15MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace.
  • AMERICAS: Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Colombia surpassed 80,000 with intensive care units almost full in the biggest cities, where people have been gathering for anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: India’s largest cities Delhi and Mumbai have reported a decrease in daily infections, but the government is warning that the devastating surge is spreading in rural areas, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 1.4 billion people live.
  • EUROPE: Spain saw its hottest year on record last year, a day after parliament passed a keynote bill to combat climate change.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s hardline judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, has registered for a presidential run.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The China National Space Administration (CNSA) confirmed that the lander carrying its first Mars rover has successfully reached the red planet.

Top Story

  • Israel-Palestine: Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians continues amidst work on a possible ceasefire. 
    • A US envoy has arrived in Tel Aviv for de-escalation talks as clashes between Israel and the Palestinians continue.
    • Israeli fighter jets have hit targets in central Gaza, the military reported, and Palestinian militants fired rockets in retaliation after a day of deadly violence rocked the West Bank and unrest persisted inside Israel.
    • In the city of Lod, south-east of Tel Aviv, confrontations broke out again despite a curfew; police said a suspect was shot in the leg and arrested after they were pelted with two petrol bombs.
    • Palestinian medics said at least 12 people were killed overnight in air strikes throughout Gaza and Health officials said a family of 10 were among the dead after their house was struck in a refugee camp.
    • Reporting: BBC, The Guardian, DPA, Telegraph

Africa

  • Libya: The U.N. chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in the nation in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the U.N. arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace. (AP)
  • Mali: AK47 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition are among a hoard of suspected Islamic State weapons that have been taken by UK troops in Mali. (BBC)
  • Senegal: The nation received more Sinopharm vaccines from China. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Colombia: Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the nation surpassed 80,000 with intensive care units almost full in the biggest cities, where people have been gathering for anti-government protests. (Reuters)
  • United States: A day after Philadelphia’s health commissioner was forced to quit over the cremation of partial remains belonging to victims of a 1985 bombing of the headquarters of a Black organization, the city now says those remains were never destroyed. (AP)
  • United States: The Smithsonian Institution re-opened several of its buildings as a symbol of a return to normality as the nation gradually emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. (EFE)
  • United States: The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered an oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands to cease all operations, citing “at least four incidents” in which the facility significantly affected St Croix residents. (The Guardian)

Asia  

  • India: The nation’s largest cities Delhi and Mumbai have reported a decrease in daily infections, but the government is warning that the devastating surge is spreading in rural areas, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 1.4 billion people live. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The army battled local militia fighters in the northwestern town of Mindat to squash a rebellion that has sprung up to oppose the junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 700 as authorities expressed concerns about another increase in additional cases amid a growing number of travelers that can lead to more sporadic cluster infections. (YNA)
  • Taiwan: The nation raised its COVID-19 alert level for the capital Taipei, and New Taipei City, causing a two-week clampdown on gatherings as well as the closure of many venues, while announcing 180 new domestic infections. (Reuters)

Europe

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron said the murder of teacher Samuel Paty will be remembered as he called for democracies to find solutions at a summit on the international fight against online extremism. (DPA)
  • Spain: The nation saw its hottest year on record last year, a day after parliament passed a keynote bill to combat climate change. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: The former speaker of parliament Ali Larijani, registered as a candidate in the Islamic Republic’s upcoming presidential election. (AP)
  • Iran: The nation’s hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, has registered for a presidential run. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: King Mohammed VI of Morocco ordered 40 tons of aid for Palestinians to be shipped to the West Bank and Gaza because of recent violence. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Space: The China National Space Administration (CNSA) confirmed that the lander carrying its first Mars rover has successfully reached the red planet. (Xinhua)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Tauktae
      • Location:13.5N 73.3E
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:65 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 15MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases:161,927,626
      • Total recovered cases: 140,483,252
      • Deaths: 3,358,518
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16MAY21)

  • Chile: Constitutional Assembly, governor, mayoral and municipal elections continue.
  • Croatia: Local Elections.
  • Saudi Arabia: Organization of Islamic Cooperation emergency meeting on Palestine.

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14MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA:  The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,660,304.
  • AMERICAS:  Republicans are ready to place Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership, with the party hoping to move on from its searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney and refocus on winning control of the chamber in next year’s elections.
  • ASIA: The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India climbed above 24 million amid reports that the highly transmissible COVID-19 mutant first detected in the country was spreading across the earth.
  • EUROPE: The U.K. government reports show that the use of COVID-19 vaccines in England has prevented roughly 12,000 deaths and more than 30,000 hospitalizations in older people
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq will ease COVID-19 restrictive measures and replace full curfew with a partial one to aid the vaccination campaign, as the country’s total caseload reached 1,132,092.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Toshiba Tec France Imaging System announced that DarkSide, the hacking organization blamed for crippling a major U.S. pipeline company, had targeted it in a ransomware attack during the night of May 4.

Top Story

  • Israel-Palestine: The conflict between Israeli and Palestinians fighters continues to persist as Israel intensifies attacks on the Gaza strip. 
    • Israel dramatically escalated its attacks on Gaza with a combined air and artillery barrage aimed at destroying Hamas’s tunnel system, marking the addition of ground forces for the first time in the five-day battle.
    • Jews and minority Israeli Arabs fought in several Israeli towns overnight as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to subdue riots with “a lot of force”.
    • Israeli artillery pounded northern Gaza in an attempt to destroy a vast network of militant tunnels inside the territory, the military announced, bringing the front lines closer to populated civilian areas, and paving the way for a potential ground invasion.
    • Around 119 people have been killed in Gaza and eight have died in Israel since the fighting began.
    • The Israeli army reported that it had sent 160 aircraft into the strip to destroy a series of tunnels operated by Hamas, the Islamist faction that controls the region.
    • Reporting: WaPo, FT, AP, BBC, DPA,

