20SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Libyan Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000
  • AMERICAS: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election.
  • ASIA:  New Delhi police have arrested a veteran Indian journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border.
  • EUROPE: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States.

 

Top Story

  • Thailand: Largest pro-democracy protests in years take place in the nation. 
    • In a significant act of defiance against the ruling government, student protest leaders submitted a letter to the palace calling for reforms to the institution, a new government, and a rewrite of the constitution.
    • Anti-government protesters have installed a plaque declaring Thailand “belongs to the people” in a sign of opposition to the monarchy.
    • A demonstration by thousands of protesters in the capital city of Bangkok is ending after demands for King Maha Vajiralongkorn were handed over to police, one of the protest leaders announced.
    • Anti-government protesters declared “victory” after handing in their demands. 
    • Reporting: DPA, BBC, Reuters, CNN,  

 

Africa

  • Libya: The Coast Guard rescued 128 illegal migrants off the country’s western coast, authorities said. (Xinhua)  
  • Libya: The National Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000. (Xinhua)  
  • Nigeria: The country’s economic hub Lagos is set to reopen gyms and cinemas after months of shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Canada: John Turner, a Liberal Party politician who served shortly as the justice and finance ministers before being the country’s 17th prime minister, has died at age 91, his family reported. (AP)  
  • Mexico: A court has unfrozen the bank accounts of a local company blacklisted by the United States for trading in oil with Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA despite U.S. sanctions, the national anti-money laundering unit reported. (Reuters)  
  • United States: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election. (AP)  

 

Asia  

  • Region: Police said that they have taken into custody a North Korean defector for attempting to cross into his homeland through a military unit in an eastern border town. (YNA)  
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents launched offensives on Shuhada and Khash districts of northern Badakhshan province early, but the attacks have been repulsed, according to the provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari. (Xinhua
  • India: New Delhi police have arrested a veteran journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border. (FT)  
  • South Korea: All kindergartens and schools in Seoul and its adjacent areas will resume limited in-person classes this week, the education ministry reported, as the spread of COVID-19 is showing signs of slowing down. (YNA)  

 

Europe

  • Region: The European Union wants to equip itself with new abilities to punish large technology companies, the Financial Times reported. (Reuters)  
  • Germany: The domestic humanitarian aid organization Sea-Eye has stated that its Alan Kurdi rescue ship had picked up more than 100 migrants trying to reach Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. (DPA)  
  • Russia: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program on Russian TV. (TASS
  • Russia: The nation reported 6,148 new COVID-19 cases, the second straight day when the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, taking the national tally of infections to 1,103,399. (Reuters)  

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation registered an additional 128 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 101,900, said its Health Ministry. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N sanctions on the nation had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. (Reuters
  • Yemen: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported. (Reuters)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location:27N 92.7W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:60 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Wilfred
      • Location:15N 42W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map 
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location:28N 62W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:115 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20SEP20: 30,800,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20SEP20: 21,059,531
      • Deaths as of 20SEP20: 957,316
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115 
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21SEP20)

  • Global: U.N. Private Sector Forum
  • Global: United Nations Security Council mandates expire for the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and the Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
  • United States: CBO releases long-term budget outlook

 

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19SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The South African State Security Agency reported that it had found no evidence to support a media report that Iran was planning to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to Pretoria.
  • AMERICAS: Peru’s Congress voted against the ouster of President Martín Vizcarra in an impeachment trial that increased political tensions in the world’s second-largest copper producer.
  • ASIA: A top US diplomat attended the funeral for former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui which featured a eulogy by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before ending a visit overshadowed by Chinese military exercise
  • EUROPE: The regional government of the Spanish capital city of Madrid ordered a lockdown from Monday in some of the poorer areas of the city and its outskirts that are home to about 850,000 people, after an increase in cases there.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US has ramped up its military presence in Syria after several skirmishes with Russian forces intensified tensions in the country.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Popular video-sharing app TikTok has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network, Bloomberg News reported.

Top Story

  • United States: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, causing tension over choosing a replacement before the 2020 elections.
    • President Donald Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming days, ABC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation.
    • Hundreds of people gathered near the Supreme Court, singing in a candlelight vigil, and crying together as they mourned the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    • On Friday, President Donald Trump praised the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a “titan of the law” whose legal expertise and historical decisions have inspired generations of Americans.
    • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed support that “there is no doubt” that the winner of November’s presidential election should pick Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement.
    • The US Senate will approve a new judge nominated by the president; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says if a nominee was put forward before the election despite promises in 2016 against election-year nominees.
    • Democrats break the ActBlue site’s donation record in the hours after Ginsburg’s death.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, AFP, Reuters, BBCNYT,

Africa

  • Morocco: The nation recorded 2,760 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 97,264. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Witnesses claim a cargo plane has crashed at the international airport in Mogadishu. (AP)
  • South Africa: The State Security Agency reported that it had found no evidence to support a media report that Iran was planning to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to Pretoria. (RFE)

Americas

  • Peru: Congress voted against the removal of President Martín Vizcarra in an impeachment trial that increased political tensions in the world’s second-largest copper producer. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Donald Trump said border restrictions between Canada and his nation because of the COVID-19 pandemic would be lifted “pretty soon,” just hours after the two countries confirmed they would remain in place until Oct. 21. (Reuters)
  • United States: Royal Dutch Shell Plc RDSa.L halted some oil production and began evacuating workers from a Gulf of Mexico platform, the company reported, as a new tropical storm Beta approaches. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen shot and killed a deputy provincial council in Gardez city, the capital of eastern Paktia province, the latest in a string of targeted attacks in the country, the provincial government announced. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases stayed in the 100s for the 17th consecutive day, with local infections continuing in the greater Seoul area. (YNA)
  • Taiwan: A top US diplomat attended the funeral for former president Lee Teng-hui which featured a eulogy by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before ending a visit overshadowed by Chinese military exercises. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Protesters congregated in Bangkok for the largest rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has riled the government and the conservative establishment. (AP)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: The nation’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases slowed to 2,111 after four days of growth, data from the health ministry showed. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The regional government of the capital city of Madrid ordered a lockdown from Monday in some of the poorer areas of the city and its outskirts that are home to about 850,000 people, after an increase in cases there. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: It is “increasingly likely” that lockdown restrictions will soon be needed to slow the coronavirus spread in London; the capital’s mayor has warned. (Telegraph)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation confirmed 131 additional COVID-19 cases, raising its total infections to 101,772, said its Health Ministry. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: The nation’s number of COVID-19 infections increased by 750 cases to 27,518 while the death toll went up by 18 to 281, the Health Ministry reported (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The US has ramped up its military presence in Syria after a number of skirmishes with Russian forces ratchet intensified tensions in the country. (BBC)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Popular video-sharing app TikTok has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network, Bloomberg News reported. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Noul
      • Location: 16.3 N 105.3 E
      • Movement: W at 27 mph
      • Wind: 45mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location: 26 N 92.5 W
      • Movement: N at 7 mph
      • Wind: 60mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Wilfred
      • Location: 13.1 N 36.9 W
      • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location: 24.9 N 58.2 W
      • Movement: NW at 12 mph
      • Wind: 125mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 19SEP20: 30,531,855
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 19SEP20: 20,795,412
      • Deaths as of 19SEP20: 952,404
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (20SEP20)

  • United States: US-imposed date for UN sanctions on Iran to return; the deadline was triggered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on August 20; the UN Security Council has rejected the US sanctions campaign, and key US allies who were part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have also said no to Washington’s demand
  • Germany: Mass demonstration against coronavirus hygiene measures in the western city of Dusseldorf
  • Italy: Italy holds elections in 7 out of 20 regions: Venetia, Liguria, Tuscany, Marche, Campania, Apulia, and Valle d’Aosta; also, a referendum on the reduction of the size of the parliament in Rome and numerous local elections

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18SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed former civil engineer and political novice Mohamed Hussein Roble as Somalia’s new Prime Minister.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivia’s Interim President Jeanine Añez has withdrawn from the presidential race a month before the country’s upcoming elections.
  • ASIA: Bangladesh’s economy is showing early signs of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, due to a rebound in garment demand.
  • EUROPE: A member of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party said the party was set to run a minority government after differences with its coalition partners led to the collapse of the country’s governing coalition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel is set to begin its second full coronavirus lockdown amid a surge in new coronavirus cases.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The Australian government has provided newswire Australian Associated Press a $5m grant, a week after the wire service admitted to financial difficulties.

Top Story

  • Asia: China hold military exercises as US envoy visits Taiwan.
    • China has started to conduct military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, in what it says is a move to “protect its sovereignty”.
    • Eighteen Chinese aircraft also crossed the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, prompting Taiwan to scramble its own fighter jets and activated its missile systems in response.
    • These moves and military exercises took place as US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan to meet Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen.
    • US envoy Krach’s visit is the second such trip to Taiwan by a senior US official in recent months, following US HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s visit to the island last month.
    • Reporting: WaPo, DPA, Reuters, BBC

Africa

  • Mauritius: Japan will send a five-person team to investigate the grounding of a Japanese-owned ship off the country’s coast that led to an environmental crisis. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed former civil engineer and political novice Mohamed Hussein Roble as the country’s new Prime Minister. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Security forces seized a large quantity of explosives, including TNT and ammonium nitrate, from a suspected terror cell in Khartoum. (VOA)

Americas

  • Bolivia: Interim President Jeanine Añez has withdrawn from the presidential race a month before the country’s upcoming elections. (BBC)
  • Peru: President Martín Vizcarra is set to face an impeachment vote in Parliament after the country’s Constitutional Court rejected his request to have it suspended. (DPA)
  • United States: A federal judge in the state of Washington blocked controversial proposed changes that slow down the Postal Service, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. (AP)

Asia  

  • Australia: The government has increased the number of citizens allowed to return home from abroad each week to 6,000 as it manages to get new COVID-19 infections under control. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s economy is showing early signs of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, due to a rebound in garment demand. (AP)
  • North Korea: Satellite images indicate that the government is preparing for a massive military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party next month. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Border guards in Poland said the border between Poland and Belarus remained open, after Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said he will seek to close Belarus’ borders with Poland and Lithuania. (Reuters)
  • Region: The WHO’s Director for Europe Hans Kluge warned that a recent surge in coronavirus cases across the continent should serve as “a wake-up call”. (BBC)
  • Poland: A member of the country’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party said the party was set to run a minority government after differences with its coalition partners led to the collapse of the country’s governing coalition. (AP)

Middle East

  • Iraq: Turkey’s Defense Ministry said two of its soldiers were killed and another was wounded after Kurdish militants fired rockets at a military base in the country’s north. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The country is set to begin its second full coronavirus lockdown amid a surge in new coronavirus cases. (AP)
  • Lebanon: More than 200 detainees at the Roumieh Prison, the country’s largest jail, have tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: The Australian government has provided newswire Australian Associated Press a $5m grant, a week after the wire service admitted to financial difficulties. (Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Noul
      • Location: 272 nautical miles East of Da Nang, Vietnam
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: NW at 17 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location: 935 miles SE of Bermuda
      • Wind: 130 mph
      • Movement: NW at 10 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 18SEP20: 30,205,226
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 18SEP20: 20,548,561
      • Deaths as of 18SEP20: 946,673
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (19SEP20)

  • Colombia: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit and meet with President Ivan Duque.
  • Czech Republic: The country’s armed forces and NATO will hold the “NATO & Czech Air Force Days” event, showcasing the latest military hardware and special forces training.
  • Hungary: The government will decide on whether to extend a moratorium on loan repayments for companies and households.
  • Nigeria: Gubernatorial elections to be held in Edo state.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: Independence Day – 1983
  • Thailand: Anti-government protests could take place in Bangkok.
  • United Kingdom: The Labour Party will hold its annual conference in the form of an online event called “Connected”. (to 22SEP)

