19JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tigrayan rebels have established a team to negotiate with government leaders after nearly 20 months of war in northern Ethiopia.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian officials said a riot in a prison left at least 13 inmates dead, more than two months after a clash between rival gangs left 44 dead in the same lockup.
  • ASIA: Main opposition leader Sajith Premadasa withdrew from Sri Lanka’s presidential election in favor of ruling party dissident Dullas Alahapperuma.
  • EUROPE: Albania and North Macedonia took a step forward on their long road towards European Union membership, joining Balkan neighbors Serbia and Montenegro in formal negotiations with Brussels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that A military strike on Syria would destabilize the region.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A judge will weigh Twitter’s bid for a fast-tracked trial which it needs to ensure deal financing does not come unraveled.

Top Story

  • Iran: Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Tehran for talks with Iranian and Turkish leaders.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran for talks with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Kremlin leader’s first trip outside the former Soviet Union since Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.
    • Putin will meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss regional issues, including the conflict in Syria and a UN proposal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain to ease the global food crisis.
    • Russia is seeking to bolster ties with Tehran, a fellow target of US sanctions and a potential military and trade partner.
    • Tehran also offers Putin a chance for a high-stakes meeting with Erdogan, who helped broker talks on a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine conflict, as well as help negotiations to unblock Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.
    • Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov called Iran “an important partner for Russia” saying the countries shared “a desire to take their relations to a new level of strategic partnership.”
    • The focus of the talks among the three presidents will be the conflict in Syria, where Iran and Russia have backed President Bashar Assad’s government, while Turkey has supported armed opposition factions.
    • Reuters, AP, AFP, FP, BBC, Bloomberg

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Tigrayan rebels have established a team to negotiate with government leaders after nearly 20 months of war in the northern region of the country. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The country’s Communications Regulatory Authority head announced that US company Starlink is expected to launch satellite internet services in Mozambique next October. (PanAfricanVisions)
  • South Africa: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres marked Nelson Mandela International Day by describing the former South African president as a “moral compass” for others to follow in building a better future for all. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The US military carried out an airstrike in a remote area of the south that killed two fighters from Al-Shabaab. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Thousands of Hausa people protested in several cities demanding justice for comrades killed in a land dispute with a rival ethnic group in the country’s south. (AFP)

Americas   

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro invited dozens of diplomats to the presidential palace to present claims supposed vulnerabilities of the country’s electronic voting system. (WaPo)
  • Ecuador: Officials said a riot in a prison left at least 13 inmates dead, more than two months after a clash between rival gangs left 44 dead in the same lockup. (AP)
  • Mexico: The extradition of drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, captured in the mountains of northwest Mexico, will not happen quickly, according to a judge’s ruling published Monday. (AP)
  • United States: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Washington will impose harsh consequences on countries that abuse or break international economic order. (Reuters)
  • United States: The House is set to vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages. (AP)

Asia 

  • China: A gas explosion after a partial building collapse in the northern port city of Tianjin left three people missing and 11 injured. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Rescuers are searching for 13 passengers from a boat that sank in bad weather and high waves while traveling between islands. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The military-ruled government and its opponents marked the 75th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San, the father of the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: Main opposition leader Sajith Premadasa withdrew from the country’s presidential election in favor of ruling party dissident Dullas Alahapperuma. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Lawmakers began debating on a final no-confidence debate targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-och’s government before its four-year term ends next year. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Albania and North Macedonia took a step forward on their long road towards European Union membership, joining Balkan neighbors Serbia and Montenegro in formal negotiations with Brussels. (AFP)
  • Armenia: The country will withdraw all troops from the Nagorno-Karabakh region by September. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: President Nicos Anastasiades tested positive for COVID-19 but has mild symptoms. (AP)
  • Denmark: Bavarian Nordic said an “undisclosed European country” ordered 1.5 million doses. (AFP)
  • Italy: The country secured additional gas supplies from Algeria on Monday as it seeks gas independence from Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Egypt: Authorities say at least 22 people were killed and 33 injured in a car crash near the southern province of Minya. (AP)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that A military strike on Syria would destabilize the region. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The chief of the armed forces held meetings with senior Moroccan defense officials in the highest-profile engagement between both countries following a normalization of ties. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The head of Qatar Airways confirmed that a provisional deal to buy 25 Boeing 737 MAX planes lapsed but added the airline could expand a separate order for larger 777x jets. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud said that there is no shortage of oil in the market, but a lack of oil refining capacity. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: A judge will weigh Twitter’s bid for a fast-tracked trial which it needs to ensure deal financing does not come unraveled. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Estelle
      • Location: 18.6 N, 114.7 W
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: W 13 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 19JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (20JUL22)

  • Event: Stimson Center discussion on the legacy of Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Event: Atlantic Council discussion on Biden’s trip to the Middle East.
  • Region: The European Commission to issue guidelines for reduction in consumption of natural gas.
  • Colombia: The country’s new Congress to take office.
  • Europe: European Commission expected to present emergency plan on energy.
  • Indonesia: Ride-hailing drivers to hold their final day of protests in Riau Islands province’s city of Batam to push for better work conditions.
  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi to address the country’s political crisis before Parliament.
  • Japan: UN global climate change conference begins. (to 21JUL)
  • Paraguay: Mercosur Meeting of Economy Ministers.
  • Peru: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights holds press conference on visit.
  • South Korea: South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin to conclude his 3-day trip to Japan.
  • South Korea: US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen in Seoul attending meetings and events.
  • Sri Lanka: Parliament to vote on a new president.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Accountability for Atrocity Crimes Committed by Russia in Ukraine.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Global Food Security Crisis And The US Response.
  • United States: Defense Secretary Austin holds Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on ‘Russia’s malign influence in Latin America and the Caribbean’.

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18JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The chief of Israel’s armed forces will visit Morocco in the highest-level public engagement between the countries.
  • AMERICAS: Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of former Trump presidential adviser Steve Bannon.
  • ASIA: South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin began a meeting in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, carrying a message of reconciliation in hopes that the neighbors can overcome historical disputes and repair strained ties.
  • EUROPE: Senior officials from about 40 countries are meeting in Germany’s capital Berlin for heart-to-heart talks on how to stay focused on fighting climate change.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian President Vladimir Putin travels Tuesday to Tehran for talks with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on the Syria conflict.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Several US semiconductor firms are deliberating whether to oppose a package of chip industry subsidies if the final language of the legislation awaiting a vote in the Senate disproportionately benefits manufacturers like Intel Corp.

