Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Two airstrikes hit Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing 10 people.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said his government will act as a “guarantor” in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the National Liberation Army rebel group that are slated to begin later this year.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court will rule on Sept. 30 whether suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has exceeded the term limit for his office and must quit.
  • EUROPE: Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of new rounds of shelling as hostilities reignited between the two longtime adversaries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wants Iran to boost relations with the United Arab Emirates.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google was disappointed at an EU court’s decision to uphold a record fine for the dominance of the tech giant’s Android mobile-phone operating system.

Top Story

  • Central Asia: Clashes Erupt Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Border Guards.
    • Clashes broke out between guards patrolling the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
    • The Kyrgyz border service said Tajik guards opened fire after being asked to leave “combat positions” along the border and Kyrgyz guards used weapons in response.
    • The Tajik side said in a statement that Kyrgyz border guards opened unprovoked gun and mortar fire on their outpost, killing one border guard and injuring two others.
    • Kyrgz President Japarov said in a speech at the base opening ceremony that “ensuring the security of the borders of Kyrgyzstan is considered one of the state’s priorities.”
    • Tajikistan has similarly been undertaking concerted efforts to develop its own drone fleet in a certain indication it is unwilling to lose aerial superiority in future border conflicts.
    • Reuters, EurasiaNet, AlJazeera, RFE/RL, National

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Two airstrikes hit Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, killing 10 people. (AP)
  • Kenya: President William Ruto gave orders to reverse some of the policies of his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta. (BBC)
  • Libya: An explosion at a fuel station in the southern city of Sabha caused more than a dozen injuries, with several outlets saying the depot was storing smuggled fuel. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: Police detained 29 youths allegedly traveling to join the militants operating in the gas-rich northern Cabo Delgado province. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The electoral commission delisted more than a million newly registered voters after a verification process and ”cleaning up” its voters’ register. (BBC)

Americas

  • Argentina: A judicial chamber allowed 12 of 19 crew members of a Venezuelan plane to leave the country, after the plane was detained in June due to suspicions of terrorism ties. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: According to an IPEC poll, presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva continues to pull ahead of President Jair Bolsonaro, extending his lead to 15 percentage points. (Reuters)
  • Canada: France rejected a request from a visiting delegation of Inuits to extradite a priest accused of sexual assault on young members of the Indigenous minority in the 1960s. (AFP)
  • United States: US President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware aboard Air Force One to vote in an election season that will decide the fate of his remaining time in office. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro said his government will act as a “guarantor” in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the National Liberation Army rebel group that are slated to begin later this year. (AP)

 

Asia

  • Australia: The Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tuvalu accepted the country’s help to fly representatives to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. (AP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping started his first foreign trip since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with a stop in Kazakhstan ahead of a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other leaders. (AP)
  • Japan: Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral next week and pay respects. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said it is wrong to describe his late father as a dictator and that his brutal martial law rule in the 1970s was not meant to prolong his grip on power. (AP)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court will rule on Sept. 30 whether suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has exceeded the term limit for his office and must quit. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of new rounds of shelling as hostilities reignited between the two longtime adversaries. (AP)
  • Germany: Authorities raided premises linked to the biker gang United Tribuns across the country, after the group was banned for its involvement in violent crime. (AP)
  • Sweden: The country is due to have final results in its general election, with an unprecedented right-wing and far-right bloc holding a razor-thin lead. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the town of Izyum following the departure of Russian troops a few days ago. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Thousands of people are expected to flock to London’s medieval Westminster Hall to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, whose coffin will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Monday. (AP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: The United States is setting up a professionally-run fund to manage $3.5 billion in the country’s reserves, concluding it cannot trust the Taliban leadership. (AFP)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wants his country to boost relations with the United Arab Emirates. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Rescue teams kept searching for 10 people still missing under the rubble of a collapsed four-story building in Amman, where five bodies were recovered the day before. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli military said an army officer was killed when gunmen opened fire on Israeli troops near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: The health ministry said the country’s first major cholera outbreak in over a decade has killed seven people and infected more than 50. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google was disappointed at an EU court’s decision to uphold a record fine for the dominance of the tech giant’s Android mobile-phone operating system. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Muifa
      • Location: 28.7 N, 122.9 E
      • Movement: NNW 9 mph
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Merbok
      • Location: 29.8 N, 162.2 E
      • Movement: N 17 mph
      • Wind: 80 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 14SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15SEP22)

  • Event: PIIE discussion on the new China-US audit deal.
  • Event: CEIP discussion on perspectives of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on US-Australia Alliance.
  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on anniversary of Abraham Accords.
  • Event: CSIS discussion on forced labor around the world.
  • Event: OECD Fighting Climate Change: How to design publicly acceptable climate policies webinar.
  • Global: International Day of Democracy.
  • Costa Rica: Independence Day.
  • El Salvador:  Independence Day.
  • Guatemala: Independence Day.
  • Honduras: Independence Day.
  • Nicaragua:  Independence Day.
  • Slovakia: Day of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • United States: President Joe Biden hosts United We Stand Summit, to ‘counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety.
  • United States: US and Singaporean governments hold biennial review under their joint Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation in Environmental Matters.
  • Uzbekistan: Shanghai Cooperation Organization annual summit. (to 16SEP)

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