World News Briefs — September 14, 2020


Current infection rates in Europe according to the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), with Spain and France among the worst-affected countries in the recent rebound

France 24: Europe to see rise in coronavirus fatalities in October, November, WHO warnsThe World Health Organization expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday.

“It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said, as the continent currently experiences a surge of cases though the number of deaths has remained relatively stable.

The resurgence is however expected to lead to an increase in daily deaths, the WHO said.

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MIDDLE EAST

Attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq have increased, U.S. commander says.

Palestinian leadership to reconsider relations with Arab League.

G20 leaders urged to act over Saudi detentions as summit approaches .

‘Deadly consequences’ of Yemen aid obstruction, HRW warns.

Greece hails Turkish survey ship’s return to Mediterranean port as a ‘positive sign’.

Ankara doesn’t expect EU sanctions over dispute with Greece in eastern Mediterranean – FM .

Iran executes wrestler who said he was tortured for false confession.

Israel to impose new nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 surges. Israeli government to impose second Covid-19 national lockdown .

ASIA

Japan’s Suga wins LDP race to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Afghan government presses truce demand in Taliban talks.

South China Sea heats up as Indonesia shadows Chinese ship near Natuna Islands.

US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad steps down after row over opinion piece.

New Zealand to lift coronavirus restrictions in most of country on September 21.

Restrictions return in Jakarta as hospitals, cemeteries fill up.

Dong Tam case: Two sentenced to death in Vietnam over police killings.

Philippines deports U.S. Marine convicted of killing transgender woman.

AFRICA

AFRICOM: Russian fighter jets flown by mercenaries are conducting combat activities in Libya.

Libya’s eastern government resigns amid protests.

Mali opposition rejects junta’s post-coup charter.

New violence as Ivorians protest president’s third-term bid.

Tanzania: Presidential election campaign under way in Zanzibar.

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero charged with terrorism, financing rebels.

Congo gold mine collapses killing at least 50.

EUROPE

Coronavirus: Europe death rate set for autumn rise, warns WHO.

5 former British PMs oppose Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill.

Putin, Lukashenko begin talks in Sochi.

Belarusian police detain 774 protesters on September 13.

Alexei Navalny’s allies claim council wins in Russia local elections.

Navalny’s health improving, he can leave bed for short periods of time.

Germany claims French & Swedish labs ‘confirmed’ Navalny’s Novichok poisoning, as Macron labels incident ‘attempted murder’.

Refugees demand rescue from Lesbos after Moria camp blaze .

AMERICAS

US West Coast fires: Row over climate change’s role as Trump visits.

Donald Trump says shooter of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies should get death penalty if the officers die.

Peru govt petitions top court to block impeachment vote.

Venezuela: President Maduro says US spy seized near oil sites.

Colombia protests: Bogota mayor calls for reconciliation.

Paraguayans call for release of kidnapped ex-VP Óscar Denis.

Greenland glacier loses 110 square kilometres’ worth of ice.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Iran is plotting to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks as revenge for killing General Qassem Soleimani, intelligence officials claim.

Iran blasts US for ‘worn-out propaganda’ after Politico article about ‘plot’ to kill American envoy in revenge for Soleimani.

Al-Qaida: Fading priority, persistent threat.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

OPEC expects slower recovery for global oil demand.

OPEC turns 60.

Amazon adding 100,000 more employees in new hiring spree.

Reports: TikTok agrees to partner with Oracle, not Microsoft, in U.S..

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