27NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: African peace envoys will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a day after he said the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties.
  • AMERICAS: A Venezuelan court sentenced six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo to prison after convicting them of corruption charges
  • ASIA: North Korea has ordered its overseas missions not to antagonize the United States amid an ongoing power transition in Washington following the presidential election win by Joe Biden, according to Seoul lawmakers.
  • EUROPE: Russia recorded a record high of 27,543 additional COVID-19 infections, including 7,918 in the capital Moscow, bringing the national tally to 2,215,533.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iranian diplomat on trial in Belgium accused of plotting to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris has refused to appear in the dock, his lawyer said.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: South Korea’s intelligence agency has foiled attempts by North Korean hackers to disrupt attempts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, according to officials.

Top Story

  • United States: President Trump hints he is willing to leave the White House, despite anger over unconfirmed election fraud. 
    • President Trump noted that he would leave the White House if the electoral college confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden next month.
    • In response to losing at the electoral college the president added “if they do [elect Joe Biden], they made a mistake”, and suggested he may never accept defeat.
    • Trump bitter about his loss, denounced officials in battleground states he had lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he would be traveling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5
    • Reporting: Reuters, BBC, AP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: African peace envoys will meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a day after he said the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The country stated they will work with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to increase tourism cooperation in the post-COVID-19 future. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: The country recorded 225 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the East African country to 19,115, the Ministry of Health reported. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Canada: Lawyers for detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have accused the police of trying to “cover-up” the illegal sharing of data from her electronic devices with the FBI ahead of her high-profile arrest in Vancouver. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government announced an extension of its health state of emergency for three months, until the end of February 2021, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic media reported. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: A court sentenced six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo to prison after convicting them of corruption charges. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: China is set to impose anti-dumping deposits on Australian wine amid escalating tensions between the two economies, the Chinese Commerce Ministry reported. (DPA)
  • Japan: COVID-19 infections in Tokyo hit a record daily 570 cases, topping the previous high of 539, the Tokyo metropolitan government announced. (Reuters)
  • Kazakhstan: The All-National Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan (OSDP), a large opposition party, has announced that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections. (RFE)
  • North Korea: The government has recently ordered its overseas missions not to antagonize the United States amid an ongoing power transition in Washington following the presidential election win by Joe Biden, according to Seoul lawmakers. (YNA)

Europe

  • Germany: The nation saw its total number of COVID-19 cases pass one million, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said. (AFP)
  • Romania: The nation has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. (The Guardian)
  • Russia: The nation recorded a record high of 27,543 additional COVID-19 infections, including 7,918 in the capital Moscow, bringing the national tally to 2,215,533. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The nation recorded 16,218 additional COVID-19 cases, a new all-time high, with 8,843 recoveries, and 192 deaths on Friday morning, Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov reported. (Interfax)

Middle East

  • Region: Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition launched multiple airstrikes on Houthi militia-held military camps in the mountains of the capital city of Sanaa, residents told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A diplomat on trial in Belgium for allegedly planning to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris has refused to appear in the dock, his lawyer said. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea’s intelligence agency has foiled attempts by North Korean hackers to disrupt attempts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, according to officials. (The Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Nivar
      • Location:12.3N 79.4E
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:65 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27NOV20: 61,064,901
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 27NOV20: 39,149,295
      • Deaths as of 27NOV20: 1,433,150
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28NOV20)

  • Asia-Pacific: Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape will face the risk of a no-confidence vote following the expiration of an 18-month grace period granting him immunity since the beginning of his term in May 2019.

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26NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the federal government’s forces launched the “final phase” of their operations in the Tigray region with an attack on the region’s capital of Mekelle.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Ivan Duque said the joint 29-country anti-drug trafficking Orion Campaign seized more than 90 tons of cocaine.
  • ASIA: South Korea and China agreed to make preparations for a future visit to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as to cooperate on stalled talks on North Korea’s nuclear program.
  • EUROPE: Dozens of defendants in one of Turkey’s biggest trials linked to the 2016 coup attempt, including air force pilots and army commanders, were given life sentences by a court.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel recorded more than a thousand daily new coronavirus cases for the first time in weeks.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: 19 journalists were murdered in Mexico so far this year, making 2020 the most violent year for journalists in Mexico over the last ten years.

Top Story

  • Iran: Tehran releases British Australian academic in apparent prisoner swap.
    • Thailand confirmed the return to Iran of three Iranian nationals who were previously detained by Thailand over a botched 2012 bomb plot in Bangkok.
    • Their release takes place after Iran released British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in what Tehran said was in exchange for three Iranians held abroad.
    • However, authorities in Thailand have not explicitly linked their release of the three Iranian nationals with the release of Moore-Gilbert.
    • Moore-Gilbert was detained by Iran in 2018 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for Israel.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, WSJ, AP, AFP, NYT

Africa

  • Region: The Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that coronavirus vaccinations in Africa might not start until the second quarter of 2021. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the federal government’s forces launched the “final phase” of their operations in the Tigray region with an attack on the region’s capital of Mekelle. (BBC)
  • Sudan: Former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from the coronavirus. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Region: Colombian President Ivan Duque said the joint 29-country anti-drug trafficking Orion Campaign seized more than 90 tons of cocaine. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Ivan Duque extended the government’s health state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for an extra three months. (Reuters)
  • United States: The government appealed against a judge’s order that barred the government from expelling immigrant children who crossed the border alone. (AP)

