increased patrols and technology will be deployed along France’s beaches under a new agreement between Paris and London designed to reduce illegal migration across the Channel. (AFP)  
  • Germany: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party would only garner 7 percent of votes if an election were held now, its worst popularity since July 2017, according to the pollsters. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police have fined more than 1 million people for violating COVID-19 restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, the Interior Ministry announced. (RFE)  
  • United Kingdom: Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing, British foreign minister Dominic Raab reported. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: An opinion piece released by a hard-liner backed newspaper suggested that the country should attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel was responsible for the killing of a scientist linked to the nation’s disbanded military nuclear program. (AP
  • Iraq: Government officials have increased efforts to evict tens of thousands of people with possible links to Islamist militants from sprawling camps that military officials warn could become breeding grounds for extremism. (FT
  • Yemen: Intense armed clashes broke out between government forces and military units of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the southern province of Abyan, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Christopher Krebs, the former top cybersecurity official, said President Donald Trump’s decision to unceremoniously fire him via tweet last week was “not how I wanted to go out.” (CNN)  

 

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 28NOV20: 62,336,859
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 28NOV20: 39,898,653
      • Deaths as of 28NOV20: 1,454,012
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (30NOV20)

  • Global: International Anti-Corruption Conference
  • Global: U.N. disability conference
  • Global: OPCW Session of the Conference of the States Parties
  • Global: Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare
  • Asia: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of Government meeting
  • Europe: Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers
  • Europe: IMF Article IV Annual Economic Review of the Euro Area press briefing
  • Egypt: Parliamentary elections first phase runoff results announced
  • Thailand: Protest leaders reportedly present to police over lese majeste charges
  • Scotland: St. Andrew’s Day 
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee top-secret briefing on UAE arms sales

 

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