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World breaking news today (October 26): Five Pence aides test positive for Covid-19

October 26, 2020 | 09:23

World breaking news today (October 26): Five Pence aides test positive for Covid-19 Philippines evacuates nearly 1,800 as storm approaches, 7 arrested after armed forces storm tanker stopped in English Channel, and gold prices also make headlines today.

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Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short, pictured center in September, has tested positive for Covid-19.

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short, pictured center in September, has tested positive for Covid-19 (Photo: AP)

Five Pence aides test positive for Covid-19

Five of Vice President Mike Pence's aides, including his chief of staff and his senior political adviser, have tested positive for Covid-19.

Pence's office said in a statement Saturday night that chief of staff Marc Short "began quarantine" and that he was cooperating with a contact-tracing effort.

"Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," vice presidential spokesman Devin O'Malley said in the statement.

"While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel," he said.

Pence still planned to travel to North Carolina on Sunday, his office said.

A source familiar with the matter said Pence's senior political adviser, Marty Obst, also tested positive.

As a further precaution, aides said Pence canceled local news interviews scheduled this weekend on the campaign trail. They said he will not do rope-line greetings either.

Over the last several weeks, Pence has worn a face covering only on occasion, including Friday while voting early indoors, NBC News reported.

Philippines evacuates nearly 1,800 as tropical storm Molave approaches

The Philippines evacuated nearly 1,800 people and suspended sea travel as tropical storm Molave was expected to bring widespread rains over two regions on the southern part of the main island of Luzon on Sunday.

Tropical cyclone wind alerts were issued for several provinces in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions with storm Molave expected to make landfall later in the day while traversing the southern Luzon area, the national weather bureau said.

Molave follows tropical storm Saudel, which last week caused widespread flooding in Quezon province in the Calabarzon region, southeast of the capital Manila.

Philippines evacuates nearly 1,800 as tropical storm Molave approaches (Photo: AP)

Residents are being evacuated from their home in the coastal area of Legaspi City, Albay province south of Manila on Sunday (Oct 25, 2020), ahead of tropical storm Molave's expected landfall (Photo: AP)

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, Molave was expected to continue intensifying over the South China Sea, possibly reaching typhoon category by Tuesday evening, it said.

Sea travel operations were cancelled in the Calabarzon region, with 662 people reportedly stranded at ports due to strong winds, according to the disaster monitoring agency.

In the Bicol provinces, a total of 532 families, or 1,789 people, were preemptively evacuated to temporary shelters, as reported by Reuters.

Seven arrested after armed forces storm tanker stopped in English Channel

The UK military seized control of an oil tanker that laid anchor in the English channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent.

Tobias Ellwood, chair of the House of Commons' Defence Committee, confirmed the action in a BBC interview and said no one was hurt.

The stowaways are in custody.

The captain probably wanted to avoid taking a fully loaded tanker into the heavily populated area near the Portsmouth navy base, where Britain's carriers are based, as long as this incident was going on, Parry said.

“You don't want this ship anywhere near with this sort of thing going on,'' he said.

“And so the captain probably rather wisely and in consultation with his owners, went to anchor off the Isle of Wight.''

The UK military seized control of an oil tanker that laid anchor in the English channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent. (Photo: Daily Express)
The UK military seized control of an oil tanker that laid anchor in the English channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent. (Photo: Daily Express)

Gold price analysis: XAU/ USD pressured to break below $1,900

XAU/USD is open to start the week lower by some 0.10% despite a slide in the greenback on Friday by 0.20%.

The market is range bound and trendless with election and stimulus uncertainty whipsawing prices from day-to-day.

A second wave of the coronavirus gathering pace is also problematic for investor sentiment, although the recent news of an FDA approval for remdesivir gave a hint of positive news as do the prospects of the Johnson Johnson trials getting back on track.

European nations are reporting record numbers of new coronavirus cases as the continent prepares for the pandemic to intensify through winter.

The wave is forcing countries to impose ever-more social-distancing rules in a bid to avoid a return to full-blown lockdowns.

Spain has announced a national state of emergency and has imposed a night-time curfew in an effort to help control a new surge in infections.

World breaking news today (October 26): Five Pence aides test positive for Covid 19
(Photo: FXStreet)

In Italy, new restrictions were also announced over the weekend.

''Moving forward, with all eyes still firmly on the election, gold bugs need not look too far on the horizon for new fiscal stimulus, which keeps the balance of risks still firmly tilted to the upside in precious metals,'' analysts at TD Securities argued.

''Moving forward, with all eyes still firmly on the election, gold bugs need not look too far on the horizon for new fiscal stimulus, which keeps the balance of risks still firmly tilted to the upside in precious metals,'' analysts at TD Securities argued.

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