14APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan government confirmed the deportation of Rubis Energy Kenya CEO Jean-Christian Bergeron amid a fuel shortage crisis.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Ivan Duque said there is evidence which seriously implicates the former soldiers being held in Haiti for the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
  • ASIA: China refused to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, treading a diplomatic tightrope between backing its close ally and maintaining ties with the West by avoiding outright violations of sanctions placed on Russia.
  • EUROPE: French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen rebuffed criticism by her rival Emmanuel Macron accusing her of retaining her “authoritarian” and extremist views.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia invited Iran to negotiate on the border of an energy-rich offshore gas field.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: US officials announced the discovery of a new malware capable of attacking industrial facilities and sabotaging the energy industry.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: Russian Navy Evacuates Flagship, Ukraine Claims it was Hit by a Missile.
    • The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet Moskva was seriously damaged, and its crew evacuated following an explosion on board that Ukraine said was caused by a missile strike.
    • The Russian Defense Ministry said its Black Sea flagship Moskva is still afloat after a fire set off ammunition explosions onboard.
    • The governor of Odessa Maxim Marchenko said that Ukrainian forces hit the Moskva with Neptune missile strikes, but this has not yet been confirmed.
    • Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Oleksiy Arestovych claimed that 510 Russian crew members were on board the ship during a television interview.
    • Analysts said the damage done to the ship will not only materially impact Russia’s naval capabilities, but will also affect Russian morale, while boosting Ukraine’s.
    • The Ukrainians claimed that a missile attack sank the Moskva ship while the Kremlin said that it suffered significant damage from a fire.
    • Reuters, AFP, VOA, CNBC, BBC, WaPo

Africa

  • Ghana: At least eight people have been killed and a number of others injured after gunmen attacked Zacholi village in the northeast. (BBC)
  • Kenya: The government confirmed the deportation of Rubis Energy Kenya CEO Jean-Christian Bergeron amid a fuel shortage crisis. (BBC)
  • Mauritania: The government reported that two of its nationals were killed in an airstrike, attributed to Morocco, on the border with the disputed territory of Western Sahara. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a migration partnership with the country, prompting speculation that the deal will include sending migrants to Africa for processing. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Newly elected members of parliament are set to be sworn in following parliamentary elections that took months. (BBC)

Americas 

  • Argentina: The government said the country’s monthly inflation rate soared to 6.7% in March, the highest level in two decades. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed recent reports of the military’s purchase of Viagra, which drew both jokes and scrutiny from opposition lawmakers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Ivan Duque said there is evidence which seriously implicates the former soldiers being held in Haiti for the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. (AP)
  • Honduras: Officials stated that the capital of Tegucigalpa is facing an emergency shortage of potable water. (EFE)
  • United States: The State Department defended President Joe Biden’s claim that Russia is carrying out genocide in Ukraine. (AFP)

Asia

  • Australia: Police said four South Korean women died after their car collided with a truck only weeks after they arrived in the country on a working vacation. (AP)
  • China: Beijing refused to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, treading a diplomatic tightrope between backing its close ally and maintaining ties with the West by avoiding outright violations of sanctions placed on Russia. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: The city will ease some social distancing measures later this month, allowing people to dine in at restaurants and lifting restrictions on private gatherings, as the number of COVID-19 infections declines. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Satellite images show widespread torching of villages in the central Sagaing region, confirming local media reports of the military’s campaign against armed opposition in the region. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The death toll from landslides and floods in the aftermath of tropical storm Megi rose to 80. (AFP)

Europe

  • France: Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen rebuffed criticism by her rival Emmanuel Macron accusing her of retaining her “authoritarian” and extremist views. (Reuters)
  • Ireland: Foreign Minister Simon Coveney will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba and defense minister Oleksii Reznikov. (AFP)
  • Russia: Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned NATO that if Sweden and Finland joined the US-led military alliance then Russia would have to bolster its defenses in the region. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) found “clear patterns” of human rights violations by Russian forces which may constitute war crimes. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the navy would take over patrolling the Channel for migrants trying to cross from France. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia invited Iran to negotiate on the border of an energy-rich offshore gas field. (Reuters)
  • Region: Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Brad Cooper said that Task Force 153 will patrol the waterway between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait to the waters off the Yemen-Oman border. (Al-Monitor)
  • Iran: The country is starting to operate a new workshop at Natanz that will make parts for uranium-enrichment centrifuges with machines moved there from its now-closed Karaj facility. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Health Ministry said Israeli troops have shot and killed two people in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Yemen: The UN Security Council welcomed the peaceful transfer of power in Yemen from the president to a newly formed Presidential Leadership Council (PLC). (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: US officials announced the discovery of a new malware capable of attacking industrial facilities and sabotaging the energy industry. (WaPo)

