29JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia announced the appointment of a seven-member negotiating team to “peacefully resolve” the conflict in the northern part of the country.
  • AMERICAS: US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will meet on July 12 at the White House where the two leaders are expected to discuss food security, immigration, climate, security, and shared economic interests.
  • ASIA: China accused the G7 countries of irresponsibly sowing division after the forum condemned Beijing’s trade practices in an end-of-summit statement.
  • EUROPE: A French court will hand down verdicts against 20 men accused over the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlighting deep ties between the major trade partners.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The nosedive in cryptocurrency markets has wiped out millions of dollars in funds stolen by North Korean hackers.

Top Story

  • Europe: Turkey Lifts Veto on Finland and Sweden Joining NATO.
    • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced NATO leaders would formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance Wednesday after Turkey inked a deal to drop its objections.
    • The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before the NATO summit in Madrid.
    • The lifting of the veto means that Helsinki and Stockholm can proceed with their application to join the military alliance, cementing what is set to be the biggest shift in European security in decades.
    • The terms of the deal involve Finland and Sweden not providing support to YPG/PYD [Turkey’s name for Syrian Kurdish forces], and the organization described as ‘FETO’ in Turkey.
    • In return, Turkey confirmed “its long-standing support for NATO’s Open-Door policy and agreed to support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO.”
    • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted both Scandinavian countries to end their decades-long policies of military neutrality.
    • AFP, Reuters, AlJazeera, NYTBalkans Insight, The Guardian

Africa

  • Region: Ethiopian and Sudanese forces clashed at the disputed al-Fashaga border area following the alleged capture of the bodies of seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian killed over the weekend. (BBC)
  • Angola: Former president José Eduardo dos Santos is in an induced coma in a hospital in Barcelona. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: The federal government announced the appointment of a seven-member negotiating team to “peacefully resolve” the conflict in the northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: The African Union announced the deployment of an international election expert mission to the country to observe the integrity of the country’s forthcoming general elections on August 9. (Xinhua)
  • Mauritius: The government reopened nightclubs and bars, lifted restrictions on gatherings, and scrapped a public mask mandate as it eased Covid-19 measures in the Indian Ocean island. (AFP)

Americas  

  • Region: US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will meet on July 12 at the White House where the two leaders are expected to discuss food security, immigration, climate, security, and shared economic interests. (AP)
  • Canada: Two suspected bank robbers were killed during a shootout with police in British Columbia that left six officers injured, a possible third suspect is still missing. (AFP)
  • Colombia: At least 52 inmates were killed and 26 more injured after a fire broke out during a prison riot in the southwest. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Guillermo Lasso survived an impeachment vote as negotiations to end more than two weeks of cost-of-living protests by Indigenous groups were suspended following the death of a soldier. (AFP)
  • United States: The CDC announced the fast-spreading BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron are now estimated to make up a combined 52% of the coronavirus cases in the US, as of 25 June 2022. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Region: US President Joe Biden will hold a trilateral meeting with the president of Korea and prime minister of Japan to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program and ongoing tensions with China. (AFP)
  • Australia: Defense minister Richard Marles is talking down the prospect of acquiring US nuclear-powered submarines by the end of the decade. (AP)
  • China: The country accused the G7 countries of irresponsibly sowing division after the forum condemned Beijing’s trade practices in an end-of-summit statement. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said her Rappler news website is operating as usual and will let courts decide on an order to close the outlet. (AP)
  • South Korea: ​​A government official highlighted his administration’s desire for peace on the Korean peninsula via a three-phase roadmap involving reconciliation, cooperation, and the creation of a Korean Union. (Newsweek)

Europe 

  • France: A court will hand down verdicts against 20 men accused over the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. (AFP)
  • Poland: The country hailed US President Joe Biden’s commitment to establish the 5th Army’s Headquarters as the realization of a long-held dream that would send a clear signal to Russia. (Reuters)
  • Scotland: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a second referendum to be held on Scottish independence in October 2023. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian authorities said they were launching bus and train services between Crimea and the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government announced sanctions on oligarch Vladimir Potanin, known as Russia’s “Nickel King” describing him as Russia’s second-richest man. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nayhan met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Parliament is expected to dissolve ending Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s year-long tenure and triggering a fifth election in less than four years installing Foreign Minister Yair Lapid as prime minister. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces shot and killed a man in the occupied West Bank during clashes that broke out during an arrest raid. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN announced that more than 300,000 civilians have been killed during the first 10 years of the conflict, the highest official estimate to date of conflict-related civilian deaths in the country. (AP)
  • UAE: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlighting deep ties between the major trade partners. (WaPo)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The nosedive in cryptocurrency markets has wiped out millions of dollars in funds stolen by North Korean hackers. (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 29JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (30JUN22)

  • OPEC: OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting to be held virtually with OPEC’s 13 member countries and non-OPEC countries, including Russia, to discuss market conditions and further production adjustments.
  • Africa: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Malawi and Zambia. (to 03JUL)
  • Belarus: Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend ninth Russia-Belarus forum in Grodno.
  • Egypt: 10th anniversary of Mohammed Morsi assuming office as Egyptian president.
  • France: The country’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union ends with the Czech Republic scheduled to take over the presidency on July 1.
  • Israel: Cyber Week Event. (to 30JUN)
  • Kenya: Presidential candidate William Ruto to release campaign manifesto.
  • Morocco: African Lion 22 military exercises to conclude in Agadir.
  • Philippines: ​​Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to be sworn in as President.
  • Russia: Indonesian President Joko Widodo to meet President Vladamir Putin in Moscow.
  • Spain: NATO Summit in Madrid, hosted by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, concludes on the third and final day.
  • Sudan: Pro-democracy parties to hold March of Millions protest against military junta.
  • Sweden: The country’s central bank to announce interest rate decisions for June.
  • Turkmenistan: Caspian summit in Ashgabat with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to attend.
  • United States: Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosts ceremony releasing the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report, which assesses efforts around the world to combat human trafficking.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee members briefing on the Summit of the Americas.

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28JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Senegalese opposition politician Guy Marius Sagna will stand trial for taking part in banned protests that left three people dead on June 17.
  • AMERICAS: US government officials traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with Venezuela.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong police confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the city this week for the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin will take his first public foreign trip on Tuesday since the start of the war in Ukraine, heading to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, where meetings are likely to be friendly.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington will start on Tuesday in Doha with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, expected to be in attendance.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Toshiba Corp shareholders voted in two board directors from activist hedge fund investors at its annual general meeting.

