Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Algeria voted in parliamentary elections boycotted by the long-running Hirak protest movement and affected by a high abstention rate. 
  • AMERICAS: The Nicaraguan police said it had arrested opposition leader Daysi Tamara Dávila Rivas for the crime of “inciting foreign interference in internal affairs” and “requesting military interventions” against the administration headed by Daniel Ortega
  • ASIA: Top diplomats of South Korea and the United States have reaffirmed the goal of the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to deepen cooperation on vaccine distribution and Myanmar
  • EUROPE: Spain’s Podemos takes a new direction with Lone Belarra set to become the leader following Pablo Iglesias’ resignation, putting two women at the helm of the radical left-wing party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year term is set to end when parliament votes on a new government, ushering in an administration that has promised to heal a nation bitterly divided over the departure of the country’s longest-serving leader. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: GB News, the first dedicated television news channel to launch in Britain in more than two decades goes live for the first time.

 

Top Story

  • Global: The G7-nation summit heads into its final day, with announcements on climate change and countering China expected. 
    • Climate change is at the top of the agenda for the summit’s last day as the leaders set out plans to reduce carbon emissions and increase biodiversity.
    • The G7 nations will provide 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next year and work with the private sector, the G20, and other countries to increase the contribution over months to come. 
    • Announcements on the final day are expected to include agreements on the joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery from the recession caused by it and a roadmap for dealing with authoritarian states like China and Russia.
    • China cautioned the Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries controlled the world’s fate were long gone, hitting back at the world’s wealthiest democracies that have sought a unified position over Beijing.
    • Reporting: BBC, Reuters, DPA, Reuters 

 

Africa

  • Algeria: The nation voted in parliamentary elections boycotted by the long-running Hirak protest movement and affected by a high abstention rate. (AFP)  
  • Cape Verde: The nation received 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses provided by China. (Xinhua)  
  • Zimbabwe: The nation has chosen to strengthen anti-COVID-19 measures, banning all social gatherings, and enforcing mandatory testing of travelers from countries with outbreaks, following an increase in infections and deaths in recent weeks. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Canada: Hundreds of mourners attended a public funeral service for a Pakistani-Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man in a pick-up truck last week in what police have decided is a hate crime. (RFE)
  • Nicaragua: The police said it had arrested opposition leader Daysi Tamara Dávila Rivas for the crime of “inciting foreign interference in internal affairs” and “requesting military interventions” against the administration headed by Daniel Ortega. (EFE)  
  • United States: A tropical depression in the Pacific Ocean has intensified into a storm named Carlos. (Reuters
  • United States: Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in shootings overnight in three states, increasing concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as lockdown restrictions end. (AP)  

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bombing two minivans in a majority Shiite neighborhood in Kabul that killed seven people. (AP)  
  • China: Mainland China reported 34 new COVID-19 cases on June 12, down from 35 cases a day earlier. (Reuters
  • China: A gas explosion in a residential area killed at least 11 people and left 37 severely injured in the central city of Shiyan. (NYT)  
  • South Korea: Top diplomats of the nation and the United States have reaffirmed the goal of the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to deepen cooperation on vaccine distribution and Myanmar. (YNA)  

 

Europe

  • Germany: An analysis by a Bundeswehr think tank has found the nation’s army is barely equipped to defend against attacks by more advanced combat drones. (DPA)  
  • Spain: Podemos takes a new direction with Ione Belarra set to become the leader following Pablo Iglesias’ resignation, putting two women at the helm of the radical left-wing party. (AFP)  
  • Switzerland: Citizens head to the polls in a batch of referendums, possibly making the country become only the second in the world to ban artificial pesticides. (Reuters)  

 

Middle East

  • Iraq: Security forces launched an operation to clear the Islamic State (IS) from rural areas in the eastern province of Diyala. (Xinhua
  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year term is set to end when parliament votes on a new government, ushering in an administration that has promised to heal a nation bitterly divided over the departure of the country’s longest-serving leader. (Reuters
  • Syria: At least 18 people were killed when a hospital in the northern city of Afrin got bombarded with shelling. (The Guardian)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: GB News, the first dedicated television news channel to launch in Britain in more than two decades goes live for the first time. (AFP)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Carlos
      • Location:11.9N 125.3W
      • Movement: W
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map 
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 13JUN21)
      • Confirmed cases: 175,671,781
      • Deaths: 3,796,088
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 12JUN21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14JUN21)

  • Global: President Biden attends NATO Summit of Allied leaders.
  • Global: Bill Gates addresses U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization.
  • Global: EU-Canada Summit.
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meetings.
  • Europe: Brussels Forum (virtual).
  • Mexico: DHS Secretary Mayorkas begins his trip to the nation – his first international trip in the role.

 

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