Top Story

  • Sri Lanka: Acting President Wickremsinghe Declares State of Emergency.
    • Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the country had almost concluded negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a day after he declared a state of emergency in the island nation.
    • Wickremesinghe’s move to impose a state of emergency comes as protests demanding his resignation have continued in most parts of the country.
    • Nominations for the election of the new president will be heard on Tuesday, and if there is more than one candidate the lawmakers will vote on Wednesday.
    • The emergency decree invokes sections of the Public Security Ordinance that regulate public security, the preservation of public order, the suppression of mutiny, riot, or civil commotion, or for the maintenance of essential supplies.
    • Sri Lanka is seeking help from the IMF and other creditors, but top officials say its finances are so poor that a bailout has proven difficult.
    • The protesters accuse Rajapaksa of siphoning money from government coffers and hastening the country’s collapse by mismanaging the economy.
    • Reuters, AP, The Guardian, AlJazeera, AFP, Vox

Africa

  • Algeria: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is visiting Algiers to finalize deals boosting gas supplies to Italy amid growing fears that Russia will cut off gas to Europe. (AP)
  • Ghana: The health service confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus after two people who later died tested positive for the virus earlier this month. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: The chief of Israel’s armed forces will visit the country in the highest-level public engagement between the countries. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A passenger plane has crashed in the capital Mogadishu with the 30 people on board safely evacuated. (AP)
  • South Sudan: An explosion of violence is raising fears that the country’s fragile peace agreement could unravel before the transitional government wraps up early next year. (AP)

Americas   

  • Haiti: The UN Security Council voted unanimously to ban some weapon sales to the country, rocked by deadly gang violence. (BBC)
  • Honduras: Berta Cáceres’s daughter alleged that the Dutch state-run bank FMO ignored signs of embezzlement, violating anti-money laundering laws. (AlJazeera)
  • Mexico: The navy captured drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in a law enforcement coup that came at a heavy cost when a helicopter used in the mission crashed, killing 14 military personnel. (Reuters)
  • United States: Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of former Trump presidential adviser Steve Bannon. (AP)
  • United States: Police said three people were fatally shot and two were injured at an Indiana mall after a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court and an armed civilian shot and killed him. (AP)

Asia 

  • Region: South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin began a meeting in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, carrying a message of reconciliation in hopes that the neighbors can overcome historical disputes and repair strained ties. (Reuters)
  • China: Regulators promised to repay more victims of one of the country’s biggest-ever banking scandals, after hundreds of thousands of customers were left without access to funds, triggering rare mass protests. (AFP)
  • India: Lawmakers are voting for the country’s next president in an election expected to be won by Draupadi Murmu from the Bharatiya Janata Party. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Separatists in the eastern province of Papua claimed responsibility for the killing of ten people over the weekend, accusing the victims of being spies for the government in Jakarta. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Cybersecurity researchers found that activists involved in the country’s pro-democracy protests had their cell phones or other devices infected and attacked with spyware. (AP)

Europe

  • Germany: Senior officials from about 40 countries are meeting in Berlin for heart-to-heart talks on how to stay focused on fighting climate change. (AP)
  • Hungary: Anti-government demonstrators blocked one of Budapest’s main thoroughfares during morning rush-hour traffic, the latest in a series of protests against recent changes to the country’s tax code. (AP)
  • Russia: Former president Dmitry Medvedev said the refusal of Ukraine and Western powers to recognize Moscow’s control of Crimea poses a “systemic threat” and any outside attack on the region will prompt a “Judgment Day” response. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky fired the head of the SBU, and the state prosecutor general, citing dozens of cases of collaboration with Russia by officials in their agencies. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The country’s first-ever extreme heat warning took into effect as authorities prepare for record high temperatures that are already disrupting travel, health care, and schools.

Middle East

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin travels Tuesday to Tehran for talks with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on the Syria conflict. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tehran accused Washington of provoking tensions in the Middle East, a day after US President Joe Biden ended a tour to Saudi Arabia and Israel. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The country’s oil wealth is rekindling tensions between federal authorities and the autonomous Kurdish region, in a row that could compromise the lifeline industry and keep investors away. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: US President Joe Biden differed with the kingdom in their account of discussions at a bilateral summit about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Reuters)
  • Syria: An Australian teenager is believed to have died in the northeast’s al-Sinaa prison after being held for three years. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Several US semiconductor firms are deliberating whether to oppose a package of chip industry subsidies if the final language of the legislation awaiting a vote in the Senate disproportionately benefits manufacturers like Intel Corp. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Estelle
      • Location: 17.5 N, 109.8 W
      • Wind: 80 mph
      • Movement: WNW 13 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 18JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (19JUL22)

  • Asia: United States: US Treasury Secretary Yellen on Japan / Indonesia / South Korea trip.
  • Belgium: NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg meets Azerbaijan Foreign Affairs Minister Jeyhun Bayramov in Brussels.
  • Botswana: President’s Day Holiday.
  • Europe: European Court of Human Rights issues six judgments concerning Russia.
  • Germany: Petersberg Climate Dialogue continues in Berlin.
  • Indonesia: Ride-hailing drivers to begin three days of protests in Riau Islands province’s city of Batam to push for better work conditions.
  • Iran: Visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin for meetings with President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Myanmar: Martyr’s Day.
  • Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Day.
  • Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Hajj to open up registration for Umrah pilgrimage.
  • United States: Secretary of State Blinken and Commerce Secretary Raimondo attend Supply Chain Ministerial Forum.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on US economic policy response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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14JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Chad’s interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby set August 20 as a date to hold a national dialogue ahead of promised elections.
  • AMERICAS: UN Special Envoy Carlos Ruiz Massieu said there was “optimism” for the country’s incoming administration but warned of continuing violence.
  • ASIA: Sri Lanka’s parliament is expected to convene on Saturday to begin the process of selecting a new president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned and fled to Singapore in the face of mass protests over his rule.
  • EUROPE: UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s chances of becoming the next Tory leader have been boosted after she was endorsed by eliminated contender Suella Braverman.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The government of Israel approved the parameters of a deal, which the US has quietly negotiated for months, around two strategic Red Sea islands that would pave the way for Saudi Arabia to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The US Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to boost the domestic semiconductor industry and improve competitiveness with China.

Top Story

  • Middle East: US President Joe Biden met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Friday before heading to Saudi Arabia where he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Saudi King Salman and advisors, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), for the final leg of his Middle East trip.
    • The meeting with the Palestinian leader comes as Biden continues to advocate for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but stated it was not the right time to restart talks.
    • Biden repeatedly defended his decision to travel to Saudi Arabia and meet with MBS, maintaining his administration wants to lead in the region and not create a vacuum for Russia and China to fill.
    • Biden’s trip coincided with Saudi Arabia’s decision to take a small step towards normalizing relations with Israel by agreeing to allow Israeli planes to fly between the two countries,
    • CNN, NYT, Reuters, USAToday

Africa

  • Chad: Interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby set August 20 as a date to hold a national dialogue ahead of promised elections. (Reuters)
  • Gambia: A Gambian court sentenced five former members of the intelligence service to death for the murder of a political activist, Ebrima Solo Sandeng, during the rule of former dictator Yahya Jammeh. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US Embassy in Libya voiced concern over the struggle for control of Libya’s National Oil Corporation after its chairman was sacked by one of Libya’s two rival governments. (AP)
  • Togo: The army said a group of teenage civilians were killed in an airstrike on Saturday after being mistaken for jihadists. (Reuters)