Africa

  • Region: The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,660,304. (Xinhua)
  • Republic of Congo: Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso announced the priorities of his government for the coming months after he was appointed as the new head of government Wednesday night. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The Rand firmed in early trade as global risk demand was helped by signs the United States central bank would keep lending rates low despite rising inflation. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Colombia: The foreign minister has resigned amidst anti-government protests in the country which turned violent. (DPA)
  • Mexico: A mayoral candidate in a city in the north, the latest in a string of attacks that has killed more than three dozen people running for office. (AP)
  • United States: In a major step toward moving past pandemic regulations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. (AP)
  • United States: Republicans are ready to place Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership, with the party hoping to move on from its searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney and refocus on winning control of the chamber in next year’s elections. (AP)

Asia  

  • Region: Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov has talked on the phone to the Uzbek and Kazakh presidents to discuss fighting on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. (Interfax)
  • China: The nation reported seven new COVID-19 cases on May 13, including its first local transmissions in more than three weeks. (Reuters)
  • India: The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in the nation climbed above 24 million amid reports that the highly transmissible COVID-19 mutant first detected in the country was spreading nationwide. (Reuters)
  • Nepal: The ousted prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, has been reappointed after the political opposition failed to gain the majority of lawmakers’ support. (AFP)

Europe

  • Russia: The Orthodox Church in the nation has called on women to refrain from abortions and instead give their children to church institutions. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: The Ministry of Health reported 7,562 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the nation, 15,958 people recovered, and 287 people died. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: Government reports show that the use of COVID-19 vaccines in England has prevented roughly 12,000 deaths and more than 30,000 hospitalizations in older people. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: The United Nations (UN) Security Council will hold an open meeting on Sunday to discuss the escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The nation will ease COVID-19 restrictive measures and replace the full curfew with a partial one to aid the vaccination campaign, as the country’s total caseload reached 1,132,092. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Turkey’s Karpowership, which provides electricity to the nation from two barges, said it was shutting down supplies due to payment errors and a legal threat to its vessels as the nation grapples with a deep economic crisis. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Toshiba Tec France Imaging System announced that DarkSide, the hacking organization blamed for crippling a major U.S. pipeline company, had targeted it in a ransomware attack during the night of May 4. (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 14MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 161,221,343
      • Total recovered cases: 139,715,553
      • Deaths: 3,345,824
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15MAY21)

  • Global: U.N. Security Council Interim Security Force for Abyei mandate expires, unless extended.
  • North America: Eastern North Pacific hurricane season begins.
  • Chile: Constitutional Assembly, governor, mayoral and municipal elections commence.
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian ‘Day of the Catastrophe’.
  • Ukraine: Europe Day.

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13MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the term of the country’s chief justice by five years, even though the constitutional amendment allowing the extension is currently being challenged in court.
  • AMERICAS: The United States urged countries to swiftly finalize the details and date of an Organization of American States mission to Haiti.
  • ASIA: Thailand reported its largest increase in coronavirus infections which was driven by a COVID-19 outbreak from two Bangkok prisons where prominent pro-democracy activists have been detained.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay called upon Muslim countries to take a united and clear stance over the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli forces are reportedly massing at the Gazan border as hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel, as well as civil unrest in Israel, showed no signs of wavering.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at securing US cybersecurity defenses.

Top Story

  • United States: Colonial initiates pipeline restart amid panic buying.
    • Colonial Pipeline said it had “initiated the restart” of the country’s biggest gasoline pipeline after a five-day closure due to a ransomware attack.
    • Colonial also warned that it will take several days for the pipeline to resume full functionality.
    • The company said it had taken additional security measures before initiating the restart to avoid another closure due to a cyberattack.
    • Colonial’s warning comes amid fuel shortages in parts of some states driven by panic buying after the pipeline temporarily closed operations.
    • The 5,500-mile pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day between Texas and New York.
    • Reporting: Reuters, NYT, BBC, WaPo

Africa

  • Region: Uganda and DR Congo will conduct a joint offensive against Islamist rebels in DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Prime Minister Patrick Achi was reportedly admitted to hospital in France due to severe fatigue. (Reuters)
  • Libya: More than 70 detainees who fought for strongman Khalifa Haftar were reportedly released. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the term of the country’s chief justice by five years, even though the constitutional amendment allowing the extension is currently being challenged in court. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Region: US special envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zuniga met with El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele. (Reuters)
  • Region: The United States urged countries to swiftly finalize the details and date of an Organization of American States mission to Haiti. (Miami Herald)
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo state authorities said they are trying to persuade China to allow the export of raw materials needed for the bottling of coronavirus vaccines. (AP)
  • Cuba: The government started administering two coronavirus vaccine candidates to the public that have yet to complete clinical trials amid a coronavirus surge. (AFP)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban’s three-day long countrywide ceasefire began. (DPA)
  • Cambodia: Rights groups said thousands of people are facing starvation due to the government’s strict coronavirus lockdown. (Guardian)
  • China: Muslim leaders from the Xinjiang region dismissed allegations that Beijing is suppressing religious freedom, during a Ramadan reception for foreign diplomats and media. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The country is dealing with electricity outages after issues at a coal-and gas-fired power plant. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The country reported its largest increase in coronavirus infections which was driven by a COVID-19 outbreak from two Bangkok prisons where prominent pro-democracy activists have been detained. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is convicted of genocide during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, will be transferred to the United Kingdom to serve out his life sentence. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Vice President Fuat Oktay called upon Muslim countries to take a united and clear stance over the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Prosecutors are pushing for the detention on treason of prominent pro-Russian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk or to set a $10.85 million bail agreement for him. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Israeli forces are reportedly massing at the Gazan border as hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel, as well as civil unrest in Israel, showed no signs of wavering. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Rights groups claimed that the Biden administration’s failure to impose sanctions on crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has resulted in an increase in severe sentences for political prisoners in the country. (Guardian)
  • Syria: Russia plans to construct a floating dock to improve ship repair facilities at the country’s Tartus port. (VOA)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at securing US cybersecurity defenses. (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 13MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 159,732,343
      • Total recovered cases: 95,819,194
      • Deaths: 3,319,169
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14MAY21)

  • Global: The United States, Japan, and France will hold joint military exercises in Japan. (to 17MAY)
  • Global: Iceland’s foreign ministry, in conjunction with the Wilson Center, will launch the Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality.
  • Americas: The son of Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez Nunez will face sentencing in the United States.
  • Europe: US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will visit Italy, the UK, and Germany. (to 19MAY)
  • Europe: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will hold its spring session. (to 17MAY)
  • Middle East: The UN Security Council could hold an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine.
  • Iran: Candidate registration for the upcoming presidential election will be held. (to 15MAY)
  • Italy: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will visit.

