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International 7-Day News Agenda

November 5, 2020

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(*) LONDON (United Kingdom) – England under lockdown to fight virus VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO. PICTURE. (To December 2)

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Uber Q3 results (2130 GMT)

(*) UNITED STATES – Vote count under way in presidential election PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 5)


BEIJING (China) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam visits VIDEO. (To 6)

SHANGHAI (China) – China International Import Expo (CIIE) LIVE VIDEO. VIDEO. (To 10)


(+) ITALY – Night curfew rules come into effect (2200 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. (To December 3)

(+) NETHERLANDS – Museums, cinemas, sex clubs shut as lockdown tightens PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 18)

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Bank of England publishes monetary policy report

WIESBADEN (Germany) – Industrial orders data for September (0700 GMT)

(+) KIEV (Ukraine) – Ukraine FM to brief reporters online (0830 GMT)

(+) ROME (Italy) – Demonstration against virus restrictions (0900 GMT) VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

(*) BERLIN (Germany) – Chancellor Merkel, French PM Jean Castex hold talks via video link (1400 GMT)

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Parliamentary committee evidence session on forced labour in the supply chain (1400 GMT)

(*) GENEVA (Switzerland) – WHO briefing on Covid-19 (1500 GMT) LIVE VIDEO. VIDEO.

MADRID (Spain) – Spanish authorities give briefing on coronavirus (1730 GMT) LIVE VIDEO. VIDEO.

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – British negotiator David Frost in Brussels for Brexit talks with counterpart Michel Barnier (To 6)

COLOGNE (Germany) – European Union Aviation Safety Agency holds annual conference

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – EU Commission autumn economic forecasts VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

North America

BOSTON (United States) – Judge reviews whether to extradite alleged Carlos Ghosn accomplices to Japan (1430 GMT)

WASHINGTON (United States) – Federal Reserve holds policy meeting PICTURE. GRAPHIC. (To 5)

MONTREAL (Canada) – Bombardier Q1 results (1100 GMT)

WASHINGTON (United States) – US releases weekly initial jobless claims data (1330 GMT)

NEW YORK (United States) – General Motors Q3 results (1500 GMT)

WASHINGTON (United States) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell holds press conference (1930 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO.

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Electronic Arts Q2 results (2200 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Trial of anti-government activists Mohamed Hellal and ex-policeman Toufik Hassani

Sub-Saharan Africa

KHARTOUM (Sudan) – Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt hold 2nd round of Ethiopia dam talks (To 7)

(+) NIAMEY (Niger) – President Issoufou hosts French FM Le Drian for talks (1500 GMT) VIDEO.

(+) DODOMA (Tanzania) – Swearing in ceremony of the newly reelected President John Magufuli VIDEO.

Latin America

(+) CARACAS (Venezuela) – Iranian FM Zarif visits VIDEO. (To 5)


LAUSANNE (Switzerland) – Court of Arbitration for Sport rules on Russia competition ban

RICHMOND (United States) – Swimming: US Pro Swim Series start (To 8)

SPAIN – Cycling: World Tour 2020, Vuelta Tour of Spain GRAPHIC. (To November 8)

PARIS (France) – Tennis: ATP tour 2020 – Paris Masters PICTURE. (To 8)



WELLINGTON (New Zealand) – PM Jacinda Ardern’s second-term government to be sworn in (0000 GMT)

TOKYO (Japan) – Toyota Q2 results (0345 GMT) PICTURE.

TOKYO (Japan) – Honda Q2 results (0600 GMT) PICTURE.


BERLIN (Germany) – FitchRatings updates country rating

GREECE – Moody’s updates country rating (date subject to change)

LIVERPOOL (United Kingdom) – City-wide Covid-19 rapid test scheme begins VIDEO.

BARNOLDSWICK (United Kingdom) – Rolls-Royce employees go on strike (To 27)

MUNICH (Germany) – Allianz Q3 results (0600 GMT)

WIESBADEN (Germany) – Industrial production data for September (0700 GMT)

ATHENS (Greece) – Trial resumes over 2018 murder of gay rights activist (1200 GMT) PICTURE.

PARIS (France) – Court ruling in case against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over revealing rape accuser’s name (1230 GMT) VIDEO.

North America

MONTREAL (Canada) – Closing arguments in former producer Gilbert Rozon’s sex assault trial

OTTAWA (Canada) – October unemployment data (1330 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Reopening of mosques with capacity of over 1,000 people PICTURE. VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

(+) ANTANANARIVO (Madagascar) – President Rajoelina inaugurates controversial ‘Colosseum’ VIDEO.