Top Story

  • United States: 46 Dead and 16 Hospitalized After Trailer of Migrants Found in San Antonio, Texas.
    • The bodies of 46 dead migrants were discovered inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, in one of the deadliest recent incidents of human smuggling along the US-Mexico border.
    • Police Chief William McManus said a city worker heard a cry for help from the truck shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and discovered the gruesome scene.
    • San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the 46 who died had “families who were likely trying to find a better life.”
    • San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters that 16 people had been transported to the hospital alive and conscious, twelve adults and four children. There were no initial details on the age or nationality of the deceased.
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott was quick to blame the president for the tragedy, writing that “these deaths are on Biden” in a tweet.
    • Mexican Consul General Rubén Minutti has been dispatched to the scene and the consulate in San Antonio said it would provide “all the support” if Mexican citizens are among the dead.
    • Reuters, AP, Texas Tribune, NYT, WaPo, BBC

Africa

  • Region: German officials said Monday that numerous priceless artifacts taken from African nations during colonial times will be permanently returned to the respective nations of Cameroon, Namibia, and Tanzania. (AP)
  • Cameroon: At least 30 people including women and children were killed during clashes over land between neighboring communities in the South-West region. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: In an effort to end the brutal war that first erupted in northern Ethiopia in November 2020, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ruling party stated only the African Union could broker potential peace talks with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a stance which has already been rejected by the rebels. (AFP)
  • Libya: UN political chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, urged Libya’s rival factions to agree on measures governing the transition to elections during talks in Geneva later this week, expressing hope elections can be held “at the earliest possible date.” (AP)
  • Senegal: Opposition politician Guy Marius Sagna will stand trial for taking part in banned protests that left three people dead on June 17. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed global food security and confirmed their intention to strengthen their strategic partnership. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Colombia’s procurator to investigate the partial collapse of stadium seating at a bull-running event on Sunday, which killed at least four people and injured hundreds. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Talks between Indigenous groups and the government continue in an effort to secure a deal on demands for deeper cuts to gasoline prices and tighter limits on oil and mining development. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: US government officials traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant. (AP)
  • United States: The House of Representatives Jan. 6 select committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to consider recently obtained evidence on the 2021 attack on the US Capitol. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Australia: The latest census found the number of people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders grew by 25 percent since the last count five years earlier. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: Police confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the city this week for the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule. (AP)
  • Iran: With the world’s second largest gas reserves, Tehran has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: A district prosecutors office is set to decide Tuesday on whether to grant imprisoned former President Lee Myung-bak’s request to suspend his 17-year sentence handed down for corruption. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: The country sentenced one of the militants linked to the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India to 15 years in prison for terror financing unrelated to the assaults. (AP)

Europe 

  • France: A presidency official said the international community should explore all options to alleviate the Russian squeeze of energy supplies, including talks with producing nations like Iran and Venezuela. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin will take his first public foreign trip on Tuesday since the start of the war in Ukraine, heading to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, where meetings are likely to be friendly. (AP)
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is defending the way police repelled migrants last week as they tried to cross the shared border into the north African enclave of Melilla. (AP)
  • Türkiye: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects to see action instead of “empty words” from Sweden and Finland as they seek to appease Ankara’s resistance to their NATO membership bids. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The eastern city of Lysychansk continues to repel Russian attacks after Moscow’s troops took control of the neighboring city of Severodonetsk. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron said that the top two OPEC oil producers, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, can barely increase oil production. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: Officials from Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, and the US met in Manama for the first Negev Forum Steering Committee meeting in an effort to reach a negotiated resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Anadolu)
  • Jordan: At least 12 people died and 251 were injured in a chlorine gas leak from a storage tank at Aqaba port. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington will start on Tuesday in Doha with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, expected to be in attendance. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A drone strike by the US-led coalition in the northwest killed Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a senior member of the Horas al-din group linked to al-Qaida. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Toshiba Corp shareholders voted in two board directors from activist hedge fund investors at its annual general meeting. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Celia
      • Location: 21.8N, 119.6W
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 28JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (29JUN22)

  • Event: Atlantic Council hosts discussion on US-Caribbean relations.
  • Event: Cato Institute discussion on impact of war in Ukraine for European security.
  • Africa: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Malawi and Zambia. (to 03JUL)
  • Austria: OPEC International Seminar to be held in Vienna and attended by energy ministers, oil company executives, leaders of international organizations, and academic experts.
  • France: Verdict due in 2015 Paris attacks trial.
  • France: Government chooses leadership positions after president Macron loses majority.
  • Israel: Cyber Week Event. (to 30JUN)
  • North Korea: United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, holds a Q&A session with the media.
  • Senegal: Opposition leader Ousmane Sonko to lead protests against court decision to bar opposition.
  • Spain: NATO Summit in Madrid. (to 30JUN)
  • Turkmenistan: Caspian summit in Ashgabat with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to attend.
  • Venezuela: UN Human Rights Council to discuss Venezuela’s humanitarian situation.

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27JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese military said Ethiopia killed seven soldiers and a civilian who were held captive by Addis Ababa.
  • AMERICAS: The Peruvian government confirmed that an agreement could not be reached after three days of talks with the country’s heavy haulers and drivers union.
  • ASIA: North Korea accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia.
  • EUROPE: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the start of an alliance summit in Madrid.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Indirect talks between Iran and the United States will resume this week in Qatar as part of a wider effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google faces an antitrust complaint by Danish online job-search rival Jobindex, which told EU regulators the Alphabet-owned business had unfairly favored its own job-search service.

Top Story

  • Global: G7 to Hike Sanctions on Russia, Nears Oil Cap Price Deal.
    • The Group of Seven countries will commit to a new package of coordinated actions meant to raise pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine and will finalize plans for a price cap on Russian oil.
    • “The dual objectives of G7 leaders have been to take direct aim at Putin’s revenues, particularly through energy, but also to minimize the spillovers and the impact on the G7 economies and the rest of the world.”
    • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 countries and said that delays to the transfer of weapons to Ukraine “are actually an invitation for Russia to strike again and again.”
    • Germany, which has continued to import Russian gas and only recently began sending heavy artillery to Ukraine, has been among the countries Zelensky has criticized for not providing more support.
    • While the heads of state intended to show a united front at the summit, diverging views emerged among European leaders over whether or not Ukraine should cede some territory to Russia to end the war, which has led to a surge in energy prices and global food shortages.
    • As oil prices have skyrocketed, Russia’s oil revenues have increased, despite global import bans. Leaders want to use their collective leverage to cut the revenue Russia receives from the countries still purchasing its oil.
    • Reuters, RFE/RL, WSJ, NYT, NBC News, CNN

Africa

  • Region: The African Union Commission chief voiced his shock at the “violent and degrading” treatment of African migrants trying to cross from Morocco into Spain after 23 people died and called for an investigation in the incident. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: Anglophone separatists killed at least seven people and carried out scores of kidnappings since January. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s highest-ranking judicial officer Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned from his position. (BBC)
  • South Africa: Forensic experts are trying to determine what caused the deaths of 22 young people in a nightclub in the city of East London. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The military said Ethiopia killed seven soldiers and a civilian who were held captive by Addis Ababa. (AP)