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17SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: A new report by the UN’s commission of inquiry for Burundi expressed extreme concern over Burundi’s new President Evariste Ndayishimiye’s appointment of senior officials who face international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses during the country’s 2015 political turmoil.
  • AMERICAS: UN investigators implicated Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and other high ranking officials for crimes against humanity, citing cases of torture and killings conducted by their security forces who used techniques like electric shocks, genital mutilation and asphyxiation.
  • ASIA: New Zealand fell into its deepest recession since 1987 as its GDP contracted by 12.2% between April and June.
  • EUROPE: Police on the Greek island of Lesbos started moving thousands of migrants and refugees, who were sleeping on a roadside since a fire ravaged their previous camp, to a new facility on the island.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US is preparing to declare a restoration of all international sanctions on Iran, even as it faces international opposition over the decision.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The US charged a group of hackers linked to the Chinese government for targeting more than 100 companies, pro-democracy organizations and universities across the world in an attempt to steal proprietary information and digital currency.

Top Story

  • Europe: Russian opposition leader Navalny was poisoned at hotel, his team says.
    • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team say a water bottle they collected from his hotel room in the city of Tomsk after Navalny fell ill, was tainted with poison.
    • His team said traces of the nerve agent Novichok were found by a German laboratory “precisely on the bottle of water from the Tomsk hotel room,”.
    • It was previously suspected that Navalny was poisoned at the Tomsk airport and not the hotel.
    • Meanwhile, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Germany asked for its assistance in its investigation into Navalny’s suspected poisoning.
    • Germany previously stated it had proof that Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent.
    • Reporting: Reuters, DPA, WaPo, NYT, Reuters2

Africa

  • Angola: The IMF is set to provide an immediate $1 billion to the country, and also increase the country’s total funding access by $765 million to help it tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: A new report by the UN’s commission of inquiry for the country expressed extreme concern over new President Evariste Ndayishimiye’s appointment of senior officials who face international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses during the country’s 2015 political turmoil. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Former rebel leader and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro insisted his presidential bid was “irrevocable”, even though his candidacy was invalidated by a court. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Money transfer companies located in the country reportedly shifted more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir fired his longtime Finance Minister Salvatore Garang Mabiordit Wol, as well as Erjok Bullen, the acting Commissioner of the National Revenue Authority, and Chol Deng Thon Abel, head of the country’s oil company Nilepet, amid a looming economic crisis. (VOA)

Americas

  • Region: Mexico formally requested information from the US regarding the recent claims of migrants being subjected to hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia. (AP)
  • Brazil: General Eduardo Pazuello, who has no prior health or medical experience, was confirmed as the country’s new Health Minister amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, after spending four months in the position on an interim basis. (AP)
  • Colombia: A group of indigenous protesters toppled a statue of Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in the city of Popayan. (BBC)
  • United States: Hurricane Sally made landfall along the Alabama-Florida coast, bringing with it what the National Hurricane Center called “historic and catastrophic” flooding. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: UN investigators implicated Nicolas Maduro and other high ranking officials for crimes against humanity, citing cases of torture and killings conducted by their security forces who used techniques like electric shocks, genital mutilation and asphyxiation. (AP)

Asia  

  • Region: China’s Foreign Ministry lodged a complaint with the US and said it would make a “necessary response” over the visit of Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach to Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Several of the country’s states are set to relax their coronavirus restrictions, as the country reported its lowest one-day increase in new coronavirus cases. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: The country fell into its deepest recession since 1987 as its GDP contracted by 12.2% between April and June. (BBC)
  • Taiwan: US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft met with the country’s top representative in New York City, in a meeting Ambassador Craft called “historic”. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: The European Parliament allocated new tax revenues to the European Union to help repay the bloc’s intended joint borrowing for a post-coronavirus pandemic economic recovery. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Police on the island of Lesbos started moving thousands of migrants and refugees, who were sleeping on a roadside since a fire ravaged their previous camp, to a new facility on the island. (AP)
  • Spain: The Supreme Court is set to consider Catalonian President Quim Torra’s appeal against a disobedience conviction barring him from public office for 18 months. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Israel and Palestine to seize the opportunity for negotiations, after the newly agreed diplomatic deals between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain. (AP)
  • Iran: The US is preparing to declare a restoration of all international sanctions on the country, even as it faces international opposition over the decision. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country reportedly has enough mineable uranium ore reserves to enable the domestic production of nuclear fuel. (Guardian)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: The US charged a group of hackers linked to the Chinese government for targeting more than 100 companies, pro-democracy organizations and universities across the world in an attempt to steal proprietary information and digital currency. (UPI)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Noul
      • Location: 272 nautical miles East of Da Nang, Vietnam
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: NW at 17 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Depression Sally
      • Location: 50 miles E-SE of Montgomery, Alabama
      • Wind: 30 mph
      • Movement: NE at 10 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 17SEP20: 29,893,298
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 17SEP20: 20,335,410
      • Deaths as of 17SEP20: 941,345
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (18SEP20)

  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on Syria.
  • Americas: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with CARICOM Secretary-General LaRocque in Guyana, to discuss US-Caribbean issues.
  • Europe: EU ministers for internal market will meet to discuss the post-coronavirus pandemic economic recovery.
  • Europe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will hold a meeting in Berlin, Germany.
  • Brazil: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo in Boa Vista.
  • Guyana: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Hugh Todd.
  • Israel: The country’s second coronavirus lockdown will come into effect.
  • Italy: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet with President Sergio Mattarella in Milan.
  • United States: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Mying-hee to visit and discuss her WTO leadership bid and South Korea-US economic ties.
  • Zimbabwe: Booker Award-nominated writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, and 11 other people, to appear in court facing charges of inciting violence, which she was charged with after taking part in anti-government protests.