Latin America

(+) SANTIAGO (Chile) – Anti-government protest at Plaza Italia VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.



SINGAPORE (Singapore) – Fifth anniversary of first meeting between leaders of China and Taiwan since independence in 1949

PATNA (India) – Third and final phase of voting in Bihar state election


(+) POLAND – Most shops, cultural institutions shut as partial lockdown begins

MINSK (Belarus) – Russian-built nuclear power plant launches

(*) SLOVAKIA – Second phase of nationwide Covid-19 testing scheme (To 8)

LEIPZIG (Germany) – Protest against virus restrictions (1200 GMT) VIDEO.

Middle East and North Africa

CAIRO (Egypt) – Parliamentary elections, second round (To 8)


LAHORE (Pakistan) – Pakistan v Zimbabwe in first T20 match of the tour (0430 GMT)



MYANMAR – Parliamentary elections VIDEO. PICTURE. LIVE VIDEO.


NORTH KOREA – 70th anniversary of first fighter jet battle

TOKYO (Japan) – Crown prince proclamation ceremony for Prince Akishino VIDEO. PICTURE. LIVE VIDEO.


VATICAN CITY (Holy See) – Pope’s Angelus prayer on Saint Peter’s square (1000 GMT) PICTURE.

(+) TBILISI (Georgia) – Opposition rally (1100 GMT)

BERLIN (Germany) – Last plane takes off from Tegel Airport, an Air France flight to Paris CDG (1400 GMT) PICTURE.

North America

NEW YORK (United States) – Rock Hall of Fame HBO broadcast special (0100 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Verdict expected in appeal trial of journalist Abdelkrim Zeghileche over 2-year jail term

Latin America

LA PAZ (Bolivia) – President Luis Arce, VP David Choquehuanca sworn in VIDEO.


LES SABLES-D’OLONNE (France) – Sailing: Solo round-the-world Vendee Globe race starts VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

LAHORE (Pakistan) – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in second T20 match of the tour (0430 GMT)



GENEVA (Switzerland) – World Health Assembly (To 14)


Kartarpur (Pakistan) – First anniversary of Kartarpur peace corridor opening between Pakistan and India VIDEO.

SYDNEY (Australia) – Trial of media groups on contempt charges over Pell reporting (date subject to change)


GENEVA (Switzerland) – US faces periodic review of rights record before UN Human Rights Council (1330 GMT)

PARIS (France) – Trial of ‘industrial-level’ Hermes counterfeit smuggling operation (To December 10)

COLOMBEY-LES-DEUX-ÉGLISES (France) – 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s death

(+) BERLIN (Germany) – EU foreign ministers hold talks via video link VIDEO.

GENEVA (Switzerland) – WTO members meet to designate new leader

MUNICH (Germany) – BMW unveils new cars at ‘Next-Gen’ online event (To 11)

WIESBADEN (Germany) – Foreign trade data for September (0700 GMT)

North America

MONTREAL (Canada) – Air Canada Q2 results (1200 GMT)

NEW YORK (United States) – McDonald’s Q3 results (1330 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

TUNIS (Tunisia) – UN-led political talks on Libya resume following ceasefire agreement LIVE VIDEO. (To 15)

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Trial of late ex-minister Benhamadi

Latin America

LA PAZ (Bolivia) – Evo Morales to return to Bolivia VIDEO.

LIMA (Peru) – Congress holds impeachment vote against President Vizcarra (1500 GMT) VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO. PICTURE.


AUGUSTA (United States) – Golf: The Masters, the first major of the season PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 15)



WASHINGTON (United States) – Supreme Court hearing on Affordable Care Act PICTURE. VIDEO.

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Microsoft launches Xbox Series X games console


BEIJING (China) – Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC,China’s top legislature) holds session (0600 GMT) (To 11)


SOFIA (Bulgaria) – EU-Western Balkans summit

MADRID (Spain) – Trial begins of cell behind 2017 Barcelona attacks PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

PARIS (France) – Winner of French literary Renaudot Prize announced

MOSCOW (Russia) – Putin chairs Shanghai Cooperation Organisation online summit

SOFIA (Bulgaria) – Deadline for Bulgaria, North Macedonia to resolve historical disputes

LUGANSK REGION (Ukraine) – Two checkpoints open in war-torn eastern Ukraine

PARIS (France) – 60th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s classic ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’

PARIS (France) – Alstom half-year results

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – EU European Affairs ministers meet VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

