Several thousand farmers from the states of Punjab and Haryana began marching towards the national capital Delhi earlier this week, protesting the government's agricultural market liberalisation laws. Battling water cannons and tear-gas shells, the farmers entered Delhi last evening and are currently demonstrating in the city's North-West.
Although Team Biden has vowed to continue exerting pressure on China, it is highly unlikely that they will actually dare to do this once they control the Oval Office, says Beijing-based political commentator Thomas Pauken. The potential Biden administration would not be in a position to dictate its terms to Beijing, he believes.
One official was reportedly executed for importing banned goods into the country amid increased customs controls at the border due to the pandemic. Another senior official was executed on charges of currency exchange fraud.
The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 1.44 million, over 61.9 million cases of the infection have been detected, and over 42.7 million people have recovered, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.
On Friday the Iranian Defence Ministry confirmed that a high-profile physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had been assassinated in the north of Iran, in what is being treated as a terror attack. Tehran later added there were "serious indications of Israeli responsibility" in the elimination of its eminent nuclear scientist.
Dying swans were found circling and bleeding from their nostrils on Ulverston canal, Cumbria, in the northwest of England.
US President Donald Trump earlier announced that the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer in partnership with BioNTech will kick off next week.
The senator accused the popular social media platform of censorship, gaining support from President Donald Trump, who himself has had numerous issues with the social media platform attaching "fact-checking" labels to his tweets.