Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: More than 100 civilians were killed, and dozens wounded by suspected insurgents overnight in a village in northern Burkina Faso. 
  • AMERICAS: Mexican citizens will vote to elect a new lower house of Congress, state governors, and local lawmakers in a pivotal race seen as a referendum on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s term.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s security forces have reportedly killed 20 people fighting with villagers armed with catapults and crossbows in the Ayeyarwady River Delta region. 
  • EUROPE:  NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia and Belarus against threatening the alliance’s allies in response to the forced landing of a commercial plane within the EU by Belarusian police. 
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels said it intercepted an armed drone launched towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, which the Houthis said was fired at a military airbase. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The US government stated that it would stop secretly obtaining reporters’ phone and email records during investigations into political leaks, ending a move often criticized as hurting press freedom.

 

Top Story

  • Worldwide: Vaccine-producing nations increase efforts to increase vaccination abroad. 
    • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked other wealthy countries to commit to vaccinating the world against Covid-19 by the end of.2022.
    • The United States will donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan; Senator Tammy Duckworth announced while visiting the nation.
    • Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the United States, saying, “I hope that through cooperation with the United States, Japan, and other countries, Taiwan will be able to overcome the immediate challenges and move towards recovery,” 
    • Senegal could begin producing COVID-19 vaccines next year by working with Belgian biotech group Univercells, boosting Africa’s drug-manufacturing ambitions. 
    • Reporting: BBC, DPA, AP, Reuters,  

 

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: More than 100 civilians were killed, and dozens wounded by suspected insurgents overnight in a northern village. (Xinhua)  
  • Democratic Republic of Congo:  Researchers at an eastern volcano observatory said they could have predicted the devastating eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in May if their work had not been hindered by alleged mismanagement and embezzlement. (Reuters)  
  • Nigeria: Police said a gang of cattle thieves killed 66 people in raids on seven villages in northwest Kebbi state. (The Guardian)  

 

Americas

  • Mexico: Citizens will vote to elect a new lower house of Congress, state governors and local lawmakers in a pivotal race seen as a referendum on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s term. (Reuters
  • Nicaragua: Police detained opposition politician Arturo Cruz, the second arrest of an opposition leader this week, as President Daniel Ortega seeks to maintain his grip on power ahead of November’s elections. (Reuters)  
  • Peru: Voters will choose between two controversial populist candidates in a presidential runoff held as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the Andean country. (AP)  

 

Asia

  • China: The southern city of Guangzhou recorded seven new locally confirmed COVID-19 patients for June 5, bringing the city’s total cases since May 21 to 80 amid a resurgent outbreak. (Reuters)  
  • Myanmar: Security forces have reportedly killed 20 people fighting with villagers armed with catapults and crossbows in the Ayeyarwady River Delta region. (The Guardian)  
  • South Korea: The nation’s daily new COVID-19 cases fell back to the 500s because of less testing over the weekend, while the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is gathering pace. (YNA)  
  • Sri Lanka: Experts recovered the data recorder of a fire-damaged ship carrying chemicals slowly sinking near Colombo, as salvage crews stood by to prevent a possible environmental disaster. (AP)  

 

Europe

  • Region: NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia and Belarus against threatening the alliance’s allies in response to the forced landing of a commercial plane within Belarus. (DPA
  • Germany: Polls in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt opened with the election representing the latest major test of the political mood in the nation before September’s national elections. (DPA
  • Hungary: Thousands of people protested against a Chinese university’s plans to open a campus in Budapest. (Reuters)  

 

Middle East

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels said it intercepted an armed drone launched towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, which the Houthis said was fired from a military airbase. (Reuters)  
  • Egypt: The nation’s naval forces carried out drills with French naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea with two frigates, one from each country. (Xinhua)  
  • Iraq: The military reported that air defenses at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase intercepted and shot down two drones. (Reuters)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: The US government stated that it would stop secretly obtaining reporters’ phone and email records during investigations into political leaks, ending a move often criticized as hurting press freedom. (AFP)  

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 06JUN21)
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 30MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07JUN21)

  • Global: IAEA Board of Governors meeting.
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meetings.
  • Germany: The nation begins offering free COVID-19 shots for all adults.
  • Guatemala: Vice President Harris visits. 
  • Myanmar: Pre-trial hearing reportedly takes place for deposed Burmese leader.
  • The Netherlands: Court reportedly begins assessing evidence in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 trial.
  • Peru: Day off for Emancipation Day.
  • Spain: The nation opens to vaccinated people from outside the EU.
  • Tonga: Day off for Emancipation Day.
  • United States: Congress returns after Memorial Day recess.

 

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