Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ghana’s government reportedly suspended the $500 million listing of its gold royalty fund in the UK after the opposition raised concerns over government transparency.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo to meet his counterparts from Japan, Australia and India to discuss China’s growing regional influence.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is set to “pay a working visit to Azerbaijan” and meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the ongoing conflict in the separatist ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah handed-in his government’s resignation to the country’s new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who told the government to continue their duties until this year’s parliamentary elections are held.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The European Court of Justice applied curbs on the efforts of European spy and security agencies to gather troves of personal data, but also added that such efforts could be undertaken during a serious threat to national security.

 

Top Story

  • Kyrgyzstan: Election results annulled after protesters storm seat of government, opposition claims power.
    • The country’s national electoral authority annulled last weekend’s parliamentary elections following seismic protests by supporters of the opposition, with opposition groups claiming to have seized power from incumbent President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
    • President Jeenbekov meanwhile said he was facing an attempted coup d’etat, but did not order security forces to open fire on protesters however.
    • Demonstrations already started in capital city Bishkek yesterday, with the protesters calling for the resignation of pro-Russian President Jeenbekov and re-holding the weekend’s parliamentary elections.
    • By today, protesters managed to seize the seat of the government and free former president Almazbek Atambayev from jail, following which it was announced that the recent elections were to be annulled.
    • Hundreds of people are injured and one person reportedly died during the protests and related events.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, BBC, AFP, DPA

 

Africa

  • Region: Felicien Kabuga, a Rwandan genocide suspect currently in France, appealed to The Hague to not send him to Tanzania for a trial and instead allow him to go to the Netherlands for health reasons. (AP)
  • Algeria: Transport Minister Lazhar Hani said the government intends to setup its own domestic airline company to ease the pressure on state carrier Air Algerie that will instead focus on international flights. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: The government reportedly suspended the $500 million listing of its gold royalty fund in the UK after the opposition raised concerns over government transparency. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Region: Another new hurricane developed in the region, Hurricane Delta, and is currently on a course to pass by the Cayman Islands before shifting towards Mexico and the US. (AP)
  • Colombia: The Supreme Court said a judge had the authority to decide the future of the house arrest order against former President Alvaro Uribe, who is currently being held as part of a witness tampering case. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: University students in capital Port-au-Prince blocked roads and clashed with the police during a protest against the police killing one student during an earlier protest. (AP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A British appeals court overturned an earlier judgment which ruled that the UK recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim President in a legal battle over who controls the country’s gold stored at the Bank of England. (BBC)

 

Asia  

  • Region: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo to meet his counterparts from Japan, Australia and India to discuss China’s growing regional influence. (Reuters)
  • Region: Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it was forced to launch aircrafts to intercept Chinese planes more than twice this year compared to last year. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he suspects extrajudicial killings did take place under his drug crackdown, which killed thousands of people, blaming rivalries between drug syndicates for the deaths. (AP)
  • Thailand: Citizens paid their respects to the victims of a 1976 massacre of pro-democracy students by the country’s forces, amid a growing wave of student-led protests in recent months. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is set to “pay a working visit to Azerbaijan” and meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the ongoing conflict in the separatist ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • Hungary: The European Court of Justice struck down the government’s legal changes that would have forced the relocation of George Soros’ Central European University out of the country. (DPA)
  • Ireland: Prime Minister Micheál Martin urged the public to take action to prevent “immediate comprehensive lockdown”, as he announced the imposition of level three coronavirus restrictions. (BBC)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said the country’s intelligence agencies poisoned him as they see him as a threat ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said a no-deal Brexit by the end of the year is becoming likely by each day. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel and the UAE’s Foreign Ministers are set to meet for the first time, in Germany. (DPA)
  • Iran: A US court ordered the government to pay more than $1.4 billion in damages to the family of an FBI agent who disappeared during a visit to the country in 2007. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah handed-in his government’s resignation to the country’s new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who told the government to continue their duties until this year’s parliamentary elections are held. (Reuters)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad blamed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the ongoing clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The European Court of Justice applied curbs on the efforts of European spy and security agencies to gather troves of personal data, but also added that such efforts could be undertaken during a serious threat to national security. (AFP)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location: 586 nautical miles East of Okinawa, Japan
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: NW at 4 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location: 165 miles S-SE of The Cayman Islands
      • Wind: 85 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 6 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Fiji
      • Location: 232 km E of Levuka, Fiji
      • Magnitude: 6.0
      • Depth: 628.5 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06OCT20: 35,511,291 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 06OCT20: 24,770,288
      • Deaths as of 06OCT20: 1,044,490
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118 
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07OCT20)

  • Global: The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner will be announced.
  • Global: The GLOBSEC 2020 Forum will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, and will feature WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, as well as Ministers from multiple countries. (to 08OCT)
  • Global: The Deputies of G24 member countries will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: The 71st Session of the Executive Committee of the UN’s migrant and refugee agency will be held. (to 09OCT)
  • Global: The WTO will hold informal negotiations and discussions on fishing subsidies. (to 09OCT)
  • Global: The Tourism Ministers of G20 countries will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: The IMF will release the analytical chapter of its World Economic Outlook.
  • Europe: The European Central Bank’s Governing Council will hold a non-monetary policy meeting.
  • Europe: The Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development will hold its annual meeting, with British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak scheduled to speak. (to 08OCT)
  • Asia: The Health Ministers of 37 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will meet virtually for the 75th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (to 09OCT)
  • Germany: The trial of a person accused of killing a Georgian Chechen, who has been linked to Russia by some, will be held.
  • Germany: President Milo Dunkanovic of Montenegro will visit and meet with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • Greece: A ruling is expected in the case of the members of the far-right Golden Dawn party being charged with forming a criminal organization and violence against migrants.
  • Guernsey: General elections will be held.
  • Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to deliver a televised speech.
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court is likely to hold hearings on the appeal against the acquittal of four men over the slaying of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to announce a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan.
  • United States: The Vice Presidential candidate debate will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • United States: The Supreme Court will debate on a dispute between Google and Oracle.
  • United States: Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, will testify as part of a fraud probe in New York city.

 

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