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US drone downed 

The Yemeni army says it has shot down a US spy drone over its Ma’rib province, a key region witnessing fighting for weeks now. Army spokesman Yahya Saree says the drone was of scan-eagle type. He says it was the sixth US spy drone shot down by Yemeni forces this year. The announcement comes as the Yemeni army continues fighting with Saudi-backed loyalists of the former regime in Ma’rib. The army has so far made significant gains to liberate the province. Meanwhile, the leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has confirmed that its terrorists have fought alongside Saudi-led mercenaries in different locations across Yemen. Saeed Batarfi says his forces have been fighting on eleven fronts against Yemeni forces.

Europe COVID surge 

Europe registered almost two million COVID cases in the first week of November, the highest figure in a single week there so far. That’s according to the World Health Organization. The organization says, during the same period, Europe logged almost 27,000 COVID fatalities. Again, a record number accounting for more than half of all COVID deaths globally. The WHO says the disease is surging even in western European countries which have the world’s highest vaccination rates. It says, that’s a reminder indicating, vaccines do not replace the need for precautions to prevent transmission. Last week, the world health organization said Europe has again become the epicenter of the disease, where all 53 countries are threatened by the virus surge. Countries like Russia, Hungary, and Poland, among others, have posted record daily numbers of infections and deaths in recent weeks.

Trump advisor indicted 

Former US president Donald Trump’s strategist is criminally indicted after refusing to testify before a congressional committee probing the January Capitol attack. Stephen Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress, one for failing to appear for a deposition and another for refusing to produce documents. Bannon could face up to a year in prison and a 100,000 dollar fine. Trump has directed his former aides to invoke immunity and refrain from turning over documents that might be protected under executive privilege. The argument has already been rejected by one judge. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January the sixth, as Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people died in the violence, including a senior police officer.

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