Americas   

  • Brazil: State oil company Petrobras rejected two of seven government nominees to its board. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: UN Special Envoy Carlos Ruiz Massieu said there was “optimism” for the country’s incoming administration but warned of continuing violence. (AP)
  • Cuba: The Liberia-flagged Aframax cargo tanker arrived in Cuba’s Matanzas port carrying about 700,000 barrels of Russian fuel oil worth an estimated $70 million at market prices. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: At the UN Security Council, China called for an arms embargo on criminal gangs in the country. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Japan: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida blamed inadequate police protection for the death of former leader Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last Friday in Nara in western Japan. (ABC)
  • Region: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he was willing to “recalibrate” ties with Australia. (Reuters)
  • New Caledonia: President Louis Mapou said he did not want the French territory to be a “Trojan horse” for major powers in the Pacific. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Parliament is expected to convene on Saturday to begin the process of selecting a new president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned as president of the country and fled to Singapore in the face of mass protests over his rule. (BBC)

Europe

  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation was rejected by President Sergio Mattarella. (AP)
  • Russia: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen denounced Russia’s war in Ukraine in a closed-door meeting of the Group of 20 nations attended by a senior Kremlin official, according to a Treasury official. (WaPo)
  • Ukraine: Russian missile strikes on the city of Vinnytsia killed at least 23 and wounded more than 100. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s chances of becoming the next Tory leader have been boosted after she was endorsed by eliminated contender Suella Braverman. (BBC)

Middle East

  • Region: US President Joe Biden met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Friday before heading to Saudi Arabia where he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Saudi King Salman and advisors for the final leg of his Middle East trip. (CNN)
  • Iran: US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid declared on Thursday that they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power. (AP)
  • Israel: The government approved the parameters of a deal, which the US has quietly negotiated for months, around two strategic Red Sea islands that would pave the way for Saudi Arabia to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel. (Axios)
  • Saudi Arabia: The General Authority of Civil Aviation announced that the country’s airspace would now be open to all carriers, including those to and from Israel. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The US Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to boost the domestic semiconductor industry and improve competitiveness with China. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Darby
      • Location: 16.2 N, 133.5 W
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Movement: WNW 15 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 15JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16JUL22)

  • Asia: Visit by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea (to 20JUL)
  • Belarus: Visit by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants Felipe González Morales (to 20JUL)
  • France: Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Indonesia: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Bali
  • Middle East: Visit by US President Joe Biden to Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Switzerland: World Intellectual Property Association Coordination Committee session in Geneva (to 22JUL)
  • United States: World Athletics Championships in Eugene, OR (to 24JUL)

13JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: South African police arrested three people following the mysterious deaths last month of 21 young people in East London.
  • AMERICAS: Foreign Minister Carlos França said Brazil will buy as much diesel fuel as possible from Russia following a deal with Moscow.
  • ASIA: The US Navy sailed the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine said a deal to resume grain exports blocked by Russia appeared close as four-way talks kick off in Istanbul.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Joe Biden lands in the Middle East for discussions with Israeli leaders before a delicate stop in Saudi Arabia.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter sued Elon Musk to enforce his purchase of the company for $44 billion.

Top Story

  • Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees to the Maldives, Protestors Storm the Prime Minister’s Office.
    • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka and hundreds of protesters stormed the prime minister’s office demanding his ouster.
    • The Air Force confirmed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the Maldives.
    • Thousands of protesters demanding that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe step down rallied outside his office compound, and some scaled the walls, as the crowd roared its support.
    • Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency as thousands of people mobbed the prime minister’s office after the country’s president flew to the Maldives, following months of widespread protests against an economic crisis.
    • Sri Lankan lawmakers agreed to elect a new president on July 20 but have struggled to decide on the makeup of a new government to lift the bankrupt country out of economic and political collapse.
    • Rajapaksa is accused of mismanaging the economy to a point where the country has run out of foreign exchange to finance essential imports, leading to severe hardships for 22 million people.
    • Reuters, BBC, APAFP, WaPoNYT

Africa

  • DR Congo: The UN said 20 people have been killed and dozens more abducted in multiple attacks in northern Kivu Province. (BBC)
  • Ivory Coast: The country accused Mali of “unjustly” detaining 49 of its soldiers and has called for them to be released. (BBC)
  • Kenya: A plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) to build an emergency hub in the country has been thrown into jeopardy over a land ownership dispute. (BBC)
  • South Africa: Police arrested three people following the mysterious deaths last month of 21 young people in East London. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Police in Kiira region have arrested 25 people following Monday’s protests about the soaring prices of food and fuel. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Brazil: Foreign Minister Carlos França said his country will buy as much diesel fuel as possible from Russia following a deal with Moscow. (AP)
  • Canada: A Ukrainian diaspora group sued to prevent the return to Germany of a repaired turbine needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Dozens of people have died in four days of gang battles in a violent neighborhood of Port au-Prince, the latest eruption of bloodshed in a wave of increasing violence sweeping the country. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police engaged in a shootout with more than a dozen gunmen outside the capital armed with a .50 caliber sniper rifle, grenades, and a machine gun. (AP)
  • United States: Former UN ambassador and White House national security advisor John Bolton admitted on CNN to planning attempted foreign coups. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Region: The US Navy sailed the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Fiji: Two Chinese defense attaches were removed by police from a Pacific Islands Forum meeting being virtually addressed by US Vice President Kamala Harris. (The Guardian)
  • Japan: Police found what they believe are several bullet marks on a building near the site of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination last week in the country’s west. (AP)
  • Solomon Islands: Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met counterparts from Australia and New Zealand for the first time since striking a security pact with China. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Health officials are expanding booster shots to adults 50 and over as COVID-19 cases creep up again across the country. (AP)

Europe

  • France: The government suffered its first defeat in parliament after President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party lost its majority in elections last month. (AFP)
  • Germany: Deputy finance minister Joerg Kukies said his country would cease buying Russian coal on August 1 and Russian oil on December 31. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Several areas of the country were put on high alert as temperatures were set to rise in parts of western Europe suffering under a second heatwave. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The country said a deal to resume grain exports blocked by Russia appeared close as four-way talks kick off in Istanbul. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The Trade Remedies Authority proposed dropping anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel in order to meet demand. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: US President Joe Biden lands in the Middle East for discussions with Israeli leaders before a delicate stop in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
  • Region: Tehran and Riyadh are interested in holding more talks as US President Joe Biden begins his visit to the region. (Reuters)
  • Iran: New French foreign minister Catherine Colonna said there are only a few weeks to revive the JCPOA nuclear deal, while senior US officials have set no such deadline. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The country announced a new advanced technology partnership with the United States ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to the region. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Although US President Joe Biden will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, citizens expect little to come from the meeting. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter sued Elon Musk to enforce his purchase of the company for $44 billion. (BBC)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Darby
      • Location: 14.7 N, 133.9 W
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Movement: W 16 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 13JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14JUL22)

  • Event: Brookings discussion on global supply chains.
  • Event: Wilson Center conversation with US ambassador to Mexico.
  • Event: CSIS discussion on China’s security initiative.
  • Global: UN High-Level Political Forum 2022. (to 15JUL)
  • Global: I2U2 Summit between Israel, India, UAE, and USA, virtual. (to 15JUL)
  • Global: International Non-Binary People’s Day.
  • Asia: Visit by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea. (to 19JUL)
  • France: Bastille Day.
  • Germany: Visit by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said of Oman.
  • Indonesia: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting in Bali.
  • Iraq: Republic Day.
  • Middle East: Visit by US President Joe Biden to Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Saudi Arabia. (to 16JUL)
  • Montenegro: EU-Montenegro Stabilization and Association Council meeting in Podgorica.
  • Switzerland: World Intellectual Property Association Coordination Committee session in Geneva. (to 22JUL)
  • United States: First Lady Dr Jill Biden participates in a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs subcommittees joint hearing on Russia in Africa.
  • Zambia: African Union Executive Council Ordinary Session in Lusaka.

