14SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Two airstrikes hit Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing 10 people.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said his government will act as a “guarantor” in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the National Liberation Army rebel group that are slated to begin later this year.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court will rule on Sept. 30 whether suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has exceeded the term limit for his office and must quit.
  • EUROPE: Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of new rounds of shelling as hostilities reignited between the two longtime adversaries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wants Iran to boost relations with the United Arab Emirates.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google was disappointed at an EU court’s decision to uphold a record fine for the dominance of the tech giant’s Android mobile-phone operating system.

Top Story

  • Central Asia: Clashes Erupt Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Border Guards.
    • Clashes broke out between guards patrolling the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
    • The Kyrgyz border service said Tajik guards opened fire after being asked to leave “combat positions” along the border and Kyrgyz guards used weapons in response.
    • The Tajik side said in a statement that Kyrgyz border guards opened unprovoked gun and mortar fire on their outpost, killing one border guard and injuring two others.
    • Kyrgz President Japarov said in a speech at the base opening ceremony that “ensuring the security of the borders of Kyrgyzstan is considered one of the state’s priorities.”
    • Tajikistan has similarly been undertaking concerted efforts to develop its own drone fleet in a certain indication it is unwilling to lose aerial superiority in future border conflicts.
    • Reuters, EurasiaNet, AlJazeera, RFE/RL, National

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Two airstrikes hit Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, killing 10 people. (AP)
  • Kenya: President William Ruto gave orders to reverse some of the policies of his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta. (BBC)
  • Libya: An explosion at a fuel station in the southern city of Sabha caused more than a dozen injuries, with several outlets saying the depot was storing smuggled fuel. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: Police detained 29 youths allegedly traveling to join the militants operating in the gas-rich northern Cabo Delgado province. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The electoral commission delisted more than a million newly registered voters after a verification process and ”cleaning up” its voters’ register. (BBC)

Americas

  • Argentina: A judicial chamber allowed 12 of 19 crew members of a Venezuelan plane to leave the country, after the plane was detained in June due to suspicions of terrorism ties. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: According to an IPEC poll, presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva continues to pull ahead of President Jair Bolsonaro, extending his lead to 15 percentage points. (Reuters)
  • Canada: France rejected a request from a visiting delegation of Inuits to extradite a priest accused of sexual assault on young members of the Indigenous minority in the 1960s. (AFP)
  • United States: US President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware aboard Air Force One to vote in an election season that will decide the fate of his remaining time in office. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro said his government will act as a “guarantor” in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the National Liberation Army rebel group that are slated to begin later this year. (AP)

 

Asia

  • Australia: The Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tuvalu accepted the country’s help to fly representatives to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. (AP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping started his first foreign trip since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with a stop in Kazakhstan ahead of a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other leaders. (AP)
  • Japan: Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral next week and pay respects. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said it is wrong to describe his late father as a dictator and that his brutal martial law rule in the 1970s was not meant to prolong his grip on power. (AP)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court will rule on Sept. 30 whether suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has exceeded the term limit for his office and must quit. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of new rounds of shelling as hostilities reignited between the two longtime adversaries. (AP)
  • Germany: Authorities raided premises linked to the biker gang United Tribuns across the country, after the group was banned for its involvement in violent crime. (AP)
  • Sweden: The country is due to have final results in its general election, with an unprecedented right-wing and far-right bloc holding a razor-thin lead. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the town of Izyum following the departure of Russian troops a few days ago. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Thousands of people are expected to flock to London’s medieval Westminster Hall to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, whose coffin will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Monday. (AP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: The United States is setting up a professionally-run fund to manage $3.5 billion in the country’s reserves, concluding it cannot trust the Taliban leadership. (AFP)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wants his country to boost relations with the United Arab Emirates. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Rescue teams kept searching for 10 people still missing under the rubble of a collapsed four-story building in Amman, where five bodies were recovered the day before. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli military said an army officer was killed when gunmen opened fire on Israeli troops near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: The health ministry said the country’s first major cholera outbreak in over a decade has killed seven people and infected more than 50. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google was disappointed at an EU court’s decision to uphold a record fine for the dominance of the tech giant’s Android mobile-phone operating system. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Muifa
      • Location: 28.7 N, 122.9 E
      • Movement: NNW 9 mph
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Merbok
      • Location: 29.8 N, 162.2 E
      • Movement: N 17 mph
      • Wind: 80 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 14SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15SEP22)

  • Event: PIIE discussion on the new China-US audit deal.
  • Event: CEIP discussion on perspectives of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on US-Australia Alliance.
  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on anniversary of Abraham Accords.
  • Event: CSIS discussion on forced labor around the world.
  • Event: OECD Fighting Climate Change: How to design publicly acceptable climate policies webinar.
  • Global: International Day of Democracy.
  • Costa Rica: Independence Day.
  • El Salvador:  Independence Day.
  • Guatemala: Independence Day.
  • Honduras: Independence Day.
  • Nicaragua:  Independence Day.
  • Slovakia: Day of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • United States: President Joe Biden hosts United We Stand Summit, to ‘counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety.
  • United States: US and Singaporean governments hold biennial review under their joint Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation in Environmental Matters.
  • Uzbekistan: Shanghai Cooperation Organization annual summit. (to 16SEP)

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13SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: William Ruto will be sworn in as Kenya’s president after narrowly winning the coveted job in a bitterly fought but peaceful election.
  • AMERICAS: NASA is now targeting September 27 as the earliest possible launch date for its uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon.
  • ASIA: South Korea warned North Korea’s government that using its nuclear weapons would put it on a “path of self-destruction.”
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian military claimed that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN said a cholera outbreak in several regions of Syria presents “a serious threat to the Syrian people and the region.”
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A former Twitter Inc executive turned whistleblower is set to testify before a US Senate committee about his claims of serious security lapses at the social media network.

Top Story

  • Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan Report Deadly Border Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
    • Armenia and Azerbaijan reported large-scale border clashes that left Azerbaijani troops dead in the latest flare-up between the arch foes.
    • There have been frequent reports of shootouts along the border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    • The Armenian Defense Ministry said that the hostilities erupted minutes after midnight, with Azerbaijani forces unleashing an artillery barrage and drone attacks in many sections of Armenian territory.
    • But Azerbaijan’s defense ministry accused Armenia of “large-scale subversive acts” near the districts of Dashkasan, Kelbajar and Lachin on the border, adding that its army positions “came under fire, including from trench mortars”.
    • Russia moved quickly to broker a cease-fire, but it was not immediately clear whether it was holding.
    • During EU-mediated talks in Brussels in April and May, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “advance discussions” on a future peace treaty.
    • AFP, AP, Reuters, The Guardian, CNN, NYT

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: Junta chief Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba sacked his defense minister and assumed the role himself after a series of jihadist attacks. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The northern region of Tigray was hit by an air strike two days after rebel authorities there said they were ready for a ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Kenya: William Ruto will be sworn in as the country’s president after narrowly winning the coveted job in a bitterly fought but peaceful election. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least nine people have been killed and two others are missing following devastating floods in the northern state of Jigawa. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The UN children’s agency said about a third of children do not go to school with multiple crises threatening to disrupt the education of millions more. (AFP)

