Thursday, November 5 , 2020
Joe Biden leads US election results and Rafael Nadal wins 1,000th match in an empty and silent stadium *) Biden in lead as anxious Americans await US election results Votes are still being counted in key states in the US presidential election, with Democrat challenger Joe Biden leading the race to win the required 270 electoral college votes. Incumbent President Donald Trump’s re-election bid has been aided by winning a series of key battleground states early including Florida, Ohio and Iowa. Former Vice President Biden is on the other hand projected to flip the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin. The outcome of the US presidential election will become clearer by Thursday night *) Azerbaijan says it has retaken seven more villages from Armenian occupation Azerbaijan says it has retaken seven more villages in Jabrayil, Zangilan and Gubadli from Armenian occupation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkish Defence Ministry said Azerbaijan's military had shot down another Armenian Su-25 fighter jet, taking the total number of downed Armenian jets to seven. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan Presidential Aide Hikmet Hajiyev has accused Armenia of "continuing to use white phosphorus projectiles on civilians, villages.” *) Ethiopia edges towards civil war, deploys army to Tigray Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered his military to confront the country’s Tigray regional government. The move follows accusations against the region's Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of carrying out a deadly attack on an Ethiopian military base. The deployment to confront the well-armed TPLF raises concerns that one of Africa’s most populous and powerful countries could plunge back into war. *) Beijing bars arrivals from UK, Belgium due to second Covid-19 waves China has defended a ban on non-Chinese arrivals from Britain, Belgium and the Philippines as a guard against a resurgence of the coronavirus. Covid-19 first emerged in China’s Wuhan late last year, but Beijing has largely brought its own outbreak under control while the virus continues to rage around the world. The pandemic has infected more than 48.5 million people and claimed more than 1.2 million lives globally. And finally... *) Rafael Nadal wins 1,000th match in an empty and silent stadium Tennis great Rafael Nadal has become the fourth man to reach 1,000 match wins. He reached his milestone amid a cathedral-like silence in a 20,000-seater stadium in Paris left completely empty because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was only a fist bump from Feliciano Lopez, after Nadal beat him 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in a subdued atmosphere.