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12MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

 Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The United Arab Emirates agreed to fulfill Sudan’s requirements of petroleum products through a contract with the UAE government-owned ADNOC company.
  • AMERICAS: More than a thousand gas stations in the US Southeast reported shortages, likely caused by panic-buying among drivers triggered by a gas pipeline hack.
  • ASIA: The Taliban captured a strategic district in Afghanistan’s central province of Maidan Wardak.
  • EUROPE: The region’s top human rights body expressed “deep concern” over repeated allegations against Greek authorities of illegally pushing back migrants trying to clandestinely enter from neighboring Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered to run for the presidency again in the country’s upcoming election.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: An investigation by the Associated Press and Oxford University found that China’s government boosts its messaging on Twitter by using an army of fake accounts to amplify Chinese diplomats and state media.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: Death toll rises in Gaza and Israel as hostilities continue.
    • Israel and Palestine continued to exchange fire since yesterday, marking the region’s most intense hostilities in years.
    • Israel conducted hundreds of airstrikes targeting Hamas offices and leaders in Gaza, while Palestinian militants launched multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities last 24 hours.
    • At least 35 Palestinians, including 10 children, have died in Gaza, while strikes on Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, and Lod left five people dead in Israel.
    • Away from the military conflict, Israel is witnessing a concurrent wave of civil unrest across Arab neighborhoods over the killings in Gaza and longstanding complaints of discrimination inside Israel. The city of Lod, near Tel Aviv, was placed under a state of emergency.
    • The UN said it was “gravely concerned” by the violence, adding that it feared the outbreak of a “full-scale war”.
    • Reporting: BBC, Reuters, DPA, AP, NYT

 

Africa

  • Region: The UN Security Council voted in favor of extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border until November. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The World Health Organization was reportedly aware of sex abuse allegations against WHO personnel in the country but took no action to deal with it. (AP
  • Sudan: The United Arab Emirates agreed to fulfill the country’s requirements of petroleum products through a contract with the UAE government-owned ADNOC company. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The government is set to introduce legislation punishing people who are deemed “unpatriotic” due to criticizing the country abroad. (BBC)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: Illegal miners fired upon an indigenous group in the country’s Amazon region, local leaders of the Yanomami group said. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The country’s human rights ombudsman said the death toll of the ongoing protests in the country now stood at roughly 42 people. (AFP)
  • Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez said the country, a longtime diplomatic ally of Taiwan, could open a trade office in China in a bid to secure access to coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
  • United States: More than a thousand gas stations in the Southeast reported shortages, likely caused by panic-buying among drivers triggered by a gas pipeline hack. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by the United States and several other countries as the country’s legitimate leader, proposed negotiations with Nicolas Maduro to resolve the country’s political crisis. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: Taiwan condemned China for using coronavirus vaccines for political gain with Taipei’s diplomatic ally Honduras after Honduras said it was considering opening an office in China to secure access to coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban have captured a strategic district in the province of Maidan Wardak. (DPA)
  • India: The country reported its deadliest day since the coronavirus pandemic started as the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the country crossed the quarter million mark. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Security forces detained 39 people for alleged arson attacks and seeking training with an ethnic minority rebel group. (Reuters)
  • Nauru: The government congratulated itself over its successful coronavirus campaign under which all adults in the country have received at least one coronavirus jab. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Austria: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is being investigated for allegedly giving false statements to a parliamentary committee on corruption. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: Newly appointed caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev said his administration will prioritize upholding laws in the country. (Reuters
  • France: Army Chief of Staff General François Lecointre urged soldiers who signed a letter to President Emmanuel Macron warning of a civil war triggered by religious extremism to resign. (BBC)
  • Germany: Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said the government is considering increasing its spending to meet climate change targets. (AP)
  • Greece: The region’s top human rights body expressed “deep concern” over repeated allegations against the country’s authorities of illegally pushing back migrants trying to clandestinely enter from neighboring Turkey. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas loads from Qatar is reportedly heading towards the United Arab Emirates in the first such shipment since 2017, marking a potential improvement in ties between the two countries. (Reuters
  • Iran: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered to run for the presidency again in the country’s upcoming election. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made his first official visit to the country in years as Ankara attempts to repair its relationship with Riyadh. (AP)
  • Yemen: Martin Griffiths will reportedly quit his current role as the UN’s envoy to the country. (AFP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: An investigation by the Associated Press and Oxford University found that China’s government boosts its messaging on Twitter by using an army of fake accounts to amplify Chinese diplomats and state media. (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 12MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 159,732,343
      • Total recovered cases: 95,819,194
      • Deaths: 3,319,169
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13MAY21)

  • Global: The United States, Japan, and France will hold joint military exercises in Japan. (to 17MAY)
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. 
  • Asia: French trade officials will visit Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. 
  • Europe: Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez and Economy Minister Martin Guzman will embark on a European tour with planned stops in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, including a meeting with Pope Francis. 
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban’s 3-day Eid ceasefire could begin. 
  • Iran: Candidate registration for the upcoming presidential election will be held. (to 15MAY)
  • Nepal: The deadline for any political party to prove it has majority support after KP Sharma Oli lost a confidence vote and was relegated to a caretaker prime minister.
  • Slovakia: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will visit and meet with his counterpart Ivan Korcok.
  • South Korea: Israeli Economy Minister Amir Peretz will visit and meet with their counterparts and sign a free trade agreement between their two countries.
  • South Sudan: US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth will visit. 
  • United States: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne will visit and meet with her counterpart Antony Blinken.
  • United States: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will testify to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on actions to address unaccompanied minors at the country’s southern border.
  • United States: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on the coronavirus pandemic and coronavirus vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

