Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Senegalese President Macky Sall will travel to Russia and Ukraine soon in his capacity as the current chairman of the African Union.
  • AMERICAS: President Joe Biden said the US has enough vaccines to deal with a potential outbreak of monkeypox and “extra efforts” are not needed to prevent its spread.
  • ASIA: New Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese was sworn into office before flying to Tokyo for a summit with US President Joe Biden.
  • EUROPE: A Russian soldier was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian, in the first war crimes trial since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge over the killing of senior Revolutionary Guard member Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei who was gunned down in the heart of Tehran.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Clearview AI has been fined more than $9.4 million by the UK’s privacy watchdog for illegally creating a database filled with billions of images taken from social media and the internet.

Top Story

  • Global: US President Joe Biden Said he Would be Willing to Use Force to Defend Taiwan.
    • US President Joe Biden said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, capping a series of critical comments about China while in Asia that an aide said represented no change in US policy toward the self-ruled island.
    • Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate.”
    • Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Biden for reaffirming US support if Beijing invaded the island.
    • China’s foreign ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the remarks, before adding that Beijing has no room for compromise or concessions relating to matters of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
    • Responding to President Biden’s comment, a White House official underscored the president’s assertion that American policy toward Taiwan had not changed.
    • The US acknowledges China’s government considers Taiwan as part of “one China,” but it opposes any attempts to change the island’s self-governing, democratic status by force.
    • Reuters, AP, CNBC, Bloomberg. WSJ, Axios,

Africa

  • DR Congo: The United Nations force in the east condemned attacks against it by M23 rebels and urged them to “immediately cease hostilities.” (BBC)
  • Kenya: The National Integrity Alliance (NIA) urged institutions vetting electoral candidates to disqualify 25 politicians from running for office over integrity concerns. (BBC)
  • Senegal: President Macky Sall will travel to Russia and Ukraine soon in his capacity as the current chairman of the African Union. (BBC)
  • South Africa: Hundreds of residents have been evacuated in KwaZulu-Natal province amid a high alert over renewed flooding. (BBC)
  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni says his government will not intervene in the current economic situation amid a rising cost of living. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Canada: Authorities said the death toll from powerful storms that lashed the country’s east over the weekend has risen to eight. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Activists demonstrated in the downtown area of Ciudad Juarez against militarization and the growing wave of femicides in the city. (EFE)
  • Peru: President Pedro Castillo shuffled his Cabinet replacing the interior minister and the mining minister amid rising tensions over protests in the world’s second largest copper producing country. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Joe Biden said the country has enough vaccines to deal with a potential outbreak of monkeypox and “extra efforts” are not needed to prevent its spread. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Iranian state firms have started preparations to revamp the Paraguana Refining Center following a contract to repair its smallest facility. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Australia: New prime minister Anthony Albanese was sworn into office before flying to Tokyo for a summit with US President Joe Biden. (AP)
  • China: Allegations of human rights abuses in the northwestern Xinjiang region will dominate a visit by the United Nations’ top rights official Michelle Bachelet. (AP)
  • North Korea: A large number of people including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official despite outside worries about its COVID-19 outbreak. (AP)
  • Philippines: A fire on a ferry in the northeast killed seven people and forced many others to jump into the water, where they were rescued by other vessels. (AP)
  • Thailand: Bangkok residents elected independent politician Chadchart Sittipunt as the capital’s new governor representing opponents of the country’s military-backed government. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in a Brussels meeting to “advance discussions” on a peace treaty over a troubled region that saw a war break out in 2020. (AFP)
  • Germany: Economy Minister Robert Habeck has warned Hungary against blocking efforts to impose a European Union-wide embargo on Russian oil imports in response to the war in Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Poland: President Andrzej Duda underscored his nation’s support for Ukraine as Russian forces pursued a relentless bombardment of frontline cities in the east. (AFP)
  • Russia: A soldier was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian, in the first war crimes trial since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. (CNBC)
  • Spain: Ex-king Juan Carlos I visited his son and current monarch Felipe VI in Madrid during a controversial trip home after two years in self-imposed exile. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Iran: President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge over the killing of senior Revolutionary Guard member Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei who was gunned down in the heart of Tehran. (AP)
  • Iraq: Authorities closed public buildings and temporarily shut airports as another sandstorm hit the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s chief of staff resigned less than two weeks after another senior aide bolted in a double blow to a leader who has yet to complete his first year in power. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: Prosecutors said a homicide investigation has been opened after a security guard at the country’s Embassy in Paris was killed and a suspect arrested. (AP)
  • Yemen: The head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, said the group was not against extending a U.N.-brokered truce, despite describing it as “not encouraging enough.” (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Clearview AI has been fined more than $9.4 million by the UK’s privacy watchdog for illegally creating a database filled with billions of images taken from social media and the internet. (Forbes)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 23MAY22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (24MAY22) 

  • Event: Atlantic Council conversation with Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko.
  • Event: Discussion on 2022 Brazilian Election.
  • Global: Orthodox St. Cyril and Methodius Day.
  • Global: Amnesty publishes annual death penalty review.
  • Global: 2022 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released.
  • Albania: Presidential election (by the Parliament).
  • Belgium: ECOFIN meeting of EU finance ministers.
  • Eritrea: Independence Day.
  • Germany: G7 Labor and Social Affairs Ministers Meeting.
  • Japan: Quad Leaders’ Summit.
  • Sri Lanka: IMF expects to conclude technical talks over a possible loan program.
  • South Africa: Visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz.
  • Switzerland: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. (to 26MAY)
  • United States: Primary elections in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas run-offs.

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