October 2020 Current Events: World News

Updated October 3, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for October 2020:

  1. Coronavirus Updates
  2. Kuwait Monarch Dies
  3. Lebanon’s PM-designate Resigns
  4. Coronavirus Updates (2)
  5. Protests Worsen in Kyrgyzstan
  6. Protests Emerge in Nigeria
  7. Tensions Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Continue to Escalate
  8. Coronavirus Updates (3)
  9. El Salvador Bar Attack
  10. Protests Erupt in Thailand

Coronavirus Updates

Nigeria Test Kit

On October 2, it was reported that Nigerian scientists developed a cheaper and faster testing kid for Covid-19. The country faces many kit shortages, so it is now hopeful that this new invention will help troubled populations. On October 2, the French government announced that the pandemic was worsening in Paris, resulting in a potential lockdown for the capital. The situation will be reevaluated next week before it is determined whether the city will be locked down or not. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba

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Kuwait Monarch Dies

Kuwait Monarch

On October 3, Kuwait monarch Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah died at the age of 91. Sabah ruled the country for 14 years and was widely respected for his dedication to peace. (CNN)

Photo Source: Diwan Al Amiri via AP

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Lebanon’s PM-designate Resigns

Lebanon Crisis

On October 3, Mustapha Adib, Lebanon’s PM-designate, resigned from office after a political stalemate within the cabinet. Adib was appointed by French President Macron during an initiative to provide political refuge to the crisis-stricken area. The hope was that Adib would lead various reforms for the country. It is now expected that Lebanon’s financial crisis will only worsen. (CNN)

Photo Source: Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP

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Coronavirus Updates (2)

Europe Outbreak

On October 4, it was reported that various European countries are facing coronavirus increases. The United Kingdom has had 12,872 new cases in the last 24 hours. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that this could be a difficult winter for the nation. The ECDC has stated that the death rate also continues to rise in various countries. France reported 16,069 cases in the last 24 hours. On October 4, the rise in cases led to the second shut down of bars in Paris. Poland reported 2,367 cases in the last 24 hours. On October 4, it was reported the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen came into contact with a covid-positive person and is now self-isolating while she awaits test results. On October 10, Kim Jong-Un announced that North Korea is coronavirus-free, with a total of 0 cases. This has yet to e fact-checked by officials. On October 9, Australia announced that it was in talks with other countries regarding quarantine-free travel; however, the US and Europe will not be included on that list. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

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Protests Worsen in Kyrgyzstan


On October 7, protesters and vigilante groups violently clashed during protests in Kyrgyzstan. The protests began after parliamentary election results were released, electing opposition leader, Sadyr Zhaparov, who was freed from prison earlier that week. Officials have stated that the city is now calm. On October 10, the country declared a state of emergency as troops were deployed. A Reuters journalist reported hearing gunshots amid the unrest. The same journalist reported that opposite sides were also throwing rocks and bottles at each other. For the next few weeks, a curfew will be in place in an attempt to resolve some of the unrest. (CNN)

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Protests Emerge in Nigeria

Nigeria Protests

On October 8, mass protests emerged in Nigeria after weeks of rising tensions surrounding police brutality from a specific unit. Lately, the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) has been accused of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion. Many Nigerian celebrities are joining the protests and calling attention to them online. On October 13, it was reported that at least 10 people have died during the police brutality protests in Nigeria. It was reported that these people were killed by Nigerian Police. Since the protests started last week, the SARS unit has been disassembled. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba

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Tensions Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Continue to Escalate

Armenia Tensions

On October 10, Azerbaijan and Armenia both accused the other of breaking the ceasefire. The ceasefire was temporarily agreed upon earlier that day, according to Russian officials.The ceasefire was called for “humanitarian reasons” according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Later that day, sources close to CNN claimed that both sides are recruiting rebels from Syria to fight for them. (CNN)

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Coronavirus Updates (3)

Europe Coronavirus

On October 12, cases in Europe continued to soar, forcing more restrictions in Italy and England. Many fear these new restrictions may cause more harm to the economy. On October 12, it was reported that nine million people in China will be tested for Covid after 12 people tested positive in Qingdao. All the positive cases have been traced back to a local hospital treating imported infections. On October 14, a Dutch woman died after catching Covid for the second time. Her death is the first reported death from reinfection. On October 16, the WHO warned that European coronavirus death tolls could be five times what we saw in April in just a few months. The organization is urging people to take precautions and stay home when possible. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Luca Bruno

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El Salvador Bar Attack

El Salvador Attack

On October 12, five men playing dominoes in an El Salvador bar were shot and killed. Another man was fatally shot after trying to escape the gunfire. Police believe that three men were involved in the attack, with one currently in custody. At least 13 people died on October 12 due to violence in El Salvador. (BBC) )

Photo Source: AP Photo/Salvador Melendez

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Protests Erupt in Thailand

Thailand Protests

On October 16, pro-democracy protests in Thailand entered their third night. Amidst the protests, two men were arrested for “attacking” Queen Suthida's motorcade. On October 14, the motorcade drove through protests, and many protesters held up the three finger salute from the Hunger Games trilogy. Many of the protesters have also been chanting and jeering at police to highlight their rights. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

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