Americas

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro, who is trailing in pre-election polls but has seen the gap between him and left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrow, has “every chance” of being re-elected. (AFP)
  • Canada: A police officer was killed when a shooter opened fire west of Toronto. (AFP)
  • Colombia: At least 17 people were killed over the last three days in Colombia in a spate of violent incidents. (AFP)
  • United States: NASA is now targeting September 27 as the earliest possible launch date for its uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon. (AFP)
  • United States: The Department of Justice accepted the appointment of one of the judges proposed by Donald Trump as a “special master” in the investigation of classified documents seized from the former president’s Florida home last month. (AFP)

 

Asia

  • Australia: The flood-battered east faces further extreme weather in the coming months after forecasters confirmed that a “triple-dip” La Nina was under way in the Pacific.(AFP)
  • China: The foreign ministry declined to say whether President Xi Jinping will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin or Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit this week. (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong: The city broke two heat records for September in a little over a week, as the crowded financial hub swelters through one of its hottest summers. (AFP)
  • Kazakhstan: Pope Francis, warned by doctors not to travel to Ukraine in the future, will embark on a three-day trip to the country instead to bear a message of peace. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Seoul warned North Korea’s government that using its nuclear weapons would put it on a “path of self-destruction.” (AP)

Europe

  • Finland: Prime Minister Sanna Marin called on the European Parliament for unity at the European Union (EU) level to deal with Russian energy blackmail. (AFP)
  • France: New wildfires in the southwest have torn through over 1,000 hectares of land and forced the evacuation of residents amid record temperatures for September. (AP)
  • Türkiye: Ankara continues to back Azerbaijan and called on Armenia to “cease its provocations” after clashes erupted between the two South Caucasus countries that resumed decades-old hostilities. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The military claimed that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: King Charles heads to Northern Ireland leading the mourning for Queen Elizabeth before his mother’s coffin is flown to London ahead of four days of lying in state. (AP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: A former member of parliament is urging the world to label the Taliban a “gender apartheid” regime because of its crackdown on human rights. (AP)
  • Iran: Tehran called for restraint from Armenia and Azerbaijan after the deadliest flare-up in fighting since a six-week war ended nearly two years ago. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities arrested a man who claimed to have traveled to the holy city of Mecca to perform an umrah pilgrimage on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN said a cholera outbreak in several regions of the country presents “a serious threat to the people and the region.” (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: State-backed digital bank Wio launched in the small gulf state and would focus initially on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) while eyeing an eventual public listing. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: A former Twitter Inc executive turned whistleblower is set to testify before a US Senate committee about his claims of serious security lapses at the social media network. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Muifa
      • Location: 26.1 N, 124.1 E
      • Movement: NNW 5 mph
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Merbok
      • Location: 24.7 N, 163.1 E
      • Movement: NNW 9 mph
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 13SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14SEP22)

  • Event: CSIS discussion on a G7 climate club.
  • Event: Wilson Center SVNP Conference discussion on digital transformation, governance, and peacebuilding.
  • Event: ‘SVNP 2022 – Terrorism in Africa: State of Play and Solutions’ Wilson Center Africa Program discussion.
  • Event: PIIE discussion with White House Council of Economic Advisers’ Jared Bernstein.
  • Event: Brookings discussion on expanding supply chains in North America.
  • Event: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Aerospace Summit.
  • Costa Rica: Visit by Under US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez.
  • Europe: ECB interest rates rise becomes effective.
  • France: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her 2022 EU State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
  • Germany: Visit by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibaschvili.
  • Germany: G7 Trade Ministers Meeting.
  • Indonesia: G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting.
  • Kazakhstan: Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Nicaragua: Battle of San Jacinto.
  • Senegal: Grand Magal of Touba.
  • United States: United Nations Security Council briefing and consultations on the Middle East and Syria.
  • United States: House Committee on Foreign Affairs closed members briefing on ‘Iran Nuclear Negotiations.

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12SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tigray forces battling Ethiopian troops said they are willing to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in a peace process led by the African Union.
  • AMERICAS: Antigua and Barbuda plans to hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan starting Wednesday in his first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic.
  • EUROPE: Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is going on trial in a $2 million fraud case involving European Union subsidies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is ready to continue cooperating with the IAEA while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter Inc said payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk.

Top Story

  • United Kingdom: Charles III Addresses Parliament for the First Time as King.
    • King Charles III promised to follow the late Queen’s “selfless duty” in his first address to both Houses of Parliament as monarch.
    • Charles referenced William Shakespeare when describing his mother’s legacy: “As Shakespeare says of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was ‘a pattern to all princes living.’”
    • Charles III thanked the Speakers for their addresses, and paid tribute to “the late sovereign, my beloved mother, the Queen.”
    • “Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” noting the queen had set “an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your counsels, I am resolved faithfully to follow.”
    • Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said the loss of the queen was felt around the world but added that as “deep as our grief is, we know yours is deeper.”
    • Charles will next travel to Scotland, where he will join a procession to accompany the queen’s coffin along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral, before a religious service and vigil.
    • BBC, NYT, WSJ, Express UK, The Guardian, AFP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Tigray forces battling government troops said they are willing to abide by an immediate cessation of hostilities and participate in a peace process led by the African Union. (AP)
  • Kenya: The team of the President-elect barred local media from covering the inauguration, offering exclusive broadcast rights to Multichoice Kenya Ltd, an affiliate of South African pay-TV group. (BBC)
  • Liberia: The senate has confirmed Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh as the new chief justice. (BBC)
  • Mali: Three UN peacekeepers were wounded in the northern Gao region after their patrol vehicle hit a landmine. (BBC)
  • Zimbabwe: The opposition party said that its leader Nelson Chamisa escaped an assassination attempt after his convoy came under a bomb attack in the town of Chinhoyi. (BBC)

Americas

  • Antigua and Barbuda: The Caribbean nation plans to hold a referendum on becoming a republic within the next three years. (The Guardian)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro accepted an invitation to attend the funeral for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The government is seeking to require environmental licenses for mining exploration as part of a wider overhaul of the process for awarding concessions. (FT)
  • Mexico: The death toll in a bus crash in the state of Hidalgo rose to 20, as questions emerge about whether a double-tanker fuel truck may have caused the deadly accident. (AP)
  • United States: President Joe Biden will sign an executive order seeking to bolster the biotech sector. (AFP)

 

