Thursday, November 12, 2020
*) Russia deploys peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh The first group of Russian peacekeepers has been deployed to the Karabakh conflict zone hours after the ceasefire deal. The deal came after significant advances by Azerbaijani forces that prompted the Armenian-backed leader of Nagorno-Karabakh to say it was impossible for them to carry on. Several ceasefires announced over the past six weeks crumbled almost immediately but the current agreement appeared to be holding. *) Libya talks reach election breakthrough - UN United Nations-led talks on Libya’s future have decided to hold elections within 18 months. Libya has been in chaos since 2011 and divided since 2014 between rival factions in east and west. The internationally recognised Government of National Accord holds power in the capital Tripoli, while warlord Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army holds sway in the east. *) US warns of more China sanctions over Hong Kong moves The United States has warned of further sanctions against China after the ousting of four anti-Beijing lawmakers. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said the US would continue to identify and sanction those responsible for extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom. The US has imposed sanctions on four more officials accused of curbing freedoms in Hong Kong. *) Iran enriched uranium 12 times over limit set in 2015 deal - IAEA The United Nations nuclear agency has reported that Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is now more than 12 times the limit set in a 2015 deal. The report said that as of November 2, Iran's total enriched uranium stockpile was almost 2443 kilogrammes. The 2015 nuclear deal allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilogrammes. And finally… *) New PlayStation hits market ready for battle with latest Xbox Sony's PlayStation 5 goes on sale just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox. Currently, the PS5 is only available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea. Gamers elsewhere will have to wait until November 19 to purchase it.