Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The leader of Tanzania’s Chadema opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, was charged with terrorism-related offences following his arrest that has already drawn international criticism.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba accused the United States of encouraging an attack on a Cuban embassy in France.
  • ASIA: The first person to be charged under China’s new national security law for Hong Kong was found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case.
  • EUROPE: An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Germany’s Leverkusen was declared “an extreme threat” by authorities, who also urged residents to remain indoors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch accused Israel of having conducted attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during its 11-day offensive against the Hamas militant group in May.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Lawmakers in the United States urged the Biden administration to place the NSO Group on an export blacklist due to its Pegasus spyware.

Top Story

  • Asia: North and South Korea reopen communication hotline.
    • North and South Korea have restored a communication hotline that Pyongyang had terminated last year.
    • North Korean state media quickly confirmed the announcement which was initially made by South Korea.
    • The restoration takes place after months of exchanged letters between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, according to Seoul.
    • President Moon’s office also stated that both leaders have agreed to rebuild trust and improve Seoul-Pyongyang relations.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, DPA, NYT, AFP, WaPo, Reuters, WSJ

Africa

  • Region: The United States is expected to announce plans for a new push to increase ties between US companies and the continent, with a focus on digital, health and physical infrastructure. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Some young civilians in the Amhara region have reportedly started mobilizing in response to a weekend call to arms by the Amhara region President Agegnehu Teshager. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The country’s main genocide survivors group welcomed the extradition of fugitive Venant Rutunga from the Netherlands to the country. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: The leader of the Chadema opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, was charged with terrorism-related offences following his arrest that has already drawn international criticism. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: President Kais Saied dismissed criticism of his decision to fire the country’s prime minister and suspend parliament. (DPA)

Americas

  • Region: Colombia urged the United States to name Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism for allegedly protecting the people believed to be behind an attack on Colombian President Ivan Duque’s helicopter last month. (AFP)
  • Region: Cuba accused the United States of encouraging an attack on a Cuban embassy in France. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Police arrested the head of assassinated President Jovenal Moise’s security team. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: A seventh presidential candidate was arrested by authorities while President Daniel Ortega called his political opponents pawns being used by the United States. (Reuters)
  • Peru: Protesters seeking greater benefits from exploitation of natural resources blockaded the Las Bambas copper mine. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • China: The first person to be charged under Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong was found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case. (Reuters)
  • India: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to visit the country today and discuss its human rights record as well as strengthening its Indo-Pacific engagement. (AP)
  • Japan: Tokyo reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections just days into the Olympics. (AP)
  • Samoa: The country’s first female Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa formally took office more than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis. (AP)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen praised the Czech Republic’s decision to donate 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the island nation. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The European Commission said 70% of adults in the region have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (DPA)
  • Region: Serbia’s central bank threatened to take action with the European Union over Croatia’s plans to put the inventor on its coins. (BBC)
  • Czech Republic: The government and the majority state-owned utility CEZ agreed to support a project to build an electric vehicle battery plant in the country. (Reuters)
  • Germany: An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Leverkusen was declared “an extreme threat” by authorities, who also urged residents to remain indoors. (AP)
  • The Holy See: A trial of a financial scandal involving an opaque property deal paid for with charity funds will begin today. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Iran: Security forces said they had arrested a network of agents working for Israel and seized a cache of weapons. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: US President Joe Biden said the US combat mission in the country will conclude by the end of the year. (AP)
  • Israel: Human Rights Watch accused the country of having conducted attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during its 11-day offensive against the Hamas militant group in May. (AP)
  • Lebanon: New Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati is expected to begin consultations with political parties over the long-awaited formation of the country’s new government. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: A UN panel gave the country’s national oil company $600 million in compensation for Iraq’s invasion and occupation of the country three decades ago. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Lawmakers in the United States urged the Biden administration to place the NSO Group on an export blacklist due to its Pegasus spyware. (Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Nepartak
      • Location: 130 nautical miles E-NE of Yokosuka, Japan
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: N at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Indonesia
      • Location: 97 km W-NW of Luwuk, Indonesia
      • Magnitude: 6.2
      • Depth: 10.7 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 27JUL21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28JUL21)

  • Global: The WHO’s World Hepatitis Day
  • Global: A US-Russia bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue will be held in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Global: The World Trade Organization’s General Council will hold a meeting.
  • Global: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will co-host a global education summit. (to 29JUL)
  • Global: The 70th anniversary of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
  • Global: A Greece-Cyprus-Jordan tripartite summit will be held in Athens, Greece.
  • Middle East: The UN Security Council will hold an open debate on the region.
  • Bulgaria: Maldives’ Foreign Minister and the President-elect of the 76th UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, will visit. (to 29JUL)
  • France: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will visit and meet with his counterpart Florence Parly following the Pegasus spyware reports.
  • India: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit.
  • Kuwait: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit.
  • Peru: The inauguration of President-elect Pedro Castillo will be held.
  • Peru: Independence Day – 1821 (to 29JUL)
  • Thailand: Birthday of King Vajiralongkorn – 1952
  • United Kingdom: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will visit.
  • United States: President Joe Biden will visit Macungie, Pennsylvania.
  • United States: The Federal Reserve will make an interest rate decision.
  • Vietnam: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will visit. (to 29JUL)

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