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12JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Angola’s Attorney General Helder Pitta Gros says a postmortem examination into the death of former President José Eduardo dos Santos has ruled out poisoning.
  • AMERICAS: US President Joe Biden is preparing to meet with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House to discuss immigration, trade policy, and energy.
  • ASIA: Japanese bid their final goodbye to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a family funeral was held at a temple days after his assassination shocked the nation.
  • EUROPE: Russian military equipment captured by Ukraine went on display in Prague in an exhibition organized by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to discuss Syria during a visit to Tehran next Tuesday.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Democratic US senators demanded that Meta address allegations that Facebook and Instagram are censoring information on how to legally access abortion services.

Top Story

  • Asia: China Slams Taiwan Over Vice President William Lai’s Japan Trip.
    • China filed a formal protest with Japan over the presence of the Taiwanese vice president William Lai at a memorial for assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    • The Foreign Ministry said Taiwanese authorities “latched onto the opportunity for political manipulation,” and that Beijing has “made stern complaints with Japan in Beijing and Tokyo and made clear its position.”
    • Taiwanese media reported that Lai made the trip on the orders of President Tsai Ing-wen, in what one ruling party lawmaker called a “diplomatic breakthrough”.
    • Japanese officials sought to downplay the visit, with foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi saying that Lai had attended the funeral “as a private individual”.
    • Japan does not formally recognize Taiwan, but relations between the two have warmed in recent years with Tokyo donating several batches of Covid vaccines to the island and becoming more outspoken about China’s influence in the region.
    • AP, Reuters, AFP, Taipei Times, Bloomberg

Africa

  • Angola: Attorney General Helder Pitta Gros says a postmortem examination into the death of former President José Eduardo dos Santos has ruled out poisoning. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: The country officially became the seventh member of the East Africa Community (EAC) after depositing the instruments of ratification to the bloc’s headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. (BBC)
  • Mali: Authorities arrested 49 soldiers from the Ivory Coast working for a contracting company of the UN mission in the country. (AP)
  • Somalia: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited members of the army receiving naval training in Eritrea. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: President Kais Saied has warned against interference with the referendum later this month on a controversial new constitution. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Region: US President Joe Biden is preparing to meet with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House to discuss immigration, trade policy, and energy. (AP)
  • Cuba: Activists decried a pre-emptive lockdown by authorities ahead of the one-year anniversary of unprecedented anti-government protests. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Moody’s revised its rating of state oil company Pemex from “negative” to “stable.” (Reuters)
  • United States: The government extended temporary legal protection for Venezuelan migrants for an additional 18 months. (AP)
  • United States: The House committee probing the 2021 assault on the Capitol will examine connections between associates of former president Donald Trump and far right-wing extremist groups at its seventh hearing. (AFP)

Asia 

  • Region: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on China to comply with a 2016 arbitration ruling that invalidated its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Australia: Foreign Minister Penny Wong is urging Pacific island neighbors to unite on their shared challenges of US-China strategic competition, climate change and COVID-19. (AP)
  • Japan: Citizens bid their final goodbye to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a family funeral was held at a temple days after his assassination shocked the nation. (AP)
  • New Zealand: The country reported its second confirmed case of monkeypox, but said it was not locally transmitted. (The Guardian)
  • South Korea: New COVID-19 cases rose to a two-month high of over 37,000. (Yonhap)

Europe

  • Czech Republic: Russian military equipment captured by Ukraine went on display in Prague in an exhibition organized by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. (BBC)
  • France: The sole surviving member of an Islamic State group cell that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015 has not appealed his whole-life sentence. (AFP)
  • Sweden: The killing of a woman at an annual political event earlier this month is now being investigated as an act of terror. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Russian strikes on Kharkiv killed at least three and injured at least 31. (WaPo)
  • United Kingdom: The Labor Party will put forward a motion for a no confidence vote in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, with the vote expected to take place on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to discuss Syria during a visit to Tehran next Tuesday. (Reuters)
  • Region: US President Joe Biden will participate in a four-way virtual summit with the leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and India during his Middle East trip this week. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The United States alleged that Tehran is preparing to send hundreds of unmanned aircraft, including weaponized drones, to Russia for use in Ukraine. (WaPo)
  • Saudi Arabia: Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has emerged unbowed from the international outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi four years ago. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Special Envoy Hans Grundberg said he would seek an extension and expansion of the truce between the country’s warring parties. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Democratic US senators demanded that Meta address allegations that Facebook and Instagram are censoring information on how to legally access abortion services. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Darby
      • Location: 14.7 N, 128.1 W
      • Wind: 140 mph
      • Movement: WNW 17 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 12JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13JUL22)

  • Event: Brookings discussion on the state of the global economy.
  • Global: Supermoon.
  • Global: UN High-Level Political Forum 2022. (to 15JUL)
  • Global: I2U2 Summit between Israel, India, UAE, and USA, virtual. (to 15JUL)
  • Global: UN Foundation gender equality summit, virtual.
  • Africa: African Ministerial Conference on the Environment session, virtual.
  • Asia: Visit by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea. (to 19JUL)
  • Ecuador: Government and Indigenous leaders to launch 90-day dialogue.
  • Europe: Meeting between NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Brussels.
  • Indonesia: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting in Bali. (to 14JUL)
  • Middle East: Visit by US President Joe Biden to Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Saudi Arabia (to 16JUL)
  • Montenegro: Statehood Day.
  • Sri Lanka: Resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to enter into effect.
  • United Kingdom: House of Lords hearing on defense commitments with US former lieutenant general Ben Hodges.
  • United States: House Committee on Foreign Affairs closed members briefing on ‘Russian Influence in Africa’.

END

11JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA:  A Barcelona court authorized an autopsy on former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santo who died in the city on Friday after his family alleged a conspiracy to kill him.
  • AMERICAS: US President Joe Biden will meet his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday to discuss ways to stem migrant crossings as arrests at the border reached their highest levels in over a decade.
  • ASIA: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the entire cabinet will resign to make way for a unity government after tens of thousands of protesters stormed the presidential palace.
  • EUROPE: British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss entered the race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A UN Security Council mandate for aid deliveries to 4 million people in Syria from Turkey expired as diplomats struggled to find a deal with Russia.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Elon Musk mocked Twitter’s threat to sue him following his move to abandon the $44 billion takeover deal.

