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China’s Xi vows to speed up army modernization as tensions with U.S. mount – NBC News

BEIJING — Seventy years after Chinese troops entered the Korean War to fight against U.S. troops, President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined. Xi did not directly refer to the present-day United States, with which relations have sunk to their lowest in …

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Thai king’s praise for loyalist stirs passions amid protests – Yahoo News

Ceremony to commemorate the death of King Chulalongkorn, known as King Rama V, at The Grand Palace in Bangkok By Jiraporn Kuhakan and Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s praise for a “very brave” man who held up a royal portrait at an anti-establishment rally has won acclaim from monarchists but scorn …

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Guinea elections: Alpha Condé wins third term, preliminary results say – bbc.com

image copyrightAFP image captionOpposition supporters have been clashing with the police for months over the controversial elections Guinea’s President Alpha Condé has won a controversial third term in office, preliminary results say, amid violent protests across the country. The electoral commission said the 82-year-old obtained 59.5% of the vote. The victory still requires confirmation by …

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Sudan-Israel deal depends on legislative approval, minister says – The Guardian

A groundbreaking deal between Israel and Sudan trumpeted as a diplomatic triumph by Donald Trump on Friday will only go ahead if it is approved by Sudan’s legislative council, which currently does not exist, senior officials in Khartoum have said. The statements suggest the prospects of the agreement leading to concrete results in the near …

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‘Historic Opportunity’: Chile Holds Vote To Replace Dictatorship-Era Constitution – NPR

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America hits highest daily number of coronavirus cases since pandemic began – The Washington Post

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America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic – Seattle Times

America on Friday hit its highest daily number of coronavirus case since the pandemic began, recording at least 81,400 new infections and surpassing the previous record set during the summertime surge of cases across the Sun Belt. The rising numbers puts the nation on the precipice of what could be its worst stretch to date …

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Trump Tries to Get Netanyahu to Trash Biden in Awkward Phone Call About Mideast Peace – The Daily Beast

In a phone call in front of reporters and TV cameras on Friday, President Trump openly tried to get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disparage Trump’s political opponent during a conversation about non-election matters. In announcing a peace deal between Israel and Sudan, Trump asked Netanyahu, “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made …

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Media report pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican – Crux: Covering all things Catholic

CANBERRA, Australia — Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 6, less than two weeks before testing positive to COVID-19 …

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Media report pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican – Crux Now

CANBERRA, Australia — Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 6, less than two weeks before testing positive to COVID-19 …

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