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 14APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15APR22) 

  • Global: Universal Day of Culture.
  • Global: World Art Day.
  • North Korea: Day of the Sun / birthday of Kim Il Sung.
  • Western Christianity: Good Friday.
  • Vietnam: Government to begin issuing digital vaccine passports.

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13APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Algeria has accused Morocco of killing three people in an attack in the disputed region of Western Sahara.
  • AMERICAS: US President Joe Biden accused Russia of committing “genocide” in Ukraine, the first time his administration has referred to the conflict in such language.
  • ASIA: US and Japanese warships are conducting a joint naval exercise in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin called peace talks with Ukraine a “dead end” but said the operation’s goal was limited to the Donbas region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran’s future should not be tied to the success or collapse of nuclear talks with world powers, adding that the negotiations to revive a 2015 nuclear deal “are progressing well.”
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Elon Musk was sued by former Twitter shareholders alleging he violated federal law by waiting too long to disclose his purchase of a 9.2% stake in the company.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: More than 1,000 Ukrainian Marines Surrender in the Port City of Mariupol.
    • The Russian Defense Ministry said that a total of 1,026 Ukrainian marines have surrendered in the besieged port of Mariupol.
    • The figures were echoed by Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, who also urged remaining forces holed up in the Azovstal steel mill to surrender.
    • Ukraine’s General Staff said that Russian forces were proceeding with attacks on Azovstal and the port.
    • The surrender came after reports that Ukrainian soldiers in the city had run out of food and ammunition after weeks of heavy fighting, leaving them with no option but to surrender.
    • The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not immediately respond to queries seeking comment, nor did the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
    • TASS, Reuters, AFP, Telegraph, RFE/RL

Africa

  • Region: Algeria has accused Morocco of killing three people in an attack in the disputed region of Western Sahara. (BBC)
  • Mali: The army announced the arrest of three European nationals suspected of “terrorism.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed 24 people in two attacks in central Benue state, as violence caused by heavily armed criminal gangs intensifies across the region. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa is visiting the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal where key roads are shut, and mudslides have destroyed many homes following prolonged rains. (BBC)
  • South Sudan: The government announced the creation of a unified armed forces command, implementing a key provision of the 2018 peace deal. (AFP)

Americas 

  • Brazil: Ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed to undo current President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies on Indigenous people if elected. (AFP)
  • Chile: A new pension withdrawal was voted down by a congressional committee after President Gabriel Boric submitted a competing proposal hours earlier that cleared a vote in a separate committee. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Ivan Duque addressed the UN Security Council where he defended his administration’s handling of the peace process and actions against drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would send a bill to Congress nationalizing lithium resources if his constitutional amendment including a similar provision is voted down. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Joe Biden accused Russia of conducting “genocide” in Ukraine, the first time his administration has referred to the conflict in such language. (The Guardian)

Asia

  • Region: US and Japanese warships are conducting a joint naval exercise in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. (AP)
  • Region: Australia and the US are stepping up diplomatic outreach to the Solomon Islands after China signed a security deal with the South Pacific island nation that could lead to Beijing establishing a military presence there. (AP)
  • Indonesia: An overloaded truck carrying 29 people hit a hillside and overturned near an illegal gold mine in West Papua province. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Curbs on international travel from Australia were lifted for the first time since mid-2021. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Eleven electronics companies said COVID-19 control measures in Shanghai had led them to suspend production. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The Polish and Baltic presidents are visiting Kyiv to show support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky against the Russian invasion. (AFP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron declined to repeat US President Joe Biden’s accusation that Russia was carrying out “genocide” against Ukrainians, warning that verbal escalations would not help end the war. (AFP)
  • Germany: Following a visit to Ukraine, three parliamentary committee chairmen called for a European Union embargo of Russian oil. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin called peace talks with Ukraine a “dead end” but said the operation’s goal was limited to the Donbas region. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: Officials announced they had thwarted a Russian cyberattack on the country’s power grid. (NYT)