END

11MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Electricity generation in Ivory Coast and Ghana decreased due to a prolonged dry season resulting in a power shortage in neighboring West African countries such as Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • AMERICAS: US regulators approved extending the use of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to children as young as 12.
  • ASIA: China’s working-age population declined over the last decade and its overall population only grew slightly, according to the latest census data.
  • EUROPE: At least 11 people died after one or more gunmen opened fire in a school in Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard rejected the US Navy’s claim that fast-approaching Iranian speedboats triggered an encounter between the two in the Strait of Hormuz.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Three journalists and two activists who fled Myanmar and entered Thailand will go on trial on charges of illegally entering the country.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: Pleas for calm as Israel-Palestine violence escalates.
    • Days of unrest spiraled into retaliatory attacks between Israelis and Palestinians prompting countries across the world to call for calm.
    • Palestinian militants launched more than 200 rockets into Israel and Israel responded by deploying warplanes over Gaza as unrest also spread into Israeli Arab communities in Jerusalem.
    • Since the breakout of cross-border violence, 24 Palestinian people, including nine children, have died due to Israeli airstrikes while Palestinian rockets killed six Israeli civilians in a direct hit on an apartment building.
    • The United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom all urged Israel and Palestine to lower tensions.
    • Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations are reportedly trying to intervene and curb what is the worst Israel-Palestine violence since 2019.
    • Reporting: NYT, BBC, Reuters, DPA, AP, WaPo, WSJ

 

Africa

  • Region: Electricity generation in Ivory Coast and Ghana decreased due to a prolonged dry season resulting in a power shortage in neighboring West African countries such as Mali and Burkina Faso. (Reuters)
  • Region: Islamist militia Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed one Malawian peacekeeper in DR Congo’s North Kivu province. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Authorities arrested a French citizen keeping a large cache of weapons at his home. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The Suez Canal Authority announced plans to widen and deepen a stretch of the waterway where the container ship Ever Given got stuck. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir announced a new parliament composed of lawmakers from opposing sides of the country’s civil war as required under a 2018 peace accord. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Region: Honduras said El Salvador will help it acquire coronavirus vaccines from Chinese pharma firms. (AFP)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro’s office said the government will provide an extra $1.05 billion in spending towards the production, supply and distribution of coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: No progress was achieved in a meeting between President Ivan Duque and protest leaders. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: An injunction was issued against a law enabling the government to seize private gas stations or terminals for national security purposes. (AP)
  • United States: The country’s regulators approved extending the use of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to children as young as 12. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: Japan launched its first joint military exercise with France and the United States in the country’s southwest. (AFP)
  • Region: Taiwan accused China of “maliciously” blocking Taipei’s access to the World Health Organization, after Beijing hinted it would prevent Taipei from attending a major WHO meeting. (Reuters)
  • China: The country’s working-age population declined over the last decade and its overall population only grew slightly, according to the latest census data. (AP)
  • Singapore: The country is looking to secure more sources of coronavirus vaccines as global supplies dwindle. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Germany said it hopes for a swift EU-wide agreement on a COVID-19 certificate to enable citizens to travel more easily within the European Union. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed holding discussions on arms control and security issues at a potential Biden-Putin summit. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The government will reportedly ask the European Union to pay Libya to prevent the departure of migrant boats from the north African country. (Reuters)
  • Portugal: Authorities arrested three border guards who beat a Ukrainian citizen to death after he arrived in the country without a valid visa. (BBC)
  • Russia: At least 11 people died after one or more gunmen opened fire in a Kazan school. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard rejected the US Navy’s claim that fast-approaching Iranian speedboats triggered an encounter between the two in the Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
  • Iran: Authorities opened the registration for potential candidates in June’s presidential election. (AP)
  • Syria: One Turkish soldier died in the country’s northwestern Idlib province after the military supply convoy he belonged to was struck by a rocket. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Three journalists and two activists who fled Myanmar and entered Thailand are set to go on trial on charges of illegally entering the country. (BBC)

 

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 11MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 158,993,826
      • Total recovered cases: 95,066,747
      • Deaths: 3,305,018
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12MAY21)

  • Global: The United States, Japan, and France will hold joint military exercises in Japan. (to 17MAY)
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. (to 13MAY)
  • Asia: A China + Central Asia (C+C5) foreign ministers meeting will be held in Xian, China. 
  • Asia: French trade officials will visit Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez and Economy Minister Martin Guzman will embark on a European tour with planned stops in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, including a meeting with Pope Francis. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: The European Central Bank’s Governing Council will hold a non-monetary policy meeting.
  • Middle East: The UN Security Council will hold meetings on the region.
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban’s 3-day Eid ceasefire could begin. (to 13MAY)
  • Bangladesh: The country will receive 500,000 doses of Chinese pharma firm Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine.
  • China: The United Nations is expected to hold a virtual event on the repression of minorities in the Xinjiang region.
  • El Salvador: US Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle Ricardo Zúniga will visit. 
  • Iran: Candidate registration for the upcoming presidential election will be held. (to 15MAY)
  • Myanmar: The date will mark 100 days since the military’s coup ousted an elected civilian government.
  • Russia: The Petushinsky District Court of the Vladimir region will reportedly hear lawsuits lodged by opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s lawyers against the management of the prison where Navalny has been detained.
  • South Korea: Israeli Economy Minister Amir Peretz will visit and meet with their counterparts and sign a free trade agreement between their two countries. (to 13MAY)
  • South Sudan: US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth will visit. (to 13MAY)
  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni will be sworn-in for his sixth term in office.
  • United Kingdom: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will visit and meet with government officials ahead of next month’s G7 Summit.
  • United Kingdom: The government will release GDP data for the most recent quarter.
  • United States: The country will reduce visa services for Russian citizens.
  • United States: President Joe Biden will virtually participate in an MSNBC town hall on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • United States: President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Congressional leaders at the White House.
  • United States: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will testify about domestic violent extremism to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
  • United States: The US Commission on International Religious Freedom will hold a hearing on stopping genocide.
  • United States: The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing on the international response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Zambia: Parliament is expected to be dissolved ahead of upcoming general elections.