Asia

  • China: President Xi Jinping will travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan starting Wednesday in his first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government will not pursue any moves to change the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Prime minister Shahbaz Sharif said his government is grappling with food shortages following months of floods which have killed nearly 1,400 people in the nation since June. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is extending a state of calamity declared by his predecessor more than two years ago to deal with continuing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP)
  • Thailand: More than 60 percent of citizens want the government to dissolve parliament and call an early election, as the country’s Constitutional Court considers the future of suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: Former Prime Minister Andrej Babis is going on trial in a $2 million fraud case involving European Union subsidies. (AP)
  • France: An appeal trial will begin in a Paris court as two men found guilty of helping Islamist militants prepare the 2015 deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket seek to overturn their convictions. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Defense minister Christine Lambrecht rejected demands to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s left-wing bloc was neck-and-neck with the opposition right-wing in Sunday’s general election amid a far-right surge with votes in more than two-thirds of electoral districts counted. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The armed forces recaptured more than 20 settlements in the past 24 hours amid a large counter-offensive. (AFP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: A Black Hawk helicopter commandeered by the Taliban crashed during a training session over the weekend, killing two pilots and a crew member. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tehran is ready to continue cooperating with the IAEA while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The government launched a plan to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy infrastructures throughout the country. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Amman warned against the noticeable decline in international support extended to refugees in the Middle East and the related UN institutions. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Islamic State (IS) militants killed six people driving on a road in the northeastern province of Hasakah. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter Inc said payments made to a whistleblower did not breach any terms of its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Muifa
      • Location: 24.8 N, 124.1 E
      • Movement: N 7 mph
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Merbok
      • Location: 21.9 N, 161.9 E
      • Movement: NE 8 mph
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 12SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13SEP22)

  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on US-Mexico bilateral relationship.
  • Event: AEI discussion on Big Tech.
  • Global: UN Human Rights Council triannual session in Geneva. (to 07OCT)
  • Global: UN General Assembly begins. (to 27SEP)
  • Asia: Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin to visit Vietnam through Sept. 14 and visit Laos from Sept. 14-16.
  • Asia: India and China to complete disengagement from Gogra-Hotsprings friction point.
  • Germany: Visit by Yemeni President Rashad al-Alimi.
  • Germany: G7 Sustainable Urban Development Ministers Meeting.
  • Kenya: Presidential inauguration ceremony for William Ruto.
  • Nepal: Visit by Chinese legislator Li Zhanshu.
  • Philippines: 105th birthday celebration of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in the northern province of Ilocos Norte.
  • United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin flown to London.
  • United States: Twitter whistleblower testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee.

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08SEP22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said Nigeria will be able to send more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe by next winter.
  • AMERICAS: According to preliminary charges, the man accused of trying to shoot Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner last week planned the attack with his girlfriend.
  • ASIA: Australia will be represented by its government leader plus three former leaders at Shinzo Abe’s state funeral this month
  • EUROPE: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres proposed veteran Austrian diplomat Volker Tuerk to head the global body’s human rights office.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five government secondary schools for girls have resumed classes in eastern Afghanistan after hundreds of students demanded they reopen.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Apple Inc avoided price hikes of its best-selling iPhones during its biggest product launch of the year.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Announces $2 Billion in Military Aid to Kyiv and Neighbors.
    • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is announcing new military aid worth more than 2 billion dollars for Ukraine and European countries threatened by Russia.
    • In meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, Blinken said the Biden administration would provide $2 billion in military financing to Ukraine and its neighbors, including NATO members and regional security partners.
    • The $2 billion aid package is on top of a $675 million package of heavy weaponry, ammunition, and armored vehicles for Ukraine that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced at a conference in Ramstein, Germany.
    • Thursday’s contributions bring total U.S. aid to Ukraine to $15.2 billion since Biden took office.
    • The announcements came as fighting between Ukraine and Russia intensified in recent days, with Ukrainian forces mounting a counteroffensive to retake Russian-held areas in the south and east.
    • AP, AFP, NYT, AlJazeera, WSJ

Africa

  • Burundi: Parliament swore in a new prime minister a week after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned that some unnamed people were plotting to overthrow his government. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The devolution ministry has cautioned newly elected governors against using public resources to pay for congratulatory messages in newspaper adverts. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for killing four Christians, including an Italian nun, in an attack in northern Nampula province on Tuesday. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said the country will be able to send more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe by next winter. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: About 1,190 people were affected by deadly landslides triggered by torrential rains in the western district of Kasese. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Argentina: According to preliminary charges, the man accused of trying to shoot Vice President Cristina Kirchner last week planned the attack with his girlfriend. (AFP)
  • Canada: The suspect in a stabbing spree in Saskatchewan which left 10 people dead and 19 injured died after being captured by police. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Hurricane Kay lashed the Baja California Peninsula with wind and rain as authorities opened shelters and closed some roads. (AP)
  • Paraguay: Officials are searching for clues in the killing of a journalist in the northern end of the country, while prosecutors disputed accusations that law enforcement officials failed to protect the victim. (AP)
  • United States: Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is due to appear in court for a case of alleged misappropriation of funds for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border. (AFP)

Asia

  • Australia: The country will be represented by its government leader plus three former leaders at Shinzo Abe’s state funeral this month. (AP)
  • China: Heavy rains are complicating earthquake recovery efforts in Sichuan Province, where the death toll from Monday’s disaster has risen to 82. (AP)
  • Solomon Islands: Lawmakers voted to delay their nation’s general election from next year until 2024, a move that opponents say is a power grab and some fear could lead to further civil unrest. (AP)
  • South Korea: The new government proposed a meeting with North Korea to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Another US congressional delegation is visiting the self-governed island as tensions with China remain high. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: The summer of 2022 was the hottest in Europe’s recorded history, with the continent suffering blistering heatwaves and the worst drought in centuries. (AFP)
  • Albania: The last staff of the Iranian Embassy in Tirana left the building after they were given 24 hours to leave the country over a major cyberattack that the government blames on Iran. (AP)
  • Austria: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres proposed veteran diplomat Volker Tuerk to head the global body’s human rights office. (AP)
  • Denmark: Queen Margrethe II has been hailed for unifying and modernizing the monarchy in her 50 years on the throne, a milestone to be celebrated in pomp and circumstance this weekend. (AFP)
  • Germany: The US met with its allies in the country for a new round of talks on bolstering Kyiv militarily, as Ukraine reported “good news” in recapturing several sites in the east. (AFP)

Middle East 

  • Afghanistan: Five government secondary schools for girls have resumed classes in the east after hundreds of students demanded they reopen. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The editor-in-chief and three journalists from independent news outlet Mada Masr were interrogated by judicial officers for “spreading false information.” (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A bomb detonated outside of a Hezbollah-backed minister’s home in the eastern Bekaa valley. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials said Israeli forces shot and killed a teen, who the military says hit a soldier with a hammer. (AP)
  • Syria: A five-story residential building collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 10 people. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Apple Inc avoided price hikes of its best-selling iPhones during its biggest product launch of the year. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Danielle
      • Location: 46.8 N, 32.0 W
      • Movement: NE 16 mph
      • Wind: 70 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricane Earl
      • Location: 28.7 N, 65.1 W
      • Movement: N 10 mph
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricane Kay
      • Location: 25.0 N, 113.7 W
      • Movement: NNW 16 mph
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 08SEP22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09SEP22)

  • Event: Hudson Institute discussion on China’s economic decoupling.
  • Event: PIIE discussion with Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George.
  • Belgium: EU energy ministers to hold an emergency meeting in Brussels.
  • Czech Republic: Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers.
  • Czech Republic: Informal ECOFIN meeting of EU finance ministers. (to 10SEP)
  • Czech Republic: Eurofi Financial Forum concludes.
  • North Korea: Independence Day.
  • Pakistan: Visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres amid severe floods.
  • South Korea: Harvest Festival Holiday.
  • Taiwan: Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Tajikistan: Independence Day.
  • United Kingdom: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Amb. John Kerry travels to Glasgow to discuss global climate change action.
  • United States: NPC Newsmaker discussion with Islamic Republic of Pakistan Amb. Masood Khan, discussing the recent flooding in Pakistan, relief efforts, and how Americans can best help.