Middle East

  • Egypt: Ten people, including five nationals, four French and one Belgian, have been killed when a bus carrying tourists collided with a truck in the country’s south. (AFP)
  • Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that his country’s future should not be tied to the success or collapse of nuclear talks with world powers, adding that the negotiations to revive a 2015 nuclear deal “are progressing well.” (Reuters)
  • Iran: A senior IRGC commander said that the killing of all American leaders would not be enough to avenge the US assassination of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ top commander Qassem Soleimani two years ago. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Health Ministry said Israeli forces have shot and killed a man in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: US federal prosecutors rested their case against El Shafee Elsheikh, an alleged member of the Islamic State cell known as the “Beatles,” suspected of murdering at least four and kidnapping 20. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Elon Musk was sued by former Twitter shareholders alleging he violated federal law by waiting too long to disclose his purchase of a 9.2% stake in the company. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 13APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14APR22) 

  • Africa: Visit by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to Mali and Niger
  • Americas: Pan American Day
  • India: Ambedkar Jayanti
  • Pakistan: Baisakhi festival
  • Palau: Our Ocean Conference
  • Turkey: Central bank Monetary Policy Committee to set interest rates
  • United States: Visit by UK North America Minister James Cleverly

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12APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reached out to the African Union (AU) for support against Russia’s aggression and requested to address the continental organization.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court for the first time invited European Union officials to observe this year’s general elections.
  • ASIA: India hopes that Pakistan’s new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif will herald a diplomatic thaw between the two nuclear-armed foes after years of tensions.
  • EUROPE: A delegation from the German coalition government will visit Ukraine as pressure grows on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to follow other Western leaders to Kyiv.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran summoned Afghanistan’s envoy in Tehran over attacks the previous day on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighboring country.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Meta announced it is beginning to test tools for selling digital assets and experiences over its Horizon Worlds virtual reality platform.

Top Story

  • China: Shanghai Eases Two-Week Lockdown as COVID Curbs Slow Down.
    • Shanghai residents stepped out of their homes for the first time in more than two weeks as the city took tentative steps towards easing a COVID-19 lockdown.
    • About 6.6 million people will be allowed to leave their homes, but some must stay in their own neighborhoods as markets and pharmacies reopen.
    • The American government announced all “non-emergency US government employees” would be withdrawn from its Shanghai Consulate.
    • Authorities in Shanghai introduced the three-tier disease control system allowing residents in areas where no cases have been reported for 14 days to leave their homes so long as they follow health protocols and remain in their sub-district.
    • Shanghai added 22,342 new cases on Tuesday, including 994 symptomatic cases, bringing the city’s total infections to about 227,000 since March 1.
    • Reuters, AP, The Guardian, AlJazeera, SCMP

Africa

  • Region: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reached out to the African Union (AU) for support against Russia’s aggression and requested to address the continental organization. (BBC)
  • Botswana: The health ministry said it has detected a new lineage of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: The last four members of a team that traveled to Ituri province to mediate with an armed group who then took them hostage are now free. (AFP)
  • Somalia: UN agencies warned that millions of people are at risk of famine, with young children the most vulnerable to the worsening drought in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. (AFP)
  • South Africa: At least five people have been killed in floods and mudslides across the port city of Durban following heavy rains in recent days. (AFP)

Americas 

  • Region: Mexican truck drivers blockaded two bridges on the United States border amid rising tensions over an order by Texas governor Greg Abbot which has slowed commercial crossings. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The Supreme Electoral Court for the first time invited European Union officials to observe this year’s general elections. (Reuters)
  • Chile: The country announced an unprecedented plan to ration water for the capital of Santiago. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities said gunmen killed eight people, including four minors, in an attack on a house near Mexico City. (AFP)
  • United States: The Supreme Court announced it will stop allowing the public to attend sessions in person in April amid a rise of COVID-19 cases in the capital. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Australia: Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja was dispatched to the Solomon Islands over a controversial security pact Western allies fear will enable a Chinese military foothold in the South Pacific. (AFP)
  • India: The country hopes that Pakistan’s new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif will herald a diplomatic thaw between the two nuclear-armed foes after years of tensions. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Parliament passed a landmark sexual violence bill that raises hopes of justice for victims after the country recorded a spike in reported cases during the coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Rescuers hampered by mud and rain searched for survivors of landslides that smashed into villages in the central region, as the death toll from tropical storm Megi rose to 27. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Premier Su Tseng-chang called for the speedy passage of laws mandating tougher punishments to prevent China from stealing chip technology. (Reuters)

