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Thousands of protesters in Bangkok have demanded reforms to the government and monarchy in demonstrations ongoing since September — a rare event, since criticism of any member of the royal family is a crime in that country.

Protesters began demanding that the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, step down from his position. Prayuth was one of the leaders of a military coup that took control of the government in 2014, and he was named to his position after controversial elections...


Civilians protesting police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, were fired upon by soldiers on Oct. 21. The Nigerian government denied anyone had died, but it was later revealed that at least 12 protesters were killed.

Protests have been ongoing in Lagos and the capital, Abuja, since Oct. 10, at first against a secretive and violent police unit known as SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad). Nigeria’s president disbanded SARS on Oct. 11, but protests continued. Since protests began, at...


Three people were killed in Nice, France, on Oct. 29 when a man armed with a knife attacked people in a church. The attacker was shot by police and detained. Authorities described the attack as an act of Islamist terrorism.

In a second incident on the same day, in the town of Montfavet, a man threatening police with a handgun was shot and killed. The man’s motive was not known at press time.

The French government moved its terrorism-alert level to the highest position...


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At press time, active COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in 188 countries and territories, with more than 33 million cases. On Sept. 29, the worldwide death count surpassed one million. The country with the most confirmed deaths from COVID-19 continued to be the US, with more than 210,000. It was followed by Brazil (147,000), India (103,000), Mexico (79,000) and the United Kingdom (42,000).

In September, cases in Europe rose dramatically, particularly in the UK, Spain, France and...


The armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in the South Caucasus, clashed over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in late September. The first shots were fired on Sept. 26, with both countries blaming the other for starting hostilities. As of press time, at least 220 people had been killed and many more were wounded, mostly civilians.

The capital of Nagorno, Stepa na kert, was hit by Azeri-fired missiles on Oct. 3, causing multiple civilian casualties. Nagorno authorities began...


On Sept. 8, China accused Indian soldiers of firing on its positions along the countries’ contested border in the Ladakh region. India denied the claims and said that Chinese soldiers fired in the air during a skirmish.

If either report is true, it would be the first time in more than 45 years that live fire occurred on the border. The two countries signed a treaty in 1996 that bans the use of guns or explosives along the border.

Both countries built up their military...


Taliban forces attacked Afghani soldiers throughout Afghanistan in a coordinated attack on Sept. 21, killing at least 57, despite ongoing peace talks between the group and the Afghan government that started on Sept. 12 in Doha, Qatar.

The number of Taliban killed was not confirmed but was estimated to be more than 100. Additionally, at least 98 civilians were killed and 230 were injured in Taliban attacks in the month of September.