END

10MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

 Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Chad’s military junta claimed to have won against the FACT rebels in the country’s north.
  • AMERICAS: The AFL-CIO will file the first complaint under the trade deal that replaced NAFTA with a petition asking the US government to file a labor complaint against Mexico under the new trade agreement.
  • ASIA: The Taliban announced a three-day Eid-al-Fitr ceasefire in Afghanistan that will begin later this week.
  • EUROPE: More than 2,100 migrants reached Italy’s Lampedusa island in fishing boats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran publicly confirmed for the first time holding talks with Saudi Arabia to resolve issues between Tehran and Riyadh.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The US government activated emergency powers to counter potential fuel shortages following the cyberattack on a crucial pipeline supplying fuel to the east coast.

 

Top Story

  • Israel: Hundreds hurt in clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
    • Israeli police and Palestinians clashed outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, ahead of a Jewish nationalist march.
    • The clashes occurred on the anniversary of Israel taking control and later annexing East Jerusalem and the walled Old City that is home to Muslim, Jewish, and Christian holy places, in a move at most of the world has not recognized.
    • Israeli police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets to deter Palestinian stone-throwers in the latest in a series of clashes in Jerusalem.
    • At least 215 Palestinians and 9 Israeli police officers were hurt during the violence.
    • The latest violence follows days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the nearby Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem, over an anticipated Israeli Supreme Court decision on the possible eviction of Palestinian families, which the Supreme Court has postponed due to the ongoing unrest.
    • Reporting: AP, NYT, BBC, Reuters, AFP, DPA

 

Africa

  • Region: Sudan reportedly deported around three dozen Ethiopian peacemakers working with UN mission in Darfur to a refugee camp. (AP)
  • Chad: The country’s military junta claimed to have won against the FACT rebels in the country’s north. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Six people died in capital city Mogadishu after a suicide bomber attacked a police station. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa said that if richer countries monopolized on coronavirus vaccines it would amount to “vaccine apartheid”. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Region: The AFL-CIO will file the first complaint under the trade deal that replaced NAFTA with a petition asking the US government to file a labor complaint against Mexico under the new trade agreement. (Reuters)
  • Region: Around 300 Colombian citizens took to the streets of Mexico City, Mexico, to protest alleged state repression against protesters in Colombia. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Several Supreme Court justices said a 2020 ruling that prohibited police from conducting raids in Rio de Janeiro favelas unless for “absolutely exceptional” reasons must be reviewed after a recent deadly police operation. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he viewed his last year in office as the last chance to achieve lasting peace in the Korean peninsula, adding that it was time to act on the stalled talks with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban announced a three-day Eid-al-Fitr ceasefire that will begin later this week. (AP)
  • China: The Foreign Ministry called a planned UN virtual event on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang an insult to the United Nations. (Reuters)
  • India: The country reported a significant drop in daily coronavirus infections and deaths, though the decline is likely due to lower testing rates over the weekend. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: The country’s military junta suspended more than 11,000 academics and other university staff opposed to them. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: US President Joe Biden will virtually join a meeting of the so-called Bucharest Nine countries, a group of the easternmost members of NATO. (AP)
  • France: A group of active soldiers again published an open letter warning President Emmanuel Macron that the country’s “survival” is at stake due to his “concessions” to Islamism. (AFP)
  • Germany: The country’s Catholic progressive churches will defy the recent Holy See pronouncement barring priest from blessing same-sex unions with plans to offer such blessings at services in around a hundred churches across the country this week. (AP)
  • Italy: More than 2,100 migrants reached the country’s Lampedusa island in fishing boats. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran said it “strongly condemns” Iraq’s raid of Tehran’s consulate in the city of Karbala over the killing of prominent activist Ehab Wazni. (AP)
  • Region: Iran publicly confirmed it was holding talks with Saudi Arabia to resolve issues between Tehran and Riyadh. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Protesters set ablaze trailers belonging to Iran’s consulate in the city of Karbala following the killing of prominent activist Ehab Wazni. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country’s economy shrank by 3.3% in the first quarter from a year earlier even though its non-oil economy showed signs of recovery, according to government estimates. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The Biden administration activated emergency powers to counter potential fuel shortages following the cyberattack on a crucial pipeline supplying fuel to the east coast. (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 10MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 158,366,256
      • Total recovered cases: 94,422,263
      • Deaths: 3,294,009
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 02MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (11MAY21)

  • Global: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will visit Russia and meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
  • Global: The UN will release its mid-year World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report.
  • Global: The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021 will be held, with US President Joe Biden expected to open the event.
  • Global: The United States, Japan, and France will hold joint military exercises in Japan. (to 17MAY)
  • Global: Russia’s Primorye Territory Court will hear the case of 14 North Korean citizens accused of attacking Russian border guards in the Sea of Japan in 2019.
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: The leaders of Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia will hold a mixed online and in-person summit. 
  • Europe: Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez and Economy Minister Martin Guzman will embark on a European tour with planned stops in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, including a meeting with Pope Francis. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: A mutual agreement between Hungary and Turkey to recognize each other’s COVID-19 immunity certificates will enter force.
  • Middle East: The foreign ministers of Arab League countries will hold an extraordinary virtual session to discuss the ongoing unrest in Jerusalem.
  • Australia: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will unveil this year’s budget.
  • Azerbaijan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit. 
  • China: The government is expected to release the results of its decennial census.
  • Germany: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet with the state leader of Bavaria Markus Soeder.
  • Greece: Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos will speak at an event hosted by the CSIS think tank.
  • Iran: Candidate registration for the upcoming presidential election will be held. (to 15MAY)
  • Iraq: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting to discuss the country.
  • Montenegro: Parliament could vote to remove Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavic for remarks denying the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
  • Myanmar: The date will mark 100 days since the military’s coup ousted an elected civilian government.
  • South Korea: Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Economy Minister Amir Peretz will visit and meet with their counterparts and sign a free trade agreement between their two countries. (to 13MAY)
  • South Sudan: US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth will visit. (to 13MAY)
  • Thailand: Government promoted prayer sessions will be held at Buddhist temples and online to boost the country’s morale amid a coronavirus surge.
  • United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth will deliver remarks at the State Opening of Parliament.
  • United States: Health agency chiefs will testify about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

END

09MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

 Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: In its first official remarks on the Tigray conflict, Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church said atrocities amounting to genocide were being committed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region.
  • AMERICAS: A train line connecting landlocked Bolivia to Chile’s Pacific ports is set to be reestablished.
  • ASIA: Remnants of Beijing’s Long March 5B rocket landed in the Indian Ocean with most of the rocket’s components being destroyed upon re-entry.
  • EUROPE: Speaking at an annual military parade held on the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Nazi beliefs remain strong today.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 90 people have reportedly been injured in new clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem over the potential evictions of Palestinian people from land claimed by Israeli settlers.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The Colonial Pipeline’s major pipeline that transports fuel across the East Coast was shut down after a ransomware attack, prompting the federal government to intervene and plan for measures to mitigate any potential supply issues.