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16SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS mediators failed to convince Mali’s new junta to immediately hand over power to a civilian government.
  • AMERICAS: The US government said it will remove its 10% tariffs on raw Canadian aluminum if import levels remain below a certain threshold, following which Canada ended its threat to impose its own retaliatory sanctions, bringing an end to a trade spat between the two countries.
  • ASIA: Yoshihide Suga was confirmed as Japan’s new Prime Minister by Parliament.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled plans to toughen the EU’s emissions-cutting target to by 2030, during her State of the Union address.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that they will be responsible for any ‘consequences’ of their decision to normalize relations with Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Commission will invest a fifth of its $890 billion coronavirus recovery fund in digital projects.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired during ceremony in the US.
    • Militants in Gaza launched rockets at Israel through the night, with Israel bombing sites in Gaza in retaliation.
    • Israel’s military said it launched around 10 air strikes, and that 15 rockets had been lobbed at the country from Gaza earlier in the day.
    • The rockets from Gaza were launched earlier in the day, during the ceremony at the White House in the US during which the UAE and Bahrain normalized their relations with Israel.
    • The rockets from Gaza, one of which struck the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod, left two Israeli citizens wounded.
    • Reporting: DPA, AP, Reuters, BBC, AFP

 

Africa

  • Region: The West African countries of Guinea and Togo both announced an extension of their respective coronavirus-related measures and restrictions. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN Security Council asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a Special Peace Envoy for the country. (Reuters)
  • Mali: ECOWAS mediators failed to convince the country’s new junta to immediately hand over power to a civilian government. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Region: The US government said it will remove its 10% tariffs on raw Canadian aluminum if import levels remain below a certain threshold, following which Canada ended its threat to impose its own retaliatory sanctions, bringing an end to a trade spat between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Barbados: The government plans to remove British Monarch Queen Elizabeth as the country’s head of state and transform the country into a republic by November 2021. (Telegraph)
  • Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega proposed legal reforms to allow life sentences, which he threatened to use against some political opponents he accused of committing “hate crimes”. (AP)
  • United States: Improving weather conditions helped firefighters in California, Washington, and Oregon tackle the ongoing deadly wildfires, as thousands of people in Oregon entered a second week of life under evacuation orders. (Reuters)  

 

Asia  

  • India: The number of known coronavirus cases passed the 5 million mark, testing the feeble health care system in the country’s rural areas. (AP)
  • Japan: Yoshihide Suga was confirmed as the country’s new Prime Minister by Parliament. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: The military said it is investigating “wider patterns” before and after a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state in 2017. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled plans to toughen the EU’s emissions-cutting target to by 2030, during her State of the Union address. (DPA)
  • Ireland: Members of Prime Minister Micheal Martin’s cabinet are no longer under a coronavirus quarantine as Health Minister Stephen Donnelly tested negative for the virus. (BBC)
  • Spain: Capital city Madrid is set to introduce new targeted lockdowns and other restrictions on movement in areas with a high number of coronavirus cases. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that they will be responsible for any ‘consequences’ of their decision to normalize relations with Israel. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: France reportedly believes the country’s banks will be unable to stick to the principle that savers should not lose any of their deposits. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: US President Donald Trump said he expected Riyadh to normalize relations with Israel, but only “at the right time.” (AFP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the Commission will invest a fifth of its $890 billion coronavirus recovery fund in digital projects. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Sally
      • Location: 40 miles SW of Pensacola, Florida
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Movement: N-NE at 3 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 16SEP20: 29,607,590 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 16SEP20: 20,100,605
      • Deaths as of 16SEP20: 935,871
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (17SEP20)

  • Global: The Health and Finance Ministers of G20 countries will hold a virtual joint meeting.
  • Europe: The European Court of Justice will rule on Russian company Rosneft’s claim against EU sanctions.
  • Europe: Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will testify to the Helsinki Commission over the plans for Albania’s Chairmanship of the OSCE.
  • Europe: The European Parliament will hold a plenary session.
  • Europe: Education Ministers of EU member-states will hold an informal meeting.
  • Austria: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President Alexander Van der Bellen are scheduled to speak at the 4th annual R20 Austrian World Summit.
  • Belgium: Interim Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes expected to face a vote of confidence.
  • Italy: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet with President Sergio Mattarella in Milan. (to 18SEP)
  • Japan: The Bank of Japan to announce a monetary policy decision.
  • Spain: The Supreme Court will rule on whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling that removed Catalonia’s regional President Quim Torra from office over alleged violations of elections law.
  • United States: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Mying-hee to visit and discuss her WTO leadership bid and South Korea-US economic ties. (to 18SEP)
  • United States: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to testify on ‘Worldwide Threats to the Homeland’ to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will take part in a credentials ceremony for newly appointed Ambassadors to the country.
  • United States: The Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on US policy in the Indo-Pacific.
  • United States: The House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold a hearing on the ban on imports produced by forced labor in Xinjiang, China.

 

END

15SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Human rights groups say Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s critics are being thrown in jail and denied bail.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Sally continues to move closer to the US Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rains and surging water ahead of its expected landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.
  • ASIA: An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that entered its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and has remained there since for almost three days.
  • EUROPE: Germany is reportedly set to admit an additional 1,500 migrants who are currently living in Greece.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran warned the US to “not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” after US President Donald Trump threatened the country following reports Tehran plans to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook says it is launching a new climate science information center to provide its users facts and resources about climate change.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: The UAE and Bahrain to sign historic deal with Israel at the White House.
    • US President Donald Trump is set to preside over a ceremony at the White House that will see the historic signing of diplomatic agreements between Israel and the UAE, and separately Israel and Bahrain.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani will sign the diplomatic agreements for their respective countries.
    • More than 700 people are expected to attend the ceremony at the White House.
    • The diplomatic agreements will see both the UAE and Bahrain formally establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and will be the first such major agreement between Arab countries and Israel in 25 years.
    • Prior to the UAE and Bahrain normalizing ties with Israel, only two countries in the region – Egypt and Jordan – had normalized ties with Israel.
    • Reporting: Reuters, DPA, AP

 

Africa

  • Libya: The UN’s migration agency said a boat with migrants on-board capsized off the country’s coast leaving at least two dozen people drowned or missing and presumed dead. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Health workers in the country went on strike just one week after doctors staged a walk out, and are demanding hazard allowance for treating coronavirus patients. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Human rights groups say President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s critics are being thrown in jail and denied bail. (AP)

