Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Kenya launched a murder investigation into the death of a BBC staff member in a Nairobi hotel room.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won a landslide victory in Sunday’s regional elections.
  • ASIA: The Philippines dispatched two boats to bring food supplies to soldiers stationed at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Austria returned to a partial lockdown after a weekend of violence against virus measures rocked several cities in Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Oman and Qatar signed six cooperation agreements in the areas of tourism, military, ports, and investment during a state visit by Oman’s Sultan Haitham to Doha.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Australian small publishers will get a leg up in their fight to secure licensing deals with Google and Facebook after the country’s richest person said his philanthropic organization would seek a collective bargaining arrangement for them.

Top Story

  • Asia: China to prioritize Southeast Asia with upgraded relations and development aid. 
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit that Beijing would not “bully” its smaller regional neighbors, amid rising tension over the South China Sea.
    • In remarks at the China-ASEAN Special Summit to commemorate 30 years of relations, President Xi said China was, is and will always be ASEAN’s good neighbor, friend, and partner.
    • The Chinese president later said that Beijing will offer $1.5 billion in assistance to ASEAN nations over the next three years to develop their economies and fight epidemics.
    • China’s assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea has set it against ASEAN members Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to parts.
    • Beijing’s ties with the region are complicated by the South China Sea dispute and competing Indo-Pacific strategies from the US and EU.
    • Reuters, Xinhua, AP, Straits Times, SCMP

Africa

  • Kenya: The country launched a murder investigation into the death of a BBC staff member in a Nairobi hotel room. (AFP)
  • Libya: Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah announced in a televised speech that he is running for president. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, commended the latest political agreement in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: More than 300 citizens will climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of celebrations to mark the east African nation’s 60th Independence Anniversary on Dec. 9. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Chile: The country will hold a presidential election runoff next month after hard-right former congressman Jose Antonio Kast finished on top in the first-round vote ahead of leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Two of the 17 American and Canadian Christian missionaries taken hostage in the country last month have been released. (Reuters)
  • United States: Five people were killed and more than 40 injured after an SUV sped through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro won a landslide victory in Sunday’s regional elections. (AFP)

Asia

  • Bangladesh: Police fired tear gas and 20 people were injured as thousands of opposition demonstrators demanded the government allow ailing ex-premier Khaleda Zia to fly abroad for treatment. (AFP)
  • India: Police said a grenade blast took place close to the Indian army cantonment in the northern state of Punjab, but no casualties have been reported. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said the country will end a three-and-a-half-month lockdown in Auckland early next month as it adopts a new coronavirus control strategy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has reached a preliminary agreement with the country toward reviving a $6 billion bailout. (AP)
  • Philippines: The country dispatched two boats to bring food supplies to soldiers stationed at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. (DPA)

Europe

  • Austria: The country returned to a partial lockdown after a weekend of violence against virus measures rocked several cities in Europe. (AFP)
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko said the country seeks no confrontation with Poland but wants the European Union to take in 2,000 migrants stranded on its border. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: A day after President Rumen Radev secured his second term with a landslide victory in a runoff election, he drew criticism from the US for his remarks about the status of the Crimean Peninsula. (AP)
  • Germany: Health minister Jens Spahn said the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases means it is likely everyone in the country who is not vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Investment minister Gerry Grimstone said the country and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are negotiating a free-trade agreement. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Oman and Qatar signed six cooperation agreements in the areas of tourism, military, ports, and investment during a state visit by Oman’s Sultan Haitham to Doha. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr condemned all pressures on the country’s electoral commission and interference in its work. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Officials said a Palestinian gunman from Hamas killed a citizen and wounded three other people in Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot dead by police. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The Health Ministry said the country has entered its third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with weekly infections on the rise. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia has sent the country satellite images it has for Beirut’s port before and after a huge explosion rocked it last year. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Australian small publishers will get a leg up in their fight to secure licensing deals with Google and Facebook after the country’s richest person said his philanthropic organization would seek a collective bargaining arrangement for them. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes:
    • La Palma, Spain
      • Explosive activity continues
      • Erupting
      • Source
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 22NOV21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (23NOV21)

  • Global: UN Security Council meetings on Iraq and Libya.
  • Event: CSIS discussion on the future of the OAS.
  • Brazil/Middle East: Conclusion of President Jair Bolsonaro’s trip to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
  • China: 50th Anniversary of having a seat on the UN Security Council.
  • Georgia: Saint George’s Day.
  • Iran: IAEA Chief meets officials in Tehran ahead of nuclear deal talks.
  • Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day.

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