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28JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: A senior US official voiced cautious hope for a start of Ethiopian peace talks after next month’s election in Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: The Canadian government made clear that Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in the country’s church-run residential schools did not go far enough.
  • ASIA: A group of Japanese lawmakers including two former defense ministers met with Taiwan’s president in a rare high-level visit to discuss regional security.
  • EUROPE: French president Emmanuel Macron is planning to welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his presidential palace for dinner.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army is ready to confront any possible attack by Turkish forces on its soil in response to recent shelling by Turkish forces on military sites in the north.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd cautioned chip demand from smartphone and PC makers would weaken further as people shop less.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: The Armed Forces Are Stepping Up a Counter Offensive to Retake the Southern City of Kherson.
    • Ukraine stepped up its counteroffensive to retake the south of the country by trying to bomb and isolate Russian troops in hard-to-resupply areas, but saw evidence that Moscow was redeploying its forces to defend the territory.
    • The Antonovsky bridge, a key bridge into the city of Kherson, is now out of action after Ukrainian forces struck it with long-range rockets supplied by the US.
    • The UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) said Ukrainian forces are “gathering momentum” and were likely to have “established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River.”
    • In his nightly address, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated, “we will liberate our territory with military, diplomatic and all other available means until we reach the legal borders of Ukraine.”
    • President Zelensky also praised his army’s strike on the Antonovsky bridge which he vowed Ukraine would rebuild, along with other crossings in the region.
    • Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said that Russia is shifting its forces to the Melitopol and Zaporizhzhia areas as well as Kherson, signaling a change in tactics to strategic defense.
    • Reuters, BBC, Newsweek, Kyiv Post, Telegraph, Free Press Journal

Africa

  • Kenya: A senior US official voiced cautious hope for a start of Ethiopian peace talks after next month’s election in the neighboring country. (AFP)
  • Mali: At least 15 soldiers and three civilians were killed by coordinated “terrorist” attacks, the latest deadly violence to rock the Sahel state. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Human Rights Watch said the country is jailing journalists after flawed trials for non-political crimes in order to silence them, part of a range of “techniques of repression.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Opposition Senators pushed for President Muhammadu Buhari to face impeachment, 10-months before the end of his second term in office over the country’s security problems. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: The main opposition coalition is vying to gain clout in legislative polls on Sunday that will set the scene for a presidential election in 2024 that could see President Macky Sall run for a controversial third term. (Reuters)

Americas   

  • Canada: The government made clear that Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in the country’s church-run residential schools did not go far enough. (AP)
  • Chile: The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Tocopilla. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Gangs waged intense gun battles in Port-au-Prince, shuttering main avenues and a municipal market in downtown. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: Opposition leader Yubrank Suazo, who took part in protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government in 2018, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. (AFP)
  • United States: Authorities indicted Robert Crimo of carrying out a deadly mass shooting at a July 4 parade near Chicago on 117 counts of murder, aggravated battery, and other charges. (AFP)

Asia 

  • India: Seven people, mostly farmers, were killed by lightning in northern Uttar Pradesh state, bringing the death toll by lightning to 49 people in the state this week. (AP)
  • Japan: A group of lawmakers including two former defense ministers met with Taiwan’s president in a rare high-level visit to discuss regional security. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The UN Security Council condemned the junta’s executions of four political prisoners and called for an immediate halt to all forms of violence and “full respect for human rights and the rule of law.” (AP)
  • New Zealand: At least a dozen schools received bomb threats, causing widespread disruption in what is believed to have been an overseas cyberattack. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un warned he is ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban arrived in Austria for a one-day visit after sparking a storm of criticism with comments against creating “peoples of mixed-race”. (AFP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron is planning to welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his presidential palace for dinner. (AP)
  • Italy: The party with the most votes in the centre-right coalition will choose the prime minister if the bloc wins the coming election putting far-right leader Giorgia Meloni in pole position for the top job. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Forces launched massive missile strikes on the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, areas that have not been targeted in weeks. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: According to a YouGov poll, leadership candidate Rishi Sunak would have a significant edge over his rival Foreign Secretary Liz Truss among swing voters if he became prime minister. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The country canceled contracts for a total of 240,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat that were booked by its state grains buyer for February and March delivery but never loaded due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Iran: State TV said a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Tehran killed at least four people. (AP)
  • Iraq: Hundreds of supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr danced in parliament after storming Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone in protest at a rival bloc’s nomination for prime minister. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army is ready to confront any possible attack by Turkish forces on its soil in response to recent shelling by Turkish forces on military sites in the north. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The internationally-recognized government declared that 81 people were killed and 331 others injured in attacks conducted by the Houthi militia since the beginning of the UN-brokered truce. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd cautioned chip demand from smartphone and PC makers would weaken further as people shop less. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Frank
      • Location: 12.9 N, 108.9 W
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: W at 12 mph.
      • Map
  • Earthquakes:
    • Tocopilla, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.2
      • Depth: 44.5 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 28JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (29JUL22)

  • Region: UN Security Council to provide a strategic level report update on Eritrea/Djibouti.
  • Event: Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers to meet for their final day in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Event: The Brookings Institution to hold a discussion with ambassador of Colombia to the US Juan Carlos Pinzón, discussing ‘how the Biden administration and Colombia’s next administration – under the leadership of President-elect Gustavo Petro – can further strengthen the bonds between both countries.
  • Event: CSIS to hold a discussion on nuclear weapons and deterrence.
  • Australia: Canberra to double foreign investment fees and penalties for purchasing farms, properties, and businesses.
  • Canada: Pope to conclude his visit to the country.
  • Ethiopia: UN Human Rights Council Commission, tasked with investigating human rights violations committed in the country’s Tigray region, to continue its visit. (to 30JUL22)
  • Japan: Japanese and US officials to hold 2+2 talks between foreign and commerce ministers.
  • Ukraine: UN Security Council to hold briefing on Ukraine.
  • Vietnam: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to meet for their final day in Ha Long (to 29JUL22)

END

27JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Zambia’s former First Lady Esther Lungu was questioned over ownership claims of ultramodern housing units in Lusaka.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the price tag for one of his flagship infrastructure projects, known as the Mayan Train, could reach up to $20 billion.
  • ASIA: Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered in Sydney this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China’s increasing influence in the region.
  • EUROPE: Russian energy giant Gazprom drastically cut gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to about 20 percent of its capacity.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is investigating a claim of a near-miss in its airspace between two Pakistani passenger jets due to human error by air traffic controllers.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A European court upheld a broadcast ban imposed on Russian news channel RT France.