Americas  

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro expects to announce former Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto as his running mate for this year’s election in the next few days. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Four people were killed and about 70 injured when part of a stand collapsed at a bullring in the town of El Espinal. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: President Guillermo Lasso would cut prices for gasoline and diesel by 10 cents a gallon, the latest concession to try to end nearly two weeks of anti-government protests in which at least six people have died. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Six police officers in the border state of Nuevo Leon are dead and four others wounded after they were ambushed by a drug gang equipped with ten home-made armored cars and heavy weaponry. (AP)
  • Peru: The government confirmed that an agreement could not be reached after three days of talks with the country’s heavy haulers and drivers union. (AFP)

Asia

  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo will urge Russia and Ukraine to rekindle peace talks and seek ways to free up exports of grain to global markets when he visits Moscow and Kyiv in the coming days. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The government warned of possible power shortages and urged greater efforts to conserve energy while the country endures unseasonably hot temperatures. (AP)
  • Myanmar: A special Southeast Asian envoy for the crisis in the country urged its military rulers not to hold deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in prison, appealing for leniency ahead of a visit later this week. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: Pyongyang accused the United States of setting up a military alliance like NATO in Asia. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Troops handed tokens to people queueing for petrol amid a severe fuel shortage in the nation battling its worst economic crisis in seven decades, while schools shut in Colombo and public employees were asked to work from home. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • Region: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the start of an alliance summit in Madrid. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz indicated Monday that he was open to taking part in November’s G20 summit even though host Indonesia has refused to block Russian leader Vladimir Putin from attending. (AFP)
  • Portugal: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres told a major UN conference in Lisbon that the world is facing an “ocean emergency” that threatens nature and humanity. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin will travel to Tajikistan on his first trip abroad since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Lawmakers will vote on a government bill to overhaul post-Brexit trade arrangements in Northern Ireland, despite EU warnings it is illegal and could spark a trade war. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: The death toll of children in last week’s devastating earthquake in the southeast rose to 155. (AP)
  • Iran: Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington will resume this week in Qatar as part of a wider effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in Tehran that the two countries have agreed to seek stability in the Middle East a day after he visited Saudi Arabia in a bid to revive talks between the regional rivals to ease years of hostility. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that the country will invest 3 billion shekels (about 880 million USD) to facilitate innovation in climate technologies. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The World Food Programme further reduced rations in the country, where millions face hunger, due to critical funding gaps, global inflation, and knock-on effects of the Ukraine conflict. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google faces an antitrust complaint by Danish online job-search rival Jobindex, which told EU regulators the Alphabet-owned business had unfairly favored its own job-search service. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Celia
      • Location: 20.4N, 116.0W
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 27JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28JUN22)

  • Event: CSIS discussion on National Security and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Africa: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Malawi and Zambia. (to 03JUL)
  • Germany: G7 Summit.
  • Germany: Visit by US President Joe Biden.
  • Israel: Cyber Week Event. (to 30JUN)
  • Russia: Parliamentary speaker of self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic to speak before parliament.
  • Serbia: St. Vitus’ Day.
  • Spain: NATO Summit. (to 30JUN)
  • Spain: Finnish and Swedish leaders will discuss their stalled NATO bids with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Madrid during NATO Summit.
  • Tajikistan: Visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Ukraine: Constitution Day.
  • United States: House Speaker Pelosi speaks at IRF Summit.
  • United States: Sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell on sex trafficking charges.

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23JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received the final report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption under former president Jacob Zuma.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez said the United States had agreed to grant 300,000 temporary work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.
  • ASIA: A UN expert said the Myanmar military-ruled government’s promise of free and fair elections next year is “preposterous.”
  • EUROPE: EU leaders will gather in Brussels to discuss calls to formally grant war-torn Ukraine “candidate status” to join the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalizing relations.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Elon Musk said that Tesla Inc’s new car factories in Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars” due to shortages of batteries and other components.

Top Story

  • Germany: Berlin Faces Gas Supply Crisis, Declares Alarm Level.
    • Germany triggered the “alarm stage” of its emergency gas plan in response to falling Russian supplies but stopped short of allowing utilities to pass on soaring energy costs to customers in Europe’s largest economy.
    • The government said the decision to raise the level to “alarm” follows the cuts to Russian gas flows made since June 14 and surging energy prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.
    • The government also said it was not going to activate a law that allowed energy companies to pass on soaring costs to customers after pushback against the measure from industry.
    • The move to the second stage of the plan signals that the authorities are seeing a “substantial deterioration in the gas supply situation”, but one that the market can deal with without resorting to “non-market based measures”.
    • The move follows Russia’s sharp reduction of gas supplies, with the government recommending households reduce consumption.
    • German economy minister Robert Habeck said Russia was using gas “as a weapon” in response to EU sanctions.
    • Reuters, AP, FT, DPA, Politico, BBC

Africa

  • DR Congo: At least 13 civilians, including four children, were killed in fresh clashes in the east amid increased fighting between the army and rebels. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet was “horrified” at accounts of attacks in the west that left hundreds dead at the weekend, urging authorities to hold “prompt, impartial and thorough investigations”. (AFP)
  • Ghana: Lawmakers approved a plan to investigate how funds worth $1.5bn (£1.2bn) were spent in the fight against Covid-19. (BBC)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa received the final report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. (AP)
  • Tanzania: The CCM is ready for reforms on the country’s constitution after years of fending off pressure from opposition parties and rights defenders. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Region: Mexican Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez said the United States had agreed to grant 300,000 temporary work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: The courts issued prison terms of up to 18 years for another 74 people involved in last summer’s unprecedented anti-government protests. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador inaugurated a truth commission to investigate abuses committed during the “Dirty War” of the 1960s-80s. (AFP)
  • Panama: Security Minister Juan Manuel Pino warned that there has been a substantial increase in the number of migrants crossing the dangerous Darien Gap on the border with Colombia. (AP)
  • United States: The CDC has begun sending monkeypox tests to commercial laboratories as the number of confirmed infections in the country reached 142. (AP)

Asia

  • Bangladesh: Authorities are bracing for the spread of water-borne diseases and racing to get drinking water to people stranded in their homes by flooding across a quarter of the country. (Reuters)
  • China: Record floods were expected in parts of the country’s south as heavy rains pushed water levels in the Pearl River delta to their highest in almost a century. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: A UN expert said the military-ruled government’s promise of free and fair elections next year is “preposterous.” (AP)
  • New Zealand: Police said a man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage in Auckland before bystanders brought him to the ground. (AP)
  • North Korea: Officials at a meeting of the Central Military Commission discussed assigning additional duties to frontline units, possibly indicating the deployment of battlefield nuclear weapons. (AP)