Europe

  • France: Former president Nicolas Sarkozy threw his support behind Emmanuel Macron in his bid for reelection, touting Macron’s experience in the face of the “grave international crisis” in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Germany: A delegation from the coalition government will visit Ukraine as pressure grows on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to follow other Western leaders to Kyiv. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin warned the West that attempts to isolate Moscow would fail. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The United Kingdom reported it is trying to verify reports that Russia has deployed chemical weapons in the siege of Mariupol. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Armed Forces Minister James Heappey warned any use of chemical weapons by Russia in its attacks on Ukraine “will get a response and all options are on the table.” (AFP)

Middle East

  • Region: The UN World Food Program warned that the war in Ukraine could worsen humanitarian crises in Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. (BBC)
  • Region: Iran summoned Afghanistan’s envoy in Tehran over attacks the previous day on Iranian diplomatic missions in the neighboring country. (AP)
  • Israel: Police said an officer shot and killed a Palestinian man who stabbed him during a security check. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials said at least one person was killed and several were injured after an explosion demolished a building in the country’s south. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Fresh clashes between Israeli soldiers and militants rocked the West Bank city of Jenin as a Palestinian stabbed a police officer in Israel before being shot dead. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Meta announced it is beginning to test tools for selling digital assets and experiences over its Horizon Worlds virtual reality platform. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 11APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13APR22) 

  • Event: Council on Foreign Relations ‘China’s Russia Dilemma’ event.
  • Event: Carnegie Connects conversation with former Sec of Defense Robert Gates.
  • Event: Peterson Institute discussion on Ukraine’s wartime economy.
  • Global: G24 Deputies Meeting, virtual
  • Africa: Visit by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to Mali and Niger (to 14APR)
  • Palau: Our Ocean Conference (to 14APR)
  • Thailand: New Year
  • United States: Visit by UK North America Minister James Cleverly (to 14APR)
  • United States: Treasury Secretary Yellen delivers a special address on the global economy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (virtual).

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11APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared he would run for Nigeria’s presidency next year when incumbent Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to step down.
  • AMERICAS: Former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Glas was released from prison after a judge ruled his physical and psychological well-being were at risk.
  • ASIA: The manufacturing hub of Guangzhou closed itself to most arrivals as China battles a COVID-19 outbreak in its big eastern cities.
  • EUROPE: Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to visit Moscow since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a man near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter’s chief executive Parag Agrawal said that Elon Musk has decided not to join the board of Twitter.

Top Story

  • Mexico: Mexicans back Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as Leader in Recall Vote with Low Turnout.
    • President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won a divisive referendum on whether he should step down or complete his term – a vote marked by low turnout.
    • The voting exercise involved choosing between two options:  “He should be deprived of his mandate due to a lack of confidence” or “He should remain in the office of President of the Republic”.
    • The National Electoral Institute (INE) said turnout in the vote was forecast at between 17% and 18.2% well below a threshold of 40% for it to be binding, and lower than some polls.
    • Lopez Obrador hailed the referendum result as “historic” and compared his tally favorably with the number of votes won by rivals he defeated to win the presidency, and in other elections.
    • Critics argued that the vote was really a gambit to energize Lopez Obrador’s base when he began a period usually seen as a ‘lame duck’ phase of the country’s presidency.
    • In a video address to the nation, Lopez Obrador will continue serving until the last day of his term and will not go past that because he is a democrat, and he is not in favor of re-election.
    • AFP, DW, Reuters, BBC, Bloomberg, AlJazeera

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Continued fighting in Oromia between government forces and the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) is raising concerns of worsening insecurity in the south. (BBC)
  • Guinea: Former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory and three ex-cabinet members are due to face embezzlement charges before a court in Conakry following their arrest last week. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared he would run for the nation’s presidency next year when incumbent Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to step down. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa blasted vigilante groups for harassing migrants likening their behavior to strategies adopted by the apartheid regime to target Black people. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Protesters demonstrated against President Kais Saied, accusing him of imposing one-man rule in the North African country after he dissolved parliament last month. (Reuters)

