MILAN/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States, Russia, France and many other countries are setting records for coronavirus infections as a tidal wave of cases washes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, forcing some countries to impose new curbs.
The gloom weighed on global financial markets on Monday as surging infections clouded the economic outlook. U.S. stocks had their worst day in four weeks over the double whammy of record coronavirus cases and political deadlock in negotiations to provide more economic aid.
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Russian airstrikes kill 78 Turkish-backed military recruits in Syrian camp.
US announces new sanctions targeting Iranian oil industry.
Iran moves troops to Azerbaijan’s border.
One death every FIVE minutes: Iran gets tougher on Covid as country’s death rate could double in 2 weeks.
Thousands of Iraqis take to streets to mark anti-govt protests anniversary.
Saudi-led coalition says intercepted drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis.
Turkey’s Erdoğan calls for boycott of French goods after Macron defends Muhammad cartoons.
Xi Jinping implies that US rivalry could ‘lead to bloodshed’.
US forces kill 5 Taliban attacking Afghan security troops says USFOR-A.
Sri Lanka shuts parliament after coronavirus case detected.
Pakistan’s Imran Khan slams French President Macron’s views on Islam.
PM Suga vows Japan will be carbon neutral within 30 years.
Vietnam readies mass evacuation as Typhoon Molave looms.
Malaysia prime minister faces calls to resign after emergency request.
France, Mali at odds over whether to talk to jihadists in Sahel conflict.
Somalia conflict: Al-Shabab ‘collects more revenue than government’.
More than 20 people killed in post-election unrest Guinea over past week.
Pompeo says Libya ceasefire agreement a ‘courageous step’.
Tunisians call for prosecution of lawmaker who condoned French teacher’s murder.
DR Congo army says Burundi rebels forced from strongholds.
Ethiopian foreign minister accuses Trump of ‘incitement to war’.
Cameroon school attack puts spotlight on neglected conflict.
Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga arrives in The Hague to face trial.
Belarus strike action begins.
U.S.-backed truce crumbles as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting resumes.
Surrounded by rubble, Azerbaijanis mourn their losses.
France sees highest number of Covid-19 patients going into hospital since April.
French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus.
Spain announces new state of emergency as COVID infections soar.
Czech Republic tightens COVID-19 measures with curfew, retail restrictions.
Protesters in Italy clash with police over measures to stop spread of Covid-19.
Centre-right opposition wins Lithuania’s parliamentary election.
British Navy forces storm oil tanker in English Channel after possible hijacking threat.
US reports record 481,000 new coronavirus cases in a single week as hospitalizations spike by 14.5% – but average daily deaths remain 70% below April peak.
Donald Trump praises Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘towering intellect’ as she is sworn in to the Supreme Court by Clarence Thomas – after Senate confirms her 52-48 to give conservatives a 6-3 majority.
Biden leads newspaper endorsements — just like Clinton.
House already won? Pelosi thinks so, and reaches for more.
Trump threatens to destroy any Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela after President Maduro announced plan to buy more weapons after UN arms embargo expired.
Colombia kills top ELN guerrilla commander in military operation.
Chileans overwhelmingly vote to scrap Pinochet-era constitution.
Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez arrives in Spain.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
Guantanamo population isn’t growing, and prison shows no signs of closing.
US airstrike kills seven al-Qaeda leaders in Syria just days after their second-in-command was slain in Afghanistan.
Afghan forces claim to kill al-Qaida propagandist wanted by FBI.
Dow plunges 900 points before slightly recovering after US hit new record high of daily coronavirus cases over the weekend – erasing index’s monthly gains.
US and European markets dip as Covid containment efforts founder.
Twitter launching ‘pre-bunks’ to anticipate election misinformation.
Facebook prepares measures for election unrest.
Jack Ma says his new company’s IPO will be ‘the LARGEST in human history’.