Top Story

  • Global: Xi, Biden to Hold Talks Amid New Tensions and Strained Relations on Thursday.
    • US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to talk on Thursday with Taiwan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine expected to be key agenda items.
    • The talks between the two leaders have been in the works for weeks, but the possibility of a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has added strain to US-China relations.
    • US officials have stressed that the Xi call would be a continuation of the administration’s efforts to maintain open lines of communication to ensure that the relationship does not veer into unintended conflict.
    • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that “no individual and no force should underestimate the resolve, the will and the ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
    • Biden’s aides say he is close to a decision on whether to scrap some of the tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on roughly $350 billion in Chinese imports.
    • Thursday’s call will be the fifth between the two leaders as new tensions and strained relations continue in the near future.
    • Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, MFAWSJ, The Week

Africa

  • DR Congo: The UN secretary general’s office said any attacks on peacekeepers may constitute a war crime after two UN bases were assaulted in the country’s east. (BBC)
  • Kenya: Two of the four presidential candidates made good their threats to skip a televised presidential debate on Tuesday night that was organized by media owners ahead of next month’s elections. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Nine people died following a suicide explosion in the coastal town of Marka. (BBC)
  • Sudan: Security forces killed one person while dispersing anti-coup protesters in Khartoum. (BBC)
  • Zambia: Former First Lady Esther Lungu was questioned over ownership claims of ultramodern housing units in Lusaka. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Canada: Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church should accept institutional blame for the harm done to Indigenous people in residential schools that tried to wipe out native cultures. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the price tag for one of his flagship infrastructure projects, known as the Mayan Train, could reach up to $20 billion. (Reuters)
  • Panama: Protesters angry at the high cost of living ended their three-week blockade of major roads as negotiations between the government and the demonstrators continued. (AFP)
  • United States: The president of a union representing federal air traffic controllers said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must do a better job of ensuring adequate staffing to oversee the nation’s airspace. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Sources confirmed an oil spill from a joint venture by state oil company PDVSA was detected in an environmentally sensitive area in the far east of the country. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Region: Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered in Sydney this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China’s increasing influence in the region. (AP)
  • Australia: Inflation rose farther, increasing the likelihood of the central bank next week hiking interest rates for a fourth consecutive month. (AP)
  • China: Beijing warned that Washington would “bear the consequences” if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern island of Luzon killing four people, damaging buildings, and sending strong tremors through Manila. (Reuters)
  • Singapore: The city-state extended a short-stay visa for Sri Lanka’s deposed president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (AFP)

Europe

  • Germany: The government plans to reduce incentive payments for buyers of electric cars and end incentives for buying plug-in hybrids at the end of this year. (AP)
  • Netherlands: Farmers resumed protests at government plans to reduce nitrogen emissions by dumping manure and garbage on highways and setting fires alongside roads. (AP)
  • Russia: Gazprom drastically cut gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to about 20 percent of its capacity. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Troops struck the strategic Antonivskyi bridge, which is essential for Moscow to supply its forces occupying the country’s south. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Around 40,000 railway workers staged a walkout a month after the largest strike in 30 years as the country battles its worst cost-of-living crisis in decades. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: Amnesty International issued a report stating that the lives of women and girls are being destroyed by a “suffocating” crackdown by the Taliban since they took power nearly a year ago. (AP)
  • Iran: The government is investigating a claim of a near-miss in its airspace between two Pakistani passenger jets due to human error by air traffic controllers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Rockets hit the vicinity of the Turkish consulate in the northern city of Mosul causing damage but no casualties. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh called for continued support as its burden of hosting Syrian refugees is growing. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Parliament passed long-awaited amendments to the banking secrecy law to unlock a potential 3 billion USD financial assistance package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: A European court upheld a broadcast ban imposed on Russian news channel RT France. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Frank
      • Location: 12.2 N, 104.9 W
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: W at 9 mph.
      • Map
  • Earthquakes:
    • Luzon, Philippines
      • Magnitude: 7.1
      • Depth: 10.0 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 27JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28JUL22)

  • Event: US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold a telephone call as tensions escalate over the planned visit to Taiwan by US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
  • Event: Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers to meet in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (to 29JUL22)
  • Event: Heritage Foundation to hold a discussion on lessons learned from the war in Ukraine.
  • Asia: US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland is on travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea. (to 28JUL22)
  • Canada: Pope to continue his trip to the country. (to 30JUL22)
  • Ethiopia: UN Human Rights Council Commission, tasked with investigating human rights violations committed in the country’s Tigray region, to continue its visit. (to 30JUL22)
  • Guinea-Bissau: French President Emmanuel Macron to visit following stops in Cameroon and Benin earlier in the week.
  • Russia: Moscow to hold preliminary court hearing to begin dissolving Israeli-backed Jewish Agency inside Russia.
  • South Korea: Indonesian President Joko Widodo to arrive in Seoul for talks with South Korean President Yoon Seok Yeol.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold hearing on ‘Countering Gray Zone Coercion in the Indo-Pacific’.
  • United States: House Committee on Foreign Affairs to hold closed members briefing on ‘Iran Nuclear Negotiations’.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold two nominations hearings, to include considerations for US Ambassador postings to El Salvador, Iceland, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.
  • Vietnam: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to meet in Ha Long (to 29JUL22)

END

 

26JUL22 Global Ovenight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Cameroon at the start of a three-nation tour of west Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Former US President Donald Trump will return to Washington for the first time since leaving office.
  • ASIA: US President Joe Biden is expected to speak with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
  • EUROPE: The Kremlin said that it believes former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is in Moscow, and did not rule out possible contact with him.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said his $500 billion flagship project NEOM will be partly financed through a flotation expected in 2024.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: French and British satellite operators Eutelsat and OneWeb announced plans to merge and create a “global champion” in broadband internet.

Top Story

  • Asia: Indonesian President Joko Widodo Visits Beijing for Talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to hold in-person talks in Beijing with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.
    • The last time China hosted foreign leaders was at the start of the Winter Olympics in February, with Russian President Vladimir Putin among those who visited Beijing in a highly guarded bubble.
    • The leaders will have an in-depth exchange of views focusing on bilateral relations and major regional and international issues.
    • Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Widodo’s talks with Xi will also focus on trade and investment.
    • China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, with two-way trade and inward investment reaching $110bn and $3.2bn, respectively, last year.
    • Diplomatic visits have been rare under China’s severe pandemic protocols, and Mr Widodo’s visit may be a sign that the world’s second-largest economy could be loosening its strict Covid-19 policies.
    • Reuters, CNBC, Straits Times, AlJazeera, Toronto Star, Bloomberg

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: The military said two soldiers were killed in an attack on a military detachment in the north, with 15 suspected jihadists “neutralized” in a counter-offensive. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the country at the start of a three-nation tour of west Africa. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Authorities said one volunteer firefighter has been killed and another injured in a forest fire in the north. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: President Kais Saied celebrated the “yes” vote in a referendum on a new constitution that strengthens the powers of the head of state and risks the return of authoritarian rule to the country. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Kampala on the third stop of his tour of African countries as part of an effort by Moscow to reinforce relations on the continent. (AFP)

