Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The al-Shabaab terrorist group used what appears to be a North Korean mortar in an attack against the United Nations compound in Somalia earlier this year, a U.N. panel has reported, showing a possible arms deals between the two sides.
  • AMERICAS: Canada will need to do more to tackle a second wave of the coronavirus by slashing the number of personal contacts they have with others, health authorities announced.
  • ASIA: Floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Molave in Vietnam’s central highlands regions have led to 27 people dead, 50 missing and 67 injured as per the nation’ s, Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported.
  • EUROPE: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has formally requested Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin “urgent” consultations on providing security amid a conflict with Azerbaijan, the foreign ministry reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: U.S. officials announced that the hackers from Iran were behind a wave of threatening emails sent to thousands of Americans earlier this month successfully accessed voter data.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok has again been spared a ban in the United States, thanks to a judge in Pennsylvania who granted a temporary ceasing of the restrictions against the video sharing website that were set to take effect Nov. 12.

Top Story

  • United States: The nation has once again recorded a new daily high of COVID-19 cases as the election approaches.
    • The nation reported just over 100,000 new infections to surpass the record total of 91,000 posted a day earlier, according to a Reuters tally.
    • Several U.S. retail pharmacy chains have agreed to be COVID-19 vaccination sites under a federal government plan.
    • Total COVID-19 infections in the United States passed 9 million on Friday with the virus spreading across the country at a faster rate than previously seen.
    • President Trump falsely claimed doctors are diagnosing more cases of COVID-19 than needed for financial gain at a campaign rally.
    • Reporting: ReutersReutersCNNThe Guardian

Africa

  • Ivory Coast: Polls are set to open in a controversial presidential election, despite the opposition boycott. (BBC)
  • Libya: The ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the nation and the ambassadors of EU member states reaffirmed their support for “a full and meaningful inclusion and participation of women in the peace process”. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The al-Shabaab terrorist group used what appears to be a North Korean mortar in an attack against the United Nations compound in the nation earlier this year, a U.N. panel has reported, showing a possible arms deal between the two sides. (YNA)

Americas

  • Canada: The nation will need to do more to tackle a second wave of COVID-19 infections by slashing the number of personal contacts they have with others, health authorities announced. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador:  A landslide left nine people dead, seven injured and one missing after heavy rains in the nation, civil defense officials announced. (AP)
  • United States: The teenager accused of killing two men during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August used an assault rifle that a friend gave him, according to police records made public Friday. (WaPo)

Asia  

  • India: The nation’s number of COVID-19 cases stands at 8.1 million, with 48,268 new cases being added in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed. (Reuters)
  • Philippines:  The health ministry recorded 1,803 new COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases rose by triple digits for the fourth straight day as cluster infections across the nation continued to pile up amid eased social distancing measures. (YNA)
  • Vietnam: Floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Molave in the central highlands regions have left 27 people dead, 50 missing and 67 injured, the nation’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported. (Xinhua)

Europe

  • Region: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has formally requested Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin “urgent” consultations on providing security amid a conflict with Azerbaijan, the foreign ministry reported. (AFP)
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 19,059 to 518,753, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine registered a record of 8,752 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the national security council reported, up from 8,312 cases a day prior. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering new nationwide lockdown measures for England, local media reported. (DPA)

Middle East

  • Iran: U.S. officials announced that the hackers from the Islamic Republic were behind a wave of threatening emails sent to thousands of Americans earlier this month successfully accessed voter data. (Reuters).
  • Iran: The nation’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 600,000. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: At least two people were killed and 51 injured after a gas pipeline explosion in southern Iraq, police sources said on Saturday. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok has again been spared a ban in the United States, thanks to a judge in Pennsylvania who granted a temporary ceasing of the restrictions against the video sharing website that were set to take effect Nov. 12. (WaPo)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Super Typhoon Goni
      • Location: 14.7 N 127.6 E
      • Movement: WSW at 13 mph
      • Wind: 180mph
      • 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 30OCT20:45,629,082
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 30OCT20: 29,716,982
      • Deaths as of 30OCT20: 1,189,712
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 190
      • 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 (01NOV20)

  • Global: United Nations Security Council monthly presidency rotates, with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines taking over from Russia
  • Global: 20th anniversary of first residents arriving at the ISS
  • Algeria: Referendum on the constitution
  • Belarus: Protests expected against President Lukashenko
  • Moldova: Presidential elections

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