Europe 

  • Region: A senior US official, speaking anonymously, said that leaders at the upcoming G7 summit in Germany will discuss new measures to pressure Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will reportedly visit Baku this week to discuss tensions with Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. (Reuters)
  • France: Opposition parties gave a frosty reception to President Emmanuel Macron’s call for “compromises” to keep the country governable after an indecisive parliamentary election. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU leaders will gather in Brussels to discuss calls to formally grant the war-torn country “candidate status” to join the bloc. (Euronews)
  • United Kingdom: The government set out planned law changes making it easier for businesses to minimize the impact of strike actions, in response to ongoing strikes by rail workers. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: A senior US official hinted that more Arab nations are looking to improve relations with Israel when President Joe Biden visits the region next month. (AFP)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that the Ukraine crisis can only be resolved through diplomacy. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Parliament will hold a session to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalizing relations. (Reuters)
  • Syria: State media reported an explosion in Deraa, injuring two people. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Elon Musk said that Tesla Inc’s new car factories in Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars” due to shortages of batteries and other components. (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 23JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (24JUN22)

  • Event: CSIS discussion on missile defense.
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on U.S. support to Ukraine.
  • Event: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discusses Ukraine at Hudson Institute.
  • Australia: China’s Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian gives a speech at University of Technology Sydney about the state of relations between Australia and China.
  • China: High-Level Dialogue on Global Development, hosted by Xi Jinping and attended by BRICS leaders, virtual.
  • Europe: European Council meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels.
  • Germany: ILA Berlin Air Show. (to 25JUN)
  • New Zealand: Maori New Year.
  • Rwanda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali. (to 25JUN)
  • Venezuela: Battle of Carabobo Day.

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22JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The African Union will not be party to talks that exclude significant actors in an effort to get Sudan’s transition back on track after last year’s military coup.
  • AMERICAS: Defense minister Luis Lara warned that Ecuador’s democracy is at risk as anti-government protests in Quito grow increasingly violent.
  • ASIA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo is planning to meet the leaders of Russia and Ukraine following the Group of Seven summit in Germany later this month.
  • EUROPE: A drone strike may have caused a fire that broke out at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s southern Rostov region that borders Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to make his first visit to Turkey following the slaying of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and many other tech companies formed the Metaverse Standards Forum with the goal to develop industry standards to ensure compatibility between the companies’ metaverse technology.

Top Story

  • Afghanistan: A 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Killed 920 People and Wounded 600 Others.
    • A 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed 920 people in Afghanistan with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages.
    • The quake struck about 44km (27 miles) from the south-eastern city of Khost shortly after 01:30 local time (21:00 Tuesday GMT)
    • Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund convened an emergency meeting at the presidential palace to coordinate the relief effort for victims in Paktika and Khost.
    • Witnesses reported feeling the quake in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, as well as Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
    • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a statement offered his condolences over the earthquake, saying his nation will provide help to the Afghan people.
    • Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, gave no specific death toll but wrote on Twitter that hundreds of people were killed and injured in the earthquake, which shook four districts in Paktika.
    • Reuters, BBC, AP, AFP, AVA, Bloomberg

Africa

  • Region: the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent reached 11,742,933. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: UN negotiators began talks in Nairobi toward reaching a new global pact for protecting nature and wildlife, after a previous round of talks in March failed to make progress. (Reuters)
  • Malawi: President Lazarus Chakwera stripped his Vice-President Saulos Chilima of all his delegated powers after the latter was named in a $150m (£123m) corruption scandal involving government contracts. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The African Union will not be party to talks that exclude significant actors in an effort to get the country’s transition back on track after last year’s military coup. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The government lifted a midnight-to-dawn curfew imposed as part of COVID-19 containment measures. (Xinhua)

Americas  

  • Brazil: Leading presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva released a 121-point political platform focusing on social and environmental issues. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A group of former FARC leaders acknowledged their responsibility for war crimes and kidnappings during a hearing of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace tribunal. (AP)
  • Ecuador: Defense minister Luis Lara warned that the country’s democracy is at risk as anti-government protests in Quito grow increasingly violent. (AP)
  • Mexico: Pope Francis blasted the violence in the country as he mourned the slayings of two of his “brother” Jesuits who were gunned down in a remote church by drug gang members. (AP)
  • United States: Senators presented a bipartisan gun safety bill. (NYT)

Asia

  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo is planning to meet the leaders of Russia and Ukraine following the Group of Seven summit in Germany later this month. (AP)
  • Japan: Fugitive Mitsuhiro Taniguichi, wanted for pandemic relief fraud amounting to 960 million yen, was deported from Indonesia. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Defense minister Gen. Mya Tun Oo was welcomed to an annual meeting with his counterparts at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phnom Penh. (AP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un convened a meeting of the Central Military Commission to discuss defense policies and continuing arms buildup. (AP)
  • South Korea: The first two suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in the country. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron pressed on with efforts to end the crisis created by his failure to retain a parliamentary majority but with no solution in sight to an impasse that jeopardizes his reform plans. (AFP)
  • Italy: The country’s political landscape has shifted after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced his departure from the 5-Star Movement. (AP)
  • Russia: A drone strike may have caused a fire that broke out at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in southern Rostov region that borders Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Spain: Google reopened its news aggregator nearly eight years after it closed the service because of a law which imposed fees on the company for using publishers’ content. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A new study predicts that Brexit will cost workers an average £470 per year by the end of this decade. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iraq: Six people, including a soldier, were killed during a clash between two tribes sparked by a dispute over agricultural land. (AFP)
  • Israel: Lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote sending the country to its fifth national election in just over three years. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to make his first visit to Turkey following the slaying of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. (AP)
  • Syria: The United States arrested a member of the US Air Force in connection to April’s explosive attack on the Green Village military base in Deir ez-Zor. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida militants have attacked a security post in the southern province of Shabwa sparking clashes that left five troops and three militants dead. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and many other tech companies formed the Metaverse Standards Forum with the goal to develop industry standards to ensure compatibility between the companies’ metaverse technology. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Khost, Afghanistan
      • Magnitude: 5.9
      • Depth: 10.0 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 22JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (23JUN22)

  • Event: Atlantic Council hosts discussion on global food security crisis.
  • Global: UN Security Council briefing on Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
  • Global: WHO to assess whether to declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
  • Global: International Widows Day.
  • Global: United Nations Public Service Day.
  • Austria: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Meeting of States Parties in Vienna.
  • Belgium: NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg meets Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
  • China: 14th Annual BRICS Summit, virtual.
  • Estonia: Victory Day.
  • Europe: EU restrictions on trade with Crimea to expire unless extended.
  • Europe: European Council meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels. (to 25JUN)
  • Germany: ILA Berlin Air Show. (to 25JUN)
  • Germany: European Systemic Risk Board meeting in Frankfurt.
  • Grenada: Parliamentary elections.
  • Luxembourg: National Day.
  • Malaysia: UN human rights expert on Myanmar holds press conference after visit.
  • Rwanda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali. (to 25JUN)
  • Rwanda: Commonwealth Business Forum in Kigali.
  • United States: Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol holds hearing.