Americas   

  • Brazil: US defense secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to call on militaries to respect democracy at an Americas-wide defense gathering this week in the country. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Pope Francis apologized to native people on their land for the Church’s role in schools where Indigenous children were abused, calling their forced cultural assimilation a “deplorable evil” and “disastrous error.” (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: The public prosecutor’s office is investigating former president Lenin Moreno over the disappearance of priceless artifacts from the presidential palace. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A new group of about 2,000 migrants set out walking in the south with the goal of reaching the United States. (AP)
  • United States: Former President Donald Trump will return to Washington for the first time since leaving office. (AP)

Asia 

  • China: US President Joe Biden is expected to speak with his counterpart Xi Jinping this week. (AFP)
  • Japan: Former emperor Akihito has been diagnosed with heart failure but is in stable condition after being prescribed medication. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The chair od ASEAN said that the junta’s execution of four prisoners, including a former member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, is “highly reprehensible,” (AFP)
  • Solomon Islands: The US is sending a high-profile diplomatic delegation to visit the islands next week led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. (AP)
  • South Korea: South Korean ambassador to the US said the two countries may resume their bilateral strategic dialogue on extended deterrence within the next two months. (Yonhap)

Europe

  • Croatia: The country opened a long-awaited bridge linking its southern Adriatic coast including Dubrovnik with the rest of the country, bypassing a narrow strip of Bosnian territory. (AFP)
  • Greece: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has proposed an EU-wide mechanism that would compensate industries for cutting their gas use as part of European efforts to cope with tight gas supplies. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The Kremlin said that it believes former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is in Moscow and did not rule out possible contact with him. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said it has legal questions regarding a non-profit organization that helps Jews emigrate to Israel, but this should not be “projected” onto bilateral relations between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The government added forty-two new designations under its Russia sanctions regime in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said the ground is prepared for Tehran and Riyadh to hold the next round of talks on reducing tensions in bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that an attack on a mountain resort in the northern province of Dohuk last week that killed nine people was carried out by “terrorists” and was aimed at harming relations. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said his $500 billion flagship project NEOM will be partly financed through a flotation expected in 2024. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Algeria’s foreign minister decried Syria’s decadelong suspension from the Arab League during a visit to Damascus, indicating support for the war-torn country’s return to the organization under President Bashar Assad. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: US special envoy Tim Lenderking will visit Riyadh and Amman for talks focused on renewing the truce set to expire on August 2. (Al-Monitor)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: French and British satellite operators Eutelsat and OneWeb announced plans to merge and create a “global champion” in broadband internet. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 26JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (27JUL22)

  • Event: Anniversary of the signing of the Korean armistice agreement (1953).
  • Event: Heritage Foundation to hold a discussion on Chinese government lending.
  • Event: CSIS to hold a discussion on strengthening Guyana – U.S. Relationship.
  • Event: CSIS to hold a discussion on AI-Surveillance Symbiosis in China.
  • Africa: Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov continues his tour of African countries.
  • Asia: US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland is on travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea. (to 28JUL22)
  • Canada: Pope to continue his trip to the country. (to 30JUL22)
  • Ethiopia: UN Human Rights Council Commission, tasked with investigating human rights violations committed in the country’s Tigray region, to continue its visit. (to 30JUL22)
  • Japan: Indonesian President Joko Widodo to arrive in Tokyo, Japan, for bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
  • Puerto Rico: Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael Regan, to visit the northern city of Caguas to discuss ongoing water infrastructure challenges.
  • United States: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Washington.
  • United States: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to meet with UK National Security Advisor Stephen Lovegrove in Washington.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold nominations hearing, to include considerations for US Ambassador postings to Morocco, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold hearing on challenges facing global food security.
  • United States: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing on ‘Combating the Threats to US National Security from the Proliferation of Foreign Commercial Spyware.’
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold hearing on national security and economic statecraft.
  • Vietnam: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to meet in Ha Long (to 29JUL22)

END

25JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tunisians are heading to the polls to vote on a new constitution.
  • AMERICAS: Pope Francis began a historic visit to Canada to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools.
  • ASIA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo is heading to Beijing for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China’s strict COVID-19 protocols.
  • EUROPE: A German union called on Lufthansa ground staff to walk out on a one-day strike Wednesday in a dispute over pay.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization said Iran will keep the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras turned off until a 2015 nuclear deal is restored.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: China added a laboratory to its permanent orbiting space station as it moves toward completing the structure in coming months.

Top Story

  • Myanmar: The Military Junta Executes Four Activists as it Draws Condemnation.
    • Myanmar’s military junta executed four democracy activists accused of helping to carry out “terror acts”, sparking widespread condemnation of the Southeast Asian nation’s first executions in decades.
    • The killings of former National League for Democracy lawmaker Phyo Zayar Thaw, pro-democracy leader Kyaw Min Yu, and two other activists mark the first judicial executions in Myanmar since 1988
    • The executions were carried out despite worldwide pleas for clemency for the four men, including from United Nations experts and Cambodia, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
    • The US Embassy in Myanmar mourned the loss of the four men and offered condolences to their families while decrying the decision to execute them.
    • The state-run Mirror Daily newspaper said the four were executed “in accordance with legal procedures” for directing and organizing “violent and inhuman accomplice acts of terrorist killings.”
    • The military government later issued a brief statement about the executions, while the prison where the men had been held and the prison department refused to comment.
    • Reuters, The Guardian, AP, Twitter, BBC, Axios

Africa

  • Congo-Brazzaville: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited the country as part of an effort by Moscow to reinforce relations in Africa amid Western backlash over the invasion of Ukraine. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: The M23 rebel group in the volatile east summarily executed 29 civilians since mid-June in areas under their control. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Police said the death toll from a bus accident in the central region rose to 30. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the head of the appeals court, Mandisa Maya, as the country’s deputy chief justice – becoming the first woman to occupy the position. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: People are heading to the polls to vote on a new constitution. (AP)

Americas   

  • Bahamas: Seventeen suspected migrants from Haiti died in a boat accident off the coast early on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro kicked off his candidacy for re-election at a party event in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday with a speech focused on God, guns, and family. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Pope Francis began a historic visit to the country to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools. (AP)
  • Chile: State-owned copper miner Codelco expects to gradually restart operations at some of its mining projects following the death of two workers earlier this month. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Security officials detained more than 200 mostly Guatemalan migrants at a warehouse in the central region who were waiting to be smuggled northward. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • China: Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the South China Sea is not a “safari park” for countries outside the region or a “fighting arena” for major powers to compete in. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo is heading to Beijing for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China’s strict COVID-19 protocols. (AP)
  • Japan: Dozens of people evacuated two towns on the southern island of Kyushu where a volcano poured out ash and large rocks into the nighttime sky. (AP)
  • South Korea: US Army Apache attack helicopters based in the south are holding live-fire drills with rockets and guns for the first time since 2019. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Taipei is staging air raid drills and its military is mobilizing for routine exercises. (AP)

