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Thursday 26th November 2020

Asia

In China, President Xi Jinping congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden yesterday for his election victory. China’s president expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” between America and China. Xi told Biden that the world is expecting “healthy and stable” relations. The country is trying to focus on their relations with technology and security.

The Azerbaijani army has entered the Kalbajar region. This is one of the territories surrendered by Armenian forces in a peace agreement. The agreement ended deadly fighting over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The deal, arranged by Russia two weeks ago, made Armenia hand over some of the areas it controls to Azerbaijan. The first one, Agdam, was given to Azerbaijan last week.

Europe

In Germany, a car crashed into the front gate of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin yesterday. The crash caused minor damages and the driver was detained. The car, a Volkswagen estate car, had the slogan “You damned murderers of children and old people” written in white paint on one side. On the other, it said, “Stop the globalisation policies.”


In the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned England on the "economic emergency" caused by Covid-19, and how it has only just begun. Sunak warned that the pandemic would have long lasting damages on the UK’s growth and jobs.


“Our health emergency is not yet over, and our economic emergency has only just begun. The UK is forecast to borrow a total of £394BN this year, equivalent of 19% of the GDP. The highest recorded level of borrowing in our peacetime history. Underlying debt after removing the temporary effect of the Bank of England's asset purchases is forecast to be 91.9% of GDP this year.”



Africa

In Chad, four soldiers were killed and dozens injured in an explosion on Tuesday night. The explosion was caused by a bomb that was placed at the bottom of the boat. Local authorities are still trying to find out if Boko Haram was responsible for the attack. The attack happened around 25km from the Nigerian border.


Mozambique has asked its former coloniser, Portugal, to guarantee access to the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. President Filipe Nyusi made the request to Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on Tuesday through a phone conversation. Mr Costa agreed, according to a press release from the Mozambique presidency. Mr Costa also encouraged Mr Nyusi to continue with the measures put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Americas

In the United States, President-elect Joe Biden yesterday called for peace within the country. In a speech for the Thanksgiving holiday, he said Americans were at war with coronavirus, not each other.


“We fought a nearly year long battle with a virus that has devastated this nation. It has brought us pain, and loss, and frustration. And it cost so many lives. 260,000 Americans and counting. It's divided us, anger us, set us against one another. I know the country has grown weary of the fight. We need to remember we’re at war with the virus, not with one another not with each other. This is the moment where we need to steel or spines, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight. Let’s remember, we're all in this together. Sounds trite to say but we’re all in this together.”


In Venezuela, you now need one million bolivars, Venezuela's currency, to buy one dollar. Venezuela has had the worst inflation in the world for many years. Inflation in Venezuela was around 2,000% last year, meaning that paying for a cart full of groceries required a bag of cash. Venezuela’s economy is in its seventh straight year of recession and forecast to shrink another 20% this year due to the coronavirus lockdown.



And finally, in Argentina, football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals.

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