Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia.
  • AMERICAS: The Biden administration announced that the borders with Canada and Mexico will be reopened to vaccinated travelers next month.
  • ASIA: Japan dissolved its parliament setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin said talk of his possible successor “destabilizes” the country’s political system and that he had not yet decided about his future.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli airstrike near Palmyra killed one government soldier and three pro-Iranian militia.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson accused Facebook of providing false testimony in a campaign finance lawsuit.

Top Story

  • China: Beijing is set to send three astronauts on the longest crew mission yet.
    • China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on the Tiangong space station for six months, the longest space mission on record for Chinese astronauts.
    • The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said the Shenzhou-13 space mission will include the installation of important devices for mechanical arms as well as various sci-tech experiments and applications.
    • Wang Yaping will become China’s first female astronaut to work in its new Tianhe core module of the Chinese space station.
    • The Shenzhou-13 spaceship is expected to be launched into space on a Long March-2F rocket early Saturday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China.
    • China’s heavily promoted space program has already seen the country land a rover on Mars and send probes to the moon.
    • WaPo, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, CGTN, AFP

Africa

  • Region: Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Authorities have announced that government workers who have not received Covid-19 jabs will not be allowed into their offices from December. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The country’s largest engineering union has rejected a new wage offer as a strike that has already hit output at carmaker BMW enters its second week. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The police force said the country will deploy a contingent of 160 police officers to Somalia for peacekeeping operations. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Region: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that agriculture is one of the hardest hit sectors by climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The government is reportedly hopeful that it can resolve its trade dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs with the European Union before the end of October. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Biden administration announced that the borders with Canada and Mexico will be reopened to vaccinated travelers next month. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The United Nations Human Rights Office called for an independent investigation into the death in prison of dissident General Raul Baduel. (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: The commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command John Aquilino said a defense pact between Australia, the United States and Britain will ensure peace, security, and stability in the region. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Bali reopened to international flights from China, Japan, and France, as the pandemic-struck holiday destination welcomes back tourists. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country dissolved its parliament setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: UN Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana reported to the General Assembly that children and the elderly are at risk of starvation amid pandemic restrictions. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Officials said an overnight fire tore through a building in the southern city of Kaohsiung killing 46 people and injuring dozens of others. (AFP)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: Opposition groups, who won a combined majority in the weekend’s elections, announced they would present a coalition plan by November 8. (Reuters)
  • France: The government will ask lawmakers to extend the pandemic state of emergency, currently set to expire in November, to July 31, 2022. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: President Egils Levits has tested positive for the coronavirus. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin said talk of his possible successor “destabilizes” the country’s political system and that he had not yet decided about his future. (AFP)
  • Spain: A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma island in what was the strongest recorded since a local volcano began erupting 26 days ago. (AP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban delegation led by foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will hold talks in Turkey with foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: At least three people have been killed in armed clashes in Beirut amid protests against the lead judge investigating last year’s massive blast in the city’s port. (AP)
  • Syria: An Israeli airstrike near Palmyra killed one government soldier and three pro-Iranian militia. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Oil minister Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei said demand for energy and especially natural gas is peaking, and that it was important to maintain balance in the market. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson accused Facebook of providing false testimony in a campaign finance lawsuit. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Kompasu
      • Location: 19.5N 106.7E
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Map
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes:
      • La Palma, Spain
        • Explosive activity continues
        • Erupting
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 14OCT21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15OCT21)

  • Global: International Day of Rural Women.
  • Belgium: Visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Cambodia: Commemoration Day of the King’s Father.
  • Eurasia: Commonwealth of Independent States Council of Heads of State summit, virtual.
  • India: Issuing of tourist visas planned to resume.
  • Tunisia: Evacuation Day.
  • United Kingdom: Visit by US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland.
  • United States: World Bank and IMF Annual Meeting in Washington DC. (to 17OCT)

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