Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Guinea’s military junta named Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and agricultural finance expert, to serve as prime minister.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian President Pedro Castillo sacked Prime Minister Guido Bellido and swore in former head of Congress Mirtha Vasquez as well as other new cabinet members.
  • ASIA: Filipino opposition leader Leni Robredo has registered her presidential candidacy for next year’s elections in a move that would bring the pro-democracy advocate to a faceoff with the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
  • EUROPE: Russia will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on Oct. 20.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with senior Lebanese officials to express Tehran’s willingness to support Lebanon as it goes through an economic crisis.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert denied that the company prioritizes user engagement over safety.

Top Story

  • Global: The United States and China agree in principle to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end.
    • US president Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to hold a virtual summit this year, in the first sign of improving relations between the countries since the US president took office.
    • US officials advised the meeting was a follow-on from President Joe Biden’s September 9 call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, prior to which the world’s top two economies appeared to have been locked in a stalemate.
    • The White House announcement followed a six-hour meeting in Zurich between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
    • It is not clear when the virtual meeting will be held, but other officials will participate.
    • Top-level talks can help to address the most contentious issues at the heart of US-China strategic competition.
    • FT, Canberra Times, Axios, NYT, CNBC

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: Former president Blaise Compaore will boycott the proceedings in a long-awaited trial on the 1987 assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanded proof of wrongdoing by seven senior UN officials who were expelled by the government last week. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: The ruling military junta named Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and agricultural finance expert, to serve as prime minister. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Mining and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashie said the country must transition away from coal and not rush towards renewable energy sources. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Colombia: The think tank INDEPAZ estimated that over 10,000 members of armed paramilitary groups are still active in the country. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Martine Moise, widow of slain president Jovenel Moise, gave witness testimony to the investigation into the assassination of her husband. (AFP)
  • Peru: President Pedro Castillo sacked Prime Minister Guido Bellido and swore in former head of Congress Mirtha Vasquez as well as other new cabinet members. (Reuters)
  • United States: A federal judge ordered Texas to suspend its restrictive abortion law which took effect in September. (AP)

Asia

  • Australia: Authorities announced COVID-19 restrictions would be eased in Sydney beginning next week as the city reached its 70% full vaccination target. (Reuters)
  • China: The country will launch a biodiversity summit on Monday to build political momentum to halt and even reverse the destruction of nature by man. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Parliament approved a law for one of the country’s most ambitious tax overhauls, including raising the value added tax rate next year, a new carbon tax, and cancelling a planned corporate tax cut. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: At least 20 people were killed in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Balochistan province. (The Guardian)
  • Philippines: Opposition leader Leni Robredo has registered her presidential candidacy for next year’s elections in a move that would bring the pro-democracy advocate to a faceoff with the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (AP)

Europe

  • France: Alain Richard, the head of a delegation of senators, called Taiwan a “country” during a visit to Taipei, risking fury from China which has opposed the trip. (AFP)
  • Greece: Lawmakers are voting on a five-year defense pact signed last week with France which includes a clause of mutual assistance in case of attack by a third party. (AP)
  • Russia: The country will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on Oct. 20. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The Servant of the People party voted to remove parliamentary speaker Dmytro Razumkov for putting his own interests above those of the governing party. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company was no longer considering building a factory in the country since it has left the European Union. (BBC)

Middle East

  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with senior Lebanese officials to express Tehran’s willingness to support Lebanon as it goes through an economic crisis. (Al Jazeera)
  • Oman: The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen that crashed through the sultanate has risen to 14 after a body was found of someone missing since the storm. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A court in the kingdom has upheld a 20-year prison term imposed on an aid worker who had criticized the government on Twitter. (AP)
  • Syria: Eleven women who had joined IS and 37 children were repatriated to Germany and Denmark from a Kurdish-controlled detention camp. (BBC)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert denied that the company prioritizes user engagement over safety. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Harnai, Pakistan
      • Magnitude: 5.9
      • Depth: 9 km
      • Map
    • Volcanoes:
      • La Palma, Spain
        • Explosive activity continues
        • Erupting
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 07OCT21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08OCT21)

  • Global: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting.
  • Czech Republic: Parliamentary elections. (to 09OCT)
  • Europe: Meeting of EU ministers for justice and home affairs in Brussels.
  • France: Africa-France Summit in Montpelier, chaired by President Emmanuel Macron.
  • India: Air Force Day.
  • Israel: Court hears custody battle over Italy cable-crash boy.
  • Japan: Newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida makes first policy speech.
  • Mexico: US-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue, attended by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
  • Norway: Announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Pakistan: Visit by Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
  • Portugal: NATO Parliamentary Assembly annual session in Lisbon. (to 11OCT)

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