Monday, November 9, 2020
*) US President-elect Joe Biden begins transition period US President-elect Joe Biden has taken the first steps towards moving into the White House in 73 days. A transition website launched by Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris lists four priorities: Covid-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change. Meanwhile, incumbent President Donald Trump plans to file a string of lawsuits in the coming week, over what he says was election fraud. *) Azerbaijani army frees city of Shusha from Armenian occupation The city of Shusha has been retaken by Azerbaijan after 28 years of occupation by Armenian forces. Shusha which was occupied by Armenian forces on May 8, 1992, has critical importance in liberating Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located on the road to Khankendi, the region's largest city. *) Attack on Iraqi army post in Baghdad kills at least 11 Unidentified gunmen have killed at least 11 people and wounded eight others including soldiers in an attack on an Iraqi army post in Baghdad. The assailants in four vehicles attacked the post in the city's Al Radhwaniya district using grenades and automatic weapons, police sources said. Security sources and medics said that the attack was carried out by Daesh but there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the group. *) Ethiopia reshuffles top officials as Tigray conflict grows Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed has replaced his army chief as he sought to defend a growing military action against the country's defiant Tigray region. Abiy replaced army chief General Adem Mohammed with his deputy Berhanu Jula, as well as the country's foreign minister, federal police commissioner and head of intelligence service. The move comes as scores of soldiers were reportedly wounded in a five-day-old conflict in the country's northern Tigray region And finally… *) Iconic quiz-show host Alex Trebek dies at 80 Alex Trebek, whose decades as host of the quiz show "Jeopardy!" made him one of the most popular fixtures on American television, has died at the age of 80 years. Trebek had waged a very public fight against pancreatic cancer for nearly two years but continued taping his programme until recently. His death was announced on Twitter by the "Jeopardy!" account.