Wednesday, November 25, 2020
*) Coronavirus has infected over 60 million people globally The number of coronavirus cases has surpassed the grim milestone of 60 million cases worldwide. Covid-19 has killed more than 1.4 million people across the world since the outbreak of the pandemic in January. The United States is the worst affected country in terms of caseload, followed by India and Brazil. *) UN chief calls for de-escalation of tensions in Tigray UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, calling for a de-escalation of tensions. The appeal comes as an Ethiopian human rights organisation accused a Tigrayan Youth Group of killing as many as 600 civilians earlier this month. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given the Tigray People's Liberation Front until Wednesday night to surrender. *) Biden presents security and foreign policy team US President-elect Joe Biden has formally introduced the first round of nominations for his new cabinet. His picks include secretary of state, national security advisor, homeland security secretary, intelligence chief, UN ambassador and climate change envoy. This all comes after US President Donald Trump suffered further setbacks in his efforts to overturn the results of the election with claims of fraud. *) Hundreds protest clearance of migrant camp by police In France, hundreds have demonstrated in Paris against violent treatment of migrants at a camp by police. They were filmed overturning tents, using tear gas to disperse crowds and hitting people with riot shields. France's Interior Ministry has also launched an investigation into clashes that broke out on Monday after police cleared the migrant camp. And finally… *) Scores of pilot whales dead in New Zealand stranding Almost 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on New Zealand's remote Chatham Islands. At least 69 whales had already died by the time wildlife officers reached the beach. Over two dozen pilot whales were euthanised. The causes of mass stranding remain unknown despite scientists studying the phenomenon for decades.