Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tigray forces battling Ethiopian troops said they are willing to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in a peace process led by the African Union.
  • AMERICAS: Antigua and Barbuda plans to hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan starting Wednesday in his first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic.
  • EUROPE: Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is going on trial in a $2 million fraud case involving European Union subsidies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is ready to continue cooperating with the IAEA while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter Inc said payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk.

Top Story

  • United Kingdom: Charles III Addresses Parliament for the First Time as King.
    • King Charles III promised to follow the late Queen’s “selfless duty” in his first address to both Houses of Parliament as monarch.
    • Charles referenced William Shakespeare when describing his mother’s legacy: “As Shakespeare says of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was ‘a pattern to all princes living.’”
    • Charles III thanked the Speakers for their addresses, and paid tribute to “the late sovereign, my beloved mother, the Queen.”
    • “Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” noting the queen had set “an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow.”
    • Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said the loss of the queen was felt around the world but added that as “deep as our grief is, we know yours is deeper.”
    • Charles will next travel to Scotland, where he will join a procession to accompany the queen’s coffin along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral, before a religious service and vigil.
    • BBC, NYT, WSJ, Express UK, The Guardian, AFP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Tigray forces battling government troops said they are willing to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in a peace process led by the African Union. (AP)
  • Kenya: The team of the President-elect barred local media from covering the inauguration, offering exclusive broadcast rights to Multichoice Kenya Ltd, an affiliate of South African pay-TV group. (BBC)
  • Liberia: The senate has confirmed Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh as the new chief justice. (BBC)
  • Mali: Three UN peacekeepers were wounded in the northern Gao region after their patrol vehicle hit a landmine. (BBC)
  • Zimbabwe: The opposition party said that its leader Nelson Chamisa escaped an assassination attempt after his convoy came under a bomb attack in the town of Chinhoyi. (BBC)

Americas

  • Antigua and Barbuda: The Caribbean nation plans to hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years. (The Guardian)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro accepted an invitation to attend the funeral for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The government is seeking to require environmental licenses for mining exploration as part of a wider overhaul of the process for awarding concessions. (FT)
  • Mexico: The death toll in a bus crash in the state of Hidalgo rose to 20, as questions emerge about whether a double-tanker fuel truck may have caused the deadly accident. (AP)
  • United States: President Joe Biden will sign an executive order seeking to bolster the biotech sector. (AFP)

 

Asia

  • China: President Xi Jinping will travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan starting Wednesday in his first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government will not pursue any moves to change the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Prime minister Shahbaz Sharif said his government is grappling with food shortages following months of floods which have killed nearly 1,400 people in the nation since June. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is extending a state of calamity declared by his predecessor more than two years ago to deal with continuing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP)
  • Thailand: More than 60 percent of citizens want the government to dissolve parliament and call an early election, as the country’s Constitutional Court considers the future of suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: Former Prime Minister Andrej Babis is going on trial in a $2 million fraud case involving European Union subsidies. (AP)
  • France: An appeal trial will begin in a Paris court as two men found guilty of helping Islamist militants prepare the 2015 deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket seek to overturn their convictions. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Defense minister Christine Lambrecht rejected demands to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s left-wing bloc was neck-and-neck with the opposition right-wing in Sunday’s general election amid a far-right surge with votes in more than two-thirds of electoral districts counted. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The armed forces recaptured more than 20 settlements in the past 24 hours amid a large counter-offensive. (AFP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: A Black Hawk helicopter commandeered by the Taliban crashed during a training session over the weekend, killing two pilots and a crew member. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tehran is ready to continue cooperating with the IAEA while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The government launched a plan to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy infrastructures throughout the country. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Amman warned against the noticeable decline in international support extended to refugees in the Middle East and the related UN institutions. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Islamic State (IS) militants killed six people driving on a road in the northeastern province of Hasakah. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter Inc said payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Muifa
      • Location: 24.8 N, 124.1 E
      • Movement: N 7 mph
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Merbok
      • Location: 21.9 N, 161.9 E
      • Movement: NE 8 mph
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 12SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13SEP22)

  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on US-Mexico bilateral relationship.
  • Event: AEI discussion on Big Tech.
  • Global: UN Human Rights Council triannual session in Geneva. (to 07OCT)
  • Global: UN General Assembly begins. (to 27SEP)
  • Asia: Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin to visit Vietnam through Sept. 14 and visit Laos from Sept. 14-16.
  • Asia: India and China to complete disengagement from Gogra-Hotsprings friction point.
  • Germany: Visit by Yemeni President Rashad al-Alimi.
  • Germany: G7 Sustainable Urban Development Ministers Meeting.
  • Kenya: Presidential inauguration ceremony for William Ruto.
  • Nepal: Visit by Chinese legislator Li Zhanshu.
  • Philippines: 105th birthday celebration of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in the northern province of Ilocos Norte.
  • United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin flown to London.
  • United States: Twitter whistleblower testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee.

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