Five international stories of the week

A caravan of demonstrators on motorcycles ride as they wait for news on who will be the country's next president, in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Manuel Merino announced his resignation following massive protests, unleashed when lawmakers ousted President Martin Vizcarra. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A caravan of demonstrators on motorcycles ride as they wait for news on who will be the country's next president, in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Manuel Merino announced his resignation following massive protests, unleashed when lawmakers ousted President Martin Vizcarra. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.

Peru's Congress continues its negotiations on a new president, Hurricane Iota prompts evacuation orders in Central America, Mexico passes 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, a 2020 Brexit trade deal is unlikely and Austria shuts down schools and non-essential stores make up this week's five international stories.

People celebrate after the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino, at Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Merino resigned after a violent crackdown on protests that left at least two people dead followed by an exodus of his cabinet members. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru now has no president as crisis takes chaotic turn

Peru's political turmoil took a chaotic turn Sunday when interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Congress couldn’t decide on his replacement. That left Peru rudderless and in crisis less than a week after legislators ignited a storm of protest by removing President Martín Vizcarra, an anti-corruption crusader highly popular among Peruvians. After several hours of closed-door negotiations, congressional leaders emerged in the early hours of Monday to announce that their session was recessing without any decision and would reconvene later in the day.

Residents wade through floodwaters carrying their belongings in the neighborhood of Suyapa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The storm that hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Hurricane Iota powers up in new threat to Central America

A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota became a very dangerous Category 4 storm as it swept over the western Caribbean early Monday, approaching the same part of Central America battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago. Forecasters said Iota’s maximum sustained winds had reached 155 mph (245 kph), and were growing stronger, potentially making for a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches the coast. Iota became a hurricane early Sunday and rapidly gained more power. Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota’s likely landfall.

A healthcare worker collects a sample to test for the new coronavirus inside a mobile diagnostic tent, in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Mexico City announced Friday it will order bars closed for two weeks after the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 rose to levels not seen since August. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico reaches 1 million virus cases, nears 100,000 deaths

Mexico on Saturday topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases with at least 98,259 test-confirmed deaths, though officials agree the number is probably much higher. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell says any wider testing would be “a waste of time, effort and money.” President Andres Manuel López Obrador almost never wears a mask, and López-Gatell only occasionally does. International experts have recommended mass testing, and say face masks protect both the wearer and other people. Except for a few states, nobody in Mexico has even attempted to enforce a lockdown, or mask-wearing.

Pro EU supporters argue with Brexit supporters in London, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Negotiations continue on London between the EU bloc and British officials to agree A Brexit deal as Britain is due to split from Europe from January 1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Brexit: Trade deal 'may not succeed' before year end

The U.K.’s chief Brexit negotiator said Sunday that a trade deal with the European Union may not succeed, but he was still hopeful of a resolution. Britain left the EU on Jan. 31, but continues to follow the trade bloc’s economic rules until a transition period ends on Dec. 31. The two sides are trying to strike a new trade deal before then, but key sticking points such as fishing rights and competition rules haven’t been resolved. Any post-Brexit deal must be agreed upon by mid-November in time for it to be ratified by year-end. A failure to strike a deal will hurt businesses facing tariffs and other barriers to trade starting Jan. 1.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, walks at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria shuts schools, most stores, to curb spread of virus

Austria announced Saturday that it is tightening its partial lockdown, including by closing non-essential stores and shifting schools to online teaching, amid galloping coronavirus infection rates in the Alpine nation. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the measures had become necessary because Austria has seen 550 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week, a level 11 times greater than what authorities said would be sustainable. Starting Tuesday, the country of almost 9 million inhabitants will impose a limited curfew, banning people from leaving their homes except to go to work, get essential supplies, to exercise or to help people who need assistance. 


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