Monday, November 16, 2020
*) Azerbaijan extends Armenian pullout deadline from Kalbajar Citing humanitarian grounds, Azerbaijan has agreed to extend the deadline for Armenian forces and illegal settlers to withdraw from Kalbajar until November 25. Both sides reached a deal earlier this month to end weeks of hostilities with Armenia to return Kalbajar and other districts under its illegal occupation. Kalbajar was exclusively populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis before they were forced out by Armenians in the war that followed the end of the Soviet Union. *) Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael has confirmed his forces fired missiles at neighbouring Eritrea’s capital. The strikes mark the expansion of the deadly conflict, between the Ethiopian federal government and forces loyal to the northern Tigray region, across an international border. The offensive against Eritrea came on the same day the ruling party in Tigray, claimed rocket attacks on two airports in a separate region of Ethiopia. *) Israel advances plans in east Jerusalem settlement Israel's Housing Ministry opened up tenders for thousands of new homes in the Givat Hamatos area of Jerusalem. International law recognises the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities there illegal. The move may test ties with the US President-elect Joe Biden, who could take a firmer tack against Israel’s illegal settlements. *) Peru's Interim President Merino resigns Peru's interim president Manuel Merino has resigned after violence during crackdown on protests. Merino stepped down immediately after the Peruvian congress asked him to resign in an emergency Congress session. Thousands of people staged days-long protests against Merino following the impeachment and ouster of his predecessor Martin Vizcarra on corruption allegations. And finally… *) Hamilton takes seventh F1 title with a win in Turkey Britain's Lewis Hamilton has won the Turkish Grand Prix with Mercedes to earn a record- equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship. Ferrari great Michael Schumacher is the only other driver with seven titles to his name. Turkey was hosting a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 with the 14th round of the 2020 F1 season held in Istanbul.