Americas 

  • Brazil: The senate approved a request to mandate the Air Force to reveal records of flights between Brazil and Bolivia late in 2019 – including passenger lists. (Brazilian Report)
  • Colombia: A think tank Paz y Reconciliación (Pares) said that President Ivan Duque’s failed security policy has allowed the country’s illegal armed groups to grow significantly over the past four years. (Colombia Reports)
  • Cuba: The island nation has reported a decrease in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the past week as the national mass immunization program continues. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Former vice president Jorge Glas was released from prison after a judge ruled his physical and psychological well-being were at risk. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Joe Biden will announce new measures cracking down on “ghost guns” with an executive order set to increase restrictions on the weapons. (AFP)

Asia

  • China: The manufacturing hub of Guangzhou closed itself to most arrivals as the country battles a COVID-19 outbreak in its big eastern cities. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of students protesting high cooking oil prices and a mooted extension of President Joko Widodo’s stay in office. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country praised Kim Jong Un’s leadership in developing nuclear weapons and touted his political achievements to celebrate his 10 years in charge of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Shehbaz Sharif is set to become the new prime minister, but the country still faces months of political crisis after Imran Khan was ousted by a no-confidence vote on Saturday. (AP)
  • Philippines: The country recorded 21 deaths from landslides caused by Tropical Storm Megi. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Russia has made a “massive strategic blunder” as Finland and Sweden look poised to join NATO as early as the summer. (Reuters)
  • Austria: Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to visit Moscow since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron and his rival Marine Le Pen are preparing for two weeks of tough campaigning after they reached a run-off of presidential elections that could be far tighter than their encounter five years ago. (AFP)
  • Germany: The minister for families and women Anne Spiegel apologized for taking a vacation shortly after devastating floods last year in the state where she was then a senior official, but it is not clear whether the move will help relieve pressure on her. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Forces are preparing for the “last battle” to control the southern port of Mariupol, besieged by Russians since the invasion. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Washington is “imposing new conditions” in the negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement. (Al-Monitor)
  • Iraq: The oil ministry took all necessary measures required to implement a federal court’s ruling that gives it the authority to manage oil and gas fields in the north, in cooperation with Kurdish authorities. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The Royal Hashemite Court said King Abdullah II departed for Germany to undergo an urgent surgery to treat a thoracic herniated disc. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah said that the country appreciates Lebanon in its efforts to restore ties with the Gulf countries. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: The health ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a man near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter’s chief executive Parag Agrawal said that Elon Musk has decided not to join the board of Twitter. (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 11APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12APR22) 

  • Colombia: UN Security Council to vote to discuss Colombia; President Ivan Duque to make a speech.
  • Guinea-Bissau: 10th anniversary of military coup.
  • Liberia: National Redemption Day.
  • Lithuania: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address parliament.
  • Myanmar: Thingyan Holiday.
  • New Zealand: Border reopens to vaccinated Australians.
  • Somalia: US continues national emergency.
  • Uruguay: Bank Holiday.

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07APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI during a two-day visit to Rabat that promises to mark an easing of diplomatic tensions centered on Western Sahara.
  • AMERICAS: Argentina is in talks to potentially double natural gas imports from Bolivia amid rising prices related to the war in Ukraine.
  • ASIA: India’s power sector has been targeted by hackers in a long-term operation thought to have been carried out by a state-sponsored Chinese group.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish court suspended the trial in absentia of 26 Saudis accused in the gruesome killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and ruled that the case be transferred to Saudi Arabia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran held a memorial service for a Shiite Muslim cleric stabbed to death a day earlier by a suspected Sunni extremist in the Imam Reza shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The White House held a classified briefing with lawmakers on dire risks to the American economy from semiconductor shortages.

Top Story

  • Yemen: President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Steps Aside Amid Efforts to End the War.
    • President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ceded his powers to a presidential council, as international and regional efforts to end Yemen’s long-running war enter a two-month truce.
    • The move is meant to unify the anti-Houthi camp after years of infighting and disputes, and was certainly orchestrated in Riyadh, where Yemeni factions were meeting over the past week to discuss efforts to end the war.
    • Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi announced that former interior minister Rashad al-Alimi would lead the eight-member council.
    • Hadi also sacked Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a powerful military figure, and also delegated al-Ahmar’s powers to the presidential council.
    • In a televised address, the president said the newly created body will lead negotiations to establish a permanent cease-fire and political settlement with the Houthi rebels to end the nation’s yearslong conflict.
    • Saudi Arabia urged the presidential council to embark on U.N.-led negotiations with the Houthis to find a “political, final and comprehensive” settlement to the conflict.
    • Reuters, AP, BBC, AFP, DW, NYT

