Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia is holding elections for federal parliamentary seats, the final round of voting before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed forms a new government next week.
  • AMERICAS: French ambassador Philippe Etienne returned to Washington DC two weeks after being recalled by his government.
  • ASIA: Defense officials from China and the U.S. held two days of talks in a small sign of progress amid a deterioration in relations.
  • EUROPE: Russian and American diplomats are set to hold talks behind closed doors in Geneva.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid landed in Bahrain for the first high-level visit to the small Gulf state by a senior official since the signing of a landmark agreement to establish diplomatic ties between the two countries last year.
  • TECH AND COMMUNICATIONS: Amazon reached a settlement with two former employees who alleged they were fired after they criticized warehouse working conditions.

Top Story

  • France: Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy given a one-year sentence for illegal campaign financing.
    • Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been convicted and sentenced to a year of house arrest for illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid.
    • Sarkozy will not serve time behind bars under the terms of this verdict, however, the court ruled that he would be able to serve the sentence outside of prison.
    • Thierry Herzog, Sarkozy’s lawyer, said the ex-president will appeal the verdict for trying to bribe a judge and peddle influence in order to obtain confidential information on a judicial inquiry.
    • Last March, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first former President of the French Republic to be sentenced to prison for corruption and influence peddling.
    • The thirteen co-convicts of Nicolas Sarkozy, prosecuted for forgery, breach of trust, and fraud, were sentenced to two to three and a half years in prison, with suspended sentences.
    • AP, France24, RFI, Le Parisien, Libération

Africa

  • Region: Russia delayed the appointment of UN experts to monitor violations of sanctions across Africa, reportedly unhappy with the number of experts appointed from Western countries. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The country is holding elections for federal parliamentary seats, the final round of voting before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed forms a new government next week. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed 13 people in central Niger state, the latest in a series of attacks in the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The World Bank said the country is making progress as it seeks to tackle shortages and attract investment. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Chile: Legislators approved a new law establishing rights to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy, becoming the first country to establish laws regulating neurotechnology. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The death toll in Tuesday’s prison gunfight in Guayaquil was revised to at least 116. (NYT)
  • Panama: Energy Minister Jorge Rivera announced a plan to entirely phase out the use of coal and heavy fuels for power generation in the country by 2023. (Reuters)
  • United States: French ambassador Philippe Etienne returned to Washington DC two weeks after being recalled by his government. (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: Defense officials from China and the U.S. held two days of talks in a small sign of progress amid a deterioration in relations. (AP)
  • Australia: Victoria reported over 1,400 new COVID-19 infections, nearly a 50% jump over the previous daily record. (ABC)
  • China: President Xi Jinping paid respects at a commemoration for those who died in the struggle to establish Communist Party rule as he leads a drive to reinforce patriotism and single-party authority. (AP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un said that cross-border communication lines with South Korea will be restored starting from early October. (Yonhap)
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City will lift its lockdown on Friday, ending nearly three months of restrictions. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Russian and American diplomats are set to hold talks behind closed doors in Geneva. (AFP)
  • France: The country began requiring teenagers 12 and older to present a Covid-19 “health pass” to enter public sites such as restaurants, sport clubs or cinemas. (AFP)
  • Greece: Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he has no intention of entering an arms race with Turkey and hopes to resolve differences with its neighbor through dialogue. (AP)
  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi promised activists he would speak up at the G20 summit in Rome to accelerate the pledge of $100 billion per year for vulnerable nations to mitigate the impact of climate change. (Reuters)
  • Slovenia: The head of Slovenia’s STA news agency Bojan Veselinovic resigned, accusing the government of attempting “to subordinate the agency” by withholding funding. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid landed in Bahrain for the first high-level visit to the small Gulf state by a senior official since the signing of a landmark agreement to establish diplomatic ties between the two countries last year. (AP)
  • Israel: Police said officers shot a Palestinian woman who allegedly attempted to stab them in east Jerusalem’s Old City. (AP)
  • Qatar: Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani urged “friendly” states not to isolate Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US Department of State indicated it had no plans to “normalize or upgrade” diplomatic relations with the government of Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Amazon reached a settlement with two former employees who alleged they were fired after they criticized warehouse working conditions. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Sam
  • Location: 21.5N 59.1W
  • Movement: NW
  • Wind: 145 mph
  • Map
  • Tropical Storm Victor
    • Location: 8.7N 27.3W
    • Movement: NW
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Typhoon Mindulle
    • Location: 28.0N 137.3E
    • Movement: NNE
    • Wind: 105 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 30SEP21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (01OCT21)

  • Global: UN Pre-COP26 Milan preparatory meeting (to 02OCT)
  • Global: WTO annual public forum
  • Event: CSIS discussion on the inaugural US-EU Trade and Technology Council meeting.
  • Event: CSIS discussion with Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.
  • Cameroon: Unification Day.
  • China: National Day.
  • Cyprus: Independence Day.
  • Greece: Athens Democracy Forum.
  • Italy: World Food Forum in Rome (to 05OCT)
  • Nigeria: Independence Day.
  • Palau: Independence Day.
  • San Marino: Investiture of Captains Regent.
  • South Korea: Armed Forces Day.
  • Tuvalu: Independence Day.
  • United Arab Emirates: Start of Expo 2020 Dubai, postponed one year.

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