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Protestors clash with riot police during a demonstration against the reinforced measures of the Belgium government to counter the latest spike of the coronavirus in Brussels, Belgium

Europe sees widespread protests against COVID-19 restrictions

Protests against COVID-19 restrictions, some of them turning violent, rocked Europe over the weekend. Also, Sudan's top military commander reinstates Abdulla Hamdok, but as interim prime minister, until new elections are held. And, two of 17 missionaries kidnapped in October have been released in Haiti.

Europe sees widespread protests against COVID-19 restrictions
A forest burns in the mountains after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict stifles critical transport development in the region, analyst says

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict stifles critical transport development in the region, analyst says
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is shown with the fingertips of his hands pressed against each other and next to his mouth.

Armenian PM faces military's demand to resign, talks of coup

Armenian PM faces military's demand to resign, talks of coup
A man with an Armenian national flag visits a 12th-13th an old brick monastery surrounded by mountain vistas

Armenian winemakers hope to maintain ancient tradition following Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 

Armenian winemakers hope to maintain ancient tradition following Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 
Stepanakert is the de facto capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.  

Nagorno-Karabakh refugees are beginning to return home, but many are still displaced

Nagorno-Karabakh refugees are beginning to return home, but many are still displaced
Father Hovhannes Hovhanissyan, abbot of Dadivank monastery in Kelbajar

Following loss in war, Armenians bid adieu to Kelbajar area given to Azerbaijan

Armenians have evacuated houses —and attended church services — in the remote region handed over to Baku's control recently as part of a Russian-administered peace deal.

Following loss in war, Armenians bid adieu to Kelbajar area given to Azerbaijan
People watch from their vehicles as US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Oct. 22, 2020.

Final presidential debate spotlights foreign policy; Pompeo to meet Armenian, Azeri officials; Nigerian president angers protesters

Thursday night’s presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., focused extensively on foreign policy topics, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet Friday with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged demonstrators who have taken to the streets against police brutality to end their protests.

Final presidential debate spotlights foreign policy; Pompeo to meet Armenian, Azeri officials; Nigerian president angers protesters
Azerbaijan's national flag is shown flying over destroyed houses with bright rays of sunlight backlighting it.

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages as US hosts talks

Heavy fighting continued Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan traveled to Washington for negotiations on settling the neighboring countries' decades-long conflict.

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages as US hosts talks
Children line up to enter a a temporary shelter in Florida, Feb. 2019.

545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus

Immigration lawyers representing families that were separated upon entering the US at the southern border say 545 children remain completely cut off from their parents, protesters in Nigeria’s biggest city appeared to break an around-the-clock curfew amid widespread chaos, and with fresh clashes continuing in Nagorno-Karabakh, the coronavirus is spreading unchecked.

545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus
A heavily damaged car is shown in an alley in the nearground with several damaged buildings in the distance.

Armenia, Azerbaijan report attacks despite cease-fire deal

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday accused each other of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh despite a cease-fire deal brokered by Russia in an effort to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the region in decades.

Armenia, Azerbaijan report attacks despite cease-fire deal
A crowd of people are shown walking across the London Bridge, many wearing face masks.

Europe on edge over new surges; North Korea's new missile; Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire in question

Health authorities in Europe are bracing for new surges of the coronavirus, this time with concerns over “pandemic fatigue” as a growing number of regions return to lockdown restrictions. And, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un unveiled several new weapons including a large intercontinental ballistic missile carried on an 11-axle vehicle; Also Armenia and Azerbaijan were again accusing each other of attacks over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region despite a ceasefire deal.

Europe on edge over new surges; North Korea's new missile; Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire in question
The World Food Program's flag flutters on the roof of WFP headquaters after the organization won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 9, 2020.

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize; Moscow talks aim for Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire; China joins COVAX alliance

The UN’s World Food Program has won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts to combat hunger in conflict regions on several continents, talks in Moscow planned for Friday have raised hopes for a ceasefire in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and China announced on Friday its intention to join COVAX, an international alliance to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to around two-thirds of the world’s population by 2022.

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize; Moscow talks aim for Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire; China joins COVAX alliance
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and US Vice President Mike Pence participate in their 2020 vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Harris and Pence trade barbs on foreign policy; Russia sees backyard chaos; Brazil cases top 5 million

The US vice presidential candidates battled on Wednesday evening in Salt Lake City with foreign policy topics taking up a solid chunk of time, Russia looks at a handful of chaotic scenes in its backyard — from Belarus and the Caucasus to Central Asia — and Brazil’s reported cases of the coronavirus passed the 5 million mark this week.

Harris and Pence trade barbs on foreign policy; Russia sees backyard chaos; Brazil cases top 5 million
People take part in a protest by Armenian Youth Federation against what they refer to as Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020.

How the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could spiral into bigger regional war

With Turkey backing Azerbaijan and the Armenians turning for help to Iran and Russia, the tinderbox in the South Caucasus could ignite into a larger conflagration. Simon Saradzhyan, director of the Russia Matters Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, explains why.

How the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could spiral into bigger regional war
Four men are shown standing in an dug out area lined with stone in an open area near a house.

Russia, France, US demand ceasefire to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh; Cyprus is blocking EU sanctions on Belarus; Arrests in Hong Kong

The US, Russia and France are jointly demanding an immediate ceasefire and return to negotiations without delay in the breakaway Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. And, Cyprus is blocking EU economic on Belarus, demanding that Brussels also punish Turkey for its oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Also, police in Hong Kong have arrested at least 60 people for protesting on China’s National Day.

Russia, France, US demand ceasefire to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh; Cyprus is blocking EU sanctions on Belarus; Arrests in Hong Kong