WARSAW (Poland) – EU border agency to hold online emergency meeting over pushbacks

PARIS (France) – Pope’s ex-envoy ordered to stand trial for sex assault in France

HERZOGENAURACH (Germany) – Adidas Q3 results (0630 GMT)

OSLO (Norway) – Norwegian Air Shuttle Q3 results (0700 GMT)

(*) MAINZ-MARIENBORN (Germany) – BioNTech gives update on Covid-19 vaccine being developed with Pfizer as part of Q3 earnings release (1300 GMT)

North America

CUPERTINO (United States) – Apple unveils new products

NEW YORK (United States) – Sentencing of Honduras president’s brother, Tony Hernandez, for drug trafficking (1600 GMT) VIDEO.

(*) TORONTO (Canada) – Murder trial for man who drove truck into crowd, killing 10 (1700 GMT) (To December 18)

Middle East and North Africa

JORDAN – Parliamentary elections PICTURE. VIDEO.


LAHORE (Pakistan) – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in third T20 match of the tour (0430 GMT)



SHANGHAI (China) – China’s online retailers hold ‘Double 11’ shopping festival VIDEO.

SEREMBAN (Malaysia) – Parents of Franco-Irish teen to testify in inquest into her death (To 12)

TOKYO (Japan) – Toshiba Q2 results (0600 GMT)


Kaprun (Austria) – 20th anniversary of Austrian Alps funicular disaster in which 155 people died

VIENNA (Austria) – OPEC monthly report

PARIS (France) – Paris Peace Forum and Finance in Common summit (To 13)

VATICAN CITY (Holy See) – Pope’s general audience (0730 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Appeal trial of Yacine Mebarki sentenced to 10 years for ‘inciting atheism’

(*) DAMASCUS (Syria) – Conference on the return of refugees (To 12)

Sub-Saharan Africa

(*) LUANDA (Angola) – Opposition, rights groups hold anti-government protest VIDEO.


LEIPZIG (Germany) – Football: International friendlies: Germany v Czech Republic (1945 GMT)

AMSTERDAM (Netherlands) – Football: International friendlies: Netherlands v Spain (1945 GMT)

SAINT-DENIS (France) – Football: International friendlies: France v Finland (2010 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.



WORLD – World Pneumonia Day

UNITED STATES – US ban on TikTok downloads, block on WeChat comes into effect


(*) YOKOHAMA (Japan) – Nissan Q2 results (0800 GMT)

HONG KONG (China) – Tencent Q3 results (1200 GMT)


LONDON (United Kingdom) – World premiere for new Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ PICTURE. (To April 2, 2021)

PONTOISE (France) – Trial of Pakistani imam over ‘apology for terrorism’ (1230 GMT)

(*) MUNICH (Germany) – Siemens Q4 results (0500 GMT)

WIESBADEN (Germany) – Revised inflation data for October (0700 GMT)

PAU (France) – Verdict in trial of Belgian anaesthetist accused of causing death of British woman during C-section under influence of alcohol (1300 GMT)

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Burberry half year results (1600 GMT)

North America

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Sony to launch PlayStation 5 console

WASHINGTON (United States) – US releases weekly initial jobless claims data (1330 GMT)

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Disney Q4 results (2130 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – Appeal trial of leading opposition figure Amira Bouraoui PICTURE. VIDEO.

DOHA (Qatar) – UN rapporteur publishes report on boycott of Qatar (1030 GMT) VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

(*) DAKAR (Senegal) – Schools reopen (0800 GMT) PICTURE.


LONDON (United Kingdom) – Football: international friendly game, England vs Ireland (2000 GMT)



BANGLADESH – 50th anniversary of the cyclone and tidal wave that killed more than 500,000 people

HONG KONG (China) – Verdict for Swiss photographer accused of public disorder during protest assault (0100 GMT)


PARIS (France) – Fifth anniversary of Paris jihadist attacks at Bataclan and Stade de France, which killed 130 people

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – EU interior ministers hold talks on asylum reform plan

PARIS (France) – FitchRatings updates country rating (date subject to change)

NETHERLANDS – GDP Q3, first estimate

(+) BRISTOL (United Kingdom) – Auction of last French queen Marie Antoinette’s mirror VIDEO. PICTURE.

Middle East and North Africa

DAMASCUS (Syria) – 50 years ago, Hafez al-Assad seized power in military coup


WEIHAI (China) – Table tennis: Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup (To 15)

MARSEILLE (France) – First release on Marseille football club record label

VALENCIA (Spain) – Valencia MotoGP PICTURE. (To 15)


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