Tuesday, November 17, 2020
*) More than 1 million kids in US test positive for Covid-19 The number of US infants, children and teens diagnosed with Covid-19 has exceeded the one-million mark, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The number of infected children was just over 1 million on November 12. The data, based on reports from state health departments, shows at least 6,333 pediatric hospitalisations and 133 deaths since May. *) Ethiopia launches air strikes outside Tigray capital Ethiopia has carried out "precision led and surgical air operations" outside of Tigray's capital Makelle. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said a three-day ultimatum to surrender issued to Tigray forces and allied militias is now over, as a near two-week long conflict with defiant local leaders continues to flare. African leaders have tried to kickstart talks in Ethiopia's internal conflict as fighting in Tigray region has reportedly killed hundreds of people. *) Maximum Category 5 Hurricane Iota roars ashore in Nicaragua Hurricane Iota has made landfall in Nicaragua as a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane, threatening to deliver heavy rains and fierce winds. Authorities have been rushing to evacuate thousands of people from coastal areas of Nicaragua and Honduras in the immediate path of the hurricane. The storm has already left one person dead as it swept the Colombian Caribbean island territory of Providencia, where it caused widespread damage. *) Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq US President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of US troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq in his final days of his presidency. The plan would run counter to military commanders' advice over the past year, while still falling short of Trump's much-touted goal to end America's long wars. There are 4,500 to 5,000 troops in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Iraq. And finally… *) SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station After a long 27-hour ride, SpaceX has docked with the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon spacecraft left Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, with three Americans and one Japanese astronaut on board. The four astronauts are on a six-month journey to the ISS. This is SpaceX's second crewed mission for NASA.