Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan government will not be shutting down Facebook despite threats by the national cohesion agency to suspend it.
  • AMERICAS: White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said US President Joe Biden remained positive for COVID-19 but “continues to feel well.”
  • ASIA: China said that its military “not sit idly by” if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan.
  • EUROPE: UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomed the departure of a first ship carrying grain from the Ukrainian port city of Odesa under a plan to lift Russia’s naval blockade.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Mohammad Eslami, head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation said Tehran has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb but has no intention of doing so.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The United States is considering limiting shipments of American chipmaking equipment to memory chip makers in China to protect US companies.

Top Story

  • Myanmar: Chairman and Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing Extends State of Emergency.
    • The head of Myanmar’s junta blamed instability for stalling efforts to implement a peace plan agreed with other Southeast Asian countries as he extended emergency rule for another six months.
    • Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, head of the ruling State Administration Council, said that the state of emergency was extended because time was needed to prepare for new elections.
    • The military originally declared that new polls would be held a year after its takeover, but later said they would take place in 2023.
    • There is skepticism that the elections will be free and fair because most of the leaders of Suu Kyi’s party have been locked up, and the party itself will be dissolved by the military courts.
    • UN experts and rights groups are more critical of government repression, including arbitrary arrests and killings, torture, and air attacks burning down villages.
    • The Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP) said security forces have killed more than 2,100 people while also detaining thousands of political and civil society opponents.
    • Reuters, AP, AFP, DW, UPI, BBC

Africa

  • Kenya: The government will not be shutting down Facebook despite threats by the national cohesion agency to suspend it. (BBC)
  • Mali: The army-led government urged French President Emmanuel Macron to abandon his “neocolonial and patronizing” attitude as relations break down further between Paris and Bamako. (AFP)
  • Senegal: President Macky Sall’s ruling coalition won 30 of the country’s 46 administrative departments, giving it a slim majority parliament following Sunday’s legislative election. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Eighty-two people are expected to appear in a court on suspicion of illegal mining, attempted murder, possession of explosives and contravening immigration laws. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The Health Ministry detected the country’s first case of the monkeypox virus in the conflict-wrecked Darfur region. (AP)

Americas   

  • Bolivia: At least four people died after a bus fell into a ravine in Ilipana community in the western department of La Paz. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Five people were shot dead by unknown assailants at a party in the municipality of La Union. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The leader of the guild of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the resort town of Acapulco was shot dead on Sunday. (AFP)
  • United States: The White House is making more than $1 billion available to states to address flooding and extreme heat exacerbated by climate change. (AP)
  • United States: White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said President Joe Biden remained positive for COVID-19 but “continues to feel well.” (CNN)

Asia

  • China: Beijing said that its military “not sit idly by” if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Thousands of troops began a two-week joint military exercise that Washington said aims to advance “regional cooperation in support of a free and open” Asia-Pacific region. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: Adm. John Aquilino, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, said he wants to expand and strengthen its ties with the country. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said the country has no plan to rejoin the International Criminal Court. (AFP)
  • Singapore: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strive for “stable” ties with Beijing as he met the high-profile official during her visit to the city. (AFP)

Europe

  • France: A weekend wildfire in the southern Gard region that injured four firefighters has now been contained. (AP)
  • Kosovo: Authorities postponed a decision to implement a law on vehicle license plates and identity documents after minority Serbs rioted by blocking roads, turning on air raid sirens and firing their guns into the air. (AP)
  • Portugal: Hundreds of firefighters are battling a huge forest fire that broke out 30 kilometers north of the capital Lisbon. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomed the departure of a first ship carrying grain from the port city of Odesa under a plan to lift Russia’s naval blockade. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Rishi Sunak has vowed to slash the basic rate of income tax by 20% by 2029 in a potentially make-or-break throw of the dice by the former finance minister. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: An American envoy expressed optimism that Lebanon and Israel could move towards a maritime border deal to settle competing claims over offshore gas fields. (AFP)
  • Iran: Mohammad Eslami, head of the country’s atomic energy organisation said Tehran has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb but has no intention of doing so. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Security forces erected concrete barriers ahead of counter-protests planned by Shiite political rivals against an influential cleric whose followers have staged a parliament sit-in for a third day. (AP)
  • Israel: The government decided to advance the establishment of a joint industrial park with Jordan located on the border between the two neighbors. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The internationally recognized government swore in new governors for Hadhramout and Socotra in a move aimed at bolstering unity among an anti-Houthi alliance led by Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The United States is considering limiting shipments of American chipmaking equipment to memory chip makers in China to protect US companies. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Frank
      • Location: 13.6 N, 112.2 W
      • Wind: 70 mph
      • Movement: NW at 12 mph.
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 01AUG22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (02AUG22)

  • Global: Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Asia: Indonesia and the US to hold their annual joint military exercise “Super Garuda Shield” in the Indo-Pacific region. (to 14AUG22)
  • Barbados: Emancipation Day.
  • Costa Rica: Virgin of Los Angeles Day.
  • North Macedonia: Republic Day.
  • Russia: Supreme Court discusses whether to regard Ukraine’s Azov Regiment as a terrorist entity.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: Culturama Day.
  • Saudi Arabia: 3rd anniversary of the Kingdom allowing women to travel alone.
  • United States: 3rd anniversary of the US formally withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
  • United States: Congressional primary elections held in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington State.
  • United States: Republican National Committee Summer Meeting in Chicago.
  • Yemen: Cease-fire is scheduled to end unless extended.

 

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