1. U.S. President Donald Trump has campaigned for reelction in the battleground state of Arizona. His Democratic challenger Joe Biden cast an early vote in his home state of Delaware.
  2. The U.S. economy bounced back sharply in the third quarter this year. The Commerce Department says that between July and September, GDP expanded at an annual rate of 33.1 percent. It is the first expansion in three quarters.  This compares with a contraction of 31.4 percent in the previous quarter, when the pandemic put the brakes on economic activity. But the country’s economic outlook remains far from certain.
  3. French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered another lockdown across his country in response to a second wave of coronavirus infections there. France has seen a rapid surge in the number of COVID-19 infections in recent weeks. The figure has topped 1.2 million—the highest in Europe.
October 29, Thursday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki