Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Army colonel Assimi Goita claimed leadership of Mali’s new junta, as the junta’s spokesman reassured the public that daily life could now resume.
  • AMERICAS: US Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President.
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in January aimed at addressing policy “shortcomings” and establishing a new five-year plan for his country’s stagnant economy.
  • EUROPE: Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz submitted his resignation, which marks the fourth high-level departure this week from the country’s ruling government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian authorities inaugurated a new cruise missile, as well as a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 km.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: China said Taiwan’s recent allegations of being hacked by groups linked to the Chinese government were “malicious slander”.

 

Top Story

  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny allegedly poisoned.
    • Opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma after being “poisoned by something mixed” in his tea, Navalny’s spokeswoman said. 
    • Navalny, who also led anti-corruption campaigns and is one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, lost consciousness during a flight which then had to make an emergency landing in the city of Omsk.
    • Navalny was then admitted to a hospital in Omsk, where he currently remains in a stable but serious condition.
    • Doctors at the hospital say they are considering a variety of diagnosis, including poisoning, but refused to give any further details.
    • Meanwhile, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported that police were not considering deliberate poisoning.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, WSJ, Reuters, WaPo, AFP, NYT

 

Africa  

  • Region: The Kenyan Foreign Ministry said it secured the release of journalist Yassin Juma from an Ethiopian prison, where he was being held without charge for over a month, and had fallen ill with COVID-19. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the vast majority of declared seats in the newly created Senate, official first round results and media reports showed. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The UN’s refugee agency said at least 45 migrants and refugees, including five children, died in the deadliest shipwreck off the country’s coast this year. (BBC)
  • Mali: Army colonel Assimi Goita claimed leadership of the country’s new junta, as the junta’s spokesman reassured the public that daily life could now resume. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The army said it remains in “full control” of the northeastern town of Kukawa, where some reports say hundreds of people have been taken hostage by jihadists. (AFP)

 

Americas  

  • Brazil: Airline magnates German and Jose Efromovich, who are the biggest shareholders in Colombian airline Avianca, were arrested by authorities as part of the country’s sweeping anti-corruption “Operation Car Wash” probe. (AFP
  • Colombia: Former FARC rebels started testifying before a special court over allegations that FARC recruited child soldiers to fight its guerrilla war against the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the government told Russia it would like to carry out phase 3 testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine in the country. (Reuters)
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Keith Rowley started his second term in office after he and his revamped Cabinet were sworn in. (VOA)
  • United States: Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • China: The Foreign Ministry says Hong Kong will suspend its agreement on mutual legal assistance with the United States, in response to Washington ending some agreements with Hong Kong. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country’s leader Kim Jong Un called for a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in January aimed at addressing policy “shortcomings” and establishing a new five-year plan for the country’s stagnant economy. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Health authorities say the coronavirus is back “in full swing” and spreading nationwide after members of a church attended a political demonstration. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police arrested seven pro-democracy activists as the authorities crackdown on a growing protest movement against the government. (AP)

 

Europe

  • France: The country recorded 3,776 new COVID-19 infections marking another post-lockdown spike in cases, but President Emmanuel Macron ruled out imposing another national lockdown. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The country recorded its highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since April, with official figures showing 1,707 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Greece: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis dismissed the reports of Athens illegally pushing back asylum-seekers at sea and accused neighboring Turkey of peddling “misinformation” about Athens’ “tough but fair” border management policies. (AFP)
  • Poland: Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz submitted his resignation, which marks the fourth high-level departure this week from the country’s ruling government. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Authorities inaugurated a new cruise missile, as well as a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 km. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The army says their tanks shelled Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to continued waves of incendiary balloons being launched from the territory. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country could reportedly buy F-35 fighter jets from the US in a side agreement to its recent overtures towards Israel. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cyberwarfare: China said Taiwan’s recent allegations of being hacked by groups linked to the Chinese government were “malicious slander”. (Reuters)

 

World  

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Higos
      • Location: 67 nautical miles W of Hong Kong
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: NW at 10 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Genevieve
      • Location: 190 miles S of Baja California
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20AUG20: 22,427,054 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20AUG20: 14,349,473
      • Deaths as of 20AUG20: 788,015 
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 15AUG20: 84 
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21AUG20)

  • Global: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism – 2018
  • Europe: EU and British officials to hold Brexit discussions.

 

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