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The country called a joint investigation by rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleging war crimes in the Tigray region “unhelpful”. (BBC)
  • Mali: The military opened an investigation into the alleged massacre of civilians committed by local forces and foreign fighters in the village of Moura. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet with King Mohammed VI during a two-day visit to Rabat that promises to mark an easing of diplomatic tensions centered on Western Sahara. (AP)
  • Somalia: The Prime Minister’s office declared Francisco Madeira persona non grata “for engaging in acts that are incompatible with his status as representative of the African Union Commission” and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police said a man was killed overnight in a mob attack in a northern Johannesburg township rocked by violent anti-crime protests. (AFP)

Americas 

  • Region: US Democratic party lawmakers called on the Biden administration to address the Mexican government’s targeting of political opponents and threat to the nation’s independent judiciary. (AP)
  • Region: Argentina is in talks to potentially double natural gas imports from Bolivia amid rising prices related to the war in Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The Supreme Court of Justice approved the extradition to the United States of accused drug trafficker and cartel leader Dario Antonio “Otoniel” Úsaga. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: The government lifted all pandemic-related restrictions for foreign travelers in a bid to boost the flagging tourism industry. (Miami Herald)
  • United States: The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. (AP)

Asia

  • Hong Kong: National security police arrested six people on suspicion of committing acts with seditious intent while attending court hearings in December and January. (SCMP)
  • India: The power sector has been targeted by hackers in a long-term operation thought to have been carried out by a state-sponsored Chinese group. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Human Rights Watch slammed a meeting between Australia’s ambassador to the country and the military junta chief, saying it was “lending credibility” to a regime accused of war crimes. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong held talks with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts on bilateral ties while at the NATO summit in Brussels. (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan: Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the island will move away from a zero-Covid policy and focus on tackling the most severe infections in an effort to live with COVID-19. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev meet in Brussels for talks mediated by EU Council President Charles Michel amid fears of fresh conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (FP)
  • Germany: Two former government ministers submitted a criminal complaint with federal prosecutors seeking the opening of a war crimes probe against Russian officials over the conflict in Ukraine. (AP)
  • Russia: The UN General Assembly is voting on a resolution to suspend the country from the world organization’s leading human rights body over allegations that soldiers killed civilians while retreating from the region around Kyiv. (AP)
  • Turkey: A court suspended the trial in absentia of 26 Saudis accused in the gruesome killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and ruled that the case be transferred to Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The Ministry of Defense is preparing plans to send armored vehicles to Ukraine. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: The country held a memorial service for a Shiite Muslim cleric stabbed to death a day earlier by a suspected Sunni extremist in the Imam Reza shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad. (Al-Monitor)
  • Iraq: Three rockets landed near the country’s northern Kurdish regional capital Erbil causing no casualties. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: The country welcomed a resolution adopted by UNESCO on Jerusalem which stated that all Israeli procedures aiming to change the identity of the holy city and its legal status quo are invalid. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on all political parties to cooperate to pull the country out of its crisis. (Xinhua)
  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi’s education authorities have announced that students at private schools must return to in-person classes. (Al-Monitor)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The White House held a classified briefing with lawmakers on dire risks to the American economy from semiconductor shortages. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 07APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08APR22) 

  • Event: Atlantic Council conversation with Brazilian presidential pre-candidate Sergio Moros.
  • Global: International Roma Day
  • Africa: Visit by German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht to Mali and Niger
  • China: President Xi Jingping commends role models of Beijing Winter Games
  • Finland: Visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  • Japan: Buddha’s Birthday
  • United Kingdom: Visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

END

06APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s foreign ministry said comments by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on President Kais Saied’s decree dissolving parliament were an “unacceptable interference” in internal affairs.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take part in an event supporting Ukraine amid criticism that Mexico has been too accommodating to Russia.
  • ASIA: Lawyers for Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan began their defense in the Supreme Court of his bid to block an opposition attempt to oust him.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron is the clear favorite in the country’s presidential vote on Sunday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami said Iran has handed over documents related to outstanding issues to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter confirmed it is working on an edit button feature after new board member Elon Musk polled his followers on whether they would want that feature.

