Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: US Vice President Kamala Harris plans to support Libya’s path toward elections at a conference in Paris next week.
  • AMERICAS: Two members of Chile’s indigenous Mapuche community died, and three others were injured in clashes with security forces.
  • ASIA: China is expanding its nuclear arsenal more quickly than anticipated, but Beijing slammed the Pentagon report as overhyping the threat.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron presented the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour to outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel during her farewell visit to the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati agreed with President Michel Aoun on a “roadmap” to resolve a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea to comply with a new law, marking the first time the U.S. tech giant has amended its payment policy for a specific country.

Top Story

  • Japan: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may act as foreign minister until a new cabinet is formed.
    • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced he may take on the portfolio of foreign minister until a new cabinet is formed, as incumbent FM Toshimitsu Motegi is set to take a new post.
    • After Akira Amari resigned from the post of the secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi was appointed to the party’s No. 2 post.
    • Yoshimasa Hayashi had been seen as the front-runner to take over the foreign minister position but is unpopular with conservatives for his stance on China.
    • In a special session expected to be held Wednesday the Diet is set to reappoint Kishida as prime minister, and he will then relaunch the Cabinet.
    • Kishida told reporters “since I have gained the people’s mandate through the general election, I now plan to speedily implement policies” on key issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic as well as economic and diplomatic challenges.
    • Reuters, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, Japan Times, Kyodo

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The United States repeated its call to all parties in the Tigray conflict to stop military operations and begin ceasefire talks. (Reuters)
  • Libya: US Vice President Kamala Harris plans to support the country’s path toward elections at a conference in Paris next week. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Emergency services said the death toll from the collapse of a high-rise building in the commercial capital Lagos rose to 36. (AFP)
  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has called for a meeting of East African leaders to discuss Ethiopia’s civil war. (BBC)

Americas

  • Canada: The provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec announced that they will not issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. (AFP)
  • Chile: Two members of the indigenous Mapuche community died, and three others were injured in clashes with security forces. (AFP)
  • Mexico: US Ambassador Ken Salazar expressed concerns to the government regarding a proposed constitutional change to limit competition in the electrical power sector. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The International Criminal Court is opening a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. (AP)

Asia

  • China: The country is expanding its nuclear arsenal more quickly than anticipated, but Beijing slammed the Pentagon report as overhyping the threat. (AFP)
  • Japan: The head of the country’s largest labor federation Tomoko Yoshino said she is determined to listen to the voices of all workers in fighting for better wages and conditions. (AP)
  • North Korea: A new academic study concluded that the country could get all the uranium it needs for nuclear weapons through its existing Pyongsan mill. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The European Parliament’s official delegation to the island said Taipei is not alone and called for bolder actions to strengthen ties amid rising pressure from Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: The Southeast Asian country is in negotiations with Iranian authorities over the seizure last month of an oil tanker off the Iranian coast. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Bosnia: The UN Security Council voted unanimously to renew the mandate of the EU military peacekeeping mission in the country. (AFP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron presented the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour to outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel during her farewell visit to the country. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: The disease control agency has reported the highest number of new infections with the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic. (AP)
  • Netherlands: The country reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu among ducks at a poultry farm in the central province of Flevoland. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A comprehensive new study concluded that the country’s separatist forces are being armed and supplied by Russia. (NYT)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned a terrorist attack on Tuesday against a hospital in Kabul, which left dozens killed and injured. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Parliament passed a national budget for the first time in three years, avoiding a November deadline that would have brought down the new government and triggered another election. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister Najib Mikati agreed with President Michel Aoun on a “roadmap” to resolve a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: Emirates airlines will start daily flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv from December 6. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea to comply with a new law, marking the first time the U.S. tech giant has amended its payment policy for a specific country. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Wanda
      • Location: 41.5N 39.5W
      • Movement: N
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Map
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes:
      • La Palma, Spain
        • Explosive activity continues
        • Erupting
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 04NOV21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (05NOV21)

  • Denmark: Nordic Council Annual Meeting.
  • Lebanon: Visit by UN Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter. (to 12NOV)
  • Lithuania: Baltic Assembly annual session.
  • Norway: Visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • Panama: Colón Day.
  • Russia: Non-working week. (to 07NOV)
  • United Kingdom: Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow. (to 12NOV)
  • United Kingdom: Guy Fawkes Night.
  • United States: Funeral of former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington DC.

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