Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said Nigeria will be able to send more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe by next winter.
  • AMERICAS: According to preliminary charges, the man accused of trying to shoot Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner last week planned the attack with his girlfriend.
  • ASIA: Australia will be represented by its government leader plus three former leaders at Shinzo Abe’s state funeral this month
  • EUROPE: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres proposed veteran Austrian diplomat Volker Tuerk to head the global body’s human rights office.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five government secondary schools for girls have resumed classes in eastern Afghanistan after hundreds of students demanded they reopen.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Apple Inc avoided price hikes of its best-selling iPhones during its biggest product launch of the year.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Announces $2 Billion in Military Aid to Kyiv and Neighbors.
    • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is announcing new military aid worth more than 2 billion dollars for Ukraine and European countries threatened by Russia.
    • In meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, Blinken said the Biden administration would provide $2 billion in military financing to Ukraine and its neighbors, including NATO members and regional security partners.
    • The $2 billion aid package is on top of a $675 million package of heavy weaponry, ammunition, and armored vehicles for Ukraine that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced at a conference in Ramstein, Germany.
    • Thursday’s contributions bring total U.S. aid to Ukraine to $15.2 billion since Biden took office.
    • The announcements came as fighting between Ukraine and Russia intensified in recent days, with Ukrainian forces mounting a counteroffensive to retake Russian-held areas in the south and east.
    • AP, AFP, NYT, AlJazeera, WSJ

Africa

  • Burundi: Parliament swore in a new prime minister a week after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned that some unnamed people were plotting to overthrow his government. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The devolution ministry has cautioned newly elected governors against using public resources to pay for congratulatory messages in newspaper adverts. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for killing four Christians, including an Italian nun, in an attack in northern Nampula province on Tuesday. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said the country will be able to send more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe by next winter. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: About 1,190 people were affected by deadly landslides triggered by torrential rains in the western district of Kasese. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Argentina: According to preliminary charges, the man accused of trying to shoot Vice President Cristina Kirchner last week planned the attack with his girlfriend. (AFP)
  • Canada: The suspect in a stabbing spree in Saskatchewan which left 10 people dead and 19 injured died after being captured by police. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Hurricane Kay lashed the Baja California Peninsula with wind and rain as authorities opened shelters and closed some roads. (AP)
  • Paraguay: Officials are searching for clues in the killing of a journalist in the northern end of the country, while prosecutors disputed accusations that law enforcement officials failed to protect the victim. (AP)
  • United States: Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is due to appear in court for a case of alleged misappropriation of funds for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border. (AFP)

Asia

  • Australia: The country will be represented by its government leader plus three former leaders at Shinzo Abe’s state funeral this month. (AP)
  • China: Heavy rains are complicating earthquake recovery efforts in Sichuan Province, where the death toll from Monday’s disaster has risen to 82. (AP)
  • Solomon Islands: Lawmakers voted to delay their nation’s general election from next year until 2024, a move that opponents say is a power grab and some fear could lead to further civil unrest. (AP)
  • South Korea: The new government proposed a meeting with North Korea to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Another US congressional delegation is visiting the self-governed island as tensions with China remain high. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: The summer of 2022 was the hottest in Europe’s recorded history, with the continent suffering blistering heatwaves and the worst drought in centuries. (AFP)
  • Albania: The last staff of the Iranian Embassy in Tirana left the building after they were given 24 hours to leave the country over a major cyberattack that the government blames on Iran. (AP)
  • Austria: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres proposed veteran diplomat Volker Tuerk to head the global body’s human rights office. (AP)
  • Denmark: Queen Margrethe II has been hailed for unifying and modernizing the monarchy in her 50 years on the throne, a milestone to be celebrated in pomp and circumstance this weekend. (AFP)
  • Germany: The US met with its allies in the country for a new round of talks on bolstering Kyiv militarily, as Ukraine reported “good news” in recapturing several sites in the east. (AFP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: Five government secondary schools for girls have resumed classes in the east after hundreds of students demanded they reopen. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The editor-in-chief and three journalists from independent news outlet Mada Masr were interrogated by judicial officers for “spreading false information.” (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A bomb detonated outside of a Hezbollah-backed minister’s home in the eastern Bekaa valley. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials said Israeli forces shot and killed a teen, who the military says hit a soldier with a hammer. (AP)
  • Syria: A five-story residential building collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 10 people. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Apple Inc avoided price hikes of its best-selling iPhones during its biggest product launch of the year. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Danielle
      • Location: 46.8 N, 32.0 W
      • Movement: NE 16 mph
      • Wind: 70 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricane Earl
      • Location: 28.7 N, 65.1 W
      • Movement: N 10 mph
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricane Kay
      • Location: 25.0 N, 113.7 W
      • Movement: NNW 16 mph
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 08SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09SEP22)

  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on China’s economic decoupling.
  • Event: PIIE discussion with Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George.
  • Belgium: EU energy ministers to hold an emergency meeting in Brussels.
  • Czech Republic: Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers.
  • Czech Republic: Informal ECOFIN meeting of EU finance ministers. (to 10SEP)
  • Czech Republic: Eurofi Financial Forum concludes.
  • North Korea: Independence Day.
  • Pakistan: Visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres amid severe floods.
  • South Korea: Harvest Festival Holiday.
  • Taiwan: Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Tajikistan: Independence Day.
  • United Kingdom: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Amb. John Kerry travels to Glasgow to discuss global climate change action.
  • United States: NPC Newsmaker discussion with Islamic Republic of Pakistan Amb. Masood Khan, discussing the recent flooding in Pakistan, relief efforts, and how Americans can best help.

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