END

21JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: President Cyril Ramaphosa denied interfering with South Africa’s judiciary over delays in the presentation of the final report of a corruption inquiry.
  • AMERICAS: The National Liberation Army (ELN) is open to advancing peace talks with the incoming government of Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and called for reforms to tackle social exclusion and inequality.
  • ASIA: South Korea successfully launched its first homegrown space rocket.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with main party leaders after his centrist alliance failed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Egypt starting his first tour outside the Gulf region in over three years.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: NASA fueled its huge moon rocket for the first time and completed a countdown test despite a fuel line leak.

Top Story

  • Israel: The Country Heads for New Elections as Coalition Moves to Dissolve Parliament.
    • Israeli lawmakers will vote this week to dissolve parliament, opening the way for the country’s fifth election in three years, after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett could not contain the rising pressure on his fragile ruling coalition.
    • Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will become the caretaker prime minister until a new government is formed in the aftermath of elections, which are expected to be held in October.
    • Lapid thanked Bennett for “putting the country before his personal interest” but said the inability of the coalition to survive indicated that Israel “is in need of serious change”.
    • Bennett cited the coalition’s failure earlier this month to extend a law that grants West Bank settlers special legal status as the main reason for new elections.
    • The Israeli ruling coalition has been teetering on the brink of collapse as three members, including two from Bennett’s own right-wing Yamina party, defected, stripping the government of its majority and its ability to pass legislation.
    • The decision ends an unusual period in Israeli politics, when a coalition from the country’s center, right, left and an independent Arab party came together for the first time to form a government.
    • Reuters, AP, AFP, WSJ, Axios, NYT

Africa

  • Mali: The government said more than 130 civilians were killed by jihadists in three neighboring towns over the weekend. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Long queues have been witnessed at petrol stations in most parts of Lagos state after a decision by some fuel marketers to shut their operations. (BBC)
  • Rwanda: Leaders from the 54 Commonwealth countries gather in Kigali under tight security this week for a long overdue but controversial summit that was twice postponed by Covid. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa denied interfering with the country’s judiciary over delays in the presentation of the final report of a corruption inquiry. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: The coast guard retrieved the bodies of four migrants after their boat sank off the port city of Sfax. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Colombia: The National Liberation Army (ELN) is open to advancing peace talks with the incoming government of President-elect Gustavo Petro and called for reforms to tackle social exclusion and inequality. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Thousands of Indigenous demonstrators marched through Quito urging President Guillermo Lasso to agree to demands for economic and social support. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: A court sentenced a former energy executive to over two decades behind bars for his role in the murder of Berta Caceres. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors and Police announced that the bodies of two Canadians were found in an apartment in the resort city of Playa del Carmen. (AFP)
  • Panama: President Laurentino Cortizo said that he has blood cancer, although the 69-year-old feels well and is in “good spirits.” (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: Floodwaters inundated Bangladesh and northeast India as authorities struggled to reach more than 9.5 million people stranded with little food and drinking water after days of heavy rain. (Reuters)
  • China: Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the country’s south amid floods and landslides triggered by the heaviest rainfall the region has seen in decades. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President and current chair of the G20 Joko Widodo is due to visit Moscow later this month to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Hearings for the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be moved to a prison compound in the military-built capital Naypyidaw. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The country successfully launched its first homegrown space rocket. (AP)

Europe 

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with main party leaders after his centrist alliance failed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections. (AP)
  • Poland: The country’s ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has given up his role as a deputy prime minister in the government in order to focus on the party and upcoming elections. (AP)
  • Russia: Security council chief Nikolai Patrushev warned Lithuania of “serious” consequences over restrictions on the rail transit of EU-sanctioned goods to Moscow’s exclave of Kaliningrad. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU officials said that there was no opposition to granting Ukraine “candidate status”, ahead of a summit expected to green light the move. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Tens of thousands of railway workers have walked off the job, bringing the train network to a crawl in the country’s biggest transit strike in three decades. (AP)

Middle East

  • Region: A US Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: De facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Egypt starting his first tour outside the Gulf region in over three years. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A flight by a private airline has landed at an airport used by Russia’s military in the country’s coastal province of Latakia. (AP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a civilian bus in the north that killed thirteen people and wounded three. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country will build a new Red Sea port in Sudan as part of a $6 billion investment package. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: NASA fueled its huge moon rocket for the first time and completed a countdown test despite a fuel line leak. (AP)

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 21JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (22UN22)

  • Event: Jamestown Foundation discussion on implications of the Russia-Ukraine War for Taiwan.
  • Event: Wilson Center 8th annual ‘Building a Competitive U.S.- Mexico Border’ conference.
  • Austria: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Meeting. (to 23JUN)
  • Cambodia: 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh.
  • China: BRICS Business Forum Keynote Address by President Xi Jinping.
  • Croatia: Anti-Fascist Struggle Day.
  • Europe: European Commission to table proposed revision to laws on pesticides and biodiversity.
  • France: US AG Garland and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas attend US-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial.
  • Germany: ILA Berlin Air Show. (to 25JUN)
  • Israel: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.
  • Italy: World Meeting of Families.
  • Japan: Upper house candidates to begin campaigning.
  • Rwanda: Commonwealth Business Forum. (to 23JUN)
  • Tanzania: East African Court of Justice expected to rule on Massai eviction legal challenge.
  • Türkiye: Visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • United Kingdom: Visit by US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the proposed accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on administration policy objectives in the MENA region.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs subcommittees joint hearing on migration and private sector investment in Central America.

