Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tunisian president Kais Saied said that 1.8 million people protested in support of him on Sunday, although news agencies estimated the number at only 8,000.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian Foreign Minister Claude Joseph asked the UN Security Council for help tackling gang violence and crime.
  • ASIA: Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that US President Joe Biden had committed to defending the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
  • EUROPE: German political parties are wrapping up their first set of meetings to figure out who will try to form a coalition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Afghanistan will start issuing passports to its citizens again after months of delays that hampered attempts by those trying to flee Taliban control in August.
  • TECH AND COMMUNICATIONS: A jury ordered Tesla to pay nearly $137 million in damages in a case that alleged an employee encountered racist abuse, discrimination, and harassment at the company’s plant in Fremont, CA.

Top Story

  • Europe: EU leaders seek unity on how to face China and the US at Slovenia meeting.
    • The 27 heads of state and government are set to meet in Slovenia, the country that currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
    • European leaders will discuss thorny issues like the pullout of Afghanistan, a new US-led defense pact that angered France called AUKUS, and ties with China.
    • On the eve of the summit, EU Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen held a phone call with US president Joe Biden and discussed a wide range of issues including climate change, trade, defense, western Balkans, and other issues.
    • The EU summit will also focus on more engagement with Balkans nations, but progress has stalled on admission amid divisions between the six countries.
    • No concrete outcome is expected from this meeting, but this is the first time EU leaders have met since June.
    • AFP, Bloomberg, AP, WaPo, AFP2

Africa

  • Algeria: French President Emmanuel Macron said that relations with the country could become conciliatory after a row over visas and critical comments by Paris towards Algiers. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said the seven UN officials who had until Sunday to leave Ethiopia have left “for their safety”. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: President Filipe Nyusi urged Islamist militants in its far north to surrender after Rwandan and southern African forces pushed them out of occupied territory. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: President Kais Saied said that 1.8 million people protested in support of him on Sunday, although news agencies estimated the number at only 8,000. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Region: Canada invoked a 1977 treaty with the US to trigger bilateral negotiations over Enbridge Inc’s Line 5 oil pipeline in the Great Lakes. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Foreign Minister Claude Joseph asked the UN Security Council for help tackling gang violence and crime. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega called Roman Catholic bishops “terrorists” and said many countries would have arrested them. (WaPo)
  • United States: California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Orange County to support the emergency response to the massive oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach. (Xinhua)

Asia

  • Australia: Dominic Perrottet won the Liberal Party leadership vote to become Premier of New South Wales after the Friday resignation of Gladys Berejiklian. (The Guardian)
  • China: Top diplomat Yang Jiechi will hold talks with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan in Switzerland. (South China Morning Post)
  • Japan: New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that US President Joe Biden had committed to defending the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he would prepare a defense against an International Criminal Court probe, after previously insisting he would not cooperate. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Tsa-Ing Wen warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the island were to fall to China and vowed to do “whatever it takes” to defend itself. (Reuters)

Europe

  • France: A representative of the country’s Catholic bishops asked victims of sexual abuse by clergy for their forgiveness, after a report was published on the scale of abuse in the church going back years. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Political parties are wrapping up their first set of meetings to figure out who will try to form a coalition. (AP)
  • Greece: Athens has proposed an EU-wide mechanism for hedging against steep gas price fluctuations to help households tackle rising energy prices across the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi lost her re-election bid, the latest defeat for the populist Five-Star Movement. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country’s economy is at a turning point and the government welcomes rising wages. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The country will start issuing passports to its citizens again after months of delays that hampered attempts by those trying to flee Taliban control in August. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Protestors in Nasiriyah, where anti-government demonstrations have appeared on and off since 2019, said they would not vote in Sunday’s early elections. (AFP)
  • Israel: President Isaac Herzog left for Ukraine to attend a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A U.S. delegation led by national security adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in talks with leading government officials last week. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: A jury ordered Tesla to pay nearly $137 million in damages in a case that alleged an employee encountered racist abuse, discrimination, and harassment at the company’s plant in Fremont, CA. (WaPo)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Cyclone Shaheen-Gulab
      • Location: 24.1N 58.6E
      • Movement: W
      • Wind: 80 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
    • Volcanoes:
      • La Palma, Spain
        • Explosive activity continues
        • Erupting
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 05OCT21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (06OCT21)

  • Event: Atlantic Council discussion on Pakistan’s economy.
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on ‘The IMF, World Bank, and the Economic Security Challenge’.
  • China: National Day Holiday. (to 07OCT)
  • Egypt: Armed Forces Day.
  • Egypt: 40th anniversary of assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
  • Europe: Expected ruling by European Court of Justice on judicial independence in Poland.
  • France: Visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
  • Hong Kong: Annual Chief Executive Policy Address.
  • India: Visit by Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. (to 07OCT)
  • Slovakia: Battle of Dukla Pass Victims’ Day.
  • Slovenia: EU-Western Balkans Summit in Kranj.
  • Sweden: Announcement of Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • Syria: October Liberation War Day.
  • Turkey: Consultative meeting with Greece in Ankara.
  • Turkmenistan: Day of Remembrance.
  • Ukraine: Visit by German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • United Kingdom: Conservative Party annual conference. (to 06OCT)
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on development assistance during conflict.

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