Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The owners of the Ever Given ship that blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal earlier this year reached an agreement to settle a financial dispute with the canal’s authority.
  • AMERICAS: US President Joe Biden hosted more than 1,000 service members, first responders and other guests for a July Fourth celebration and urged people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • ASIA: More than a thousand Afghan troops fled to neighboring Tajikistan after clashes with the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce plans on how the country will “learn to live with” the new coronavirus, including plans to scrap mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing in the near future.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s Parliament will today vote on whether to renew a temporary law that prevents the country’s Arab citizens from extending citizenship or residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban became the first leader of a European Union country to be named in Reporters Without Borders’ “Press freedom predators” list which includes a total of 37 leaders from across the world.

 

Top Story

  • Philippines: Military transport crashes, at least 50 dead.
    • At least 50 people died after a military plane crashed in the country’s Sulu province.
    • Authorities ordered an investigation into the crash of the Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft. 
    • The plane crashed as it overshot a runway at the Jolo airport. 
    • The plane was carrying reinforcements for the country’s battle against Islamist militants such as the Abu Sayyaf group.
    • Most of the dead are military personnel, but three civilians on the ground at the Jolo airport were also killed.
    • Reporting: Reuters, WaPo, BBC, NYT

 

Africa

  • Egypt: The owners of the Ever Given ship that blocked the Suez Canal earlier this year reached an agreement to settle a financial dispute with the canal’s authority. (AP)
  • Nigeria: An unidentified group kidnapped at least eight medical center employees in the country’s northwestern region. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Supporters of former President Jacob Zuma formed what they called a human shield outside Zuma’s home to prevent his arrest. (BBC)

 

Americas

  • Chile: University professor Elisa Loncon, who is also a member of the country’s Mapuche indigenous community, was chosen to lead efforts to draft a new constitution. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to make landfall on the country’s central coastal region today. (AP)
  • United States: President Joe Biden hosted more than 1,000 service members, first responders and other guests for a July Fourth celebration and urged people to get COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro threatened an ultimatum if the WHO’s Covax facility does not send the country’s share of coronavirus vaccines this week. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Region: More than a thousand Afghan troops fled to neighboring Tajikistan after clashes with the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The government extended its coronavirus lockdown for another week to counter a rise in COVID-19 infections. (DPA)
  • China: Beijing’s cyberspace watchdog began investigating online recruiter Zhipin.com, and truck-hailing apps Huochebang and Yunmanman, in a crackdown on tech companies amid data security concerns. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the government will provide telemedicine services for self-isolating COVID-19 patients. (DPA)
  • Japan: Rescue workers continued to search for dozens feared missing after a giant landslide in the Atami seaside resort. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Azerbaijan: A strong explosion occurred in the Caspian Sea region where the country has extensive offshore oil and gas fields. (AP)
  • Georgia: Protesters stormed and ransacked the office of LGBT+ campaigners in capital city Tbilisi ahead of a planned pride march. (Reuters)
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis was “in good condition, alert and breathing on his own” following his colon operation, the Vatican said. (AP)
  • Luxembourg: Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was admitted to hospital after a positive COVID-19 test. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce plans on how the country will “learn to live with” the new coronavirus, including plans to scrap mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing in the near future. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: The Bushehr power plant – the country’s sole nuclear power plant – was back online after a two week downtime amid a power shortage in the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: Parliament will today vote on whether to renew a temporary law that prevents the country’s Arab citizens from extending citizenship or residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. (AP)
  • Oman: The state owned Energy Development Oman company is reportedly holding negotiations with banks to raise $1.5 billion in debt financing. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US military denied that “US forces in Syria were attacked by rockets” after reports emerged of a rocket attack on a facility housing US troops in the country’s eastern region. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi airport authorities reportedly canceled a consortium’s contract for the construction of a new terminal at the emirate’s main airport. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban became the first leader of a European Union country to be named in Reporters Without Borders’ “Press freedom predators” list which includes a total of 37 leaders from across the world. (Deutsche Welle)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Elsa
      • Location: 110 miles E-SE of Cayo Largo, Cuba
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: NW at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 05JUL21)
      • Confirmed cases: 183,825,470
      • Deaths: 3,977,903
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (06JUL21)

  • Austria: The bribery trial of former Vice Chancellor and far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache will begin.
  • Belarus: A verdict is expected in the case of jailed opposition politician Viktor Babariko, who sought to compete in the 2020 presidential election against Alexander Lukashenko.
  • Canada: The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly will be held virtually. (to 08JUL)
  • China: A Hong Kong court is expected to deliver a sentence to American lawyer Samuel Phillip Bickett, who is convicted of assaulting a policeman.
  • Comoros: Independence Day – 1975
  • Germany: Dutch King and Queen Willem-Alexander and Maxima will visit and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. (to 07JUL)
  • Germany: A demonstration against US nuclear weapons will reportedly be held at the at Buechel airbase.
  • Indonesia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit.
  • Malawi: Independence Day – 1964
  • United States: Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng will visit and meet with Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

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