Opposition parties had urged the government to postpone the election because of rising infections, but Suu Kyi, who is the chair of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has said the Nov. 8 vote must go ahead. Wearing a face mask and protective gloves, she voted at a polling station in the administrative capital, where President Win Myint also voted earlier. The vote is set to serve as a test of Myanmar's first democratic government in half a century and the country's transition away from direct military rule as it grapples with crises on several fronts. With nearly 50,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,000 deaths, Myanmar is facing one of Southeast Asia’s worst outbreaks, and a lockdown has left hundreds of thousands of people without work. Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy, took the reins in 2016 after an electoral landslide, but has been forced to share power with the generals. The NLD is expected to win again, though by a smaller margin. Suu Kyi's international reputation has slumped over Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, but she remains popular at home, where her image is undented by accusations of complicity in atrocities against the minority.
More than 475,000 electricity customers lost power on October 28, as Hurricane Zeta made its way through southeast Louisiana, according to local media.Nola.com reported that energy companies Entergy and Cleco said electricity was interrupted for 476,620 customers across several parishes on Wednesday evening.The National Hurricane Center had warned of “life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain” as Zeta moved through southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.Video from Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, which saw 16,357 homes lose power, shows driving rain and wind across a residential street. Credit: nicolaas_migliore via Storyful
Police said at least two people were killed in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France, on Thursday, October 29. Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, said regarding the incident that “everything suggests a terrorist attack.”This is a developing story. Credit: pagano__pablo via Storyful
Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, spoke from outside the Notre-Dame de Nice basilica following a knife attack on October 29.Police said at least two people were killed in the attack. Estrosi said regarding the incident that “everything suggests a terrorist attack.”This is a developing story. Credit: Christian Estrosi via Storyful
Global stocks recovered some poise Thursday (October 29). After dramatic falls in Europe and the U.S. the day before, Asian markets saw only modest declines. Sentiment there was helped by a sense the region faces no imminent resurgence in health worries. European markets then opened with gains of around half a percent. Some positive earnings reports helped avert any fresh fall. Volkswagen returned to profit in the third quarter, thanks to surging Chinese demand for luxury cars. The German giant also benefited from cost cutting measures. Together that drove it to an operating profit of almost 3.8 billion dollars. Shares in VW rose around 2% early on. Shell also on the up, gaining 3%. That after it beat forecasts by a wide margin. The oil major also signalled returning confidence with a pledge to increase its dividend payment to shareholders. There was more mixed news for beleaguered aerospace giant Airbus. Though it saw revenues and operating profits tumble, it also said it was on track to reach cash breakeven in the fourth quarter. After initial gains, Airbus shares were down over 1% in early trade. Credit Suisse definitely wasn’t in festive mood though. Shares in the Swiss bank tumbled 5% after it said net profits dropped by 38%. That as a surge in investment banking failed to offset a slide in income from wealth management. Megabrewer AB InBev and pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi among other big names to beat forecasts Thursday. But Nokia was the day’s big loser. The telecom gear maker sank as much as 17% after cutting its full-year profit forecast.
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A bitter legal battle between two of the world's top luxury goods maker came to an end Thursday (October 29), when U.S. jeweler Tiffany agreed with LVMH to lower its buyout price. It means the French luxury group can move ahead with its takeover for a total of $15.8 billion. The two fell out after LVMH said in September it could no longer complete a deal agreed last year. It blamed what it called Tiffany’s "dismal" performance during the health crisis, and a French government letter asking it to delay the buyout. Those issues now look to be solved, and LVMH has achieved its goal of lowering the cost of the takeover. A new price has been set at $131.5 a share - down from $135 in the original deal. That means a total discount of $425 million for LVMH. In a statement, the two companies confirmed they had agreed to settle their pending litigation. The takeover had already been cleared by antitrust regulators and is expected to close in early 2021, subject to Tiffany shareholder approval. LVMH shares rose around one percent in early trade Thursday.
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. Police said two people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured. A police source said a woman was decapitated. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice's Jean Medecin avenue, the city's main shopping thoroughfare. Ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene. The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's department said it had been asked to investigate the attack.
Police said at least two people were killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France, on Thursday, October 29. Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, said regarding the incident that “everything suggests a terrorist attack.”This is a developing story. Credit: @maestrojuniors via Storyful
This crystal clear footage seems to show the moment a UFO appeared in the night sky above Hawaii. The strange sighting occurred outside Splasher's Grill in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, at 8.50pm last Saturday [Oct 24]. In the 28-second clip, several lights move through the sky as passers-by gasp in wonder. The source, who took the video and has asked to stay anonymous, insisted the strange constellation of moving lights was definitely not an aircraft. Filmed on 24th October 2020
Three people have been killed in a knife attack at a church in France that authorities believe is linked to terrorism.
