Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s party was declared the winner of last month’s national election by a landslide.
  • AMERICAS: Wildfires broke out in northern California amid a heat wave in the US West.
  • ASIA: China called the US decision to blacklist Chinese companies over their alleged role in abuses of Uyghur people “a serious breach of international economic and trade rules” and vowed to take “necessary measures” in response.
  • EUROPE: Pope Francis made his first public appearance since last week’s surgery.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a mortar shell landed in a gas field near a base of the US-led coalition forces in Syria’s eastern region.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A TV broadcast in the Netherlands was canceled following threats a few days after the assassination attempt on crime reporter Peter R de Vries.

 

Top Story

  • Haiti: Interim government requests US, UN troops.
    • Haiti’s interim government requested the United States and the United Nations to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure in the country.
    • The government made the request as it attempts to stabilize Haiti and prepare for elections following President Jovenal Moise’s assassination. 
    • The United States currently does not plan to provide military assistance to Haiti.
    • Meanwhile, Jimmy Cherizier, a powerful gang leader in Haiti, said his supporters will take to the streets to protest President Moise’s assassination, risking more chaos in the country currently facing an already uncertain political situation in the aftermath of President Moise’s assassination.
    • Reporting: NYT, WaPo, BBC, AP, Reuters

 

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s party was declared the winner of last month’s national election by a landslide. (AP)
  • South Africa: Police arrested 28 people and a highway remained closed due to violent protests linked to former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: An explosion and an attack caused by an unidentified group killed at least four people in the city of Port Sudan. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Chile: Police shot dead a member of the country’s Mapuche indigenous community in the Araucania province, raising tensions with the Mapuche community. (Reuters)
  • United States: Wildfires broke out in northern California amid a heat wave in the country’s West. (AP)
  • Venezuela: 22 suspected gang members, four police officers and several other civilians died amid clashes in Caracas. (BBC)

 

Asia  

  • Region: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to bring relations to a “new stage” as the two countries mark the 60th anniversary of their friendship. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing called the US decision to blacklist Chinese companies over their alleged role in abuses of Uyghur people “a serious breach of international economic and trade rules” and vowed to take “necessary measures” in response. (AP)
  • Japan: The government said it was ready to provide economic stimulus to assuage the economic pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: NATO and Ukraine completed the two-week long Sea Breeze 2021 military exercise in the Black Sea. (AP)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Thousands of people were gathering to commemorate the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and lay to rest 19 newly identified victims. (AP)
  • Bulgaria: The public is voting in another parliamentary election just three months after the previous election in which no party was able to form a government. (Reuters)
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis made his first public appearance since last week’s surgery. (AP)
  • Moldova: The public is set to vote in snap parliamentary elections that pro-Western President Maya Sandu hopes will help counter allies of her pro-Russian predecessor Igor Dodon. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel’s new President Isaac Herzog and Jordan’s King Abdullah II held a phone call and discussed Middle East peace efforts. (AFP)
  • Israel: Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family moved out of the official prime minister’s residence. (DPA)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a mortar shell landed in a gas field near a base of the US-led coalition forces in the country’s eastern region. (AFP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: A TV broadcast in the Netherlands was canceled following threats a few days after the assassination attempt on crime reporter Peter R de Vries. (DPA)

 

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 11JUL21)
      • Confirmed cases: 186,506,329
      • Deaths: 4,025,993
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12JUL21)

  • Global: Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will visit NATO headquarters.
  • Global: The FAO’s annual report on food security and nutrition will be released.
  • Global: The European Union will formally approve an EU military training mission for Mozambique.
  • Asia: Uzbekistan’s government will hold an international conference on regional connectivity, which will be attended by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. 
  • Asia: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. (to 16JUL)
  • Europe: US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen will visit Brussels and meet with EU officials.
  • Europe: The finance ministers of Eurozone countries will hold a meeting.
  • Europe: Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides will brief his European Union counterparts at a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
  • Germany: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Japan: A coronavirus state of emergency will begin, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Japan: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will visit.
  • Jordan: A court will issue its verdict in a behind-closed-doors trial of former finance minister Bassem Awadallah, who is accused of destabilizing the country’s monarchy.
  • Kiribati: Independence Day – 1979
  • Russia: US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Ambassador John Kerry will visit and meet with government officials.
  • Russia: Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi will visit and meet with her counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Independence Day – 1975
  • South Africa: The Constitutional Court will issue its verdict on former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal against his prison sentence. 
  • Syria: The UN Security Council will discuss the situation in the country.

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