Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Zambian President Edgar Lungu will seek to defeat opposition challenger Hakainde Hichilema in Thursday’s election amid economic turmoil and a pending bailout for one of Africa’s most indebted nations.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that dialogue with the opposition, led by former deputy and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, is “going well.”
  • ASIA: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to unveil plans to reopen the country’s borders on Thursday.
  • EUROPE: Russia’s Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev said in an interview that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed in a matter of weeks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Lebanon that his country “will not accept” rocket fire.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Samsung’s de-facto leader Lee Jae-Yung will be released from prison later this week, though it remains unclear how he can return to work right away at South Korea’s largest conglomerate.

Top Story

  • Global: The United Nations Scientific Panel releases its climate report summarizing global warming
    • The report called recent changes to the climate “unprecedented,” said “unequivocal” humans are to blame, and lays out the case for drastic cuts to emissions.
    • The climate report also highlighted extreme weather everywhere as heatwaves, droughts, hurricanes, and tropical cyclones become more frequent.
    • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new UN report served as “a wake-up call” for world leaders as they prepare to gather in Scotland for the next climate summit later this year.
    • After the release of the UN climate report, environmental activist Greta Thunberg called on the world to be brave in confronting climate change.
    • DPA, Reuters, US News, Yahoo News

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: Twelve soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by jihadists near the West African country’s border with Mali. (AFP)
  • Mali: A military officer and local officials said that more than forty civilians were killed in the country’s north when jihadists attacked three villages near the border with Niger. (AFP)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu will seek to defeat opposition challenger Hakainde Hichilema in Thursday’s election amid economic turmoil and a pending bailout for one of Africa’s most indebted nations. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Cuba: The government strengthened its COVID-19 response in one of the island’s hotspots in the central province of Ciego de Avila. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will discuss COVID-19 vaccines with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris amid rising cases in both nations. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Senate is close to completing a $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill, with a vote on passage of the bipartisan deal possible by tomorrow. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said that dialogue with the opposition, led by former deputy and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, is “going well.” (Xinhua)

Asia

  • Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest level since March 2020. (Xinhua)
  • China: According to data from the National Health Commission, the country administered around 12.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Aug. 8, raising the total number of doses administered to 1.783 billion. (Reuters)
  • India: The country reported 35,499 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: A volcanic eruption on Mount Merapi sent renewed flow of lava and hot ash down its slopes for the second consecutive day. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to unveil plans to reopen the country’s borders on Thursday. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko accused the opposition of plotting a coup in the runup to last year’s presidential election that set off a monthslong wave of mass protests demanding his resignation. (AP)
  • France: The country began enforcing a Covid pass backed by President Emmanuel Macron in cafes, restaurants and trains, a tightening of rules the government hopes will increase vaccinations but instead has prompted weeks of angry protests. (AFP)
  • Germany: Exports increased more than expected in June suggesting a sound recovery in Europe’s biggest economy. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Law enforcement in Milan is investigating the source of an envelope containing three bullets addressed to the pope. (WaPo)
  • Russia: The Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev said in an interview that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed in a matter of weeks. (TASS)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The country received its first shipment of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, obtaining 261,600 in cooperation with the African Union. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Former presidential candidate Alireza Zakani was elected as mayor of Tehran. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Lebanon that his country “will not accept” rocket fire. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Samsung’s de-facto leader Lee Jae-Yung will be released from prison later this week, though it remains unclear how he can return to work right away at South Korea’s largest conglomerate. (WSJ)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 
  • Tropical Storm Kevin
    • Location: 16.3N 110.9W
    • Movement: WNW
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:
  • Mount Merapi, Indonesia
    • pyroclastic flow created large phoenix clouds
    • Eruption warning has been issued
    • Source
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 09AUG21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (10AUG21)

  • Global: Russia and China to hold the joint counterterrorism military exercise in Qingtongxia.
  • Global: Russian, Tajik and Uzbek troops to hold joint military exercise in Tajikistan.
  • Global: Islamic New Year
  • Global: CSIS will be holding an event with Senator Tammy Duckworth on the U.S. National Security Policy in the Indo-pacific.
  • China: China to conduct a large-scale naval exercise in the South China Sea.
  • Grenada: Carnival Tuesday
  • Russia: Indian and Russian troops to hold joint military exercise in Volgograd, Russia.
  • South Africa: Former South African President Jacob Zuma to appear in court for corruption trial.
  • United States: The U.S Senate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism will hold a hearing to examine U.S. security assistance in the Middle East.
  • Zimbabwe: Defense Forces Day

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