Europe

  • Denmark: Biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic said the European Commission had given permission for its Imvanex vaccine to be marketed as protection against monkeypox. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A union called on Lufthansa ground staff to walk out on a one-day strike Wednesday in a dispute over pay. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said that a missile strike against the Ukrainian port of Odesa would not affect grain exports but said the UN must secure the removal of curbs on Russian exports for the landmark grain deal to work. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address that after five months of Russian attacks, the country will continue to do all it can to inflict as much damage on its enemy as possible. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Foreign secretary Liz Truss will set out plans to create new low-regulation investment zones and more freeports, stepping up her campaign to be next prime minister. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization said the country will keep the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras turned off until a 2015 nuclear deal is restored. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Two security members and a civilian were killed and five people were wounded in two attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi provinces of Salahudin and Diyala. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II said all Arab states would seek good relations with Iran on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect for sovereignty, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree appointing Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as the prime minister and tasking him with forming the new cabinet. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: 146 women and children related to Islamic State militants have been handed over to Tajikistan from the country’s Kurdish administration. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: China added a laboratory to its permanent orbiting space station as it moves toward completing the structure in coming months. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes:
    • Sakurajima, Japan
      • Explosive activity continues
      • Erupting
      • Source
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 25JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (26JUL22)

  • Event: IMF World Economic Outlook Update to be launched.
  • Event: WTO General Council to meet.
  • Event: Heritage Foundation to host an event on the drug epidemic in Syria.
  • Event: CSIS to host the Twelfth Annual South China Sea Conference.
  • Event: The Wilson Center to host an event on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Event: The Wilson Center to host an event with President Irfaan Ali of Guyana.
  • Asia: US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland to travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea. (to 28JUL22)
  • Europe: EU energy ministers to hold an extraordinary energy council meeting and vote on a proposal to bind natural gas consumption cuts by 15% in case of an energy supply emergency.
  • Canada: Pope to visit. (to 30JUL22)
  • Cuba: National Revolution Day.
  • Germany: Natural gas flows on Nord Stream 1 pipeline may fall, as another turbine may need maintenance.
  • Greece: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit Athens in an effort to establish new trade ties.
  • Kenya: Presidential debate to be held in Nairobi.
  • Liberia: Independence Day.
  • Maldives: Independence Day.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold hearing on diversity and inclusion in US diplomacy and development.
  • Vietnam: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to meet in Ha Long (to 29JUL22)

END

21JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA:  African leaders will meet US President Joe Biden in Washington in mid-December for the first major summit organized by the US for the continent.
  • AMERICAS: Latin America’s largest airline LATAM has ordered 17 Airbus A321 passenger jets worth more than $1.8 billion.
  • ASIA: The US and Japan will hold their first economic “two-plus-two” dialogue, involving their foreign and industry ministers on July 29 in Washington.
  • EUROPE: Russian Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all difficulties with supply of Russian natural gas to Europe are caused by Western restrictions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is rejecting accusations that the Turkish military carried out deadly artillery strikes against tourists in northern Iraq.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Wall Street is bracing for the slowest global revenue growth in the history of the social media sector, as competition from TikTok and Apple in advertising threaten to compound economic woes in the second quarter.

Top Story

  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi Resigns as Coalition Government Collapses.
    • Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned after his national unity government fell apart, setting the country on course for an early election.
    • Draghi said he was going to speak to President Sergio Mattarella and inform him of his intentions after failing to unite his fragile coalition government.
    • Draghi’s government of national unity imploded after members of his coalition rebuffed his appeal to finish the Italian Parliament’s term and ensure implementation of a European Union-funded pandemic recovery program.
    • The center-right Forza Italia and League parties and the populist 5-Star Movement boycotted a confidence vote in the Senate, a clear sign they were done as partners in the 17-month government.
    • In a brief statement, Draghi submitted “his resignation and that of the government he heads;” the president “took note of this” and the government remained in place to “conduct current business.”
    • Draghi’s resignation comes at a time when Italy is dealing with soaring inflation and energy costs, Russia’s war against Ukraine, and outstanding reforms needed to clinch the remainder of the EU’s 200 billion euros in recovery funds.
    • Reuters, AP, Corriere Della Sera, La Stampa, AFP, CNBC

Africa

  • Region: African leaders will meet US President Joe Biden in Washington in mid-December for the first major summit organized by the US for the continent. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Tigrayan rebels to release five journalists working for a local broadcaster in the war-torn north. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Meta took down thousands of posts targeting users on its social media platform Facebook for violating its policies ahead of the August elections. (BBC)
  • Rwanda: The UK High Commissioner, Omar Daair, disowned a memo sent to the Home Office advising against any asylum deal with the country. (BBC)
  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni signed a cooperation agreement with the leader of an opposition party and former challenger Nobert Mao. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Region: Latin America’s largest airline LATAM has ordered 17 Airbus A321 passenger jets worth more than $1.8 billion. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be nominated by his Workers Party (PT) to run on Oct. 2 against far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in the most polarized election in decades. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the country, where he is expected to apologize to Indigenous peoples for more than a century of abuses at state schools run by the Church, has provoked hope but also wariness. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushed back against a US complaint over his energy policy, stating his government had done nothing wrong. (Reuters)
  • United States: The House Jan 6 Committee will hold its final hearing of the summer making the case that Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election fueled the attack on the US Capitol. (AP)

Asia 

  • India: Investigators summoned Sonia Gandhi for questioning on money laundering accusations that her allies have blamed on an abuse of government power. (AFP)
  • Japan: The US and Japan will hold their first economic “two-plus-two” dialogue, involving their foreign and industry ministers on July 29 in Washington. (Japan Times)
  • Myanmar: A regional envoy tasked with kickstarting dialogue between the junta and anti-coup fighters warned there was no “magic wand” to end the country’s bloody crisis. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as president of the crisis-hit island nation, with plans to form a unity government to manage the turmoil. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Joe Biden said that US military officials believe it is “not a good idea” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taipei. (AP)

Europe

  • Belgium: MPs voted to ratify a fiercely-criticized treaty allowing prisoner exchanges with Iran, potentially opening the way for an Iranian diplomat jailed on terrorism charges to return home. (AFP)
  • Germany: State-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn said it planned to transport grain by freight train from Ukraine to the country’s ports. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all difficulties with supply of Russian natural gas to Europe are caused by Western restrictions. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Firefighting crews made progress in their battle to contain dozens of wildfires as most of the country went back on alert for feverish temperatures. (AFP)
  • Türkiye: The country said a new “permanent committee” would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara’s conditions to ratify their NATO membership bids. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The economy will grow fairly steadily over the coming three years, with inflation gradually declining from double digits and the pound weakening in the near-term. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country’s foreign ministry recalled its ambassador from Sweden after a citizen was sentenced to life by a Swedish court for committing war crimes and murder during the Iran-Iraq war. (AP)
  • Iraq: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is rejecting accusations that the Turkish military carried out deadly artillery strikes against tourists in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Israel: Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testified that he was not to blame for the events that led to a deadly stampede at a holy site in the north last year, the worst civilian disaster in the country’s history. (AP)
  • Syria: Russian forces shot down two drones that fired at its military base at Hmeimim, Syria, according to a defense official. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Wall Street is bracing for the slowest global revenue growth in the history of the social media sector, as competition from TikTok and Apple in advertising threaten to compound economic woes in the second quarter. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 21JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (22JUL22)