Asia  

  • Region: South Korea and China agreed to make preparations for a future visit to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as to cooperate on stalled talks on North Korea’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Australia: The Defense Ministry reportedly started a process that could potentially result in the dismissal of members of the armed forces who were the subject of last week’s inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. (Guardian)
  • Cambodia: A court started trial proceedings of almost 130 government critics and opponents who were charged with treason for participating in political activities over the past three years. (AP)
  • India: Farmers protesting against a new series of laws clashed with police while trying to reach capital city New Delhi. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists issued a joint appeal urging Islamabad to “take appropriate legal action” against a recent surge in violence against the country’s minority Ahmadi community. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Germany wants EU member states to agree to a deal that will see countries keeping ski resorts closed until early January to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (BBC)
  • France: An additional four school students were reportedly charged over the killing of Samuel Paty. (AFP)
  • Greece: Civil servants are holding a 24-hour strike over a range of demands, including better workplace protections against the coronavirus. (AP)
  • Turkey: Dozens of defendants in one of the biggest trials linked to the 2016 coup attempt, including air force pilots and army commanders, were given life sentences by a court. (BBC)

Middle East

  • Region: Israel released Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras, who was on a 103-day hunger strike to protest Israel’s rules related to his detention. (AFP)
  • Region: Budget UAE airline Flydubai launched direct flights between Dubai and the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, marking the first scheduled commercial service between the two cities. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country recorded more than a thousand daily new coronavirus cases for the first time in weeks. (DPA)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: 19 journalists were murdered in Mexico so far this year, making 2020 the most violent year for journalists in Mexico over the last ten years. (Deutsche Welle)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Nivar
      • Location: 804 nautical miles SW of Kolkata, India
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 7 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26NOV20: 60,498,355
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 26NOV20: 38,802,711
      • Deaths as of 26NOV20: 1,423,292
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (27NOV20)

  • Global: The 5th Union for the Mediterranean Forum will be held, marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean, featuring the Foreign Ministers of several Mediterranean countries.
  • Global: The Second Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will be held virtually.
  • Americas: The US government will extend its National Emergency with respect to Nicaragua.
  • Europe: The Research Ministers of EU member-states will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Germany: Finance Minister Olaf Scholz will speak at an event organized by the country’s central bank.
  • India: The government will release its latest quarterly growth statistics.
  • Iraq: First anniversary of protesters torching the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf.
  • Lebanon: Parliament will meet and discuss President Michel Aoun’s recent letter concerning the country’s central bank.
  • Nepal: Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will visit and meet with Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali.
  • United Kingdom: Non-essential retailers will be shut down in Northern Ireland to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

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25NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

 Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office dismissed growing international calls for dialogue over the country’s conflict in the Tigray region, saying the calls were “unwelcome” and that the country would handle the conflict on its own.
  • AMERICAS: The Chinese Embassy in Brazil said critical comments about Huawei made by President Jair Bolsonaro’s son harms the relationship between Brasilia and Beijing.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed to restore order to the city’s political system in her annual policy speech to the city’s Legislative Council.
  • EUROPE: A graffiti-daubed car reading “You damned children and old people murderers” on one side and “Stop globalization politics” on the other, hit the gate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Casualties from the internationally banned cluster bombs nearly doubled last year due to their use by Russian-backed forces in Syria.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: India banned 43 Chinese mobile phone apps, including Alibaba Group’s e-commerce app Aliexpress.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Biden transition starts in earnest with introduction of foreign policy and national security team.
    • US President-elect Joe Biden declared “America is back” and said Washington will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage, as his team plunged into a formal transition.
    • President-elect Biden said that the White House is being “sincere” in helping with the transition.
    • The President-elect also formally announced his foreign policy and national security team, including Antony Blinken as his nominee for Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as his pick for Homeland Security, and Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, among others.
    • Biden’s team also held meetings with officials from President Donald Trump’s administration and were in active discussions with every federal agency.
    • Reporting: AP, WaPo, BBC, WSJ, Reuters

 

Africa

  • Region: Morocco reinforced its positions at the Guerguerat border post, which it took earlier this month, to protect the only road leading from Western Sahara to Mauritania. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: President Roch Kabore is moving closer to reelection as he extended a lead over opponents with half of districts reporting results from the country’s recent election, even as opposition concerns over the validity of the count continue. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The UN said it was “very concerned” over the recent reports of the government arresting human rights activists. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office dismissed growing international calls for dialogue over the country’s conflict in the Tigray region, saying the calls were “unwelcome” and that the country would handle the conflict on its own. (AP)

 

Americas

  • Region: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the release of Cuban rapper Denis Solis Gonzalez, whose arrest triggered protests in Cuba. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The Chinese Embassy in the country said critical comments about Huawei made by President Jair Bolsonaro’s son harms the relationship between Brasilia and Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country will receive its first coronavirus vaccines in early 2021 but likely after those countries that have the capability to produce the vaccines for themselves. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Former Treasury Secretary Luis Videgaray angrily denied embezzlement allegations levied against him. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: Japan protested China’s increased activity and what it calls infiltration in the Senkaku island regions during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to the country. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed to restore order to the city’s political system in her annual policy speech to the city’s Legislative Council. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: A soldier who reportedly has close ties to far-right extremist groups was charged with spying and is the first military member in the country to face such a charge. (AP)
  • Thailand: Pro-democracy protesters gathered in capital city Bangkok as the police summoned 12 protest leaders for defaming the country’s royals, marking the first use of the draconian law in almost three years. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Region: The European Union said it was ready to be “creative” in the final stages of the Brexit trade negotiations, but warned that the UK will be reduced to “just a valued partner” regardless of what kind of deal is finalized. (AP)
  • Region: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “the first European citizens might already be vaccinated before the end of December” and urged EU member-states to urgently prepare their logistical supply chains for any vaccine rollouts. (AP)
  • Region: Ethnic Armenian forces ceded the Kalbajar district in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijani forces. (AP)
  • Germany: A graffiti-daubed car reading “You damned children and old people murderers” on one side and “Stop globalization politics” on the other, hit the gate of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office. (DPA
  • Switzerland: One person was arrested following a suspected terror attack at a store in the southern city of Lugano. (BBC)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Overnight Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed at least eight pro-Iranian militia fighters. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Judge Fadi Sawan, who leads the probe into the deadly Beirut port blast, is reportedly seeking investigations against three members of cabinet over their potential responsibility in the disaster. (AFP)
  • Syria: Casualties from the internationally banned cluster bombs nearly doubled last year due to their use by Russian-backed forces in the country. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Houthi rebels gave the UN permission to inspect and secure an abandoned oil tanker off the country’s coast in the Red Sea. (BBC)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Tech Regulation: India banned 43 Chinese mobile phone apps, including Alibaba Group’s e-commerce app Aliexpress. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Cyclone Nivar
      • Location: 782 nautical miles S-SW of Kolkata, India
      • Wind: 70 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 25NOV20: 59,850,910 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 25NOV20: 38,334,402
      • Deaths as of 25NOV20: 1,411,216
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (26NOV20)

