World News Briefs — September 16, 2020 (Evening Edition)


CIDRAP: India’s COVID-19 total tops 5 million as cases rise in EuropeIn international COVID-19 developments, India became the second country, behind the United States, to pass 5 million cases, and European health officials warned that rising cases as schools and indoor activities ramp up are a reminder that the pandemic isn’t over.

The global total today climbed to 29,664,114, and 937,111 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.

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MIDDLE EAST

Trump hails new ‘dawn’ for Middle East as Israel signs accords with Bahrain and UAE.Israeli jets strike Gaza, say witnesses, after Palestinian rocket attack. Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire follows UAE, Bahrain deals.

Gaza violence flares after Israel signs deals with Gulf states.

Rouhani: UAE, Bahrain will bear ‘consequences’ of Israel deals.

US sanctions ‘ruining lives’, Iran tells United Nations court.

Syria calls US a ‘rogue state’ over Trump’s kill al-Assad plan.

As Lebanon misses deadline to form govt, France urges parties to keep trying.

Former Turkish DM says Greece must evacuate its citizens & army from 9 Aegean islands.

ASIA

Japan’s Yoshihide Suga elected prime minister, to announce ‘continuity’ cabinet.India pushes supplies to disputed China border ahead of winter.

India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen.

‘It’s getting worse by the day’: India’s Covid battle rages on.

Four Chinese citizen journalists still missing after investigating Covid-19 in Wuhan.

China says military drills near Taiwan were a ‘necessary action’.

Taiwan ties of Japan’s new defence minister Nobuo Kishi spark reaction from China.

Moon Jae-in calls for South Korea, Japan cooperation in message to Suga.

New Zealand plunges into recession as economy shrinks record 12%.

AFRICA

Libya’s UN-backed PM Sarraj says he wants to quit by end of October.UN chief to appoint special envoy to mediate Libya conflict.

‘Confounding’: Covid may have already peaked in many African countries.

Twelve million South Africans ‘probably’ had coronavirus but low death rate suggests immunity.

‘All’ armed groups commit to ceasefire in DRC’s South Kivu.

IMF approves release of $1 bn for Angola amid Covid-19 downturn.

Mozambique video of killing fake, says defence minister.

Uganda jail break: More than 200 prisoners escape Moroto facility.

US sanctions Gambia’s ex-First Lady Zineb Jammeh.

EUROPE

Russia accuses U.S. of promoting revolution in Belarus, toughens stance.Belarus charges opposition figure Kolesnikova with undermining national security.

Belarusian protesters are being tortured by police, human rights experts say.

Britain’s PM Johnson has ‘every hope’ of avoiding no-deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson bows to Tory rebels with Brexit bill compromise.

‘This is the moment for the EU to lead the way,’ says EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

Germany: Coronavirus vaccine likely available by mid-2021.

German state suspends 29 police officers in far-right online chat group.

Coronavirus: Ukraine accuses Belarus over stranded Jewish pilgrims.

AMERICAS

WHO warns Latin America reopening too soon amid COVID-19 risk.Biden assembles army of attorneys for post-election legal fight.

Most Americans probably won’t be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine until mid-2021, CDC director says.

Hurricane Sally: Slow-moving US storm batters boats and bridges.

US West Coast fires: Smoke spreads to New York and Washington.

George Floyd riots cost insurance companies as much as $2 BILLION – more than any in HISTORY, industry claims.

2 charged with hacking U.S. websites over killing of Iran commander.

US charges 5 Chinese nationals, 2 Malaysians in hacking of more than 100 targets.

United Nations blames Venezuela for killings, human rights violations.

With Pompeo trip, oil boom raises focus on Guyana, Suriname.

Barbados to become republic, remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

AFRICOM: Al-Shabab growing more emboldened in targeting US troops.Al-Shabab militant jailed for attack on US base in Kenya.

New US Army unit tools African militaries fighting terrorists in Mali.

Minnesota man facing terrorism charges.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global stocks fall as Fed fails to offer fresh cause for cheer.Trump says no TikTok deal yet amid security concerns.

Global economy coping with coronavirus better than expected: OECD. Coronavirus: Hit to global economy ‘will be less than expected’ in 2020.

US Fed holds rates steady near zero and indicates it will stay there for years.

Singapore becomes hub for Chinese tech amid US tensions.

Coronavirus pandemic to cost football $14bn this year, says FIFA.

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