Thursday, November 26, 2020
*) Trump pardons ex-aide Flynn, who pleaded guilty of lying in Russia probe US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump tweeted his decision and wished Flynn a happy Thanksgiving, drawing condemnation from the Democrats. *) Ethiopian forces surround Tigray's capital Mekelle as ultimatum expires In Ethiopia, a 72-hour deadline given by the government for Tigray fighters to surrender has expired. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has issued a warning to the Tigray People's Liberation Front to lay down its arms, or face an assault on Mekelle. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed in the ongoing fighting in the country’s Tigray region and thousands have been displaced. *) Cyclone Nivar tears down power lines, trees in India A severe cyclone has slammed into India's southern coast, uprooting trees and power lines but there have been no immediate reports of loss of life. Cyclone Nivar made landfall near the city of Puducherry in the southern state of Tamil Nadu with winds of up to 130 km per hour. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Tamil Nadu ahead of the storm's landfall. *) Football icon Diego Maradona dies of heart attack One of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. In Buenos Aires, heartbroken fans of Maradona gathered to mourn the soccer legend's death, laying flowers and singing chants. Three days of national mourning have been declared in Argentina and his body will lie in state at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. And finally… *) Six of Pakistan's squad positive for coronavirus – New Zealand Cricket Six members of Pakistan's touring cricket squad have tested positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand, throwing preparations for the series into turmoil. All six have been moved into quarantine and the team's exemption to train while in isolation has been temporarily revoked, according to New Zealand Cricket. Pakistan are due to play three Twenty20 internationals and two tests from December 18.