Top Story

  • Japan: The Liberal Democratic Party Scores a Major Victory in Upper House Elections in the Wake of the Assassination of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    • The conservative coalition government increased its majority in the upper house of parliament two days after the assassination of Shinzo Abe.
    • The Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito raised their combined share in the 248-seat chamber to 146 in the elections for half of the seats in the less powerful upper house.
    • Voter turnout hit 52.05%, higher than the 2019 Upper House election figure of 48.8%, but the fourth lowest on record.
    • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for party unity and political stability to achieve Shinzo Abe’s unfinished goals of strengthening the military and revising the war-renouncing constitution.
    • The LDP ran on a platform focused on raising the nation’s defense capabilities and improving its long-term economic outlook, with the two main pillars of its party platform being “Protecting Japan” and “Constructing the Future.”
    • After nine months in office and having faced both the omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout from the war in Ukraine, Sunday’s victory is likely to mark a new beginning for Kishida’s administration.
    • Reuters, Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei, AP, NYT, Japan Times

Africa

  • Angola: A Barcelona court authorized an autopsy on former President José Eduardo dos Santo who died in the city on Friday after his family alleged a conspiracy to kill him. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Christian organizations in Nigeria have pledged to vote against the All-Progressives Congress (APC) party after its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu named Senator Kashim Shetima as his running mate. (BBC)
  • South Africa: There is growing pressure on authorities to find those responsible for the killing of 15 people in a bar in Soweto over the weekend. (BBC)
  • Togo: Seven children are reported to have been killed by an improvised bomb explosion in Savanes region. (BBC)
  • Zambia: The ministry of finance said it is canceling more than $2 billion worth of projects financed by commercial loans to reduce the risk of accumulating more non-concessional debt. (Reuters)

Americas   

  • Region: US President Joe Biden will meet his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday to discuss ways to stem migrant crossings as arrests at the border reached their highest levels in over a decade. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: A local official from the Workers’ Party (PT) Marcelo Arruda was shot dead on Saturday by a federal prison guard shouting support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. (Reuters)
  • Chile: A tumbling currency and high inflation are testing the Andean copper giant’s economic and financial systems, complicating President Gabriel Boric’s plans to push through a tax reform bill to fund ambitious social programs. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The Roman Catholic Church began a special round of prayers for peace after two Jesuit priests and a tour guide were killed on June 20. (AP)
  • United States: Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon has agreed to testify in the Capitol riot hearings, days before he was to face trial for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the attack on Congress. (AFP)

Asia 

  • China: Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Southeast Asian nations to avoid becoming “chess pieces” as he revealed proposing a set of “rules” to promote positive interactions between Beijing and Washington at a recent meeting. (AFP)
  • Kiribati: The island quit the premier bloc of Pacific island nations, fracturing the group just as its leaders launch a summit to grapple with climate change and US-China tensions. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the entire cabinet will resign to make way for a unity government after tens of thousands of protesters stormed the presidential palace. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: President Yoon Suk-yeol will suspend media briefings citing rising numbers of COVID-19 infections as a survey showed a fall in his approval ratings. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Vice President William Lai became the island’s most senior official to visit Japan in five decades as he made a private trip to Tokyo to pay his respects to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The EU’s health and medicine agencies are recommending a second booster shot of a Covid vaccine for people over 60 years old, as infections rise again. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: Thousands of people converged on Srebrenica to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the Holocaust and attend the funeral of 50 recently identified victims. (AP)
  • Russia: The lower house of parliament will gather on July 15 for an extraordinary session days after President Vladimir Putin warned that he had not started to get serious about the war in Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Spain: A Red Cross spokesman said three people were gored and three others suffered bruises in a tense fifth bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Liz Truss entered the race to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: The Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) reported a monthly inflation rate of 12.2% and a point-to-point rate of 52.5% for the Iranian month ending June 21. (Al-Monitor)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office will investigate reports of a mass grave containing the bodies of Egyptian commandos who were killed during the 1967 war. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The Saudi National Assembly Party said that founding member Manea Al-Yami was killed in “complicated circumstances” in the capital Beirut. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: US President Joe Biden is now readying to meet the kingdom’s leaders on a delicate visit to the Middle East this week. (Al-Monitor)
  • Syria: A UN Security Council mandate for aid deliveries to 4 million people in the country from Turkey expired as diplomats struggled to find a deal with Russia. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Elon Musk mocked Twitter’s threat to sue him following his move to abandon the $44 billion takeover deal. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Darby
      • Location: 14.5 N, 122.2 W
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Movement: WNW 16 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 11JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12JUL22)

  • Event: CAP discussion on Japan’s Upper House Elections.
  • Event: UN Foundation gender equality summit (virtual). (to 13JUL)
  • Global: Eid al-Adha.
  • Global: United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) holds a session to review the records of Botswana, Nicaragua, the State of Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Asia: U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen begins a weeklong visit to Bali (for the G-20), Tokyo and Seoul, during which she will push for price caps on Russian oil. (to 19JUL)
  • Australia: NASA “Deuce” suborbital launch.
  • Belgium: ECOFIN meeting of EU finance ministers.
  • Europe: Court hearing for migrants apprehended in Melilla border crossing storming.
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob, followed by a joint press conference.
  • Iran: Demonstrations planned by activists for several cities focused on women’s rights.
  • Ireland: Sinn Fein tables a motion of no-confidence in the government after losing its formal majority in parliament.
  • Japan: Funeral for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Kiribati: National Day.
  • Mongolia: Naadam Day.
  • São Tomé and Príncipe: Independence Day.
  • Saudi Arabia: Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. (to 12JUL)
  • United Kingdom: Libya’s disputed PM Fathi Bashaga questioned by MPs in London.
  • United States: Visit by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • United States: Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol holds hearing.
  • United States: Brazilian Army Chief Gen. Marco Antonio Freire Gomes lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Sahel.

