Tabaré Vázquez, who was twice Uruguay’s president, died. A doctor turned left-wing politician, Mr Vázquez’s victory in 2004 ended more than 160 years of rule by the National and Colorado parties. His second term ended in March this year.
Opposition candidates made gains in a parliamentary election in Kuwait, raising fears that they will stand in the way of efforts to tackle a fiscal crisis caused by low oil prices and the outbreak of covid-19. None of the 29 female candidates who ran won a seat.
Ethiopian federal troops fired at UN workers who were assessing roads to provide aid in Tigray, a war-torn region. Fighting erupted in November between the central government and Tigrayan forces, after Tigray held what the government called an illegal election. The government has shut internet and telephone access to the region. Thousands have died and perhaps 1m have fled their homes.
Five people were killed in election-related violence in Ghana. Both presidential and parliamentary races were close. Results showed that Nana Akufo-Addo won a second term as president, narrowly beating his predecessor, John Mahama, who said the election was flawed.
Opposition leaders in India complained that the government was preventing them from joining farmers protesting against recent agricultural reforms, which would curb price supports for crops. The protesters rejected an offer to revise the reforms.
Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, was elected mayor of the city of Surakarta, the job that launched his father’s career.
印尼总统佐科·维多多(Joko Widodo)的长子吉卜兰·拉卡布明·拉卡(Gibran Rakabuming Raka)当选苏拉卡尔塔市市长，他父亲的政治生涯正是由此开始
Rarely can a mountain stretch its advantage over its rivals, but this week Everest did just that. Nepal and China, the two countries that the “goddess mother of the world” straddles, agreed that the correct height is 8,848.86 metres above sea level, 86cm above the previous height, established in 1954 by a survey in India. China did its own estimate in 2005 and had insisted that Everest was four metres shorter.
America reported more than 3,000 deaths in a single day for the first time. Hospitalisations also hit a new record.
Most of California’s residents were told to stay at home, as tighter restrictions were introduced in counties where the virus is surging.
Officials in France said it was now unlikely that a national lockdown will end on December 15th. In Germany, Angela Merkel said her country should go into a hard lockdown before Christmas.
Daily infections in India continued to fall, dropping below 27,000 for the first time in five months.
A “cruise to nowhere” in waters off Singapore, which allowed passengers to experience the fun of a cruise ship without disembarking, had to return to port when someone tested positive on board (he subsequently tested negative in a re-test).
He represents a new breed of politician.
The passengers later were seen disembarking from the plane.
The original interview notes were subsequently lost.
They were rescued by a passing cruise ship.