  • Egypt: Revolution Day
  • Japan: UN global climate change conference begins its final day. (to 21JUL)
  • Myanmar: International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule on the country’s objections to Rohingya ‘genocide’ case.
  • Papua New Guinea: General elections scheduled to conclude.
  • Sudan: International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold briefing on Sudan.
  • Taiwan: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper leads an Atlantic Council delegation during a four-day visit to the island to meet with Taiwanese officials. (to 21JUL)

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20JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says no-one will be spared in an anti-corruption campaign he promises to implement if elected president in next month’s poll.
  • AMERICAS: Former Trump aide Steve Bannon believed he was “above the law” when he defied a subpoena to testify before lawmakers investigating the 2021 Capitol assault.
  • ASIA: China slammed Washington as “a destroyer of peace” in the Taiwan Strait, following the latest in a series of passages by US warships through the waterway.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian forces struck and seriously damaged a bridge that is key for supplying Russian troops in the occupied south.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria is formally breaking diplomatic ties with Ukraine in response to a similar move by Kyiv.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google was among the last remaining tech platforms yet to comply with Indonesia’s new licensing rules, as a deadline loomed which may see their services temporarily blocked in the country.

Top Story

  • Sri Lanka: Six-Time Prime Minister Wickremsinghe wins Presidency.
    • Sri Lankan lawmakers voted in acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new president, hoping his extensive experience in government would help pull the country out of a crippling economic and political crisis.
    • Official results showed Wickremesinghe polled 134 votes in a parliamentary vote, with his main opponent Dullas Alahapperuma getting 82 and leftist Anura Dissanayake just three giving him an absolute majority.
    • In his acceptance speech to parliament, the new president said, “our divisions are now over.”
    • Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana said the attention of the world was focused on the Sri Lankan legislature as it elected a leader to serve the balance period of Rajapaksa’s term ending November 2024.
    • The current cabinet automatically stands dissolved, and President Wickremsinghe will choose a prime minister to form a new cabinet.
    • Sri Lankans have taken to the street to demand their president and his prime minister step down as the country spiraled into economic chaos that left its 22 million people short of food, fuel, and medicine.
    • Reuters, The Guardian, AFP, BBC, AP, Indian Express

Africa

  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga says no-one will be spared in an anti-corruption campaign he promises to implement if elected president in next month’s poll. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: A court sentenced a woman to 30 years in prison for kidnapping two minors for ransom in the central city of Beira. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has given the country’s education and labor ministers two weeks to end the prolonged lecturer’s strike. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The acting public protector will issue a subpoena for President Cyril Ramaphosa to answer questions about the robbery at his game farm in 2020, in which $4m (£3.3m) is alleged to have been stolen. (BBC)
  • Togo: Foreign Minister Robert Dussey met Ivorian officials in Abidjan for talks on 49 Ivorian soldiers who were arrested in Mali earlier this month. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Argentina: The peso surpassed the psychological barrier of 300 pesos per US dollar in the black market, hitting a record low as it traded down 3% from the previous day. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Three migrants and two citizens are dead and a dozen migrants are recovering from injuries following a highway accident in the north. (AP)
  • Panama: Protests paralyze the capital city of Panama City following the breakdown of an agreement between the government and an alliance of unions and associations to freeze the price of fuel. (EFE)
  • United States: Former Trump aide Steve Bannon believed he was “above the law” when he defied a subpoena to testify before lawmakers investigating the 2021 Capitol assault. (AFP)
  • United States: The Respect for Marriage Act was approved by the US House of Representatives in an effort to provide federal protection for same-sex marriage amid fears the Supreme Court may roll back recognition of such unions. (AFP)

Asia 

  • Region: China slammed Washington as “a destroyer of peace” in the Taiwan Strait, following the latest in a series of passages by US warships through the waterway. (AFP)
  • China: One person died in a gas explosion that injured 12 others at a six-story residential building in the port city of Tianjin. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The Constitutional Court rejected a judicial review of the country’s narcotics law that would have paved the way for legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Amnesty International said the military laid landmines that have killed and injured people in and around villages in Kayah, a conflict-affected region near the border with Thailand. (AP)
  • New Zealand: The government launched a new investor migrant visa to attract experienced, high-value investors to invest in domestic businesses. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that coronavirus cases have tripled across Europe in the past six weeks, accounting for nearly half of all infections globally. (AP)
  • Greece: Hundreds of people were evacuated as firefighters deployed planes and helicopters to fight a surging wildfire in mountainside suburbs north of Athens for a second day. (AFP)
  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi said that the only way out of a debilitating political crisis was for a new ‘pact’ between bickering parties. (AFP)
  • Türkiye: The country will resume drilling operations next month near the island of Cyprus, threatening to spark a new diplomatic row with the EU. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Forces struck and seriously damaged a bridge that is key for supplying Russian troops in the occupied south. (AP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The UN said in a new report that despite an improved security situation in the country, at least 700 people have been killed since the Taliban took over last year. (AP)
  • Iran: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a summit with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on Syria. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Six police officers were killed and seven wounded in an attack by jihadists on their position in a remote area north of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Israeli army said it launched strikes Tuesday on a position belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after gunfire from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
  • Syria: Damascus is formally breaking diplomatic ties with Ukraine in response to a similar move by Kyiv. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google was among the last remaining tech platforms yet to comply with Indonesia’s new licensing rules, as a deadline loomed which may see their services temporarily blocked in the country. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Estelle
      • Location: 20.6 N, 119.4 W
      • Wind: 60 mph
      • Movement: W 14 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 20JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21JUL22)

  • Event: The World Health Organization (WHO) to hold its second International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting on monkeypox and consider whether the multi-country outbreak presents a global health threat.
  • Asia: The Asian Development Bank to launch the Asian Development Outlook Supplement, which analyzes economies in Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
  • Belgium: National Day.
  • Europe: Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline scheduled to reopen following annual maintenance.
  • France: European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to notify in writing 59 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Slovakia.
  • Japan: UN global climate change conference begins its final day. (to 21JUL)
  • Pakistan: Baloch activists in Pakistan may block entrance of Gwadar port to protest government underinvestment.
  • Paraguay: Mercosur Meeting of Economy Ministers.
  • Russia: Cosmonauts perform spacewalk from International Space Station.
  • Taiwan: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper leads an Atlantic Council delegation during a four-day visit to the island to meet with Taiwanese officials. (to 21JUL)
  • United States: The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol holds a hearing.
  • United States: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs to hold a virtual event on “US Leadership on A Multilateral Approach to Africa.”
  • Vanuatu: The President to be elected by Parliament.

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