 

Top Story

  • Afghanistan: 50 die in school bombing in Kabul.
    • A bombing outside a girls school in capital city Kabul has killed at least 50 people, many of them pupils between 11 and 15 years old, and left several other people injured.
    • The Afghan government has blamed Taliban for the bombing, but the group denied involvement in the attack and condemned the bombing.
    • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place in an area populated by the Shiite Hazara community currently, though in the past the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks targeting Shiite civilians.
    • However, the exact target of the bombing currently remains unclear.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, NYT, BBC, WaPo, WSJ

 

Africa

  • Ethiopia: In its first official remarks on the Tigray conflict, the country’s Orthodox Church said atrocities amounting to genocide were being committed in the embattled Tigray region. (Reuters
  • Nigeria: A group of gunmen killed seven police officers in the oil-rich Rivers state, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt for those behind the attack. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The Health Ministry recorded four cases of a new coronavirus variant that is fueling a surge in India in the country. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Region: A train line connecting landlocked Bolivia to Chile’s Pacific ports is set to be reestablished. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: Protests demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei over a shortage of coronavirus vaccines were held in the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Mexico City will compensate the families of the victims of the city’s recent metro overpass collapse. (AFP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: Remnants of Beijing’s Long March 5B rocket landed in the Indian Ocean with most of the rocket’s components being destroyed upon re-entry. (Reuters)
  • India: The country reported more than 4,000 daily coronavirus deaths for a second consecutive day. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The country’s military junta branded ousted lawmakers and a people’s defense force terrorist groups. (AP)
  • South Korea: Seoul will sign a free trade agreement with Israel this week, marking the first such Israeli deal with an Asian country. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech at the opening of a new conference aimed at addressing Europe’s future. (DPA)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to end any export restrictions on coronavirus vaccines and related ingredients. (BBC)
  • Russia: Speaking at an annual military parade held on the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, President Vladimir Putin warned that Nazi beliefs remain strong today. (AP)
  • Spain: The government has ended the country’s coronavirus state of emergency, allowing the public to travel between regions for the first time since October 2020. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged to hold another Scotland independence referendum, following her party’s strong showing in the Scottish parliamentary elections. (WaPo)

 

Middle East

  • Region: The US Navy seized an illicit weapons shipment from a stateless dhow in the North Arabian Sea’s international waters. (Reuters)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani expressed optimism over discussions to revive the 2015 JCPOA deal and suggested a deal lifting the main sanctions on Tehran had been reached, according to state media reports from Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Israel: 90 people have reportedly been injured in new clashes between the police and Palestinians in Jerusalem over the potential evictions of Palestinian people from land claimed by Israeli settlers. (BBC)
  • Syria: Firefighters have managed to extinguish an inferno at one of the country’s two oil refineries, according to state media reports. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The Colonial Pipeline’s major pipeline that transports fuel across the East Coast was shut down after a ransomware attack, prompting the federal government to intervene and plan for measures to mitigate any potential supply issues. (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 09MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 157,737,737
      • Total recovered cases: 93,780,853
      • Deaths: 3,284,388
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192 
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 02MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (10MAY21)

  • Global: The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021 will be held, with US President Joe Biden expected to open the event. (to 11MAY)
  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on ISIS.
  • Africa: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will participate in a conversation with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the IMF’s Africa Department.
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: The leaders of Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia will hold a mixed online and in-person summit. (to 11MAY)
  • Europe: Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg will visit NATO headquarters and meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • Europe: The foreign ministers of EU member-states will meet and discuss the Western Balkans, the Sahel, and cybersecurity issues.
  • Europe: Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez and Economy Minister Martin Guzman will embark on a European tour with planned stops in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, including a meeting with Pope Francis. (to 13MAY)
  • Azerbaijan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit. (to 11MAY)
  • Israel: The Supreme Court is expected to hold a hearing over the controversial threat to evict Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Shaikh Jarrah district.
  • Micronesia: Constitution Day – 1979
  • Mozambique: The country is expected to sign a defense training agreement with Portugal.
  • Myanmar: The expected date for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s next court appearance.
  • Nepal: Prime Minister KP Oli will seek a vote of confidence from parliament.
  • Norway: The deadline for the country’s health regulators to announce decisions on the use of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccines.
  • South Korea: Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Economy Minister Amir Peretz will visit and meet with their counterparts and sign a free trade agreement between their two countries. (to 13MAY)
  • United States: The Senate will return after a state work period.

 

END

08MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The eldest son of South Africa’s late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been chosen as successor to the throne, ending a family dispute.
  • AMERICAS: The U.S. federally funded space-focused research and development center said the remains of China’s largest rocket launched last week are expected to land back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday.
  • ASIA: India recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in a day for the first time and more states imposed lockdowns in a desperate bid to halt the devastating new wave.
  • EUROPE: UK Labour leader Keir Starmer is expected to reorganize his team and conduct a policy review as he seeks to reassert his leadership after a few embarrassing losses in the “Super Thursday” elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system hit the Ain al-Asad air base in Western Iraq which hosts U.S. and other international forces but caused no injuries.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Leading U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has shut its entire network after a cyber-attack.