END

07JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: M23 rebels said talks between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi will not stop the fighting in the east.
  • AMERICAS: The Biden administration said it will spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade airports across the United States.
  • ASIA: Two drug traffickers have been hanged in Singapore, bringing the number of executions this year in the city-state to four.
  • EUROPE: The first bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermín festival in three years took place after previous events were canceled due to the pandemic.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United Nations Security Council will vote on extending its authorization of aid transfers across Syria without approval from Damascus, with Russia seeking a six-month prolongation while Western nations want a full year.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Court documents show that Elon Musk fathered two children in 2021 with Shivon Zilis, an executive at Musk’s company Neuralink

Top Story

  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson Resigns. 
    • Boris Johnson will resign as British Prime Minister paving the way for a successor to replace him after dozens of his ministers quit the government.
    • Johnson intends to stay in Downing Street until a new Tory leader has been elected to replace him in October.
    • However, some Tory MPs are urging him to leave as soon as possible to avoid government paralysis.
    • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister’s resignation was “good news for the country” but “should have happened long ago”.
    • The endless stream of scandals beginning last fall compounded by the Johnson government’s inconsistent explanations saw him ousted in disgrace in less than three years.
    • The resignation followed a dramatic 48 hours which saw dozens of ministers including chancellor Rishi Sunak and health minister Sajid Javid resigning in protest of his leadership.
    • AFP, WSJ, BBC, AlJazeera, Axios, NYT

Africa

  • DR Congo: M23 rebels said talks between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his counterpart Félix Tshisekedi will not stop the fighting in the east. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says his government is “deeply sorry” that it could not protect civilians killed in recent attacks. (BBC)
  • Kenya: A court froze bank accounts run by a Nigerian online payments’ company amid allegations they are linked to fraud and money-laundering. (BBC)
  • Mozambique: President Filipe Nyusi and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone conversation to discuss the situation in Ukraine. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The Islamic State claimed an attack on a prison near Abuja where nearly 900 inmates were freed. (UPI)

Americas   

  • Argentina: 19 former military officers were sentenced for crimes against humanity committed during the country’s “Dirty War” from 1976-83. (BBC)
  • Brazil: Elections chief Edson Fachin warned that his country could face unrest even more serious than the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. (Reuters)
  • Dominican Republic: Health minister Daniel Rivera announced the country’s first confirmed case of monkeypox in a man recently arrived from the United States. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: A year has passed since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his private home in Port au-Prince. (AP)
  • United States: The Biden administration said it will spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade airports around the country. (AP)

Asia 

  • Australia: The new government dropped the prosecution of a lawyer over his attempt to help East Timor prove that the country spied on the then-fledgling nation’s government in 2004 during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations. (AP)
  • China: Macau shut down the popular One Central shopping mall in an attempt to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong: The city is shelving a COVID-19 measure that has resulted in dozens of canceled flights in recent months and thwarted travel plans for thousands. (AP)
  • Singapore: Two drug traffickers have been hanged, bringing the number of executions this year in the city-state to four. (AP)
  • South Korea: The country’s new cases of COVID-19 remained above 18,000 for the third straight day. (Yonhap)

Europe 

  • Greece: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised pension increases for the first time in more than a decade next year after three international bailouts. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Nearly 60 defendants went on trial in Genoa accused of manslaughter and undermining transport safety over the collapse of a bridge in the Italian city that killed 43 people four years ago. (AFP)
  • Russia: The defense ministry said a warplane killed an unspecified number of Ukrainian troops on Snake Island in the Black Sea. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The first bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermín festival in three years took place after previous events were canceled due to the pandemic. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The foreign ministry will summon Turkey’s ambassador to seek clarification a day after a Russian-flagged cargo ship suspected of carrying stolen grain left the Turkish port of Karasu. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Israel and Turkey will expand bilateral airline traffic under a new aviation deal, their first since 1951. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The United Kingdom denied state media reports that one of their diplomats had been arrested in Tehran. (WaPo)
  • Saudi Arabia: Thousands of hajj pilgrims began streaming out of Mecca attracting huge crowds despite the continuing pandemic and unforgiving heat. (Al-Monitor)
  • Syria: The United Nations Security Council will vote on extending its authorization of aid transfers across the country without approval from Damascus, with Russia seeking a six-month prolongation while Western nations want a full year. (Al-Monitor)
  • Yemen: A delegation will visit India next week in a bid to secure wheat for the war-ravaged country where strategic food stockpiles are running out. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Court documents show that Elon Musk fathered two children in 2021 with Shivon Zilis, an executive at Musk’s company Neuralink. (The Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Bonnie
      • Location: 17.1 N, 112,5 W
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Movement: WNW 14 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 07JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08JUL22)

  • Event: Atlantic Council hosts discussion on China’s role in Russian energy.
  • Belgium: OECD Global Forum on Productivity Annual Conference in Brussels.
  • China: National Health Commission reportedly holds press conference on COVID-19.
  • France: Aix-en-Provence Economic Forum. (to 10JUL)
  • Indonesia: G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali.
  • Saudi Arabia: Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. (to 12JUL)
  • Switzerland: Verdict expected in corruption trial of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini.
  • United States: President Biden visits CIA headquarters.
  • United States: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visit to Long Island, New York.

END

06JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Uganda’s cabinet approved the adoption of Swahili as an official language.
  • AMERICAS: Canada will throw out 13.6m doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because it could not find any takers for it either at home or abroad.
  • ASIA: Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss disputes in the South China Sea as he wades into foreign policy dilemmas that include the US-China rivalry in the region.
  • EUROPE: Rocco Morabito, one of Italy’s most sought-after fugitives, has been extradited from Brazil.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Tehran is “still looking” for four Iranian nationals with diplomatic status who disappeared during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Leaders of the US Senate Intelligence Committee called for an investigation into whether Chinese officials are getting access to data about US users of video-snippet sharing sensation TikTok.

Top Story

  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson Vows to Stay in Office After Key Ministers Quit.
    • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is battling to stay in power after his government was rocked by the resignation of two top ministers.
    • Months of discontent over Johnson’s judgment and ethics within the Conservative Party erupted with the resignations of Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday evening.
    • Both said they could no longer tolerate the culture of scandal that has stalked Johnson for months, including lockdown lawbreaking in Downing Street that enraged the public who followed the rules.
    • In his resignation letter, Sunak said “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. … I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
    • Javid said the conservative party needed “humility, grip and a new direction” but “it is clear this situation will not change under your leadership.”
    • Johnson’s opponents in the party hope more Cabinet ministers will follow Sunak and Javid, but other top officials including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel are staying put.
    • Reuters, AP, AFP, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC

Africa

  • Niger: Suspected jihadists killed six soldiers and wounded 14 others in an attack on a military post near the border with Chad. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen used explosives to blast into a prison on the outskirts of Abuja freeing hundreds of inmates, but prison authorities said they had recaptured most of those who escaped. (AFP)
  • South Africa: More than a thousand grieving family and community members are attending the funeral in East London for 21 teenagers who died at a nightclub nearly two weeks ago. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The country’s financial auditor ordered a freeze on the bank accounts and financial assets of 10 people, including two senior officials. (BBC)
  • Uganda: The country’s cabinet approved the adoption of Swahili as an official language. (BBC)