  • Global: The Food & Agriculture Organization will release its annual State of Food and Agriculture report.
  • Global: The Second Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will be held virtually. (to 27NOV)
  • Americas: New US sanctions on Cuba will take effect.
  • Americas: Colombian President Ivan Duque and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno will lead the 9th Colombia-Ecuador Binational Cabinet meeting reviewing security, infrastructure, border, and economic issues.
  • Middle East: The flydubai airline will launch daily flights from the UAE to Israel.
  • Belarus: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit and meet with President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. 
  • China: The Defense Ministry will hold a press conference.
  • Greece: A general strike will be held across the country over the government’s labor laws.
  • India: Trade unions are expected to go on strike against the government’s economic policies.
  • New Zealand: An inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks will be presented to the country’s Governor General Patsy Reddy.
  • Russia: The Duma will undertake a third reading of the draft federal budget for 2021.
  • Russia: Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Allawi will visit and meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other government officials. 
  • South Korea: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit and meet with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.
  • Tunisia: The National Union of Tunisian Journalists will hold demonstrations and rallies over public media firm reforms.

 

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24NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Rebel forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed to defeat a federal army division in battle as international concerns grew over the conflict in the country, with the US becoming the latest country to call for peace.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities arrested a suspect in the killing of nine members of a Mormon community in Mexico’s northern regions last year.
  • ASIA: China hailed a success at its launch of a robotic spacecraft that will attempt bringing back lunar surface samples, in the first attempt by any country since the 1970s.
  • EUROPE: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he will launch a probe into Paris police’s attempt to clear out a migrant camp in the city, adding that some of the images that showed police hitting demonstrators were “shocking”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s government said it expects foreign companies to return to Tehran if the US lifts sanctions under President-elect Joe Biden, adding that some firms already made tentative calls.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Microsoft, Google and Facebook reportedly asked Malaysia to allow non-Malaysian ships to conduct repair operations to underwater cables that lie within its territorial waters.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Biden’s presidential transition allowed to proceed.
    • The General Services Administration (GSA) acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the US presidential election, paving the way for President-elect Biden’s team to begin the formal transition process.
    • The move came as President Donald Trump said the federal agency must “do what needs to be done”, even though he vowed to continue contesting the election’s results.
    • The announcement also took place as Michigan officially certified President-elect Biden’s election victory in the state.
    • The GSA’s announcement means President-elect Biden team will now have access to security briefings, office space and government officials.
    • President-elect Biden also revealed his foreign policy team, including Antony Blinken to be nominated as Secretary of State and John Kerry as a special presidential climate envoy, but a formal announcement of the nominations will take place later today.
    • Reporting: Reuters, ABC, AP, NYT, BBC, WSJ

 

Africa

  • Region: Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi, an Algerian national and well-known veteran among the jihadist insurgencies, is the new apparent leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Former militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including mass rape. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Rebel forces in Tigray claimed to defeat a federal army division in battle as international concerns grew over the conflict in the country, with the US becoming the latest country to call for peace. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Six foreign nationals and one Nigerian national were sentenced to seven years in prison for siphoning approximately two thousand metric tones of crude oil from a loading facility in 2017. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The death toll from last week’s protests over the detention of opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine rose to 45. (AP)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: Police in Porto Alegre fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters marching against the death of a black man who was beaten to death by white guards at a supermarket in the city. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Western Union closed all 407 locations across the country in response to recent US sanctions. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Congress reversed course on a controversial new budget that triggered angry protests, including burning part of the Congress building over the weekend. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested a suspect in the killing of nine members of a Mormon community in the country’s northern regions last year. (BBC)
  • United States: More than 3 million people passed through airports across the country over the weekend, making it the busiest weekend for air travel since March when the first coronavirus lockdowns were implemented. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other international senior officials are set to participate in a pledging conference for the country. (AP)
  • China: Beijing hailed a success at its launch of a robotic spacecraft that will attempt bringing back lunar surface samples, in the first attempt by any country since the 1970s. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen inaugurated a project that aims to domestically produce submarines for the country’s forces. (AP)
  • Thailand: The police are set to deploy almost 6,000 officers to an upcoming anti-monarchy protest. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • France: Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he will launch a probe into Paris police’s attempt to clear out a migrant camp in the city, adding that some of the images that showed police hitting demonstrators were “shocking”. (Reuters)
  • Poland: Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said Warsaw will wait and see how the political and legal situation develops in the US before it recognizes US President-elect Joe Biden. (Reuters
  • Russia: The Defense Ministry said one of its warships chased off the US Navy’s USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer after it entered the country’s territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The country’s ruling monarch King Felipe VI is self-isolating after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus. (AFP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Saudi Aramco said the strike by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on one of its facilities in the Saudi city of Jeddah that triggered an explosion and fire, was quickly extinguished. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government said it expects foreign companies to return to Tehran if the US lifts sanctions under President-elect Joe Biden, adding that some firms already made tentative calls. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Kurdish fighters and a group of Turkey-backed fighters clashed in some of the most intense fighting in weeks between the two sides, near the town of Ein Issa, leaving at least 11 people dead. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country and Greece agreed to a strategic partnership, including an agreement to come aid the other if one country’s territorial integrity is threatened. (UPI

