Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: More than 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia face severe hunger as dry conditions cause severe drought across the Horn of Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry called for renewed efforts to organize elections while his opponents seek the creation of a transition government.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of people protesting vaccine and mask mandates drove a convoy to New Zealand’s capital Wellington and converged outside Parliament.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to host French President Emmanuel Macron and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Berlin to discuss efforts to de-escalate tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Talks to revive the nuclear deal will resume in Vienna after the United States and Iran signaled their willingness to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Peter Thiel, one of the longest-serving board members of Meta, the parent of Facebook, announced he would step down from the company in order to focus on the US midterm elections.

Top Story

  • Europe: French President Emmanuel Macron Travels to Ukraine After Talks With Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv as fears of a possible Russian invasion mount.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Kyiv to discuss a possible Russian invasion with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a day after high-stakes talks at the Kremlin.
    • Macron said the coming days will be crucial to de-escalating the Ukraine standoff, after five hours of talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
    • The French president said he had made proposals of “concrete security guarantees” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who suggested some of the ideas could help ease the crisis.
    • The visit by Macron to Ukraine comes at a time when Six Russian warships are heading to the Black Sea from the Mediterranean for naval drills.
    • AP, AFP, BBC, AlJazeera, Reuters

Africa

  • Region: More than 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia face severe hunger as dry conditions cause severe drought across the Horn of Africa. (WFP)
  • Ethiopia: Authorities in the Oromia region accused a rebel group of killing more than 160 civilians and burying 87 bodies in a mass grave. (BBC)
  • Malawi: The meteorological department issued flood warnings for several central and northern regions of the country and urged residents to remain vigilant. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Abba Kyari, a senior police officer indicted in the US on money laundering charges may be extradited if necessary. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: Western envoys and the UN rights chief urged President Kais Saied to restore a key judicial watchdog, warning that scrapping it threatens the rule of law. (AFP)

Americas

  • Haiti: Prime Minister Ariel Henry called for renewed efforts to organize elections while his opponents seek the creation of a transition government. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: A dispute over who would lead the newly-elected Congress has been resolved, removing an obstacle to President Xiomara Castro’s planned anti-corruption reforms. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Biden administration is launching an outreach campaign to get millions of families to file their taxes so they can receive payments from the expanded child tax credit. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The headquarters of the El Nacional newspaper were awarded to Nicolas Maduro ally Diosdado Cabello following his victory in a defamation lawsuit against the paper. (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: The United States and Japan reached a deal to partially lift steel tariffs imposed during the Trump administration. (NYT)
  • Hong Kong: Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the city’s toughest social-distancing restrictions yet, including limits on private gatherings. (AP)
  • Nepal: A leaked government report accuses China of encroaching on the two countries’ shared border. (BBC)
  • New Zealand: Hundreds of people protesting vaccine and mask mandates drove a convoy to Wellington and converged outside Parliament. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The United States approved a $100 million support contract aimed at boosting the island’s missile defense systems. (AP)

Europe  

  • Region: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to host French President Emmanuel Macron and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Berlin to discuss efforts to de-escalate tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border. (DPA)
  • France: Europe Minister Clement Beaune said the country will drop its requirement of a negative Covid test for vaccinated travelers from outside the European Union, as daily infection numbers continue to decrease. (AFP)
  • Germany: Foreign minister Annalena Baerbock received a firsthand account of the humanitarian and military situation in Eastern Ukraine. (DPA)
  • Russia: A Moscow court will start hearing two new cases against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny next week that could see his prison sentence extended by more than 10 years. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced renewed pressure to apologize to opposition leader Keir Starmer for what critics have called a misleading “Trumpian” attack on him last week. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: A UN report warned that under Taliban rule foreign terrorist groups enjoy greater freedom in the country. (AP)
  • Iran: Talks to revive the nuclear deal will resume in Vienna after both Washington and Tehran signaled their willingness to reach an agreement as soon as possible. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Two potential successors to President Mahmoud Abbas were named to top posts in the PLO at a meeting boycotted by his Islamist rivals. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: International charity group Oxfam said a yearlong battle over the strategic Yemeni city of Marib has displaced about 100,000 people. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Peter Thiel, one of the longest-serving board members of Meta, the parent of Facebook, announced he would step down from the company in order to focus on the US midterm elections. (NYT)

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 08FEB22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09FEB22)

  • Australia: Visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (to 13FEB)
  • Cambodia: Treason trial of former opposition leader Kem Sokha to continue.
  • China: Beijing Winter Olympic Games. (to 20FEB)
  • Germany: Meeting between Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Council President Charles Michel.
  • Mexico: Visit by US Climate Envoy John Kerry.
  • Thailand: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials’ Meeting in Pattaya. (to 27FEB)
  • Ukraine: Visit by Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Zbignew Rau. (to 11FEB)
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee top secret briefing on Iran.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Afghanistan.

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