Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The burial of Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, proceeded despite a court challenge by his son against the burial site.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of people in Peru participated in a protest against the uncertainty over the results of the country’s recent presidential election.
  • ASIA: The Taliban battled its way to the entry points of the capital of Afghanistan’s northwestern Badghis province.
  • EUROPE: German police raided the residences of two suspected accomplices of a jihadist who carried out an attack in the Austrian capital Vienna last November.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency it was resuming the process of producing enriched uranium metal.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: EU chief Charles Michel condemned the attack on high-profile Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries, who was shot in Amsterdam.

 

Top Story

  • Haiti: President Moise assassinated.
    • Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by an unidentified group of people at his private residence.
    • Some members of the group, which attacked the president’s residence at around 1AM during the night, were reportedly speaking Spanish.
    • First Lady Martine Moise has also reportedly suffered bullet wounds and has been hospitalized.
    • The news was announced early today in a statement released by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
    • The interim Prime Minister also said he was now in charge of the country as he condemned the “inhumane and barbaric” attack, called for calm and said the country’s armed forces had taken control of the security situation.
    • Reporting: AP, France24, BBC, Reuters, Deutsche Welle

 

Africa

  • Region: The UN urged Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to recommit to discussions over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal earlier this year, weighed anchor. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and stressed the need for all parties to commit to an immediate and indefinite ceasefire in the country’s embattled Tigray region. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: The burial of the country’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, proceeded despite a court challenge by his son against the burial site. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Canada: Mary Simon, the country’s first Indigenous governor general, promised to work toward healing the nation. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: A special court accused senior military leaders of assassinating 120 civilians and charged them with committing crimes against humanity. (NYT)
  • Nicaragua: Police arrested three members of a Farmers Movement and two student activists in the latest detentions in a crackdown on the opposition. (BBC)
  • Peru: Thousands of people participated in a protest against the uncertainty over the results of the country’s recent presidential election. (Reuters)
  • United States: Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a virtual meeting with former detainees at camps in China’s northwest Xinjiang region. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban battled its way to the entry points of the capital of the northwestern Badghis province. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Officials extended Sydney’s coronavirus lockdown for another week. (AP)
  • China: Authorities locked down the city of Ruili near the country’s border with Myanmar amid a new COVID-19 outbreak. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin appointed Defense Secretary Ismail Sabri Yaakob as his deputy. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government will send black boxes of the military transport aircraft that crashed during the weekend to the United States for analysis. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Russia is tracking a Spanish ship that entered the Black Sea to participate in the Sea Breeze 2021 military drills. (Reuters)
  • Region: German police raided the residences of two suspected accomplices of a jihadist who carried out an attack in the Austrian capital Vienna last November. (Reuters)
  • Region: A British military base in Cyprus reinforced its staff and equipment to better thwart illegal immigration from the island. (AP)
  • Belarus: The United States issued a final order blocking the bulk of travel between Washington and Minsk. (AP)
  • Russia: Rescuers discovered the bodies of 19 people on-board the ill-fated Antonov An-26 plane that crashed in the country’s far-eastern region yesterday. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Qatar announced it will supply Lebanon’s armed forces with 70 tons of food each month. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Tehran told the International Atomic Energy Agency it was resuming the process of producing enriched uranium metal. (BBC)
  • Saudi Arabia: The International Air Transport Association agreed to open a regional headquarters in Riyadh. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: EU chief Charles Michel condemned the attack on high-profile Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries, who was shot in Amsterdam. (AFP)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Elsa
      • Location: 50 miles S-SW of Cedar Key, Florida
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: N at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 07JUL21)
      • Confirmed cases: 184,692,748
      • Deaths: 3,994,220
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08JUL21)

  • Global: The OECD 2021 Annual Conference of the Global Forum on Productivity will be held. (to 09JUL)
  • Global: The European Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the situation in Nicaragua.
  • Africa: The UN Security Council could hold a session on Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
  • Americas: The 58th Summit of Heads of State of MERCOSUR and Associated States will be held virtually.
  • Americas: The Trade Ministers of the United States, Canada, and Mexico are expected to mark the first anniversary of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Asia: Japan will provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.
  • Europe: The Three Seas Summit will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Europe: The European Court of Justice is expected to issue a ruling on a case relating to the independence of the judiciary in Poland.
  • Canada: The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly will be held virtually. 
  • Colombia: The UN Security Council will hold a briefing on the country.
  • Germany: Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum will visit and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Germany: The country’s Federal Election Committee will meet to decide which parties will be admitted to the Bundestag elections in September. (to 09JUL)
  • Greece: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will attend the Economist’s Annual Roundtable with the Government of Greece. (to 09JUL)
  • Russia: India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar could visit.
  • Syria: Astana-format talks on the country will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

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