The French National Assembly in Paris held a minute’s silence on Thursday, October 29, as police confirmed at least two people were killed in a stabbing attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France, earler that morning.Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, said regarding the incident that “everything suggests a terrorist attack.”This is a developing story. Credit: Assemblée Nationale/Cédric Roussel via Storyful
An attacker with a knife killed at least three people, including a woman who was decapitated, at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday (October 29) according to police, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism.
The City of Biloxi reported widespread damage and warned against travel on October 29, following the landfall of Hurricane Zeta.The Category 2 hurricane made landfall on Wednesday afternoon.The National Weather Service reported one fatality.This footage was shared by the City of Biloxi and shows waves crashing through the damaged Lighthouse Pier. Credit: City of Biloxi via Storyful
Coronavirus restrictions in England are “not sufficient” with infections still doubling approximately every nine days, experts have warned.
The hurricane that barreled into the U.S. Gulf Coast Wednesday (October 28) has weakened to a tropical storm. That's according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, but damage has already been done in towns and cities where it made landfall in Louisiana. In New Orleans, Zeta dumped torrential rains, while strong winds tore roofs off of buildings, and knocked over trees. LaToya Cantrell is the mayor of New Orleans: Thankfully it came through very quckly as predicted. we are now beginning to assess the damage. CBS reports one person has died in the aftermath, after being electrocuted by a wire. The NHC says the tropical storm is now located over the state of Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Earlier on Wednesday, Zeta slammed the coast as a category two hurricane with 110-mile-per-hour winds. Since making landfall, storm surge warnings have ended for the Mississippi coast and Florida Panhandle. Zeta marks the third hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast this year alone.
Azerbaijan said 21 people were killed when Armenian shells hit the town of Barda, northeast of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian-backed officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said Azeri shells had fallen on the enclave's two largest cities, killing one person. Both sides denied each other's claims. A maternity clinic got damaged in the Azerbaijani city of Stepanakert after the city was hit by shelling on Wednesday (October 28). There were no reports of casualties but blood was seen at the scene amidst shards of glass. According to a report by the Emergency and Rescue Service of ethnic Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh a civilian had been killed and two wounded by shelling in another Armenian-controlled city, Shushi, 9 miles to the south after shelling by Azerbaijan's forces. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan regularly accuse each other of specifically targeting civilian populations and infrastructure.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick tells BBC Breakfast that the Government has no plans for a full national lockdown and the three-tier Covid-19 strategy remains in place.
Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef taller than the Empire State Building in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's the first discovery of its kind in over a century and the reef is healthy and thriving. Footage captured by scientists shows clown fish paddling between vibrant peach and pink coral; a colourful scene found last week by a team from James Cook University. Marine Scientist Dr Robin Beaman led the mission: "That's it was a real eye-opener to bring the R.O.V. up over the ledge, literally climb onto the summit, and then peer around in the warm photic water, warm photic zone to see all the fish and coral and sharks there. So a very healthy coral ecosystem on this type of top of a 500 metre tall reef. It's not something you discover every day." The nearly mile-long structure was named the "blade reef" for its sharp peak, and was found by using an underwater robot, named Subastian. With its help, the team collected samples to be archived. "We've found new fish species, new black coral species, we have been taking samples with the R.O.V., because it has a hand and we have a permit from the Marine Park that allows us to collect these rare corals." This part of the seabed stands in contrast to the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, which is suffering from bleaching where warm water causes coral to expel the algae that feeds it and ecosystems are destroyed. "We didn't see any evidence of bleaching...what we saw instead was quite a thriving coral reef and sponge community, probably more fish than we've seen on any of the other R.O.V. dives." The discovery is a welcome breakthrough for scientists after a study was published earlier this month that found the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last three decades.
Police said at least two people were killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France, on Thursday, October 29. Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, said regarding the incident that “everything suggests a terrorist attack.”This is a developing story. Credit: Matthieu Aubanel via Storyful
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has dismissed calls for a national lockdown after similar measures were announced in Germany and France - saying the government is determined to continue with a 'proportionate, localised approach' to deal with coronavirus. .
A curfew was announced in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on October 28 following the landfall of Hurricane Zeta.The Category 2 hurricane made landfall in the state on Wednesday afternoon.The National Weather Service reported one fatality.This footage was shared by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and shows weather conditions in Cut Off and Golden Meadow, Louisiana, on Wednesday. Credit: Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office via Storyful