 

Tech & Communications

  • Tech Regulation: Microsoft, Google and Facebook reportedly asked Malaysia to allow non-Malaysian ships to conduct repair operations to underwater cables that lie within its territorial waters. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Cyclone Gati
      • Location: 156 nautical miles E-SE of Aden, Yemen
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 11 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone Nivar
      • Location: 849 nautical miles S-SW of Kolkata, India
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: W at 5 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24NOV20: 59,225,734 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 24NOV20: 37,954,816
      • Deaths as of 24NOV20: 1,397,312
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (25NOV20)

  • Global: The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 2001
  • Global: The Italian government will hold the Mediterranean Dialogues 2020, featuring the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Kuwait, Niger, Burkina Faso, Malta, Italy, Tunisia, Russia, and Slovenia. (to 04DEC)
  • Global: The Second Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will be held virtually. (to 27NOV)
  • Global: The WTO/UN Joint Advisory Group (JAG) of the International Trade Centre will hold its annual session.
  • Global: The Institute for Economics and Peace will release its annual Global Terrorism Index. 
  • Europe: Ethnic Armenian forces are expected to hand over the Karvachar district to Azerbaijan.
  • Belarus: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit and meet with President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. (to 26NOV)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Statehood Day (only observed in the Bosnia & Herzegovina entity) – 1943
  • China: Hong Kong executive Carrie Lam is expected to deliver her annual address to the city’s legislature.
  • Cuba: The 4th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death.
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet state leaders to discuss the potential tightening of coronavirus restrictions.
  • Guinea: A government ban on mass rallies over coronavirus concerns will take effect on the same day of a planned opposition rally against President Alpha Conde.
  • Japan: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit and meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
  • Libya: UN-led talks over a future administration will be held between the country’s two warring parties.
  • Luxembourg: Parliament will vote on proposed new coronavirus measures and restrictions.
  • Malaysia: Parliament will vote on the government’s proposed annual budget.
  • Namibia: Regional and local elections will be held.
  • Pakistan: All schools, colleges, universities, and Islamic seminaries will be closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (to 10JAN)
  • Russia: Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Allawi will visit and meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other government officials. (to 26NOV)
  • Singapore: The government will release GDP data for Q3 of this year.
  • Suriname: Independence Day – 1975
  • Syria: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the country.
  • Thailand: Anti-government anti-monarchy protests are expected in capital city Bangkok. 
  • Tunisia: The National Union of Tunisian Journalists will hold demonstrations and rallies over public media firm reforms. (to 26NOV)
  • Tunisia: A general strike over the lack of development and employment opportunities is expected to be held in the country’s Beja governorate.
  • United Kingdom: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will reveal a one-year plan for government spending aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic and protecting jobs amid the pandemic.
  • United States: The Afghan Ambassador to the US Roya Rahmani will speak at an event held by the Atlantic Council think tank.
  • United States: The government will release GDP data for Q3 of this year.

 

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23NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Voting in Burkina Faso’s general election ended, with only a few polling stations in eastern areas affected by a jihadist conflict forcing them to close early due to security reasons.
  • AMERICAS: US President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly set to name Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Washington’s ambassador to the UN.
  • ASIA: Leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow activists pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly during last year’s mass protests in the city.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s medicines regulator clarified that it could approve the first coronavirus vaccines anytime between late this year or early next year, following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen comments that the regulator could approve Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines in December.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly held a meeting in secret with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reportedly in attendance of the meeting.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The Australian government will provide $500,000 to the Australian National University to setup a “Quad tech network” between the four “Quad” democratic countries of Australia, the US, India, and Japan.

 

Top Story

  • Global: Astrazeneca/Oxford University coronavirus vaccine joins Pfizer, Moderna vaccines in showing high effectiveness.
    • The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Astrazeneca/Oxford University joined the coronavirus vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna in showing high rates of protection against the coronavirus.
    • Though a success, the Astrazeneca/Oxford University vaccine showed an up to 90% protection rate in a large trial if administered at half dose and then a full dose a month later, as compared to the rival Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines that both showed a 95% protection rate. 
    • The Astrazeneca/Oxford University is likely to be cheaper compared to Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines however, in part due to it not being required to be stored at subzero temperatures.
    • The Astrazeneca/Oxford University vaccine can also be distributed more easily as it can be transported under “normal refrigerated conditions”. 
    • Reporting: BBC, WSJ, Reuters, AP, AFP, WaPo, DPA

 

