Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: South Africa will deploy 10,000 soldiers to assist in security operations during the forthcoming municipal elections due to start next week.
  • AMERICAS: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley called China’s suspected test of a hypersonic missile “close to a Sputnik moment.”
  • ASIA: China said it opposes military ties between the United States and Taiwan, after Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island.
  • EUROPE: The United Kingdom condemned France’s “disproportionate” seizure of a fishing boat in French waters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran will resume talks with the six world powers aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal by the end of November.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook acknowledged to shareholders that it is facing “government investigations” related to leaks by whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Top Story

  • Sudan: Sudanese Army faces widening opposition to takeover.
    • The Sudanese army is facing widening opposition to this week’s coup, with state officials in Khartoum vowing disobedience and activists mobilizing for further demonstrations later this week.
    • Protests against Sudan’s military coup that sparked international condemnation entered their fourth day, as demonstrators rebuilt barricades demolished by security forces during overnight unrest.
    • The World Bank has suspended its aid to Sudan, after the military staged a coup against the civilian government leaving seven dead.
    • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone call with Foreign Minister Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, during which he condemned the military takeover of the government.
    • The military sacked six ambassadors and security forces have tightened their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, even as international pressure against this week’s coup grows.
    • Reuters, AFP, BBC, Reuters2, Al Jazeera

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Intense fighting continued around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha in Amhara state between the Tigrayan rebels and the army. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The country will deploy 10,000 soldiers to assist in security operations during the forthcoming municipal elections due to start next week. (BBC)
  • Tanzania: The country’s weather watchdog warned that the impending poor seasonal rains distribution is likely to cause poor crop harvests, threatening the east African nation’s food security. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: A United Nations human rights expert has called for the removal of 20-year-old western sanctions against the country, saying they have harmed jobs, health, and the poor. (BBC)

Americas

  • Chile: Long lines formed to receive COVID-19 booster shots amid a slight uptick in infections. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A growing migrant caravan filled the square in Chiapas state after knocking off another thirteen miles of its trek across the country’s south. (AP)
  • United States: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley called China’s suspected test of a hypersonic missile “close to a Sputnik moment.” (BBC)
  • United States: Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced an easing of security protocols at overseas missions, saying the restrictions obstructed diplomacy. (NYT)

Asia

  • Australia: The country’s COVID-19 vaccine booster program will start for the adult population on Nov. 8 amid a third wave of COVID-19 infections. (Xinhua)
  • China: Beijing said it opposes military ties between the United States and Taiwan, after Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. (AFP)
  • India: Environment minister Bhupender Yadav said that net-zero carbon emissions targets are not the solution to climate change and called on rich countries to acknowledge “historic responsibility” for emissions. (The Guardian)
  • Singapore: The health ministry announced it was investigating an “unusual surge” in COVID-19 after the country reported a record 5,324 daily new cases. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said the island must defend itself and not depend entirely on others for help if China were to launch an attack. (AP)

Europe

  • Germany: The Robert Koch Institute said the country’s COVID-19 caseload took its biggest jump in two weeks with over 28,000 new infections. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The government has agreed on several new measures using COVID-19 recovery funds to help its economy. (DPA)
  • Poland: Parliament will debate a bill that would ban demonstrations for the equality of non-heterosexual people. (DPA)
  • Romania: The Senate narrowly rejected a bill requiring workers to hold a COVID-19 health pass, although the lower house has final say on its passage. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The country condemned France’s “disproportionate” seizure of a fishing boat in French waters. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: Tehran will resume talks with the six world powers aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal by the end of November. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The judge investigating last year’s deadly Beirut port blast suspended a summons targeting former premier Hassan Diab. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The kingdom designated the Lebanese Al-Qard Al-Hassan association as a “terrorist” entity, citing links to activities supporting Hezbollah. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen blamed the government for the failure of constitutional talks last week. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook acknowledged to shareholders that it is facing “government investigations” related to leaks by whistleblower Frances Haugen. (CNN)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Typhoon Malou
      • Location: 24.8N 141.5W
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Map
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes:
      • La Palma, Spain
        • Explosive activity continues
        • Erupting
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 28OCT21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (29OCT21)

  • Event: Wilson Center discussion with former Australian PM Tony Abbott.
  • Asia: Annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum.
  • Cambodia: Coronation Day.
  • Greece: Visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Italy: US President Joe Biden to meet Pope Francis, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and French President Emmanuel Macron in Rome.
  • Mali: UN Security Council meeting.
  • Turkey: Republic Day.

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