END

16JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta called for the immediate deployment of an East African Community military force to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez vowed to respect the results of Sunday’s election regardless of the outcome.
  • ASIA: North Korean state media reported the outbreak of an unidentified intestinal epidemic as the country already battles COVID-19.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it has offered “safe passage” for Ukrainian grain shipments in the Black Sea but is not responsible for establishing the corridors, while Turkey suggested that ships could be guided around sea mines.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US-led global coalition fighting the Islamic State conducted a military operation in northern Syria to capture a senior leader from the extremist group.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Elon Musk is expected to reiterate his desire to purchase Twitter when he speaks to the company’s employees today.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and French President Emmanuel Macron Visit the Country to Show Support.
    • The leaders of Germany, France, and Italy made a joint visit to Ukraine touring the town of Irpin that was devastated by Russia’s invasion and will visit Kyiv today.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron said there are signs of war crimes in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin after “massacres” by Russian forces.
    • The European leaders are expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as they prepare for a key European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels next week and a June 29-30 NATO summit in Madrid.
    • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is due to join his French, German and Italian counterparts in Kyiv later today.
    • German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz said the purpose of the trip was to “show their support for Ukraine and the citizens of Ukraine.”
    • Ukraine has criticized France, Germany, and Italy for hesitations in their support for Kyiv, accusing them of being slow to deliver weapons.
    • Reuters, AP, The Guardian, AFP, DW, RFE/RL,

Africa

  • Region: Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta called for the immediate deployment of an East African Community military force to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (Reuters)
  • Region: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned that increasing instability in the Sahel region would drive more refugees to Europe. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The country pledged to combat stigmatization and “manhunts,” a day after an anti-Rwanda protest descended into sectarian looting. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Tens of thousands of children are suffering from the “most deadly” form of malnutrition as a prolonged drought ravages the east and south of the country. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has been charged a second time with inciting violence and remanded to custody a week after being released on bail. (AFP)

Americas  

  • Argentina: Security Minister Anibal Fernandez denied rumors that members of Iran’s Quds Force were among the crew of a Venezuelan plane grounded last week near Buenos Aires. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Police said a suspect has confessed to the killing of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and led investigators to their remains. (WaPo)
  • Canada: Former Lt Gen Trevor Cadieu, now fighting as a volunteer in Ukraine, was charged with sexual assault. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez vowed to respect the results of Sunday’s election regardless of the outcome. (Reuters)
  • United States: The FBI and Commerce Department are investigating how US computer chips came to be found in Russian military equipment recovered in Ukraine. (WaPo)

Asia

  • Region: A special meeting between India and Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened with co-chairs India and Singapore calling for strengthening ties amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP)
  • Cambodia: The United States expressed alarm at the mass conviction of around 60 opposition figures, including Cambodian-American lawyer Theary Seng. (AFP)
  • China: One of the country’s largest and most capable combat ships is conducting long-distance exercises in the Sea of Japan in a display of Beijing’s increasing naval reach. (AP)
  • North Korea: State media reported the outbreak of an unidentified intestinal epidemic as the country already battles COVID-19. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government designated a former peace negotiator and five other suspected communist rebel leaders as “terrorists” to allow the freezing of their financial assets. (AP)

Europe 

  • Region: Russia said it has offered “safe passage” for Ukrainian grain shipments in the Black Sea but is not responsible for establishing the corridors, while Turkey suggested that ships could be guided around sea mines. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said three multiple rocket launchers that Berlin pledged to Kyiv can be delivered in July or August after Ukrainian troops have been trained on the weapons. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow and Washington must discuss the extension of the START nuclear arms reduction treaty. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Ethics advisor Christopher Geidt quit after an investigator’s report criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson for presiding over a culture of rule-breaking in government. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Around 10,000 civilians are trapped in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, where intense fighting with Russia has raged for weeks. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Iran: Authorities arrested a person accused of having a link to two French citizens being held on espionage charges. (AP)
  • Israel: Police concluded an internal investigation into violence at the funeral of slain Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh without releasing any findings. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: An UN-backed court will sentence two Hezbollah members for the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri in what could be the cash-strapped tribunal’s final act. (AFP)
  • Syria: A US-led global coalition fighting the Islamic State conducted a military operation in the north to capture a senior leader from the extremist group. (AP)
  • Yemen: A journalist was killed when his car exploded while he was driving in the southern port city of Aden, the latest such attack in the seat of the country’s internationally recognized government. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Elon Musk is expected to reiterate his desire to purchase Twitter when he speaks to the company’s employees today. (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 16JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (17JUN22)

  • Global: 15th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Global: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
  • Europe: EU expected to propose start of Ukraine membership process.
  • Iceland: National Day.
  • India: Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi.
  • Japan: Supreme Court rules on government’s liability for Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • Latvia: Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day.
  • Malaysia: Visit by UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar Tom Andrews.
  • North Macedonia: Western Balkans Forum. (to 18JUN)
  • Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. (to 18JUN)
  • Singapore: World Congress of Ocean.
  • Solomon Islands: Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare hosts Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
  • United States: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, virtual.
  • United States: SpaceX rocket launch for its internet-satellite megaconstellation.

END

15JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tigrayan forces who have been at war with the Ethiopian government for more than 18 months are ready to send a high-level delegation to talks mediated by the Kenyan government.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police arrested a second suspect in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Philips and indigenous expert Bruno pereira.
  • ASIA: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will attend this month’s NATO summit in Madrid, becoming the country’s first leader to join a top meeting of the transatlantic alliance.
  • EUROPE: Russia demanded the surrender of soldiers and civilians inside the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia considers Turkey’s possible military operation in Syria unwise as it could escalate and destabilize the situation.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Microsoft is officially ending support for the Internet Explorer browser.

Top Story

  • China: China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red.
    • A protest planned by hundreds of bank depositors in central China’s Henan Province seeking access to their frozen funds has been thwarted because the authorities have turned their health code apps red.
    • China adopts a three-tiered health code color system to track people who have been infected by Covid, with red indicating the highest level of risk that bars people from entering public places while green grants them access.
    • A bank client in Shenzhen was blocked from public places and public transport; another in Shanghai calls a red health code in Henan a ‘deposit code.’
    • The former editor of The Global Times, Hu Xijin, called it a “breach of pandemic prevention laws” that “damages the support of the people for the fight against the virus”.
    • More than 39 billion yuan (£5bn; $6bn) is believed to have been frozen, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers.
    • It is not known how many have been affected, but Chinese reports indicate that the issue has occurred in several towns and villages in Henan.
    • Reuters, Bloomberg, SCMP, AFP, BBC, NYT,

