Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Nigerian Police said 73 students were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from their school in the country’s northwestern state of Zamfara.
  • AMERICAS: The World Health Organization called on countries with a surplus of Covid-19 vaccines to speed up donations to Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • ASIA: North Korea has rejected around three million doses of a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting they should be given to countries in greater need.
  • EUROPE: Following a meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky the United States pledged an additional $60 million in military aid to Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the country was talking with the Taliban and working with Turkey for technical support to restart operations in Kabul airport.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The US Department of Justice is allegedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company’s digital advertising practices.

Top Story

  • Global: Beijing warns that poor U.S-China ties could undermine climate cooperation.
    • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned US Climate Envoy John Kerry that sour U.S-China relations could undermine cooperation between the two countries on climate change.
    • Wang emphasized that “China-U.S. climate change cooperation cannot be separated from the general environment of relations” and urged the US to “meet China halfway and take positive actions to push relations back on track.”
    • Foreign Minister Wang’s comments come at a time when cooperation between the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide is paramount.
    • After traveling to Japan earlier this week, US Climate Envoy John Kerry made a stop in Tianjin to meet his Chinese counterpart and emphasized how China plays a “super critical role” in tackling climate change.
    • Washington’s climate envoy held talks with vice-premier Han Zheng and will meet top diplomat Yang Jiechi via videoconference.
    • The Guardian, Bloomberg, WaPo, France24, South China Morning Post

Africa

  • Ivory Coast: A prominent television presenter has received a 12-month suspended sentence for promoting rape during a live broadcast. (BBC)
  • Libya: The speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, stressed the importance of holding elections as scheduled in December this year. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Police said 73 students were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from their school in the country’s northwestern state of Zamfara. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The country has declined a request to host Afghans who have fled into Pakistan to escape the Taliban, as it is already accommodating “a substantial number” of refugees from other countries. (AFP)

Americas

  • Region: The World Health Organization called on countries with a surplus of Covid-19 vaccines to speed up donations to Latin America and the Caribbean. (NYT)
  • Argentina: Facebook will invest $1.5 million in Argentine media to train journalists and promote online development, a first in Latin America. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The agriculture ministry is investigating a suspected case of mad cow disease in the country (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: Lawyers for two jailed opposition figures said they are suffering “psychological torture” in prison. (AFP)

Asia

  • India: Authorities cracked down on public movement and imposed a communications blackout in Kashmir after the death of top separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Authorities said attackers believed to be West Papua rebels killed four soldiers and wounded two others at a military post in the country’s eastern region. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Authorities said that a drop in new COVID-19 cases is a sign that the lockdown enforced nationwide is working in limiting the spread of the infectious Delta variant. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: Pyongyang has rejected around three million doses of a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting they should be given to countries in greater need. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The Korean Health and Medical Workers Union dropped plans to strike after reaching an agreement with the government on work conditions. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: EU defense ministers discussed proposals for a rapid reactionary force after the bloc was left on the sidelines during the U.S-led evacuation from Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: Parliament decided that the country’s presidential elections will take place on November 14, as the Balkans country looks to navigate a political crisis. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police carried out raids against biker groups in several western cities in connection with three killings. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said that U.S. military assistance to Ukraine could make Kyiv behave unpredictably in the conflict in its east and expressed regret at a U.S.-Ukrainian friendship that was motivated by opposition to Russia. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Following a meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky the United States pledged an additional $60 million in military aid to Kyiv. (DPA)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The United Nations warned that its stockpiles of food in Afghanistan may run out this month, threatening to add a hunger crisis to the challenges facing the country’s new Taliban rulers. (AP)
  • Oman: A military cooperation agreement with South Korea was reached during a meeting between defense chiefs in Muscat. (Yonhap)
  • Qatar: Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the country was talking with the Taliban and working with Turkey for technical support to restart operations in Kabul airport. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A military official said Sixty-five fighters have been killed after Houthi rebels launched a renewed offensive on Marib, the last government stronghold in the country’s oil-rich north. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The US Department of Justice is allegedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company’s digital advertising practices. (NYT)
  • Technology: The US Federal Trade Commission has banned a maker of “stalkerware,” software used to secretly surveil a smartphone user’s activities and location. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
  • Hurricane Larry
    • Location: 13.0N 32.3W
    • Movement: W
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 02SEP21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (03SEP21)

  • China: Visit by US Climate Envoy John Kerry.
  • China: V-J Day.
  • France: IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille. (to 11SEP)
  • Japan: 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. (to 05SEP)
  • Mexico: Talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition to continue, moderated by Norway in Mexico City.
  • Qatar: Independence Day.
  • Russia: Eastern Economic Forum. (to 04SEP)
  • San Marino: Feast of Saint Marinus and Republic Day.
  • Slovenia: Informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Kranj.
  • Taiwan: Armed Forces Day.
  • Tokelau: Tokehaga Day.
  • United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to visit Pakistan.
  • United States: Visit by South Korean nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk.

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