Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The South African central bank governor stated that the nation is financially strong enough to weather a post-pandemic rise in global interest rates. 
  • AMERICAS: Supporters of rival Peruvian presidential candidates Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori went out to protest uncertainty over a legal challenge to the results of the keenly contested June 6 election.
  • ASIA: New Zealand will extend the COVID-19 alert level in the capital Wellington for two days, as authorities announced there is still a risk from an Australian tourist who tested positive for the illness after visiting the city last weekend. 
  • EUROPE: The embattled Belarusian dictator has fulfilled his threat to flood the European Union with migrants by sending hundreds of Iraqis on ‘package holidays’ to neighboring Lithuania in retaliation for sanctions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will meet in Rome as their new governments look to improve relations. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Former President Donald Trump has joined the social media website Rumble to connect with supporters. 

 

Top Story

  • United States: Former President Donald Trump holds his first rally since leaving office, in an attempt to showcase political influence. 
    • Donald Trump mocked “woke” military generals and critical race theory as he said Joe Biden was “destroying the nation” in his first campaign rally before the 2022 midterm elections.
    • The event was held to support Max Miller, a former White House aide who is challenging Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach Trump for his congressional seat.
    • Trump repeated his false claim that his defeat in the November 2020 election was the result of fraud.
    • Josh Mandel, senate candidate; Jane Timken, the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party; and former Senate candidate Mike Gibbons all attended the rally to support the former president. 
    • Reporting: Telegraph, APReuters, CNN,  

 

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The nation recorded 112 additional COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 275,881. (Xinhua)  
  • South Africa: The central bank governor stated that the nation is financially strong enough to weather a post-pandemic rise in global interest rates. (FT)  
  • Zimbabwe: The South African nation received a shipment of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses from China as the government seeks to increase vaccinations to battle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Colombia: Authorities offered a reward for information after a helicopter carrying President Iván Duque was shot down a day earlier. (DPA)  
  • Peru: Supporters of rival presidential candidates Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori went out to protest uncertainty over a legal challenge to the results of the keenly contested June 6 election. (The Guardian
  • United States: The death toll is now at five after the collapse of an apartment block in Florida, with an additional body recovered. (BBC)  

 

Asia  

  • Australia: Authorities have released a list of COVID-19 hotspots and public locations containing at least one confirmed case of Covid-19. (The Guardian)  
  • Malaysia: The nation will extend a national lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Reuters)  
  • New Zealand: The nation will extend the COVID-19 alert level in the capital Wellington for two days, as authorities announced there is still a risk from an Australian tourist who tested positive for the illness after visiting the city last weekend. (Reuters)  
  • Thailand: The capital Bangkok announced a ban on indoor dining and gatherings of more than 20 people, in addition to the closure of construction sites and the sealing off of workers’ quarters. (AP

 

Europe

  • Region: The embattled Belarusian dictator has fulfilled his threat to flood the European Union with migrants by sending hundreds of Iraqis on ‘package holidays’ to neighboring Lithuania in retaliation for sanctions. (Telegraph)  
  • Spain: The mandate to wear face masks outdoors was lifted across the nation, although pedestrians are still required to carry one with them. (EFE)  
  • Turkey: Police have fired tear gas on demonstrators at a Gay Pride rally in Istanbul. (BBC)  
  • United Kingdom: Former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid will replace Matt Hancock as health secretary. (DPA

 

Middle East

  • Iraq:  Bird flu cases were detected in a poultry farm in the eastern province of Diyala, and necessary measures have been taken to reduce the spread of the disease. (Xinhua)  
  • Israel: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will meet in Rome as their new governments look to improve relations. (AP)  
  • Jordan: British paratroopers have trained together with the nation’s soldiers to showcase the U.K.’s support for the nation and its commitment to regional stability. (AP)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Former President Donald Trump has joined the social media website Rumble to connect with supporters. (Newsweek)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Champi
      • Location: 31.9 N 142.5 E
      • Movement: NNE at 22 mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Enrique
      • Location: 17.6 N 106 W
      • Movement: NNW at 3 mph
      • Wind: 90mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report. 
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 27JUN21)
      • Confirmed cases: 180,823,910
      • Deaths: 3,918,101
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28JUN21)

  • Global: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues trip to Germany, France, Italy, and Vatican City. (to 29JUN)
  • Global: The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will start his trip. traveling to Italy, the Middle East, and Lithuania. (to JUL 8th) 
  • Global: Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting, co-hosted by Secretary of State Blinken.
  • Global: WHO Small Island Developing States summit.
  • Global: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Annual Session Begins.
  • France: French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the annual Choose France International Business Summit.
  • United States: President Biden welcomes outgoing Israeli President Rivlin to the White House.
  • United States: President Biden convenes a meeting on drought, heat, and wildfires this week.

 

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