 

Americas

  • Region: The Chief Prosecutor of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro’s regime charged a US citizen, Matthew John Heath, with terrorism and weapons trafficking, alleging him of plotting attacks against Venezuela’s oil industry and electricity system. (VOA)
  • Brazil: Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was charged with money laundering by the Operation Car Wash investigation’s prosecutors, less than a year after the Supreme Court freed him for a jail sentence for a different case. (AP)
  • Haiti: Hundreds of police officers and their supporters, many of whom were armed, set cars on fire in the capital Port-au-Prince during a protest for higher salaries and the release of a colleague. (AFP)
  • Panama: Police are investigating a mass grave in the country’s remote north-western indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé region, which they say contains the remains of people killed by a religious sect. (BBC)
  • United States: Hurricane Sally continues to move closer to the Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rains and surging water ahead of its expected landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Region: India says China is installing a network of fiber optic cables at flashpoints on their borders in the western Himalayas, despite high-level talks aimed at resolving recent military standoffs. (Reuters)
  • Region: An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that entered its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and has remained there since for almost three days. (AP)
  • China: The US issued a new travel advisory warning against going to the country and Hong Kong due to the risk of “arbitrary detention” and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” (AP)

 

Europe

  • Region: Germany is reportedly set to admit an additional 1,500 migrants who are currently living in Greece. (DPA)
  • Azerbaijan: Leading opposition figure Tofig Yagiblu’s hunger strike in jail entered its second week. (Eurasianet)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed the criticism of his plan to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s Brexit agreement with the European Union, calling the plan “an insurance policy.” (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Tehran warned the US to “not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” after US President Donald Trump threatened the country following reports Tehran plans to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The military said it is stepping-up its cooperation with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in its fight against the Islamic State at the country’s border with Syria. (VOA)
  • Lebanon: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that France’s attempt to resolve the country’s crisis would be in vain if it does not tackle the issue of Iran-backed Hezbollah’s weapons in the country. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Germany, Denmark and other Western countries expressed concern over the government’s detention of women activists and called for justice to be delivered to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A US airstrike in the country’s northwest reportedly killed prominent Tunisian jihadist Sayyaf al-Tunsi. (AFP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook says it is launching a new climate science information center to provide its users facts and resources about climate change. (NBC)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Sally
      • Location: 115 miles S-SE of Biloxi, Mississippi
      • Wind: 85 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 2 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Russia
      • Location: 13 km W-NW of Esso, Russia
      • Magnitude: 6.4
      • Depth: 329.7 km
      • Map
    • Fiji
      • Location: 149 km N-NE of Labasa, Fiji
      • Magnitude: 6.1
      • Depth: 10 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14SEP20: 29,026,240 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 14SEP20: 19,644,664
      • Deaths as of 14SEP20: 924,643 
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16SEP20)

  • Global: The Environment Ministers of G20 countries will hold an online meeting.
  • Global: The OECD will release its interim Economic Outlook report.
  • Global: The UN Security Council will discuss the situation in Syria.
  • Americas: The Pan American Health Organization is expected to hold a press conference on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the region.
  • Europe: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver an EU State of the Union address before the European Parliament.
  • Europe: The European Parliament will hold a plenary session. (to 17SEP)
  • Europe: Education Ministers of EU member-states will hold an informal meeting. (to 17SEP)
  • Greece: The Economist will hold its 24th Roundtable with the Greek government in Athens, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Hatzidakis, and opposition leader Alexis Tsipras all set to attend, with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expected to attend virtually.
  • Japan: Parliament is expected to vote in favor of new Liberal Democratic party leader Yoshihide Suga becoming the country’s next Prime Minister.  
  • Mexico: Independence Day – 1810
  • Papua New Guinea: Independence Day – 1975
  • United States: The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee will hold a meeting.
  • United States: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Mying-hee to visit and discuss her WTO leadership bid and South Korea-US economic ties. (to 18SEP)
  • United States: CDC and HHS officials will testify to the Senate on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • United States: The Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee will discuss the authorization of subpoenas to individuals linked to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  

 

END

14SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The interim government in Libya’s east resigned, with street protests emerging across the country over poor living standards.
  • AMERICAS: Tropical Storm Sally is set to turn into a Category 2 hurricane as it heads towards the US Gulf Coast.
  • ASIA: US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is set to retire and leave the country early next month.
  • EUROPE: Authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is visiting Russia and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking more financial and political support from Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib met with President Michel Aoun for further consultations, raising doubts Adib will be able to meet this week’s deadline to form a new government.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok’s owner reportedly chose Oracle over Microsoft for its US tech partner that could help the app avoid being banned from the US.

 

Top Story

  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga wins party vote, all but guaranteeing him as next Japan PM.
    • Members of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party elected 71-year-old Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as party leader.
    • Suga won a landslide victory, taking home 377 votes compared to his main rival former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida who only won 89 votes.
    • Suga’s victory in the party leadership contest means he is almost certain to replace resigning PM Abe as Japan’s next Prime Minister. 
    • During campaigning for the party’s leadership contest, Suga, who is considered to be a loyal aide of the outgoing Abe, promised to maintain Abe’s key economic and foreign policies.
    • The lower house of Japan’s parliament, which is dominated by Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party, is expected to officially elect Suga as the next Prime Minister on Wednesday.
    • Reporting: Kyodo, AP, BBC, Reuters, DPA, NYT, AFP, WaPo

 

Africa

  • Region: Uganda and Tanzania agreed to an oil pipeline deal worth $3.5 billion that will see the construction of a pipeline connecting Uganda’s oil fields to Tanzania’s port of Tanga. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed opened new facility producing coronavirus testing kits made by BGI Health Ethiopia, a joint venture with a Chinese company. (AP)
  • Libya: The interim government in the country’s east resigned, with street protests emerging across the country over poor living standards. (BBC)

 