Top Story

  • Israel: Clashes intensity in Jerusalem over expected evictions of Palestinian Familes form a neighborhood
    • A total of 205 Palestinians have been injured, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported, which set up a field hospital on the site to provide the injured with medical assistance.
    • The United States demanded de-escalation in annexed east Jerusalem and warned against enforcing a threatened eviction of Palestinian families that has sent tensions soaring
    • In an interview with a Hamas-run TV station, the organization’s leader Ismail Haniyeh addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by name, warning him not to “play with fire.”
    • Iran called on the United Nations Saturday to condemn the actions of the Israeli police in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in annexed east Jerusalem, saying it was a “war crime.”
    • Reporting: Xinhua, AFP, AP, AFP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The nation recorded 778 additional COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 261,580. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The UN Support Mission located in the nation (UNSMIL) welcomed the release of detainees captured by the eastern-based army. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The eldest son of the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been chosen as successor to the throne, ending a family dispute. (BBC)

Americas

  • Brazil: A deadly police operation in the city of Rio de Janeiro targeting drug gang suspects prompted shock and outrage from the United Nations and Amnesty International, while the police defended their actions. (DPA)
  • Mexico: Mexico City is relaxing its restrictions on public life, despite few people getting vaccinated against COVID-19. (DPA)
  • United States: The federally funded space-focused research and development center said the remains of China’s largest rocket launched last week are expected to land back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Virginian Republican Party is having what it is calling an “unassembled convention” to choose its nominees in this year’s race for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. (AP)

Asia  

  • India: The nation recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in a day for the first time and more states imposed lockdowns in a desperate bid to halt the devastating new wave. (AFP)
  • Kiribati: China is working with the tiny Pacific island nation to explore the possibility of improving an airstrip on one of its remote islands. (Reuters)
  • Maldives: Former president Mohamed Nasheed remained in intensive care as security services increased the hunt for the attackers, who allegedly used a remote control bomb on the democracy advocate and climate activist. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Dozens of Muslim insurgents occupied a public market overnight in the south before fleeing after a tense standoff with the military. (AP)

Europe

  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 15,685 to 3,507,673, with the reported death toll increasing by 238 to 84,648. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: The health ministry has ordered expert workgroups to urgently prepare proposals for dealing with an increase in COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Labour leader Keir Starmer is expected to reorganize his team and conduct a policy review as he seeks to reassert his leadership after a few embarrassing losses in the “Super Thursday” elections. (The Guardian)

Middle East

  • Iraq: An attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system hit the Ain al-Asad air base which hosts U.S. and other international forces but caused no injuries. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom signed agreements with Pakistan to improve ties, after months of strained relations between the close allies over the disputed region of Kashmir. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Leading U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has shut its entire network after a cyber-attack. (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 08MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 156,919,303
      • Total recovered cases: 93,046,030
      • Deaths: 3,270,397
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 02MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09MAY21)

  • Europe: Europe Day.
  • Belgium: Opening ceremony for Conference on the Future of Europe.
  • Israel: Jerusalem Day.
  • Spain: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted.

END

07MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy urged Libya’s interim government to begin preparations for a new election before the December deadline.
  • AMERICAS: The United States deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster the security of American and coalition troops withdrawing from Afghanistan.
  • ASIA: Japan’s government extended a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions until the end of May, just months before the Tokyo Olympics.
  • EUROPE: Germany rejected a US-backed proposal to waive patents of coronavirus vaccines, saying patents were not hindering vaccine production rates.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A coalition of organizations, including City of London police, urged the British government to make tech giants like Google and Facebook legally responsible for fake and fraudulent adverts.

Top Story

  • Global: China says low risk of damage from rocket debris. 
    • Debris from China’s Long March-5b rocket is expected to fall to earth in an uncontrolled reentry over the weekend.
    • China’s foreign ministry dismissed concerns that the rocket could crash down onto an inhabited area, saying most of the debris is likely to burn up in the atmosphere and is highly unlikely to cause any harm.
    • The US is tracking the location of the crashing rocket but said it had no plans to shoot it down.
    • However, where the falling rocket will land eventually “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry”, the Pentagon said in a statement.
    • Reporting: BBC, AFP, Reuters, AP

Africa

  • DR Congo: President Felix Tshisekedi’s allies ousted the governor of Tanganyika province, dealing a blow to Tshisekedi’s political rival Joseph Kabila. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy urged the country’s interim government to begin preparations for a new election before the December deadline. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi announced a week-long coronavirus lockdown starting from Sunday. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Brazil: At least 25 people have died during a police raid targeting drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum. (AP)
  • Colombia: The government invited protest leaders to hold a dialogue in a bid to soothe tensions triggered by controversial tax reform proposals. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The European Union will not send observers to or provide financing for the country’s upcoming referendum due to the vote process being insufficiently transparent and democratic. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The IMF has reached a staff-level agreement with the country and proposed raising support to $769 million to boost the country’s recovery from two hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)
  • United States: A dozen additional warplanes were deployed to bolster the security of American and coalition troops withdrawing from Afghanistan. (AP)

Asia  

  • Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison will lift the government’s ban on citizens returning from India next week. (Reuters)
  • India: The country reported another record high 414,188 new infections over the last 24 hours. (DPA)
  • Japan: The government extended a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions until the end of May, just months before the Tokyo Olympics. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said Wellington seeks a more mature relationship with China that gives enough room for disagreement between the two countries, especially on human rights. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: EU Ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis said the 27-country bloc is not seeking an escalation of tensions with Beijing and that the situation with the EU-China investment deal “is less dramatic than people seem to think”. (Reuters)
  • Region: European Union leaders are set to hold their first in-person summit in five months to discuss a US-backed proposal to share coronavirus vaccine technology and hold a virtual dialogue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP)
  • Germany: Berlin rejected a US-backed proposal to waive patents of coronavirus vaccines, saying patents were not hindering vaccine production rates. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: The country’s ruling Conservative party won a special election in the town of Hartlepool, whose parliamentary seat the Labour party held since 1974. (AP)

Middle East

  • Israel: Security forces shot and killed two Palestinians after they opened fire on a Border Police base in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
  • Qatar: Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi was detained by authorities and interrogated over alleged abuse of power and misuse of public funds. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting the country to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Tech Regulation: A coalition of organizations, including City of London police, urged the British government to make tech giants like Google and Facebook legally responsible for fake and fraudulent adverts. (Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:
    • Indonesia
      • Mount Sinabung erupted and spewed volcanic ash 1.7 miles into the sky.
      • Sourcing: AP
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 06MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 155,250,838
      • Total recovered cases: 91,686,131
      • Deaths: 3,243,744
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 02MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08MAY21)

  • Global: Victory in Europe Day – 1945
  • Global: The Fifth International Vatican Conference will be held.
  • Global: European Union-India Leaders’ meeting will be held virtually.
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. (to 13MAY)
  • Europe: The leaders of EU member-states will hold an informal meeting.
  • Europe: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will embark on a European tour, which will include visits to the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Brazil: Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya will visit the country. (to 09MAY)
  • Chad: Opposition groups and civil society organizations have called for protests against the country’s new junta.
  • Paraguay: Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya will visit the country.
  • Russia: Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon will visit and meet with President Vladimir Putin.
  • Saudi Arabia: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit. (to 09MAY)
  • Singapore: The government’s mandatory 21-day quarantine rule for foreign visitors will be implemented.
  • United Kingdom: Results of the Scottish parliamentary elections are expected to be announced.

