Friday, November 20, 2020
US reports record one-day high in new Covid-19 infections and 'Shuggie Bain' writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize *) US registers record single-day rise in new Covid cases The US has reported a world record of more than 200,000 new cases of Covid-19 in a single day. The world's worst-hit country also reported 2,239 fatalities – the highest death toll since May – with citizens urged to stay home for Thanksgiving. The pandemic has infected more than 57 million people and claimed at least 1.3 million lives around the world. *) Ethiopia's latest air strike reportedly hits Tigray university Rebel forces have alleged that air strikes by Ethiopian federal forces targeted a university injuring several students in the northern Tigray region. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military campaign in the northern region in response to what he says were attacks by the Tigray People's Liberation Front. The two-week-old conflict has since killed hundreds, sent 36,000 refugees into Sudan and worsened a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. *) Biden condemns Trump's 'irresponsible' fight US President-elect Joe Biden says that incumbent President Donald Trump's challenge of the election results is "totally irresponsible". The incumbent US president has refused to accept his loss in the presidential race despite his opponent getting over six million more votes. Meanwhile, Georgia has confirmed Biden as the winner in the state after completing a hand audit of nearly 5 million ballots. *) Deaths mount after Bobi Wine arrest triggers unrest in Uganda At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of detained opposition leader Bobi Wine. The violence also left at least 45 people injured, which comes two months before a presidential election in the country. Opposition candidate Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested for allegedly violating coronavirus measures at his rallies. And finally… *) 'Shuggie Bain' writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize Scottish author Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for his acclaimed debut novel "Shuggie Bain”. The 44-year-old writer won the prestigious $66,000 award for his first published novel, which is the product of a decade of work. He was the only UK-born author on a US-dominated list of six finalists for the prize, which is open to English-language novels from around the world.