Africa

  • Algeria: President Abdelmadjid Tebboune sacked finance minister Abderrahmane Raouya, giving no explanation. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The government accused Rwanda of financing and arming the M23 rebel group which seized the key town of Bunagana near the Ugandan border. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Tigrayan forces who have been at war with the government for more than 18 months are ready to send a high-level delegation to talks mediated by the Kenyan government. (BBC)
  • Mali: French troops in the country captured a senior member of the Sahel affiliate of the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Zambia: The country is getting a new US ambassador years after the last one was forced out following a diplomatic row over his remarks on gay rights in the country. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Brazil: Federal police arrested a second suspect in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Philips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. (AP)
  • Colombia: National police chief General Luis Vargas said his forces are on maximum alert after detecting plans by radical groups to reject the results of the upcoming presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: US climate envoy John Kerry said the country should accelerate its efforts to help tackle global warming after a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: Congress renewed a decade-long decree allowing Russian forces to train in the Central American country. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Doha for an official visit and will meet with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Australia: Defense Minister Richard Marles wants “broad and deep” cooperation with Japan as the two U.S. allies face complex security circumstances in Asia. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo announced a cabinet reshuffle sacking the trade minister and announcing a replacement following controversy over a series of policy reversals on palm oil exports. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will attend this month’s NATO summit in Madrid, becoming the country’s first leader to join a top meeting of the transatlantic alliance. (AFP)
  • North Korea: A new report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons estimates that Pyongyang spent as much as $642 million on its nuclear program last year. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The transport ministry and truckers’ union reached a tentative agreement ending a nationwide strike which crippled ports and industrial hubs. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron voiced a tougher line on Russia and assuaged concerns in Kyiv and among some European allies over his previous stance towards Moscow. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Tens of thousands of steel workers in the west will get a 6.5-percent pay hike this year in a settlement that could set the tone for industry as inflation soars. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Russia demanded the surrender of soldiers and civilians inside the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The first flight due to transport asylum seekers to Rwanda was canceled at the last minute by an intervention from the European Court of Human Rights. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: The European Commission accused London of putting peace in Northern Ireland at risk by trying to overhaul the post-Brexit trade deal. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: Egypt, Israel and the European Union have signed a provisional deal for the export of natural gas at an energy conference in Cairo. (BBC)
  • Kuwait: Health authorities said that despite an increase in COVID-19 infections, the health situation in the country remains stable, and taking precautionary measures would reduce the chances of infection. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye stressed the two-state solution is the only way to end conflict with Israel. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russia considers Turkey’s possible military operation in the country unwise as it could escalate and destabilize the situation. (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country ordered a four-month suspension in exports and re-exports of wheat and wheat flour originating from India. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Microsoft is officially ending support for the Internet Explorer browser. (AP)

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 15JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16JUN22)

  • Event: Atlantic Council conversation with Lithuanian PM Ingrida Šimonyte.
  • Global: 15th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (to 17JUN)
  • Global: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to publish annual Global Trends Report
  • Africa: International Day of the African Child
  • Belgium: NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, including meeting of Ukraine Defense Contact Group
  • India: Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi (to 17JUN)
  • Luxembourg: Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers
  • North Macedonia: Western Balkans Forum. (to 18JUN)
  • Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (to 18JUN)
  • Singapore: World Congress of Ocean (to 17JUN)
  • South Korea: Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho meets Bank of Korea Governor Rhee Chang-yong and financial regulators.
  • Ukraine: Visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanual Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi
  • United States: Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol holds hearing.

END

14JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: DR Congo officials accused the Rwandan army of invading its territory after allegedly helping rebels take over Bunagana, a border town in North Kivu province.
  • AMERICAS: The White House reported that US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had a “candid and productive” exchange with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi in Luxembourg.
  • ASIA: South Korea, Japan, and the United States will hold their biennial Pacific Dragon missile defense exercise in the first weeks of August.
  • EUROPE: The British government published plans to drop parts of its post-Brexit deal reached in 2019, which the EU argues is a breach of international law.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh said relations with Israel have gotten so bad that leaders cannot go on with business as usual.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Elon Musk will address Twitter employees this week for the first time at a company-wide meeting since launching his bid to buy the company.

Top Story

  • Taiwan: Taipei says the Taiwan Strait is an International Waterway, in Rebuff to China.
    • The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said the Taiwan Strait is an international waterway and the government supports US warships transiting it, rebuffing claims from China to exercise sovereignty over the strategic passage.
    • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reiterated that, “relevant countries claim that the Taiwan Strait is in international waters with the aim to manipulate the Taiwan question and threaten China’s sovereignty.”
    • While it is unclear what Beijing means by “international waters,” the language may deter the US from sailing through the strait, a practice which China has said harms stability and sends the wrong signal to “Taiwan independence forces.”
    • Taiwan said only its people can decide their own future and the People’s Republic of China has never controlled any part of the island.
    • China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control and views the island as an inherent part of Chinese territory.
    • Reuters, Japan Times, Bloomberg, SCMP, Newsweek

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: The country began three days of national mourning after suspected jihadists killed at least 50 civilians in one of the worst attacks since the military seized power in January. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Officials accused the Rwandan army of invading its territory after allegedly helping rebels take over Bunagana, a border town in North Kivu province. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his government will announce details of peace talks with Tigray forces to end the civil war “when the time comes” and “when they begin.” (BBC)
  • Sudan: Pro-democracy activists are alarmed at the resurgence of former President Omar al-Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) whose members are being given influential posts by the military junta. (BBC)
  • Togo: The government declared a state of emergency in its northern provinces in order to give the armed forces more flexibility to deal with jihadist threats. (AFP)

Americas  

  • Colombia: Energy Minister Diego Mesa announced increased coal and petroleum production in order to respond to demand created by sanctions against Russia. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya denied that the falling value of bitcoin could pose a fiscal risk to the country, where the cryptocurrency is legal tender. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: Officials reported that fifteen people have been killed and over half a million affected by heavy rains since early May. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Heavily armed attackers stole 20 freight containers, some carrying gold and silver, from the port city of Manzanillo in a heist of “unprecedented” proportions. (AFP)
  • United States: The White House reported that National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had a “candid and productive” exchange with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi in Luxembourg. (AFP)

Asia

  • Region: South Korea, Japan, and the United States will hold their biennial Pacific Dragon missile defense exercise in the first weeks of August. (Yonhap)
  • Australia: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said China needs to lift its sanctions on the country to improve relations and welcomed the talks between ministers from Canberra and Beijing as a good thing. (Reuters)
  • Cambodia: A Phnom Penh court convicted around 60 opposition figures including an outspoken activist in a mass trial as Hun Sen cracks down on dissent ahead of national elections next year. (AFP)
  • China: The mayor of the northeastern city of Dandong on the North Korean border apologized for unspecified failures related to its COVID-19 response. (AP)
  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases rose back to nearly 10,000 after falling to their lowest level in five months. (Yonhap)

Europe 

  • Lithuania: Vilnius agreed to buy 18 howitzers from France as the Baltic country bolsters its arsenal due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said it was “sure” that separatist leaders in the Donbas would be willing to listen to an appeal from Britain over the fate of two Britons sentenced to death for fighting for Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Local governor Serhiy Haidai said that all bridges to the city of Severodonetsk have been destroyed, effectively cutting the city off for resupply or evacuation. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: The government published plans to drop parts of its post-Brexit deal reached in 2019, which the EU argues is a breach of international law. (BBC)
  • Vatican City: Pope Francis called out Russia for its actions in Ukraine, saying its troops were brutal, cruel, and ferocious and that the invasion violated a country’s right to self-determination. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: The US envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border met with Lebanese leaders and discussed ways of reaching a solution amid rising tension along the tense border. (AP)
  • Iran: Over 100 were injured in an explosion at a sodium carbonate factory in Fars province. (Anadolu)
  • Kuwait: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the country and spoke with Crown Prince Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber. (WaPo)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hussein al-Sheikh said relations with Israel have gotten so bad that leaders cannot go on with business as usual. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The Federal National Council said the government aims to increase spending by 1.23 billion dirhams ($334.9 million) in the 2022 budget. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Elon Musk will address Twitter employees this week for the first time at a company-wide meeting since launching his bid to buy the company. (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 14JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15JUN22)

