Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Japanese operator of the bulk carrier that caused a widespread oil spill off the coast of Mauritius will provide $9 million for the country’s environmental projects and the local fishing community.
  • AMERICAS: Demonstrators protesting against police brutality clashed with the police across many cities in Colombia in reaction to two police officers allegedly killing a man in Bogota.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the upcoming negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring factions are likely to be “contentious,” but are the only way forward to achieving peace in the country.
  • EUROPE: The United Kingdom struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan, hailing the agreement as a “historic moment”, just as London is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Science Minister Izhar Shay said the first official visit of a delegation from the UAE to Israel is likely to be delayed or held under restrictions, due to a looming coronavirus lockdown in Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union should push to create its own digital tax in Q1 next year if broader international efforts to create a digital tax do not materialize by the end of this year.

Top Story

  • Asia: India, China agree to disengage border troops.
    • India and China have agreed to “quickly disengage” from their new border standoff and continue their dialogue over the issue.
    • In a joint statement, the two sides said they had reached a five-point consensus, including agreements that the troops of both countries should quickly disengage and ease tensions
    • The announcement took place following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow between Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
    • The two countries had for the past week traded accusations of sending soldiers into the other’s territory and firing warning shots for the first time in 45 years, threatening a full-scale military conflict developing between New Delhi and Beijing, prior to this meeting.
    • Reporting: NYT, AP, BBC, Reuters, DPA

Africa

  • Libya: The country’s rival governments reached an agreement on how key posts in state institutions are to be assigned, a step aimed at unifying the embattled country. (DPA)
  • Mauritius: The Japanese operator of the bulk carrier that caused a widespread oil spill off the country’s coast will provide $9 million for the country’s environmental projects and the local fishing community. (AP)
  • Rwanda: Human Rights Watch has said the arrest of “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina amounted to an “enforced disappearance”, demanding a full account on how he returned to the country from the US. (AFP)

Americas

  • Bolivia: Human Rights Watch has accused the country’s interim government led by President Jeanine Añez of using the country’s justice system to persecute former President Evo Morales and his supporters and allies. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: At least seven people have died during clashes between the police and protesters angry over the death of a man who was pinned to the ground and repeatedly tasered by police in Bogota. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors questioned 17 militarized police involved in a gunfight that killed a woman and left her husband injured after tensions flared in protests against a dam diverting water to the US. (Reuters)
  • United States: Deadly wildfires in heavily populated northwest Oregon continue to spread, causing authorities to issue evacuation orders to an estimated 500,000 people. (AP)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the upcoming negotiations between the country’s warring factions are likely to be “contentious,” but are the only way forward to achieving peace in the country. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government has once again grounded all domestic flights and banned travel in and out of the country’s largest city, Yangon. (AP)
  • North Korea: US Forces Korea (USFK) commander Robert Abrams said that Pyongyang has issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the entry of the new coronavirus from China. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Russia’s Interior Ministry said Russian police have traced opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s movements, including what he drank prior to his falling ill, and that Moscow is preparing another request for legal assistance from Germany, where Navalny is currency recuperating. (Reuters)
  • France: The country recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections since the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: The country struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan, hailing the agreement as a “historic moment”, just as London is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Israeli Science Minister Izhar Shay said the first official visit of a delegation from the UAE to Israel is likely to be delayed or held under restrictions, due to a looming coronavirus lockdown in Israel. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: There were several explosions at a military base just east of the city of Zarqa, with no immediate reports of any injuries. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Authorities launched an investigation into a massive fire at a warehouse storing aid in the port of capital city Beirut, which was the site of the recent explosion that killed 190 people. (BBC)

Tech & Communications

  • Tech Regulation: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union should push to create its own digital tax in Q1 next year if broader international efforts to create a digital tax do not materialize by the end of this year. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Chile
      • Location: 83 km NNE of Tocopilla, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.3
      • Depth: 51 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 27,871,271
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 11SEP20: 18,780,806
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 903,756
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12SEP20)

  • Global: G20 Agriculture and Water Ministers will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: 75th anniversary of British Admiral Mountbatten accepting the surrender of Japanese armed forces in Southeast Asia which was one of the events marking the end of WWII.
  • Global: The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation – 2004
  • Asia: ASEAN Foreign Ministers will hold a series of virtual meetings.
  • Europe: Belarusian and Russian armed forces will hold military exercises in Belarus. (to 15SEP)
  • Europe: Finance Ministers of EU countries will hold informal talks in Berlin, Germany.
  • Europe: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Cyprus and hold talks related to the rising tensions between Greece and Turkey over energy sources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Germany: Protests against the government’s coronavirus measures and restrictions are expected in the city of Hanover.
  • Iran: The military will hold its annual war games near the Strait of Hormuz.
  • Japan: The country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold Prime Minister-candidate debates.
  • Qatar: The country will host intra-Afghan peace and post-war negotiations. (to 13SEP)
  • Russia: Regional elections to elect local governors and parliaments in 23 of the country’s regions to be held, just weeks after the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit Reno, Nevada.
  • United States: The White House will reopen for public tours.

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