Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Morocco’s early election results indicate that the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (JPD) may have lost control of Parliament.
  • AMERICAS: The Haitian government published a new draft constitution, continuing to push for reforms begun by assassinated president Jovenel Moise.
  • ASIA: China’s Special envoy on climate Xie Zhenhua held “candid, in-depth and constructive” talks this week with Britain’s senior climate change official Alok Sharma.
  • EUROPE: German Foreign minister Heiko Maas arrived in Libya to reopen the country’s embassy in Tripoli.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatari Foreign minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman al Thani will visit Islamabad to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Campaign group Global Witness accused Facebook of publishing discriminatory job advertisements in a submission to the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Top Story

  • Afghanistan: Taliban interim government agrees to let foreigners leave the country.
    • Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart from Kabul after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation.
    • The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Taliban seized the capital in mid-August.
    • A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 landed in Kabul marking the resumption of international passenger operations at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.
    • The planned departure will be the first international passenger flight to take off from Kabul airport since the U.S. military and its allies exited Afghanistan last month.
    • The Taliban were pressed to allow the departures to leave by Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.
    • The Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaki, thanked Qatari special envoy Mutlaq Al-Qahtani for his country’s efforts in restarting flights out of Kabul International Airport.
    • Reuters, NDTV, WSJ, Forbes, Jerusalem Post, CNN

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The country said that Tigrayan rebels have been defeated in the Afar region and have withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had shifted troops to Amhara for an offensive there. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: A delegation of West African leaders is going to the country to meet with the junta that toppled President Alpha Conde in a coup earlier this week. (AP)
  • Mali: Authorities made an office available to former president Bah Ndaw in a gesture to a key figure in the country’s post-coup political turmoil. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Early election results indicate that the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (JPD) may have lost control of Parliament. (NYT)
  • South Africa: A court pushed back a hearing for president Jacob Zuma to Sept. 21 and 22. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Brazil: Federal health regulator Anvisa said that documents provided by a Sao Paulo biomedical center were insufficient to ensure the safety of over 12 million doses of the Coronavac COVID-19 vaccine. (Reuters)
  • Chile: Health authorities announced that children aged 6-11 would start receiving Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine starting Monday, September 13. (DPA)
  • Haiti: The government published a new draft constitution, continuing to push for reforms begun by assassinated president Jovenel Moise. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Four migrant defense groups announced they have sought court injunctions to block mass deportations, arguing the government is violating due process and asylum law. (AP)
  • United States: President Joe Biden will deliver a six-step plan to control the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which continues despite the wide availability of vaccines. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Region: Final arrangements are being made for the leaders of the United States, Australia, Japan, and India to meet in person in Washington on Sept. 24. (Reuters)
  • China: Special envoy on climate Xie Zhenhua held “candid, in-depth and constructive” talks this week with Britain’s senior climate change official Alok Sharma. (Reuters)
  • India: Authorities rescued 82 people after two passenger ferries collided in a river in the country’s northeast. (AP)
  • Japan: The government proposed to extend emergency coronavirus restrictions on Tokyo and other regions to September 30. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: State media reported a nighttime military parade was held to mark the 73rd anniversary of the country’s founding. (Yonhap)

Europe

  • France: The country will offer free birth control to all women up to age 25 starting next year. (AP)
  • Germany: Foreign minister Heiko Maas arrived in Libya to reopen the country’s embassy in Tripoli. (AP)
  • North Macedonia: At least 10 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in the city of Tetovo. (BBC)
  • Poland: The Senate is beginning a two-day session during which it is scheduled to vote and expected to reject a media bill seen as targeting a U.S. company and media independence. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Authorities will be able to turn back boats carrying migrants across the English Channel under a new strategy approved by interior minister Priti Patel. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban spokesperson was quoted saying that women’s sports — and women’s cricket specifically — will be banned by the new government. (AP)
  • Iran: President Ebrahim Raisi warned Western states against rebuking Tehran at the U.N. atomic watchdog after its latest reports criticized the country. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: At least 100 People were injured after Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at solidarity protests in support of prisoners. (Al Jazeera)
  • Qatar: Foreign minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman al Thani will visit Islamabad to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The kingdom welcomed the release of classified documents relating to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Campaign group Global Witness accused Facebook of publishing discriminatory job advertisements in a submission to the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. (BBC)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
  • Hurricane Larry
    • Location: 30.9N 61.1W
    • Movement: NNW
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression Mindy
    • Location: 30.8N 83.0W
    • Movement: NE
    • Wind: 35 mph
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  • Tropical Storm Jolina
    • Location: 16.0N 117.1E
    • Movement: W
    • Wind: 50 mph
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  • Super Typhoon Chanthu
    • Location: 15.7N 127.2E
    • Movement: WNW
    • Wind: 130 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 09SEP21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (10SEP21)

  • Global: World Suicide Prevention Day.
  • Global: UN Security Council meetings on Libya and Yemen.
  • Event: Brookings Institution discussion on 9/11’s legacy.
  • Event: CSIS discussion on U.S.-Indian energy cooperation.
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on ‘Chinese Finance in Latin America’.
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on ‘Brazil-USA Economic Relations’.
  • Belize: Saint George’s Caye Day.
  • Gibraltar: National Day.
  • Guyana: Amerindian Heritage Day.
  • India: The country commissions its first satellite and ballistic missile tracking ship, INS Dhruv.
  • Slovenia: Eurofi Financial Forum in Kranj. (to 11SEP)

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