Earlier in the day, reports emerged in Iranian media that a high-profile nuclear physicist had been assassinated in the north of Iran.
Also on Friday, a UK regulator confirmed that it had received a formal request from the government to assess the prospective Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Earlier, an executive from the British-Swedish pharma giant said its vaccine could be approved even if its effectiveness is no higher than 60 percent.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump pardoned former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn had pleaded guilty in 2017 to making ‘false and fraudulent statements’ to the FBI regarding the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the Trump transition, but later retracted his plea and accused the FBI of framing him.
The conservative Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has recently voiced the hope that his life will soon be back on track after his battle with addiction to the benzodiazepine tranquiliser which had a severe effect on his health.
This week, American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez set Instagram ablaze with some stunning nudes as a part of a promotion for her upcoming single. Very few remained unbothered by smooth curves of the 51-year-old.
Global banks are scrambling to report and close the accounts of US citizens suspected in a massive dragnet operation launched by the US aimed at collecting taxes from expatriates, with severe penalties imposed for numerous offences, a top expert on citizenship renunciation revealed.
Earlier, the Belarusian president said he would not rule out early presidential elections following referendum-approved changes to the country's basic law. Minsk announced plans to amend the constitution in the wake of large scale protests which followed the August 9 election, which saw Alexander Lukashenko reelected for a sixth consecutive term.
On 2 November, multiple shootings took place in Vienna, resulting in the death of four people; 22 were injured.