  • Event: Wilson Center discussion gender-based violence and Central American migration.
  • Event: Atlantic Council discussion with former NATO Secretaries General.
  • Global: 15th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (to 17JUN)
  • Global: UN Trade Forum.
  • Azerbaijan: National Salvation Day.
  • Belgium: NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, including meeting of Ukraine Defense Contact Group. (to 16JUN)
  • Czech Republic: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address parliament.
  • Kazakhstan: 18th meeting of Astana process on Syria, attended by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
  • Middle East: Visit by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan.
  • Russia: Petersburg International Economic Forum. (to 18JUN)
  • Singapore: World Congress of Ocean. (to 17JUN)
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee top secret briefing on Iranian nuclear program.

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13JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Pope Francis apologized to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for postponing his July visits to the two countries indefinitely for health reasons.
  • AMERICAS: A bipartisan group of US senators announced an agreement on gun safety legislation which includes “needed mental health resources, improved school safety and support for students, and ensures dangerous criminals can’t purchase weapons.”
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his top deputies are pushing for a crackdown on officials who abuse their power and commit other “unsound and non-revolutionary acts.”
  • EUROPE: The UK Court of Appeal and the High Court are hearing arguments against the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Joe Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel next month and the White House is planning to announce the trip this week.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Two small NASA satellites that were meant to study hurricane development failed to enter orbit when their Astra rocket shut off before reaching the necessary altitude.

Top Story

  • Global: UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet Will Not Seek a Second Term.
    • U.N. human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet will not seek a new four-year term after the current one that has been overshadowed by criticism of her response to China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in western Xinjiang.
    • Bachelet used her opening address to the summer session of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council to say that her comments on Monday “will be the last which I brief” the 47-member-state body.
    • Bachelet has faced mounting criticism from countries and NGOs for not speaking out more forcefully against allegations of widespread rights abuses in some countries, most notably in China.
    • Some diplomats expected Bachelet to stay on after her term expires later this year.
    • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres affirmed his support for Bachelet after she came under heavy criticism from the US for not doing enough to raise concerns about rights abuses in Xinjiang during her trip to China last month.
    • In her address to the Geneva-based council, Bachelet expressed concerns about inflation, food security, and climate change.
    • AP, AlJazeera, AFP, Reuters, RFE/RL, DW

Africa

  • Region: Pope Francis apologized to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for postponing his July visits to the two countries indefinitely for health reasons. (BBC)
  • Burkina Faso: Attacks by Islamic extremists are on the rise five months after mutinous soldiers overthrew the country’s democratically elected president. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Police said gunmen abducted at least 29 people in the northwestern state of Zamfara. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Heavy taxes imposed by al-Shabab in parts of the country are making it impossible for farmers to cultivate crops amid a severe drought. (BBC)
  • Uganda: Dozens of soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo have crossed into the country after the M23 rebels blocked the main road to Rutshuru. (BBC)

Americas  

  • Argentina: Authorities grounded an Iran-linked Venezuelan Boeing 747 cargo plane in an unfolding drama that is throwing a spotlight on political undercurrents in Latin America. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Authorities found a backpack and personal effects of a British journalist and an Indigenous expert who disappeared in the Amazon last week, with the Briton’s mother-in-law saying she has lost hope that they will emerge alive. (AFP)
  • Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said It was “unacceptable” for an official to have attended Russia Day celebrations at the country’s embassy. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Local authorities said a mob attacked a young political advisor and then set him on fire over child trafficking accusations shared on chat groups. (AFP)
  • United States: A bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement on gun safety legislation which includes “needed mental health resources, improved school safety and support for students, and ensures dangerous criminals can’t purchase weapons.” (NYT)

Asia

  • China: Beijing’s ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian said relations between the two countries are at a “new juncture” with the election of a new Australian government and the first minister-to-minister talks in more than two years. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Tens of thousands of people filled streets in the city of Bandung to mourn the governor’s son, who was found dead in a Swiss river last week. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Un and his top deputies are pushing for a crackdown on officials who abuse their power and commit other “unsound and non-revolutionary acts.” (AP)
  • South Korea: Truckers on strike are considering blocking shipments of coal to a power plant if the government rejects their demands for minimum pay guarantees. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an effort to strengthen Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances” in the region. (AP)

Europe 

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron and his allies began a crucial week of campaigning to secure a parliamentary majority after a first round of voting that has galvanized a newly formed leftwing alliance. (AFP)
  • Italy: Voters snubbed a weekend referendum on changes to the justice system, dealing a blow to League party leader Matteo Salvini, who championed the plebiscite. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Officials said 22 people have been hospitalized after a regional passenger train and a locomotive collided head-on in the northeast. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The country’s forces have been pushed back from the center of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, where fighting with Russia has raged for weeks. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The Court of Appeal and the High Court are hearing arguments against the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. (AlJazeera)

Middle East

  • Region: US President Joe Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel next month and the White House is planning to announce the trip this week. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Two members of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division died as “martyrs” in separate incidents over the weekend. (AP)
  • Iraq: Lawmakers from the Sadrist bloc in parliament resigned after powerful Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, asked them to step down amid a prolonged stalemate over forming a government. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The country’s fragile coalition government is teetering on the edge of collapse, raising the prospect of a snap election in the coming months. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The UN’s mission called for the country’s military to guarantee the security of its peacekeepers, alleging personnel were “threatened” by armed men the day before. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Two small NASA satellites that were meant to study hurricane development failed to enter orbit when their Astra rocket shut off before reaching the necessary altitude. (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 13JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14JUN22)

  • Global: Buddha Purnima.
  • Global: UN disability conference.
  • Global: UN Trade Forum Opens. (to 15JUN)
  • Austria: World Summit hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Europe: Environmental and economic committees of the European Parliament to vote on new criteria for “green label” of energy.
  • Indonesia: Labor Party to lead protests outside government offices against Job Creation Law.
  • Kuwait: Special parliamentary session on financial rights of some citizens, including retirees.
  • Middle East: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visit to Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan. (to 15JUN)
  • Russia: The government will remove all remaining COVID-19-related travel restrictions for air and sea travelers.
  • United Kingdom: The government to deport the first group of migrants to Rwanda via plane.
  • United States: Flag Day.
  • United States: President Biden addresses AFL-CIO Convention
  • United States: Primary elections held in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina.

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