Americas

  • Argentina: Economy Minister Martin Guzman said the government will seek to avoid repayments to the IMF between 2021-24, amid negotiations for a new deal between Buenos Aires and the lender. (Reuters
  • Peru: A bid to remove President Martin Vizcarra from office by the opposition-led Congress hit a stumbling block after Cesar Acuna, the leader of the second-largest party in Congress, said Vizcarra’s removal would “aggravate” the country’s already fragile situation as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)
  • United States: Tropical Storm Sally is set to turn into a Category 2 hurricane as it heads toward the country’s Gulf Coast. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • China: US Ambassador to Beijing Terry Branstad is set to retire and leave the country early next month. (Reuters)
  • India: Parliament started a new 18-day session after a five-month break, amid the country facing the world’s largest surge in coronavirus cases, a free-falling economy and increasing tensions with China. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Capital city Jakarta started its two weeks of social restrictions to quell a surge in new coronavirus cases. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Region: The German government said laboratories in Sweden and France independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent. (Reuters)
  • Region: Authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is visiting Russia and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking more financial and political support from Moscow. (AP)
  • Region: European Union officials, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council Charles Michel, are set to hold a high-level online conference with senior Chinese officials. (DPA)
  • Region: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the departure of Turkish seismic research ship, the Oruc Reis, from the Eastern Mediterranean a “positive first step”, while Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the ship’s departure did not mean Ankara was “giving up on our rights there”. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a lawmakers rebellion over the Internal Market Bill that breaks international law by breaching parts of a Brexit agreement. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: The European Union joined international condemnation of Tehran’s execution of wrestler Navid Afkari. (Reuters)
  • Israel: With the country facing a continued surge in new coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new coronavirus lockdown that will see the closure of schools, hotels, malls, restaurants and other parts of the country’s economy. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib met with President Michel Aoun for further consultations, raising doubts Adib will be able to meet this week’s deadline to form a new government. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok’s owner reportedly chose Oracle over Microsoft for its US tech partner that could help the app avoid being banned from the US. (AP)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Sally
      • Location: 175 miles SE of Biloxi, Mississippi
      • Wind: 60 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 8 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14SEP20: 29,026,240 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 14SEP20: 19,644,664
      • Deaths as of 14SEP20: 924,643 
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15SEP20)

  • Global: The 75th session of the UN General Assembly will open, with many speeches expected to be delivered virtually.
  • Global: The UN Security Council will discuss the situation in Yemen.
  • Global: The mandate of the UN’s Support Mission for Libya is set to expire, unless renewed.
  • Global: The UN will hold a virtual launch for its Fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO5).
  • Global: The International Press Institute will hold its 2020 World Congress virtually. (to 08OCT)
  • Asia: The Asian Development Bank is expected to release an update to its annual Asian Development Outlook.
  • Europe: Belarusian and Russian armed forces will hold military exercises in Belarus.
  • Europe: The European Parliament will hold a plenary session. (to 17SEP)
  • Middle East: Delegations from Israel, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the UAE, led by UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, are scheduled to be hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House, where they will sign the deal normalizing relations between them. Also attending this ceremony will be Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, who will sign a similar but separate agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • Algeria: A court will deliver its ruling on journalist Khaled Drareni’s appeal against his recent three-year prison sentence. 
  • China: The government is expected to release data on economic developments in the country in the month of August.
  • Greece: The Economist will hold its 24th Roundtable with the Greek government in Athens, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Hatzidakis, and opposition leader Alexis Tsipras all set to attend, with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expected to attend virtually. (to 16SEP)
  • Iraq: The UN’s Committee on Enforced Disappearances will hold a special dialogue with the government to discuss enforced disappearances in the country. 
  • Japan: The opposition parties Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People will hold a convention to complete their merger.
  • Lebanon: The final day of the deadline that government officials gave to France for Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib to name his new government.
  • The Netherlands: Foreign Minister Stef Blok will discuss the future of US-Europe cooperation in a virtual event hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
  • The Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander will deliver his annual Troonrede address inaugurating the new parliamentary year and outlining government policy for the year ahead.
  • Pakistan: Schools are expected to be reopened, following their closure due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will take part in an ABC News live town hall.
  • United States: The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee will hold a meeting. (to 16SEP)
  • United States: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will discuss his recent Central and Eastern Europe visit, as well as the response of European countries to China, in an event hosted by the Atlantic Council.
  • United States: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold a virtual hearing on the health, economic, and political challenges that Latin America and the Caribbean face.
  • United States: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Mying-hee to visit and discuss her WTO leadership bid and South Korea-US economic ties. (to 18SEP)

 

END

13SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The leader of the Mali military junta government, Colonel Assimi Goita, vowed to establish an 18-month transition government, at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup.
  • AMERICAS: Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot multiple times, apparently in an ambush, while in their patrol car near a Metro rail station.
  • ASIA: Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government start officially on September 13 and will possibly include a discussion of a lasting cease-fire, according to chief government negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. 
  • EUROPE: Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is proof that the European Union must get more realistic about confronting Russia. 
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighter jets attacked barracks and military sites of the armed Houthi movement in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya reported
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS:  LG Group, South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate, announced it had formed a research consortium with global partners to discover high-performance materials with artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technologies.

 

Top Story

  • Russia: Local elections are underway in the nation, in a test for Putin’s United Russia Party. 
    • Nearly 160,000 candidates compete for seats in local parliaments, and Governments are also facing elections in many regions.
    • Opposition activist Alexi Navalny has asked to undermine United Russia’s grip on regional power by urging his supporters to vote against it tactically before he fell gravely ill in a possible poisoning attempt.
    • For the election, the lowest turnout – 15.94% was recorded in the Irkutsk Region, and the highest turnout was in the Jewish Autonomous Region – 57.89%,” according to the CEC information center.
    • In a sign of growing public distrust, a nationwide survey by Russia’s most prominent independent pollster, Levada Centre, showed that more than a quarter of Russians – 29 percent – would participate in anti-government protests if held near their hometown.
    • Reporting: BBC, Reuters, TASS, DPA  

 

