Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese military said Ethiopia killed seven soldiers and a civilian who were held captive by Addis Ababa.
  • AMERICAS: The Peruvian government confirmed that an agreement could not be reached after three days of talks with the country’s heavy haulers and drivers union.
  • ASIA: North Korea accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia.
  • EUROPE: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the start of an alliance summit in Madrid.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Indirect talks between Iran and the United States will resume this week in Qatar as part of a wider effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google faces an antitrust complaint by Danish online job-search rival Jobindex, which told EU regulators the Alphabet-owned business had unfairly favored its own job-search service.

Top Story

  • Global: G7 to Hike Sanctions on Russia, Nears Oil Cap Price Deal.
    • The Group of Seven countries will commit to a new package of coordinated actions meant to raise pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine and will finalize plans for a price cap on Russian oil.
    • “The dual objectives of G7 leaders have been to take direct aim at Putin’s revenues, particularly through energy, but also to minimize the spillovers and the impact on the G7 economies and the rest of the world.”
    • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 countries and said that delays to the transfer of weapons to Ukraine “are actually an invitation for Russia to strike again and again.”
    • Germany, which has continued to import Russian gas and only recently began sending heavy artillery to Ukraine, has been among the countries Zelensky has criticized for not providing more support.
    • While the heads of state intended to show a united front at the summit, diverging views emerged among European leaders over whether or not Ukraine should cede some territory to Russia to end the war, which has led to a surge in energy prices and global food shortages.
    • As oil prices have skyrocketed, Russia’s oil revenues have increased, despite global import bans. Leaders want to use their collective leverage to cut the revenue Russia receives from the countries still purchasing its oil.
    • Reuters, RFE/RL, WSJ, NYT, NBC News, CNN

Africa

  • Region: The African Union Commission chief voiced his shock at the “violent and degrading” treatment of African migrants trying to cross from Morocco into Spain after 23 people died and called for an investigation in the incident. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: Anglophone separatists killed at least seven people and carried out scores of kidnappings since January. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s highest-ranking judicial officer Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned from his position. (BBC)
  • South Africa: Forensic experts are trying to determine what caused the deaths of 22 young people in a nightclub in the city of East London. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The military said Ethiopia killed seven soldiers and a civilian who were held captive by Addis Ababa. (AP)

Americas  

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro expects to announce former Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto as his running mate for this year’s election in the next few days. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Four people were killed and about 70 injured when part of a stand collapsed at a bullring in the town of El Espinal. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: President Guillermo Lasso would cut prices for gasoline and diesel by 10 cents a gallon, the latest concession to try to end nearly two weeks of anti-government protests in which at least six people have died. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Six police officers in the border state of Nuevo Leon are dead and four others wounded after they were ambushed by a drug gang equipped with ten home-made armored cars and heavy weaponry. (AP)
  • Peru: The government confirmed that an agreement could not be reached after three days of talks with the country’s heavy haulers and drivers union. (AFP)

Asia

  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo will urge Russia and Ukraine to rekindle peace talks and seek ways to free up exports of grain to global markets when he visits Moscow and Kyiv in the coming days. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The government warned of possible power shortages and urged greater efforts to conserve energy while the country endures unseasonably hot temperatures. (AP)
  • Myanmar: A special Southeast Asian envoy for the crisis in the country urged its military rulers not to hold deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in prison, appealing for leniency ahead of a visit later this week. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: Pyongyang accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Troops handed tokens to people queueing for petrol amid a severe fuel shortage in the nation battling its worst economic crisis in seven decades, while schools shut in Colombo and public employees were asked to work from home. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • Region: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the start of an alliance summit in Madrid. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz indicated Monday that he was open to taking part in November’s G20 summit even though host Indonesia has refused to block Russian leader Vladimir Putin from attending. (AFP)
  • Portugal: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres told a major UN conference in Lisbon that the world is facing an “ocean emergency” that threatens nature and humanity. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin will travel to Tajikistan on his first trip abroad since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Lawmakers will vote on a government bill to overhaul post-Brexit trade arrangements in Northern Ireland, despite EU warnings it is illegal and could spark a trade war. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The death toll of children in last week’s devastating earthquake in the southeast rose to 155. (AP)
  • Iran: Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington will resume this week in Qatar as part of a wider effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in Tehran that the two countries have agreed to seek stability in the Middle East a day after he visited Saudi Arabia in a bid to revive talks between the regional rivals to ease years of hostility. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that the country will invest 3 billion shekels (about 880 million USD) to facilitate innovation in climate technologies. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The World Food Programme further reduced rations in the country, where millions face hunger, due to critical funding gaps, global inflation, and knock-on effects of the Ukraine conflict. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google faces an antitrust complaint by Danish online job-search rival Jobindex, which told EU regulators the Alphabet-owned business had unfairly favored its own job-search service. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Celia
      • Location: 20.4N, 116.0W
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 27JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28JUN22)

  • Event: CSIS discussion on National Security and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Africa: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Malawi and Zambia. (to 03JUL)
  • Germany: G7 Summit.
  • Germany: Visit by US President Joe Biden.
  • Israel: Cyber Week Event. (to 30JUN)
  • Russia: Parliamentary speaker of self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic to speak before parliament.
  • Serbia: St. Vitus’ Day.
  • Spain: NATO Summit. (to 30JUN)
  • Spain: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Madrid during NATO Summit.
  • Tajikistan: Visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Ukraine: Constitution Day.
  • United States: House Speaker Pelosi speaks at IRF Summit.
  • United States: Sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell on sex trafficking charges.

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