Oct 29 2020 Early Voting Begins in Myanmar Election

Despite Myanmar’s growing coronavirus caseload and continuing unrest in some areas, early voting began Thursday for the November 8 general election, which involves nearly 100 political parties and contests for the upper and lower houses of the national, state and regional governments.
Early voters include citizens unable to return to their constituencies because of COVID-19 restrictions, [...]


Oct 29 2020 Falwell Sues Liberty University, Says School Hurt his Reputation

Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals.
The lawsuit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court on Wednesday includes claims of defamation and breach [...]


Oct 29 2020  White House Task Force Warns of ‘Unrelenting’ Spread of COVID-19

The White House Coronavirus Task Force warned Thursday of an “unrelenting” spread of the virus, particularly across the western half of the country, Reuters reported. 
Members of the task force are reportedly pushing for aggressive measures to quell the spread of the virus.
The United States has confirmed more than 8.9 million cases of COVID-19 and recorded [...]


Oct 29 2020 Six Dead as Tropical Storm Zeta Moves Through Southeastern US

Tropical Storm Zeta left six people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake as it brought high winds and heavy rain from the U.S. Gulf Coast across the mid-Atlantic states.
In its latest report, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta was on the Virginia-North Carolina border with sustained winds of 85 kph (53 [...]


Oct 29 2020 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Promises Action as Allies Sound Alarm Over Reform Rollback

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised swift action on Thursday and warned Ukraine could lose international aid and support after a Constitutional Court this week ruled to abolish some anti-corruption laws. 
The court said it saw as excessive the punishment set for false information on officials’ asset declarations and struck down some critical powers of the key anti-graft [...]


Oct 29 2020 Supreme Court Issues Flurry of Last-Minute Election Orders

North Carolina, yes. Pennsylvania, yes. Wisconsin, no. That is how the Supreme Court has answered questions in recent days about an extended timeline for receiving and counting ballots in those states. 
In each case, Democrats backed the extensions and Republicans opposed them. All three states have Democratic governors and legislatures controlled by the GOP. 
At first blush, [...]


Oct 29 2020 US Sanctions Target 11 Entities, 5 People for Violating Iran Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury and State departments on Thursday announced sanctions on 11 entities in Iran, China and Singapore for buying and selling Iranian petrochemicals. 
In addition, the Justice Department announced two forfeiture complaints against Iran for the recent seizures of Iranian weapons bound for Yemen and refined petroleum bound for Venezuela. 
“The two forfeiture complaints allege sophisticated [...]


Oct 29 2020 NATO Allies Growing Weary of Turkish Aggression

The United States is pushing NATO countries to work with Turkey in hopes of healing divisions that have seen Ankara move closer to Russia, but at least one of those allies is bracing for more turmoil.
Greece, embroiled in a dispute with Turkey over rights and resources in the eastern Mediterranean, has repeatedly put its naval [...]


Oct 29 2020 British Labor Party Suspends Former Leader Following Anti-Semitism Report

Britain’s main opposition Labor Party suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday after he appeared to deflect blame from himself after a report found the party was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination under his leadership. 
The British Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched an investigation in May 2019 following persistent complaints of anti-Semitism [...]


Oct 29 2020 La Nina Seen Continuing Into 2021, Affecting Temperature, Weather Patterns

The World Meteorological Organization predicts La Nina will continue through January and is expected to usher in drier and wetter conditions than normal in different parts of the world.
The latest seasonal forecasts indicate the La Nina event will cause drier than normal conditions in much of East Africa and lead to increased rainfall in southern [...]