Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: TikTok users are being shown videos that are abusive, incite violence or are outright fake news ahead of Kenya’s August general elections.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard accused the US of double standards by refusing to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas.
  • ASIA: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts emphasizing the US commitment to defend its allies and trilateral security cooperation.
  • EUROPE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to ensure the safe passage of vessels from Ukraine as concerns mount over grain stuck in Ukrainian ports.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran turned off two surveillance cameras of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that monitored one of its atomic sites.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Amazon filed a motion to close a National Labor Relations Board hearing in which it is challenging a union election victory in Staten Island.

Top Story

  • United States: The Biden Administration Announces a Plan to Train Half a Million Health Workers in Latin America.
    • The Biden administration announced a new Americas Health Corps that will aim to improve the skills of 500,000 health workers across the region, building on the lessons from Covid-19, which hit the Western Hemisphere especially hard.
    • The health announcement comes a day after Vice President Kamala Harris detailed another $1.9 billion in commitments by businesses to invest in impoverished and violence-ravaged El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
    • The health training will cost $100 million, although the United States will not contribute all of it and will seek to raise funds, including through the Pan American Health Organization.
    • Officials said the new Americas Health Corps would have a five-year goal of improving the skills of 500,000 workers, including in research and public administration.
    • The Summit of the Americas was marred by a boycott from Mexico’s president, who was upset that Biden did not invite the leftist leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela on the grounds that they did not meet democratic standards.
    • AFP, WH, NPR, NYT, WSJ

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The US welcomed “progress” in aid reaching the northern regions, including Tigray where millions have been in dire need of essential emergency supplies for months. (BBC)
  • Kenya: TikTok users are being shown videos that are abusive, incite violence or are outright fake news ahead of the country’s August general elections. (BBC)
  • Mali: ECOWAS said that it regrets the interim government’s decision to extend the transition to civilian rule by 24 months. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: A South African court rejected the government’s request to appeal against a decision to extradite former Finance Minister Manuel Chang to the US. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The UN warned that the country is heading towards a famine as it faces its worst drought in at least four decades. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Region: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the border between Brazil and Peru. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced his intention to reverse the privatization of state utility Electrobras. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard accused the US of double standards by refusing to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Joe Biden kicks off a summit that was conceived as a platform to display leadership in reviving Latin American economies and tackling migratory pressures but has instead been undermined by discord over the guest list. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Turkey on a state visit after being excluded from the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts emphasizing the US commitment to defend its allies and trilateral security cooperation. (AP)
  • Australia: The highest court made a landmark ruling that will curtail how governments can deal with extremists. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Officials denied reports that a new naval facility for the Chinese navy is being built on the Gulf of Thailand. (AFP)
  • Japan: Tokyo criticized Russia’s suspension of an agreement that allows citizens to fish in waters near disputed islands as relations between the countries deteriorate over the war in Ukraine. (AP)
  • North Korea: State media reported 61,000 new suspected COVID-19 cases. (Yonhap)

Europe 

  • France: A quarter of flights will be canceled at the main Paris airport on Thursday as workers stage a strike to demand higher wages. (AFP)
  • Germany: Rescue services said a man drove a car into pedestrians in a popular Berlin shopping district, killing at least one person, and injuring at least eight others. (AP)
  • Russia: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to ensure the safe passage of vessels from Ukraine as concerns mount over grain stuck in Ukrainian ports. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said a UN plan to ease the global food crisis by restarting Ukrainian grain exports along a sea corridor was “reasonable” and requires more talks with Moscow and Kyiv to ensure ships’ safety. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Russia claimed to have taken control of nearly all of Luhansk province, which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy disputed. (AP)

Middle East

  • Iran: The country turned off two surveillance cameras of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that monitored one of its atomic sites. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Energy Minister Walid Fayad said “politics” was behind the delay in a US-backed project to supply his country with electricity through Syria to ease crippling shortages. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country would “follow the facts” surrounding the death of US citizen Shireen Abu Akleh. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The country chose Exxon Mobil Corp, TotalEnergies, Shell, and ConocoPhillips as partners in the expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The US special envoy to the country Tim Lenderking warned of a looming environmental and humanitarian disaster if a United Nations plan to avert a major oil spill in the Red Sea is not fully funded. (Al-Monitor)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Amazon filed a motion to close a National Labor Relations Board hearing in which it is challenging a union election victory in Staten Island. (WaPo)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Tarauacá, Brazil
      • Magnitude: 6.5
      • Depth: 621.9 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 08JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09JUN22)

  • Denmark: Copenhagen Democracy Summit (to 10JUN)
  • France: OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (to 10JUN)
  • Germany: Visit by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
  • Luxembourg: EU justice ministers meeting
  • Philippines: Biannual economic update with World Bank
  • Russia: 350th birthday of Peter the Great
  • Somalia: Newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud inaugurated.
  • Switzerland: International Labor Conference annual session in Geneva (to 11JUN)
  • Uganda: National Heroes Day
  • United States: Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles (to 10JUN)
  • United States: Meeting between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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