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: Voting in the country’s general election ended, with only a few polling stations in eastern areas affected by a jihadist conflict having to close early due to security reasons. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: State-affiliated media said the Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front destroyed an airport in the ancient city of Axum following a 72-hour surrender deadline issued by federal forces. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya visited and met with Prime Minister Macky Sall to discuss a sudden increase in migrants arriving in Spain from the country. (AP)
  • South Africa: The anti-corruption commission investigating corruption under former President Jacob Zuma’s term in office will ask the police to investigate ex-President Zuma after he walked out from proceedings last week. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Colombia: Massacres in the Antioquia department in the northwest and Cauca department in the southwest resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in capital Guatemala City for a second consecutive day to demand the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei over his administration’s recent budget. (AFP)
  • United States: President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly set to name Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Washington’s ambassador to the UN. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: The UN’s Refugee Chief Filippo Grandi urged the international community to continue assisting Kabul or face the risk of “disastrous consequences”. (AFP
  • China: Leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow activists pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly during last year’s mass protests in the city. (BBC)
  • Japan: A UN human rights panel called Tokyo’s detention of former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn “arbitrary” and urged the government to compensate Ghosn. (AP)
  • Philippines: The US renewed a pledge to defend the country should it be attacked in the disputed South China Sea and provided Manila with precision-guided missiles and other weapons to defeat the Islamic State group’s presence within the country. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Region: The EU’s medicines regulator clarified that it could approve the first coronavirus vaccines anytime between late this year or early next year, following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen comments that the regulator could approve Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines in December. (AFP)
  • France: Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to go on trial over corruption allegations as part of a phone-tapping scandal. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of Shamima Begum, a woman stripped of her citizenship due to joining the Islamic State in Syria, who wants to return to the country to appeal against the earlier ruling. (AFP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly held a meeting in secret with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reportedly in attendance of the meeting. (AFP)
  • Region: Yemen’s Houthi Rebels said they hit an oil facility in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah with a cruise missile, just hours after Riyadh ended the G20 leaders’ summit. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: G20 country leaders pledged to ensure affordable access to coronavirus vaccines for people across the world at the G20 Summit hosted by Riyadh. (AP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad appointed veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as the country’s new Foreign Minister. (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country announced the discovery of two billion barrels of conventional oil reserves and 22 billion barrels of unconventional oil reserves. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The Australian government will provide $500,000 to the Australian National University to setup a “Quad tech network” between the four “Quad” democratic countries of Australia, the US, India, and Japan. (Guardian)

 

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
      • Confirmed Cases as of 23NOV20: 58,751,191 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 23NOV20: 37,559,450
      • Deaths as of 23NOV20: 1,389,770
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (24NOV20)

  • Africa: The African Union Commission and the International Energy Agency will hold the AUC-IEA Ministerial Forum featuring South Africa’s Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
  • Asia: Transparency International is expected to release its Global Corruption Barometer – Asia. 
  • Europe: European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde will speak at a UN roundtable on sustainable development.
  • Europe: The European Court of Justice will rule on the rejection of visa applications due to concerns of another member state.
  • Afghanistan: The 2020 Afghanistan Conference will be held jointly by Finland and the country’s government, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also expected to attend.
  • China: The expected launch date of Beijing’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission, the first of its kind in decades.
  • Colombia: The 4th anniversary of the signing of the peace deal with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.
  • Germany: The government will release detailed statistics on the country’s Q3 gross domestic production.
  • Iraq: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the country.
  • Japan: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit and meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. (to 25NOV)
  • Turkey: The in-absentia trial of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s adviser and a former Saudi Arabian deputy intelligence chief will resume.
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to meet his Cabinet and potentially approve and announce the government’s coronavirus vaccination plan.
  • Sweden: The government’s new coronavirus measures and restrictions will take effect.
  • United Kingdom: The posthumous appeal of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Scotland, will be heard.
  • United States: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce his first Cabinet appointments.
  • United States: Kuwait’s Foreign Minister will visit to attend the US-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue and meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • United States: The annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation in the White House Rose Garden will be held.

 

END

22NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Ethiopian military plans to use tanks to encircle Mekelle, the capital of the northern Tigray region, and is warning civilians it may also conduct artillery attacks on the city, state media reported.
  • AMERICAS: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19 and then receiving an inconclusive result the next day, a spokesman for her campaign reported. 
  • ASIA: China should explain why it appears to have singled out Australia with new import restrictions that have disrupted trade flows and undermined trust in the economic relationship, the trade minister stated.    
  • EUROPE: A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy predicted a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021 if governments repeat policies that failed to prevent the second wave of infections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian insurgents fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, the military announced.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon since the 1970s. 

 

Top Story

  • United States: President Trump continues attempts to deny President-Elect Biden election certification in key states. 
    • The Trump campaign requested a formal machine recount of the 5 million presidential votes in Georgia in another effort to exhaust its options for challenging the results in the state. 
    • A judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in votes in the battleground saying,381,822,381,822,381,822,381,822,381,822of irregularities were “without merit.”
    • The Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party wrote to Michigan’s state board of canvassers to ask it to adjourn for 14 days to allow for an audit of ballots in the state’s largest county.
    • Reporting: AP, BBCReuters

 

Africa

  • Algeria: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 hit 24 km WSW of Azzaba, Algeria at 4:53 on Sunday morning local time (0353 GMT), the U.S. Geological Survey reported. (Xinhua)  
  • Burkina Faso: Citizens heads to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by jihadist violence, which has cost over 2,000 lives this year and will prevent voting in hundreds of villages. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The military plans to use tanks to encircle Mekelle, the capital of the northern Tigray region, and is warning civilians it may also conduct artillery attacks on the city, state media reported. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Tigrayan forces fighting government troops are standing firm on the southern front and engaging soldiers round the town of Adigrat to the north, said Debretsion Gebremichael, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, via text message. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Argentina: The nation reported 112 additional COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 36,902, the country’s Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)  
  • Brazil: The nation has registered 376 additional COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 168,989, the Ministry of Health recorded. (Xinhua
  • United States: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19 and then receiving an inconclusive result the next day, a spokesman for her campaign reported. (WaPo)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: South Australia’s opposition leader has called for a halt on putting returned travelers in hotel quarantine until a safer system can be put in place, as the state emerged from its temporary lockdown. (The Guardian
  • Australia: China should explain why it appears to have singled out the country with new import restrictions that have disrupted trade flows and undermined trust in the economic relationship, the trade minister stated. (The Guardian)  
  • North Korea: The nation called for tighter border controls against the coronavirus, urging its officials to stay on “high alert at all times” amid a global resurgence in the virus cases. (YNA
  • South Korea:  Authorities are discussing whether to enforce tighter distancing regulations for the greater Seoul area and the southwestern region, the prime minister said, as the country fights a resurgence of the new coronavirus. (YNA)  

