Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. 
  • ASIA: The next Japanese prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said. 
  • EUROPE: Germany will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The heads of the two biggest Israeli banks will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Protests over police brutality continue throughout the United States
    • Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, WI, asked for calm from a hospital bed in a video appeal released by his lawyer. 
    • Protesters in Portland threw fire bombs at police and at least one person was injured, police said, on the 100th day of demonstrations in Oregon city over racial injustice and police brutality.   
    • New York’s attorney general moved to create a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died earlier this year after Rochester police placed a hood over his head and forced him down.
    • Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky gathered to  demand justice for Breonna Taylor as Derby day, the most famous day in American horse-racing, takes place in the city.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, AP, The Guardian  

 

Africa

  • Region: The African Union (AU) Commission disclosed an urgent need to collect illicit weapons in possession of civilians in Africa. An estimated 40 million weapons are presently under the possession of civilians across the continent. (Xinhua)  
  • Mali: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment. (AP)  
  • Tunisia: Three Islamist insurgents stabbed two policemen in the coastal resort city of Sousse, killing one of them, and were killed by police. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Colombia: The nation registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. (Xinhua
  • United States: The California Independent System Operator (ISO) announced a “Stage 2” power emergency, warning that rotating power outages were possible during a record heat wave. (Reuters)
  • United States: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is alleging in a new book that Trump made insulting remarks about Black world leaders including former South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as about U.S. minorities in general. (Reuters

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan;  Eight insurgents have been confirmed dead as military planes attacked a gathering of Taliban militants in Charbolak district of northern Balkh district. (Xinhua)  
  • Japan: The next prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on Sunday. (Reuters)  
  • Japan: Haishen, the second powerful typhoon to hit the nation in a week, unleashed intense winds and rain on southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it moves northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. (AP)  
  • South Korea: The country is planning for “tailored” support for some of the country’s households and self-employed that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, top government and ruling party officials reported. (YNA

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Large numbers of protesters are expected to gather in the nation to call for longtime President Alexander Lukashenko to resign, nearly a month after disputed elections. (DPA)  
  • Germany: The government will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported. (The Guardian
  • Russia: The nation reported 5,195 new COVID-19 cases taking its total to 1,025,505, the fourth largest in the world. (Reuters)  
  • United Kingdom: The Brexit negotiations will end soon unless the EU realizes the country is serious about no-deal, government sources have warned. (Telegraph

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 130 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total infections in the country to 99,712. (Xinhua)  
  • Israel: Domestic chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor (TSEM.TA) said some of its systems were affected by a cyber attack and it is now putting on hold some servers and manufacturing operations. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The heads of the two biggest banks in the nation will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. (Reuters

 

Tech & Communications

  • Space: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Super Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 29.3N 130E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Julio
      • Location: 17.6N 106W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Map 
  • Earthquakes
    • M 6.6 – central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
      • 2020-09-06 06:51:19 (UTC)7.700°N 37.239°W10.0 km depth
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 26,906,338
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 06SEP20: 17,963,927
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 880,008
      • 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 30AUG20: 103 
      • Probable Cases as of 30AUG20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 47
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07SEP20)

  • Asia-Pacific/South Asia: Malaysia to ban the entry of citizens from Indonesia, India and the Philippines in light of COVID-19 infections uptick.
  • Europe: Serbia-Kosovo negotiations to be held in Brussels.
  • Europe: Brexit talks to be held in London.
  • MENA/Europe: Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis to visit Iran.
  • China: to reveal export figures for August
  • Israel: The nation will implement new lockdowns in ‘red zone’ cities with high COVID-19 mortality rates.
  • Pakistan: The government will decide whether or not to re-open schools after COVID-19 related closure

 

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