Americas   

  • Argentina: Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is gaining power behind the scenes after a government shakeup, redrawing battle lines within a weakened ruling Peronist coalition ahead of elections next year. (Reuters)
  • Canada: The government will throw out 13.6m doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because it could not find any takers for it either at home or abroad. (The Guardian)
  • Ecuador: President Guillermo Lasso appointed Pablo Arosemena, the governor of Guayas province, as the new minister of economy and finances. (Reuters).
  • Mexico: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador submitted a bill to end daylight saving time, putting an end to the practice of changing clocks twice a year. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Investigators have launched inquiries into the murder of an Indigenous leader, who was killed on June 30 in the country’s southern Amazonas state. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Australia: Floodwaters have inundated or are threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney. (AP)
  • China: Residents in parts of Shanghai and Beijing have been ordered to undergo further rounds of Covid-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in the two cities. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss disputes in the South China Sea as he wades into foreign policy dilemmas that include the US-China rivalry in the region. (AP)
  • South Korea: President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the military to “promptly and sternly” retaliate in case of any North Korean provocation amid concerns the North could conduct its first nuclear test in five years. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting Hanoi as part of an effort to bolster ties with a country that has not openly condemned the war in Ukraine. (AP)

Europe 

  • France: Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne will lay out the government’s policy priorities in her first speech in front of what promises to be an angry parliament. (AFP)
  • Italy: Rocco Morabito, one of the country’s most sought-after fugitives, has been extradited from Brazil. (AP)
  • North Macedonia: Two police officers were seriously injured after a group of mostly young people threw stones, metal bars, eggs, and Molotov cocktails at the parliament building in Skopje. (AP)
  • Russia: Former president Dmitry Medvedev invoked the possibility of nuclear war if the International Criminal Court (ICC) moves to punish Moscow for alleged crimes in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old student with two counts of murder after the March killing of two teachers at the Malmo Latin School. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: Iran sought a strong and lasting nuclear agreement with world powers following talks with Qatar on easing stalled efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Tehran is “still looking” for four nationals with diplomatic status who disappeared during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military shot and killed a Palestinian man during an arrest raid near the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Mahmud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met publicly for the first time in over five years, on the sidelines of Algerian independence anniversary celebrations. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Muslim pilgrims are converging on the holy city of Mecca for the largest hajj since the coronavirus pandemic. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Leaders of the US Senate Intelligence Committee called for an investigation into whether Chinese officials are getting access to data about US users of video-snippet sharing sensation TikTok. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Bonnie
      • Location: 15.9 N, 108,3 W
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Movement: WNW 14 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 06JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07JUL22)

  • Event: CSIS discussion on President Biden’s upcoming trip to the Middle East.
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on ‘The Role of Belarus in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict’.
  • Event: Brookings discussion ‘Why foreign talent is critical to national security’.
  • Global: Next STEP Global Conference in London.
  • Global: Eid al Adha.
  • Belgium: OECD Global Forum on Productivity Annual Conference. (to 08JUL)
  • Ecuador: The government may lift force majeure on exports of Oriente crude oil from state-owned energy company Petroecuador.
  • Europe: European Parliament to vote on the European Commission’s plan to include certain nuclear and natural gas activities in European Union’s green investment guidelines.
  • Indonesia: G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting. (to 08JUL)
  • Japan: The government will freeze assets of the Russian Agricultural Bank and Credit Bank of Moscow in line with sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Saudi Arabia: Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. (to 12JUL)
  • Solomon Islands: Independence Day.
  • Tanzania: Saba Saba Day.
  • United States: President Biden awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 recipients.

END

05JUL22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries.
  • AMERICAS: Chile’s constitutional assembly handed over the final text of a proposed new constitution to President Gabriel Boric finalizing a year-long process.
  • ASIA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will fly to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for a two-day visit before heading to a G20 meeting later this week in Indonesia.
  • EUROPE: Officers in Belgium, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany launched a cross-border operation against people smuggling and made several arrests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Caretaker Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid departed for a day-long visit to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was likely to have been killed by gunfire from Israeli positions, but it was probably unintentional.

Top Story

  • Europe: Finland, Sweden Sign to Join NATO but need Ratification.
    • NATO’s 30 allies signed an accession protocol for Finland and Sweden allowing them to join the alliance once parliaments ratify the decision, the most significant expansion of the alliance since the 1990s.
    • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hailed the move as a “historic moment for Finland, for Sweden and for NATO.”
    • The protocol allows Helsinki and Stockholm to participate in NATO meetings and have access to intelligence but will not be protected by the NATO defense clause that an attack on one ally is an attack against all until ratification.
    • Despite the agreement in the alliance, parliamentary approval in member state Turkey could still pose problems for their final inclusion as members.
    • Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on Twitter, “Thank you for your support! Now the process of ratification by each of the allies begins.”
    • Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO will mark one of the biggest shifts in European security in decades and further increase Russia’s strategic isolation in the wake of its invasion of neighboring Ukraine in February.
    • Reuters, AP, AFP, Bloomberg, AlJazeera, TIME

Africa

  • Region: Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries. (AP)
  • Algeria: The country is celebrating 60 years of independence from France with nationwide ceremonies, a pardon of 14,000 prisoners, and its first military parade in years. (AP)
  • DR Congo: A Ugandan private deployed in the country “inadvertently” shot two soldiers in a friendly-fire incident in the eastern city of Beni. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: A fresh round of attacks against the Amhara community in the west resulted in what Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called a “massacre”. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: President Kais Saied said his proposed constitution would not restore authoritarian rule, hitting back at criticism from across the political spectrum and urging people to support it in this month’s referendum. (Reuters)

Americas   

  • Argentina: New economy minister Silvina Batakis was sworn in and quickly moved to calm markets that slid after the shock resignation of her predecessor on fears his exit would spark a shift towards more populist policies and state spending. (Reuters)
  • Chile: The constitutional assembly handed over the final text of a proposed new constitution to President Gabriel Boric finalizing a year-long process. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Health Minister Ximena Garzon resigned from the government of President Guillermo Lasso, following earlier news that Economy Minister Simon Cueva would also leave the administration. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Hurricane Bonnie strengthened while moving off the Pacific coast after crossing over Central America from the Caribbean and dropping heavy rain and contributing to two deaths. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: Police took control of five municipalities run by a party opposed to President Daniel Ortega in recent days, dismissing elected leaders and installing ruling party sympathizers in their place. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • Australia: Authorities instructed about 50,000 people to evacuate and another 28,000 to prepare to escape the rising waters in New South Wales. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: New leader John Lee will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. (AP)
  • North Korea: Pyongang released water from a dam near its border with South Korea, prompting vacationers in the neighboring country to evacuate over rising water levels on the Imjin River. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The Economy Ministry said it was cautious but “not pessimistic” about the island’s economic prospects in the second half of the year, pointing to strong exports. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will fly to Hanoi for a two-day visit before heading to a G20 meeting later this week in Indonesia. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • Region: Officers in Belgium, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany launched a cross-border operation against people smuggling and made several arrests. (AFP)
  • Denmark: Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen received an official reprimand from parliament but avoided impeachment over the government’s decision to cull all mink in the country two years ago. (Reuters)
  • France: The country repatriated 35 children and 16 mothers from camps in Syria holding family members of suspected Islamic State fighters in the largest such operation by Paris after pressure from campaigners. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Leaders from dozens of countries are meeting in Lugano to adopt a declaration spelling out the principles and priorities of rebuilding Ukraine, estimated to cost at least $750 billion. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Sergei Yeliseyev from Russia’s FSB security services took over the government of Kherson region. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Israel: Caretaker prime minister Yair Lapid departed for a day-long visit to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. (AP)
  • Qatar: Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met with the chief executive of Shell Ben Van Beurden in Doha. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: US President Joe Biden turns his attention this month to a sensitive trip to the Middle East that will test his ability to reset relations with crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Mark Cutts, a UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator, said the closure of the last aid corridor from Turkey into the northwest rebel-held areas would spell “catastrophe” for millions of people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Medical officials said an explosion at an arms depot killed three people and wounded 18 in the southern province of Abyan. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was likely to have been killed by gunfire from Israeli positions, but it was probably unintentional. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Bonnie
      • Location: 15.1 N, 103,2 W
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Movement: WNW 17 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 05JUL22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (06JUL22)