 

Europe

  • Region: A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy predicted a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021 if governments repeat policies that failed to prevent the second wave of infections. (Reuters)  
  • Russia: The nation recorded a daily increase of 24,581 new COVID-19 infections, taking the national tally to 2,089,329. (Reuters
  • United Kingdom: The nation signed a preliminary trade agreement with Canada to ensure the continuity of their economic relations after the end of the Brexit transition phase in six weeks. (DPA)  

 

Middle East

  • Israel: Palestinian insurgents fired a rocket into the nation, drawing airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, the military announced. (Reuters)  
  • Syria: Terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group (outlawed in Russia) shelled Idlib state’s de-escalation zone 31 times in the past 24 hours, deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Alexander Grinkevich said at a briefing. (TASS) 
  • Yemen:  Intensified shelling by the Houthi militia sparked a new wave of family displacement from areas of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a government official reports. (Xinhua)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Space: China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon since the 1970s. (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
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22NOV20: 58,228,713
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 22NOV20: 37,287,259 
      • Deaths as of 22NOV20: 1,381,822
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (23NOV20)

  • Global: OPCW Annual Meeting of National Authorities
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meetings
  • Global: World Malaria Report
  • Europe: European Parliament plenary session
  • Egypt: Parliamentary elections first phase runoff

 

END

21NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia denied that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis.
  • AMERICAS: The head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the White House for the first time in six decades, a move that could further increase tension with Beijing, which has accused the United States of trying to destabilize the region.
  • ASIA:  India summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat over what New Delhi said was a foiled attack this week in the frontier territory of Jammu and Kashmir by a Pakistan-based militant group, a charge the neighboring country denied.
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijani forces entered the war-ravaged town of Aghdam, regaining a city where they were kicked out over a quarter of a century by Armenian troops.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is to impose more stringent restrictions nationwide as the nation hardest hit in the Middle East by the COVID-19 battles a new wave of infections.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, US media reported Friday.

Top Story

  • United States: The Trump campaign continues efforts to stop states from certifying President-Elect Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. 
    • The recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin’s two most heavily Democratic counties began Friday with President Donald Trump’s campaign seeking to throw out tens of thousands of absentee ballots that it alleged should not have been counted.
    • Dana Nessel, Michigan’s attorney general, is exploring whether officials will commit crimes if they follow President Trump’s wishes to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in their state, according to two people familiar with the review.
    • Donald Trump has had a new setback in his attempt to overturn his loss in the US election as Republican Michigan lawmakers indicated they would not seek to undo Joe Biden’s projected win in the legislature.
    • Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger reported that a manual recount and audit of all ballots cast in the southern state had confirmed Biden as the state’s winner.
    • Reporting: AP, WaPo, BBC, Reuters

Africa

  • Algeria: The nation’s number of COVD-19 cases increased to 72,755. (Xinhua)
  • Ethiopia: The country denied that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Government authorities confirmed the nine senior police officers kidnapped earlier this month have been rescued unhurt following “a covert operation.” (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Brazil: The death of a black man beaten by white security guards at a supermarket sparked protests across the nation as it celebrated Black Consciousness Day. (AFP)
  • United States: California enacts a nighttime curfew as surging COVID-19 cases threaten to overwhelm health care systems, and the state’s largest county warned that an even more restrictive lockdown could be imminent. (AP)
  • United States: Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused extremist charged with shooting two people dead at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this year, was released after posting US$2 million bail, one of his lawyers tweeted. (AFP)
  • United States: The head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the White House for the first time in six decades, a move that could further increase tension with Beijing, which has accused the country of trying to destabilize the region. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: India summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat over what New Delhi said was a foiled attack this week in the frontier territory of Jammu and Kashmir by a Pakistan-based militant group, a charge the neighboring country denied. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Victoria has only one active Covid-19 case, but authorities are concerned about traces of the virus discovered at a Melbourne wastewater facility. (The Guardian)
  • Japan: The government has announced that it will suspend a domestic travel campaign in areas where COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in the nation exceeded 300 for the fourth consecutive day because of sporadic cluster infections across the country, casting concerns over a third wave of the pandemic. (YNA)

Europe

  • Region: Azerbaijani forces entered the war-ravaged town of Aghdam, regaining a city where they were kicked out over a quarter of a century ago by Armenian troops. (AP)
  • Russia: The nation recorded a daily record of 24,822 new COVID-19 infections, including 7,168 in Moscow, bringing the national amount to 2,064,748. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The nation registered a record 14,580 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, health minister Maksym Stepanov reported, surpassing the previous day’s record of 14,575. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: The government is to impose tougher restrictions nationwide from November 21 as the nation hardest hit in the Middle East by the COVID-19 battles a new wave of infections. (RFE)
  • Qatar: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban in Doha amid signs of progress in their discussions as the United States speeds up its withdrawal. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country’s Minister of Investment Khalid al-Falih said the Gulf state plans to launch special economic zones in 2021. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, US media reported Friday. (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
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20NOV20: 56,991,301
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20NOV20: 36,593,016
      • Deaths as of 20NOV20: 1,362,191
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (22NOV20)

  • Global: Saudi Arabia to host the G20 summit.
  • Global: U.S. withdrawal from Open Skies treaty effective
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Elections in Burkina Faso

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Chirp Chirp – 21 November 2020

While two successive hurricanes battered Colombia and Central America, a political hurricane appeared in Guatemala over a budget that saw reductions in health and education programs, prompting demonstrations followed by a call from the VP that he and the president should resign.

In Myanmar, the world waits to see what the military portion of the government will do, given the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi won an absolute majority in Parliament.

20NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tigray region rebels in Ethiopia have fired rockets on Bahir Dar, the capital city of the neighboring Amhara province.
  • AMERICAS: The number of deaths in Mexico due to the new coronavirus have crossed 100,000, becoming only the fourth country to cross the grim milestone.
  • ASIA: US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are both set to attend today’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) virtual conference.
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijan’s army has entered the district of Agdham in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that was ceded by Armenia as part of the recent Russian-brokered peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel has accused Lebanon of changing its positions in talks on their disputed maritime border, warning that the shift could lead to a “dead end” that would be damaging for the whole region.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono was freed by a Zimbabwean court after his arrest on charges of obstructing justice two weeks ago.

Top Story

  • United States: Statewide audit reaffirms Biden win in Georgia.
    • The first-ever risk-limiting audit of votes in the state of Georgia has reaffirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia, according to Georgia’s secretary of state.
    • The vote recount, which saw counties recounting by hand every vote cast in the presidential election in the state, showed President-elect Biden ahead of President Donald Trump by 12,284 votes.
    • The complete hand recount had been required by a new state law and was not conducted due to any suspected issues with the votes an official recount request.
    • The audit report plainly stated that “The audit confirmed the original result of the election, namely that Joe Biden won the Presidential Contest in the state of Georgia”.
    • Reporting: AP, ABC, NYT, WSJ, BBC, Reuters

Africa

  • Egypt: Authorities have arrested the head of one of the country’s leading human rights organizations in the latest detention of opposition figures, protesters, and activists already by the government. (NYT)
  • Ethiopia: Tigray region rebels have fired rockets on Bahir Dar, the capital city of the neighboring Amhara province. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: Special anti-corruption Prosecutor Martin Amidu has resigned from his post alleging political interference, less than three ahead of the country’s upcoming elections. (VOA)
  • Uganda: The death toll from the ongoing protests over the arrest of opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to 37. (AP)

Americas

  • Brazil: A report produced by the leaders of the Yanomami indigenous group said more than a third of the group may have been exposed to the new coronavirus. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Thousands of workers and students across the country held protests to demand improvements to healthcare, help for small businesses, and a basic wage for the unemployed. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The number of deaths in the country due to the new coronavirus have crossed 100,000, becoming only the fourth country to cross the grim milestone. (AP)
  • Peru: The Constitutional Court has ruled former President Martín Vizcarra’s lawsuit to reverse his dismissal from office inadmissible. (VOA)
  • United States: California and Ohio became the latest states to impose new or reintroduce coronavirus restrictions amid an alarming surge in infections. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are both set to attend today’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) virtual conference. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Military personnel who spoke out against alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by some of the country’s armed forces said they felt vindicated by the inquiry report which called for the possible prosecution of troops accused of unlawful killings. (Reuters)
  • China: Canada’s Ambassador Dominic Barton visited two Canadian citizens that have been detained by Beijing for almost two years amid a dispute over the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada. (AP)
  • India: The total number of coronavirus cases in the country have exceeded 9 million, with a new surge being seen in the capital city New Delhi despite a nationwide downward trend of daily infections. (DPA)
  • Thailand: The police said they will arrest two student leaders for attending a banned protest last month, just one day after embattled Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha threatened to use the law against protesters. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Azerbaijan’s army has entered the district of Agdham in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that was ceded by Armenia as part of the recent Russian-brokered peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Region: The European Union and the UK are reportedly close to a post-Brexit agreement but fishing rights, guarantees of fair competition, and ways to solve future disputes still remain sticking points. (Reuters)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron has given the French Council of the Muslim Faith a 15-day ultimatum to accept a charter of republican values. (BBC)
  • Serbia: The leader of the country’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus. (AP)

Middle East

  • Region: Israel has accused Lebanon of changing its positions in talks on their disputed maritime border, warning that the shift could lead to a “dead end” that would be damaging for the whole region. (AFP)
  • Region: Syria has condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the “occupied” Golan Heights, calling it a provocative act before the end of US President Donald Trump’s presidency. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Prime Minister’s office said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will undergo a routine examination of his digestive tract under sedation, with Defense Minister Benny Gantz set to serve as acting Prime Minister during the examination. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono was freed by a Zimbabwean court after his arrest on charges of obstructing justice two weeks ago. (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
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20NOV20: 56,991,301
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20NOV20: 36,593,016
      • Deaths as of 20NOV20: 1,362,191
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21NOV20)

  • Global: A G20 Leaders Summit will be held virtually under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia. (to 22NOV)
  • Global: The 2020 Halifax International Security Forum will be held virtually, featuring NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, and multiple other senior ministers from across the world. (to 22NOV)
  • Global: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with his Europe and Middle East tour which includes planned visits to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. (to 23NOV)
  • Global: The UN’s World Television Day – 1998
  • Europe: The 25th anniversary of the announcement of the Dayton Accord between Bosnian, Serb, and Croat leaders.
  • Australia: The newly-imposed coronavirus lockdown in the state of South Australia will be lifted early.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dayton Agreement Day (only in the Republika Srpska) – 1995
  • Iran: The government will tighten its coronavirus restrictions.
  • Thailand: Anti-government protests are expected to be held in capital city Bangkok.
  • United States: A night-time coronavirus curfew will be imposed in the state of California. (to 21DEC)

END

19NOV20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The death toll from Uganda’s ongoing protests over the arrest of presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to seven.
  • AMERICAS: The total number of coronavirus deaths in the United States have now passed the grim landmark of 250,000 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
  • ASIA: China’s President Xi Jinping dismissed suggestions that Beijing will decouple itself from the US and other trading partners due to the rising tensions between Beijing, Washington, and other countries.
  • EUROPE: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff reiterated that Budapest will not accept the proposed EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund as it amounts to “blackmail”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: As part of his tour of Europe and the Middle East, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel where he became the first US diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and also declared that Washington will consider a Palestinian-led boycott movement as “anti-Semitic”.
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: Pfizer said its coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95% effective, safe, and also protects older people, according to new test results, as it alongside its German partner BioNTech prepares to formally ask regulators across the world for approval.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Canada has for the first time named China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as major cybersecurity threats, and said foreign actors could try and disrupt the country’s electricity supply.

