Tuesday, November 10, 2020
*) Armenia accepts defeat in fight over occupied Azerbaijan territories Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has admitted defeat by signing a deal with Azerbaijan and Russia to end the conflict in occupied Karabakh. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev announced a Turkish and Russia joint peacekeeping mission in Karabakh and said the pact also includes the return of Agdam, Kalbajar and Lachin areas to Baku. The announcement was followed by celebrations on the Azerbaijanian side and anti-government protests in Armenia some of which reportedly turned violent. *) Pfizer vaccine trial success signals breakthrough in pandemic battle Pfizer Inc's experimental Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective based on initial trial results, the drugmaker said. Mass roll-outs, which need regulatory approval, will not happen this year. Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE said they can roll out up to 50 million doses this year if the US grants authorisation of its emergency use. *) Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition President Donald Trump has blocked government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s team on a presidential transition. Few Repubilcan lawmakers have acknowledged Biden's victory or even condemned Trump's firing of Defence Secretary Mark Esper. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr has authorised the Justice Department to probe unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. *) Storm Eta kills dozens in hard-hit Honduras At least 57 people have died and eight others are missing in Honduras following Tropical Storm Eta. After striking Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killing nearly 70 people from Mexico to Panama, the storm moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Eta also caused flooding in the Florida Keys and poses a serious threat across Southern Florida in the US. And finally… *) McDonald's launching meatless 'McPlant' burger Fast food giant McDonald's announced it was launching a new plant-based burger named the "McPlant". The brand had fallen behind in the market to rival Burger King, which was the first to launch a vegetarian "Whopper" burger in April 2019. Other chains like Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks have also dipped their toes in the plant-based market as consumers become more aware of their health.