Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Guinean junta leaders and called for new elections within six months, as well as the release of ousted president Alpha Conde.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he would attend the UN General Assembly despite being unvaccinated, defying New York City authorities.
  • ASIA: China’s finance ministry announced a seven-month extension of tariff exemptions for 81 products imported from the United States.
  • EUROPE: The United States acknowledged that it only gave France a few hours’ notice of its nuclear submarine deal with Australia, which officials have called a “huge breach of trust.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Senior officials from China, Russia, Pakistan, and Iran agreed to step up communication and coordination on Afghanistan at an informal meeting in Tajikistan.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook removed 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany under a new policy focused on groups that spread misinformation or incite violence.

Top Story

  • Japan: Governing party begins race to pick Suga successor
  • Official election campaigning began for the new head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party, who typically becomes the national leader because of the party’s control over parliament.
  • Four veteran lawmakers, including early front-runner Taro Kono, are vying over policy steps to better fight the novel coronavirus and deal with an increasingly assertive China along with other challenges facing the country.
  • The vote on Sept. 29 will be determined by 766 ballots: 383 distributed to LDP prefectural chapters and the same number to LDP lawmakers.
  • This will be the first vote featuring two female candidates for the premiership.
  • The race follows Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s announcement last month that he would not run for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
  • WaPo, Kyodo News, Asahi Shimbun, The Japan Times, AFP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The United Nations said many aid trucks have not returned from Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region, and their disappearance is “the primary impediment” to ramping up the humanitarian response. (AFP)
  • Ghana: President Nana Akufo-Addo will travel to Guinea to meet its new junta leaders, a day after ECOWAS sanctioned them for ousting President Alpha Conde. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: ECOWAS imposed sanctions on junta leaders and called for new elections within six months, as well as the release of ousted president Alpha Conde. (DPA)
  • South Africa: The highest court stood by its order to imprison former president Jacob Zuma, accusing him of “litigious skullduggery” in a scathing ruling that accused him of undermining the courts. (AFP)

Americas

  • Bahamas: Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has conceded defeat to his challenger Philip Davis in the general elections on the Atlantic island chain reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and drop in the tourism-dependent economy. (Al Jazeera)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro said he would attend the UN General Assembly despite being unvaccinated, defying New York City authorities. (AFP)
  • Guyana: Saudi Aramco was awarded a one-year contract to market the government’s share of crude oil production. (Reuters)
  • Peru: Congress approved a bill allowing authorities to cremate the body of late guerilla leader Abimael Guzman. (France 24)

Asia

  • China: The finance ministry announced a seven-month extension of tariff exemptions for 81 products imported from the United States. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The country is worried about an arms race in the region after Australia announced plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new Indo-Pacific security partnership with the United States and Britain. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The junta will put former leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption, adding to a list of ongoing cases that could see her jailed for decades. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The body of former prime minister Kang Song-san was interred in Sinmiri national cemetery nearly 15 years after his death. (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan: The economy minister expressed concern about China’s decision to apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte will visit Poland for security talks on the two countries’ borders with Belarus. (WaPo)
  • Albania: Parliament voted in the first cabinet to be dominated by women since the multi-party system was introduced 30 years ago. (Reuters)
  • France: The United States acknowledged that it only gave Paris a few hours’ notice of its nuclear submarine deal with Australia, which officials have called a “huge breach of trust.” (NYT)
  • Russia: Polls opened for three-day parliamentary elections, in which Kremlin critics have been barred from running following a historic crackdown on opposition. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned the country that there could be no post-Brexit trade deal with the United States if the Northern Ireland peace agreement were destroyed. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Senior officials from China, Russia, Pakistan, and Iran agreed to step up communication and coordination on Afghanistan at an informal meeting in Tajikistan. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Fuel and petrochemical exports have boomed despite crippling U.S. sanctions, leaving the country well placed to expand sales swiftly in Asia and Europe if Washington lifts its curbs. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The U.S. State Department approved a potential agreement covering up to $500 million in military support services to the kingdom. (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country could invest a further 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) in the United Kingdom this year after pledging 10 billion pounds this week to its investment partnership with the British government. (Bloomberg)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook removed 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany under a new policy focused on groups that spread misinformation or incite violence. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
  • Tropical Storm Chanthu
    • Location: 33.4N 129.2E
    • Movement: ENE
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 17SEP21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (18SEP21)

  • Global: UN General Assembly. (to 30SEP)
  • Chile: Independence Day.
  • Italy: G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Florence.
  • Netherlands: Dutch king opens Holocaust memorial.
  • Russia: Parliamentary and local elections. (to 19SEP)
  • Scotland: 7th anniversary of Scottish independence referendum.
  • United States: “Justice for J6” rally planned in Washington DC.

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