Top Story

  • Asia: Inquiry finds elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghans.
    • A four-year-long inquiry by the Inspector-General of Australia’s Defense Forces found “credible information” that substantiated allegations of Australia’s Special Forces unlawfully killing 39 civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan.
    • Additionally, the inquiry report claimed that senior commandos reportedly forced junior soldiers to kill defenseless captives in order to “blood” them for combat.
    • While announcing the findings of the inquiry, Australian Defense Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said none of the incidents could be “described as being in the heat of battle”.
    • Australia will refer 19 current and former soldiers for potential criminal prosecution over the allegations.
    • Reporting: BBC, AP, WaPo, Reuters, NYT, DPA

Africa

  • Region: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the continent has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: Army chief Berhanu Jula accused WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is the most high-profile international Tigrayan, of lobbying for and seeking to arm local leaders in the Tigray region. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo rejected an application by former President Jacob Zuma for the judge to recuse himself from an inquiry into state corruption. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The country’s rebel leaders who returned to the capital Khartoum earlier this week said they are fully committed to implementing a new peace agreement with the government in good faith. (VOA)
  • Uganda: The death toll from the ongoing protests over the arrest of presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine has risen to seven. (AP)

Americas

  • Region: The U.S. has named its first Ambassador to Venezuela in a decade, though Washington currently has no diplomats stationed at its embassy in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas. (AP)
  • Chile: Hundreds of people protested in the capital city of Santiago to demand the resignation of President Sebastián Piñera over police repression of the country’s social protests. (AFP)
  • Peru: Speaker Mirtha Vásquez said the country’s Congress will create a commission to investigate violence that claimed two lives and led to dozens of people being injured during last week’s protests. (DPA)
  • United States: The total number of coronavirus deaths in the country have now passed the grim landmark of 250,000 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. (BBC)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain will likely follow the U.S. in reducing troop levels in the country but added that London will continue to work with the U.S. and the government to tackle security threats. (Reuters)
  • China: President Xi Jinping dismissed suggestions that Beijing will decouple itself from the US and other trading partners due to the rising tensions between Beijing, Washington, and other countries. (AP)
  • Japan: New coronavirus infections have reached a record high in the country, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has refrained from calling for restrictions on travel or business so far. (AP)
  • Thailand: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said authorities will use all laws possible against anti-government protesters who break them. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff reiterated that Budapest will not accept the proposed EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund as it amounts to “blackmail”. (Reuters)
  • Denmark: The Health Ministry says the new, mutated strain of the novel coronavirus that started in the country’s mink farms is “most likely” extinct. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The Bundestag is investigating how a group of anti-lockdown protesters were able to enter the Bundestag building and harass lawmakers on the eve of a controversial vote on coronavirus measures and restrictions. (AP)
  • Greece: The head of the country’s Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronymos was hospitalized with COVID-19. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The country is reportedly close to signing a new trade agreement with Canada to replace its existing deal with Ottawa through previous European Union membership. (Bloomberg)

Middle East

  • Region: As part of his tour of Europe and the Middle East, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel where he became the first US diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and also declared that Washington will consider a Palestinian-led boycott movement as “anti-Semitic”. (AP)
  • Iran: The country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said it launched a heavy warship that is capable of carrying helicopters, drones and missile launchers amid ongoing tensions with the U.S. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Yazidi community in the country has chosen a new spiritual leader two months after the death of their previous top cleric. (BBC)

Global Issues

  • Coronavirus: Pfizer said its coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95% effective, safe, and also protects older people, according to new test results, as it alongside its German partner BioNTech prepares to formally ask regulators across the world for approval. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Canada has for the first time named China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as major cybersecurity threats, and said foreign actors could try and disrupt the country’s electricity supply. (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
      • Confirmed Cases as of 19NOV20: 56,358,603
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 19NOV20: 36,252,206
      • Deaths as of 19NOV20: 1,351,381
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 191
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University

Tomorrow’s Outlook (20NOV20)

  • Global: The Finance Ministers of G20 countries will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: The 2020 Halifax International Security Forum will be held virtually, featuring NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, and multiple other senior ministers from across the world. (to 22NOV)
  • Global: The Economic Ministers of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries will hold a virtual meeting, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also expected to attend.
  • Global: CEOs from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with his Europe and Middle East tour which includes planned visits to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. (to 23NOV)
  • Global: The UN’s World Children’s Day – 1956
  • Africa: The UN’s Africa Industrialization Day – 1990
  • Europe: The setting-up of a Russian ceasefire monitoring center in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region is expected to be completed.
  • Europe: Armenia will have to withdraw from the Aghdam region and hand it over to Azerbaijan.
  • Europe: The Defense Ministers of EU member-states will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Europe: The Space Ministers of EU member-states will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Czech Rep: The country’s coronavirus state of emergency will expire, unless extended.
  • Germany: The 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremberg Trials, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expected to speak at an event marking the anniversary.
  • Japan: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet with advisers to deliberate on potential new coronavirus measures and restrictions.
  • Morocco: Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska will visit to discuss migrant and refugee policies.
  • Portugal: Parliament is expected to approve the extension of the country’s coronavirus state of emergency.
  • South Africa: Former President Jacob Zuma will testify in front of an anti-corruption panel.
  • Tajikistan: Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev will visit and discuss bilateral cooperation.

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