Africa

  • Cameroon: At least six civilians have been killed and ten others injured in a suicide attack in Zeleved, a locality in the Far North region, according to several security sources. (Xinhua)  
  • Mali: The leader of the current military junta government, Colonel Assimi Goita, vowed to establish an 18-month transition government, at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup. (AFP)  
  • Mauritius: Thousands of people protested in the island nation over the government’s handling of an offshore oil spill that has become the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst environmental disaster in years. (AP

 

Americas

  • Mexico: The total number of the COVID-19 confirmed cases in the nation increased 658,299, Mexico’s Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua
  • United States: Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot multiple times, apparently in an ambush, while in their patrol car near a Metro rail station. (AP
  • United States: A group of protesters blocked at least two buses chartered by the NBA from entering the Walt Disney World campus briefly, with the group saying it wanted LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and other top players to take notice. (AP)  

 

Asia

  • Region: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun has expressed Washington’s support for building peace on the Korean Peninsula at a regional security forum, his office reported. (YNA)
  • Afghanistan: Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government are to start officially on September 13 and will possibly include a discussion of a lasting cease-fire, according to chief government negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. (RFE)
  • New Zealand: The nation reported two new cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said in a statement, with one health worker testing positive. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The country deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014 after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Masked men in uniforms confronted a protest in Minsk attended by thousands of women demanding the removal of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (DPA)
  • Czech Republic: The nation reported its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections for a third straight day, reporting 1,541 cases, according to Health Ministry data. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is proof that the European Union must get more realistic about confronting Russia. (RFE)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighter jets attacked barracks and military sites of the armed Houthi movement in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya reported. (Reuters
  • Region: The United Arab Emirates’ Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to a memorandum of understanding “to work together across a range of fields,” the UAE’s WAM news agency announced. (Reuters)
  • Oman: The government welcomes Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, state TV reported. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Artificial Intelligence: LG Group, South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate, announced it had formed a research consortium with global partners to discover high-performance materials with artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technologies. (YNA

 

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Sally
      • Location:22.5N 43.5W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Paulette
      • Location:29.3N 60.4W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 13SEP20: 28,778,319
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 13SEP20: 19,469,198
      • Deaths as of 13SEP20: 920,544
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14SEP20)

  • Europe/Asia-Pacific: EU-China virtual conference.
  • Europe: EU-UK free trade negotiations to resume in Brussels.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Grand Ethiopian Resistance Dam talks to begin.
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko to visit Russia, meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
  • Indonesia: Jakarta will begin a second COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Japan: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold a leadership election to choose a replacement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Pakistan: Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances mandate to expire.
  • United Kingdom: Parliament to debate the Internal Market Bill.

 

END

12SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa intervened in a probe of alleged improper use of public resources by senior government officials.
  • AMERICAS: California Governor Gavin Newsom toured communities devastated by the state’s ongoing wildfires and said the deadly, record-shattering fire season across the U.S. West should end all the debate over climate change.
  • ASIA: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, widely expected to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister, said he desired increased diplomacy and reliable communications with Asian neighbors, including China and South Korea.
  • EUROPE: The United Kingdom is expected to sign a bilateral post-Brexit free trade deal with Japan in October with the aim of bringing it into force at the start of 2021, a British government source reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he supports the “important step” of Israel and Bahrain establishing diplomatic relations
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: China’s state media condemned raids on the homes of Chinese journalists working in Australia, showing further strains in the relationship between the two major trading partners.

Top Story

  • The Middle East and South Asia: Peace talks between the central government and the Taliban begin in Qatar. 
    • The Peace talks between the U.N recognized government and the Taliban seeking an end to the 19 years of war have opened in Doha.
    • A delegation of leading Afghans left Kabul for Doha with the head of the delegation, Abdullah Abdullah, saying they were seeking “a just and dignified peace.”
    • Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, told reporters that Afghans would be negotiating with each other, without a foreign mediator or a facilitator.
    • In his remarks, Taliban representative Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said that dialogue with the central government should lead to an Islamic system that would be inclusive to all Afghans.
    • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg praised the start of peace talks between the Taliban and the United Nations recognized Afghan government as a “historic opportunity.”
    • Reporting: AFP, BBC, VOA, AP, AFP

Africa

  • Mali: Six women, one of whom was pregnant, died in a landmine blast in southern regions, officials reported, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa intervened in a probe of alleged improper use of public resources by senior government officials. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: At least 26 great apes illegally taken from the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been seized in the country, where four accused traffickers have been arrested. (The Guardian)

Americas

  • Bolivia: The interim government has used the justice system to carry out a political attack against ex-president Evo Morales and his allies, a Human Rights Watch report noted, an allegation the conservative administration rejected. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The nation’s death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 130,000, amid cautious optimism over signs the virus is finally slowing in the hard-hit South American country. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The nation’s police denied that officers had been ordered to fire at protesters, after 13 people were reported to have been killed in protests against police brutality. (DPA)
  • United States: California Governor Gavin Newsom toured communities devastated by the state’s ongoing wildfires and said the deadly, record-shattering fire season across the U.S. West should end all debate over climate change. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • India: The nation reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases for a second consecutive day, recording 97,570 new infections, data from the federal health ministry showed. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, widely expected to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister, said he desired increased diplomacy and reliable communications with Asian neighbors, including China and South Korea. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A journalist has been arrested in the port city of Karachi, accused of spreading hateful content against the country’s military on social media, according to police authorities and the journalist’s family. (RFE)
  • South Korea: Citizens in Daejeon, a city about 150 kilometers south of Seoul, are confronting a chain of COVID-19 transmissions originating from a health care product business forum that has infected at least 54 people. (YNA)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: The nation recorded its largest one-day increase so far of new COVID-19 infections, recording 1,447 cases, according to the Health Ministry’s information. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 1,630 to 258,480, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Police said that they had seized about 250 firearms and a few thousand rounds of ammunition from a man suspected of being a far-right sympathizer. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The nation is expected to sign a bilateral post-Brexit free trade deal with Japan in October with the aim of bringing it into force at the start of 2021, a British government source reported. (Kyodo)