END

06MAY21 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: General Stephen Townsend, the top US general for Africa, warned that China has approached countries from Mauritania to Namibia over the construction of a large navy port capable of hosting submarines and aircraft carriers.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the new coronavirus may have been “born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn’t have”, in comments that are likely to strain the country’s relationship with China.
  • ASIA: China condemned a G7 foreign ministers joint statement backing Taiwan, calling the statement gross interference in Beijing’s internal affairs.
  • EUROPE: The United Kingdom deployed two navy patrol boats to the island of Jersey after France hinted at stopping power supply to Jersey if French fishermen are not granted access to British fishing waters under post-Brexit terms.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 22 Palestinians were left wounded after clashes with the police as tensions soar in Israel’s annexed east Jerusalem due to a controversial land rights case.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Hong Kong journalist Bao Choy, who was prosecuted for covering an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists, won a Human Rights Press Award for his work.

Top Story

  • Global: US backs patent waiver to boost coronavirus vaccine supplies.
    • The United States has backed a push at the World Trade Organization seeking the temporary suspension of patent protection for coronavirus vaccines.
    • US Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the news, saying “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures”.
    • The announcement was received positively by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Doctors Without Borders, and several countries, but has angered pharmaceutical companies.
    • Following the news, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU too was ready to discuss waiving patent protection for coronavirus but otherwise remained noncommittal.
    • The initiative at the WTO was started by South Africa and India, who claimed waiving patent protection would boost coronavirus vaccine production globally.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, AFP, Reuters, NYT, DPA, WaPo, WSJ

Africa

  • Region: General Stephen Townsend, the top US general for Africa, warned that China has approached countries from Mauritania to Namibia over the construction of a large navy port capable of hosting submarines and aircraft carriers. (AP)
  • Republic of Congo: The government handed-in its resignation three weeks after veteran leader President Denis Sassou Nguesso began his 37th year in power. (AFP)
  • Malawi: The government ordered thousands of refugees to return to the government’s only, and overcrowded refugee camp. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the European Union will consider deploying a civilian training mission to the country to help it deal with a growing insurgency. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Mourners marched through the streets of Johannesburg to honor Zulu Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu on the eve of her funeral. (BBC)

Americas

  • Region: The US Special Envoy for Northern Triangle countries Ricardo Zuñiga said the US plans to release a list of corrupt Central American officials who may be subject to sanctions before the end of June. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro said the new coronavirus may have been “born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn’t have”, in comments that are likely to strain the country’s relationship with China. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Congress voted to remove a tax break for newspapers, many of which are harsh critics of President Nayib Bukele, just days after it decided to sack senior judges. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dismissed claims of a link between his austerity drive and the recent Mexico City metro line disaster. (AFP)

Asia  

  • Region: China criticized New Zealand for making “groundless” allegations about Beijing’s ill treatment of Uyghurs. (AFP)
  • Region: China condemned a G7 foreign ministers joint statement backing Taiwan, calling the statement gross interference in Beijing’s internal affairs. (Reuters)
  • Region: China “indefinitely” suspended the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue in the latest move of a growing rift between Beijing and Canberra. (BBC)
  • India: The country reported more than 400,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the second time in a month as the demand for medical oxygen increased by seven times. (AP)
  • Thailand: The government confirmed it will include 3 million foreigners living in the country in its coronavirus vaccination campaign. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The United Kingdom deployed two navy patrol boats to the island of Jersey after France hinted at stopping power supply to Jersey if French fishermen are not granted access to British fishing waters under post-Brexit terms. (Reuters)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Western countries to be cautious about the exact nature of Chinese investment and think carefully about investments in strategic assets. (Reuters)
  • Region: The European Union gave the greenlight to the United States, Canada, and Norway to join its “military mobility” project aimed at boosting the deployment speed of troops and military equipment around Europe. (AP)
  • Italy: Two US citizens were convicted by a jury over the 2019 killing of a police officer. (AP)
  • Ukraine: In a show of support to Kyiv, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in the country for an official visit. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Israel conducted overnight airstrikes on the southern Syrian province of Quneitra. (AFP)
  • Israel: Twenty-two Palestinians were left wounded after clashes with the police as tensions soar in annexed east Jerusalem due to a controversial land rights case. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is visiting Beirut to participate in talks aimed at breaking the deadlock in forming the country’s next government. (DPA)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Hong Kong journalist Bao Choy, who was prosecuted for covering an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists, won a Human Rights Press Award for his work. (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 06MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 155,250,838
      • Total recovered cases: 91,686,131
      • Deaths: 3,243,744
      • Countries with confirmed cases: 192
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: Guinea (as of 02MAY21)
      • Confirmed cases: 16
      • Deaths: 12
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07MAY21)

  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold a briefing on multilateralism.
  • Global: The 8th annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will be held.
  • Global: The Fifth International Vatican Conference will be held. (to 08MAY)
  • Africa: US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. (to 13MAY)
  • Americas: US Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will hold a meeting.
  • Europe: The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg will visit Ukraine’s east.
  • Europe: The EU’s Porto Social Summit will be held.
  • Europe: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will embark on a European tour, which will include visits to the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. (to 08MAY)
  • Paraguay: Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya will visit the country. (to 08MAY)
  • Saudi Arabia: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit. (to 09MAY)
  • Turkey: The first mosque in Istanbul’s Taksim Square will be opened.
  • United States: President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the economy.

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