  • Event: Wilson Center hosts discussion on Brazil’s Presidential Elections.
  • Global: The State of Food Security and Nutrition report launched.
  • Global: Eid al Adha.
  • Comoros: National Day.
  • Czech Republic: Jan Hus Day.
  • Germany: Governing Council of European Central Bank to hold non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt.
  • Kazakhstan: Capital City Day.
  • Lithuania: Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas.
  • Malawi: Independence Day.
  • United States: President Biden discusses economic agenda in Cleveland.

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30JUN22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Sudanese security forces were heavily deployed and internet services cut in Khartoum ahead of pro-democracy protests.
  • AMERICAS: A new state of emergency was called as indigenous protesters marched on Quito to call for a return to negotiations with the Ecuadorian government.
  • ASIA: Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong ahead of the 25th anniversary of the British handover and after a two-year transformation bringing the city more tightly under Communist Party control.
  • EUROPE: Hundreds of Ukrainian troops have completed military training in Salisbury, including on rocket systems the British government is supplying to Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Indirect talks between Iran and the US in Doha on reviving the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal concluded with no progress.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Google is facing action from a coalition of ten European consumer organizations over the company’s account sign-up process.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: Russian Forces Withdraw from Snake Island.
    • Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine’s Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea.
    • The Ukrainian military’s commander in chief Valeriy Zaluzhny “thanked the defenders of Odessa who took maximum measures to liberate a strategically important part of our territory.”
    • Moscow says its withdrawal is a “goodwill gesture” meant to help facilitate grain exports from Ukraine.
    • Ukrainian forces, which have been attacking Russian positions with air strikes, are celebrating a major victory.
    • Ukraine’s southern military command wrote on Facebook that Russian forces had evacuated in two boats following an operation involving missile and artillery units.
    • Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of blockading Ukrainian ports to prevent exports of grain, contributing to the global food crisis.
    • Reuters, AFP, BBC, NYT, The Guardian, AP

Africa

  • Region: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said his country is willing to unconditionally resume grain exports to Africa and other parts of the world should Russia end the naval blockade in the Black Sea. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: An official burial ceremony took place for the tooth of the independence leader Patrice Lumumba in Kinshasa. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission called for the immediate release of some 8,500 Tigrayans it says are being illegally detained. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government vowed to defy a UN Security Council call to allow the freedom of movement for peacekeepers to investigate human rights abuses in the country. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Security forces were heavily deployed and internet services cut in Khartoum ahead of pro-democracy protests. (Reuters)

Americas  

  • Brazil: A court ruled that President Jair Bolsonaro must pay damages of 35,000 reals to journalist Patricia Campos Mello for making sexist remarks. (CNN)
  • Ecuador: A new state of emergency was called as indigenous protesters marched on Quito to call for a return to negotiations with the government. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The government closed an additional 101 civic and charity groups, including the local branch of the Missionaries of Charity established by Mother Teresa. (AP)
  • United States: The suspected driver of a truck packed with dozens of migrants who died during a smuggling attempt in Texas and an accused conspirator were charged in federal court with human trafficking offenses. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The Cardon refinery, the country’s second-largest, has reportedly suspended gasoline production. (Reuters)

Asia 

  • China: President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong ahead of the 25th anniversary of the British handover and after a two-year transformation bringing the city more tightly under Communist Party control. (AP)
  • New Zealand: The government declared the far-right US extremist group Proud Boys a terrorist organization. (AP)
  • North Korea: State media reported that new suspected COVID-19 cases in the country have dropped below 5,000. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr praised his father’s rule after being sworn in as the country’s new leader. (AFP)
  • South Korea: President Yoon Suk-yeol warned of the threat to universal values at a time of new conflict and competition, a reference to Russia’s war in Ukraine and China’s engagement with Russia. (Reuters)

Europe 

  • France: The government’s top scientific adviser Jean-Francois Delfraissy said a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by emerging variants of the disease should peak towards end-July. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Deputy Security Council Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said that in certain circumstances, sanctions against Moscow may be seen as an act of aggression and a justification for war. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The country will urge NATO allies to consider a bigger role for the alliance in North Africa and the Sahel at a summit in Madrid with the foreign minister saying an intervention in Mali should not be ruled out. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Russian air strikes on a Mariupol theater sheltering civilians constitute a “clear war crime,” according to Amnesty International. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: Hundreds of Ukrainian troops have completed military training in Salisbury, including on rocket systems the government is supplying to Ukraine. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: OPEC+ enters a final day of meetings with sources saying the group is unlikely to decide imminently to pump more barrels to the market beyond August. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban rulers held the first major gathering of Islamic clerics and tribal elders since they seized power in August, with over 3,000 coming to the capital for the event. (AP)
  • Iran: Indirect talks with the United States in Doha on reviving the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal concluded with no progress. (AFP)
  • Israel: Parliament voted to dissolve itself, sending the country to the polls for the fifth time in less than four years. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The kingdom may raise prices of light crude grades to Asia for the second straight month in August on the back of record distillate margins and strong spot premiums for Middle Eastern oil this month. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Google is facing action from a coalition of ten European consumer organizations over the company’s account sign-up process. (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 30JUN22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (01JUL22)

  • Global: UN Security Council monthly presidency rotates from Albania to Brazil.
  • Global: Financial Action Task Force two-year presidency rotates from Germany to Singapore.
  • Africa: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Malawi and Zambia. (to 03JUL)
  • Botswana: Sir Seretse Khama Day.
  • Burundi: Independence Day.
  • Canada: Canada Day.
  • China: Chinese Communist Party Founding Day.
  • Denmark: Country to formally join EU common defense and security policy.
  • Europe: EU six-month presidency rotates from France to Czech Republic.
  • Ghana: Republic Day.
  • Hong Kong: Visit by Xi Jinping on 25th anniversary of enclave’s return to China, protests expected.
  • Rwanda: Independence Day.
  • Somalia: Independence Day.
  • South Africa: African National Congress party five-year policy conference in Johannesburg.
  • Suriname: Emancipation Day.
  • Thailand: Business activities in all provinces to return to normal; country to drop mask mandate.
  • Ukraine: Visa regime for Russian passport holders to enter into force.
  • United Kingdom: Deadline for Julian Assange to appeal extradition to the United States.

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