Middle East

  • Bahrain: The king reiterated the necessity of reaching a fair and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, based on the two-state solution, in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, state news agency BNA reported. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he supports the “important step” of Israel and Bahrain, establishing diplomatic relations. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The nation stated that Bahrain is now a partner to Israel’s “crimes” after the two announced a deal to normalize relations after decades of animosity. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: China’s state media condemned raids on the homes of Chinese journalists working in Australia, showing further strains between the two major trading partners. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Rene
      • Location:22.5N 43.5W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Paulette
      • Location:26.8N 56.1W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:70 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 12SEP20: 28,506,254
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 12SEP20: 19,224,973
      • Deaths as of 12SEP20: 915,920
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13SEP20)

  • Russia: The nation will hold a single day of voting for regional elections in many of its federal subjects.
  • Israel: The cabinet to vote on a new national lockdown due to spike in COVID cases.
  • Nigeria: Health workers to begin nationwide strike.

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11SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Japanese operator of the bulk carrier that caused a widespread oil spill off the coast of Mauritius will provide $9 million for the country’s environmental projects and the local fishing community.
  • AMERICAS: Demonstrators protesting against police brutality clashed with the police across many cities in Colombia in reaction to two police officers allegedly killing a man in Bogota.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the upcoming negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring factions are likely to be “contentious,” but are the only way forward to achieving peace in the country.
  • EUROPE: The United Kingdom struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan, hailing the agreement as a “historic moment”, just as London is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Science Minister Izhar Shay said the first official visit of a delegation from the UAE to Israel is likely to be delayed or held under restrictions, due to a looming coronavirus lockdown in Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union should push to create its own digital tax in Q1 next year if broader international efforts to create a digital tax do not materialize by the end of this year.

Top Story

  • Asia: India, China agree to disengage border troops.
    • India and China have agreed to “quickly disengage” from their new border standoff and continue their dialogue over the issue.
    • In a joint statement, the two sides said they had reached a five-point consensus, including agreements that the troops of both countries should quickly disengage and ease tensions
    • The announcement took place following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow between Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
    • The two countries had for the past week traded accusations of sending soldiers into the other’s territory and firing warning shots for the first time in 45 years, threatening a full-scale military conflict developing between New Delhi and Beijing, prior to this meeting.
    • Reporting: NYT, AP, BBC, Reuters, DPA

Africa

  • Libya: The country’s rival governments reached an agreement on how key posts in state institutions are to be assigned, a step aimed at unifying the embattled country. (DPA)
  • Mauritius: The Japanese operator of the bulk carrier that caused a widespread oil spill off the country’s coast will provide $9 million for the country’s environmental projects and the local fishing community. (AP)
  • Rwanda: Human Rights Watch has said the arrest of “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina amounted to an “enforced disappearance”, demanding a full account on how he returned to the country from the US. (AFP)

Americas

  • Bolivia: Human Rights Watch has accused the country’s interim government led by President Jeanine Añez of using the country’s justice system to persecute former President Evo Morales and his supporters and allies. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: At least seven people have died during clashes between the police and protesters angry over the death of a man who was pinned to the ground and repeatedly tasered by police in Bogota. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors questioned 17 militarized police involved in a gunfight that killed a woman and left her husband injured after tensions flared in protests against a dam diverting water to the US. (Reuters)
  • United States: Deadly wildfires in heavily populated northwest Oregon continue to spread, causing authorities to issue evacuation orders to an estimated 500,000 people. (AP)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the upcoming negotiations between the country’s warring factions are likely to be “contentious,” but are the only way forward to achieving peace in the country. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government has once again grounded all domestic flights and banned travel in and out of the country’s largest city, Yangon. (AP)
  • North Korea: US Forces Korea (USFK) commander Robert Abrams said that Pyongyang has issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the entry of the new coronavirus from China. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Russia’s Interior Ministry said Russian police have traced opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s movements, including what he drank prior to his falling ill, and that Moscow is preparing another request for legal assistance from Germany, where Navalny is currency recuperating. (Reuters)
  • France: The country recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections since the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: The country struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan, hailing the agreement as a “historic moment”, just as London is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Israeli Science Minister Izhar Shay said the first official visit of a delegation from the UAE to Israel is likely to be delayed or held under restrictions, due to a looming coronavirus lockdown in Israel. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: There were several explosions at a military base just east of the city of Zarqa, with no immediate reports of any injuries. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Authorities launched an investigation into a massive fire at a warehouse storing aid in the port of capital city Beirut, which was the site of the recent explosion that killed 190 people. (BBC)

Tech & Communications

  • Tech Regulation: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union should push to create its own digital tax in Q1 next year if broader international efforts to create a digital tax do not materialize by the end of this year. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Chile
      • Location: 83 km NNE of Tocopilla, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.3
      • Depth: 51 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 27,871,271
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 11SEP20: 18,780,806
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 903,756
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 106
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12SEP20)

  • Global: G20 Agriculture and Water Ministers will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: 75th anniversary of British Admiral Mountbatten accepting the surrender of Japanese armed forces in Southeast Asia which was one of the events marking the end of WWII.
  • Global: The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation – 2004
  • Asia: ASEAN Foreign Ministers will hold a series of virtual meetings.
  • Europe: Belarusian and Russian armed forces will hold military exercises in Belarus. (to 15SEP)
  • Europe: Finance Ministers of EU countries will hold informal talks in Berlin, Germany.
  • Europe: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Cyprus and hold talks related to the rising tensions between Greece and Turkey over energy sources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Germany: Protests against the government’s coronavirus measures and restrictions are expected in the city of Hanover.
  • Iran: The military will hold its annual war games near the Strait of Hormuz.
  • Japan: The country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold Prime Minister-candidate debates.
  • Qatar: The country will host intra-Afghan peace and post-war negotiations. (to 13SEP)
  • Russia: Regional elections to elect local governors and parliaments in 23 of the country’s regions to be held, just weeks after the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit Reno, Nevada.
  • United States: The White House will reopen for public tours.

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