Top Story

  • Hong Kong: The City’s Number 2 Official Joseph Lee Resigns, Announces Leadership Bid.
    • The Chief Secretary for Administration John Lee submitted his resignation to pave the way for his run in the city’s upcoming leadership race.
    • Chief Secretary Lee has been forceful in enacting China’s harsher security system with democrats arrested, jailed, or forced into exile, civil society groups forced to disband, and liberal media outlets raided by police and shuttered.
    • Local media and government loyalists in recent days as Beijing’s top choice for the role.
    • Lee had earlier been the only heavyweight tipped to enter the race, with sources saying he could be the only hopeful with enough votes to contest.
    • The Chief Executive’s Office confirmed Lee’s resignation in a press release: “Mr Lee will proceed on leave with immediate effect.”
    • AP, Reuters, AFP, SCMP, HKFP

Africa

  • Burkina Faso: A military tribunal sentenced former president Blaise Compaore to life imprisonment for complicity in the 1987 murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Fighting erupted in the troubled east between army troops and the M23 rebel group after a week of relative calm. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: A joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Tigrayan civilians are being targeted in crimes against humanity. (DW)
  • Sudan: Pro-democracy groups called for mass protests, denouncing an October military coup that plunged the country into political turmoil and aggravated its economic woes. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The foreign ministry said comments by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on President Kais Saied’s decree dissolving parliament were an “unacceptable interference” in internal affairs. (Reuters)

Americas 

  • Region: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take part in an event supporting Ukraine amid criticism that Mexico has been too accommodating to Russia. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The Supreme Court rejected an extradition request by Turkey for Yakup Sagar, an opponent of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. (Reuters)
  • Chile: The government announced a constitutional referendum to take place September 4. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The attorney general’s office said Britain ordered the extradition of Karime Macias, a former official wanted for corruption to the country. (AFP)
  • Peru: President Pedro Castillo lifted a curfew requiring residents of Lima to remain in their homes for 24 hours. (NYT)

Asia

  • China: Both black boxes from a passenger plane crash in the country’s south last month that killed 132 people are being analyzed by US experts at a government lab in Washington, DC. (AP)
  • Indonesia: A former human rights lawyer who joined an Islamic hard-line group has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of incitement with the aim to establish a caliphate in a secular country. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta announced a 35% tariff on all Russian imports and an extension on existing export prohibitions. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Lawyers for Prime Minister Imran Khan began their defense in the Supreme Court of his bid to block an opposition attempt to oust him. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The US State Department approved a $95 million sale to improve the island’s missile defense systems. (Reuters)

Europe

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron is the clear favorite in the country’s presidential vote on Sunday. (AP)
  • Germany: The economy and climate ministry will present a package of measures to expand renewable energy as the need to reduce the country’s heavy reliance on Russian fossil fuels adds urgency to its green transition plans. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country expelled 12 Russian diplomats, becoming the latest EU country to order such expulsions amid increasing outrage over the war in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Romania: Police in Bucharest said a car crashed into the gate of the Russian Embassy, bursting into flames, and killing the driver. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The World Health Organization said it will supply antiretroviral drugs to cover the needs of HIV patients in the country for the next 12 months. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: A hand grenade was thrown into Kabul’s Pul-e-Khishti mosque wounding at least six people. (WaPo)
  • Iran: Nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami said the country has handed over documents related to outstanding issues to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (Reuters)
  • Israel: Defense Minister Benny Gantz spoke with Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas on the occasion of Ramadan. (AFP)
  • Israel: The ruling coalition lost its majority after Idit Silman, the chairperson of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party said she was resigning. (MEE)
  • Syria: Explosive remnants of the country’s war killed nearly 30 civilians, including more than a dozen children last month. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter confirmed it is working on an edit button feature after new board member Elon Musk polled his followers on whether they would want that feature. (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 06APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07APR22) 

  • Event: Atlantic Council conversation with former Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
  • Global: International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.
  • Belgium: G7 foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
  • Canada: Annual federal budget presentation.
  • Europe: NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
  • Greece: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to virtually address parliament.
  • Kenya: National budget presentation.
  • Rwanda: Genocide Memorial Day.
  • Tanzania: Karume Day.
  • Turkey: Prosecutors to request transfer to Saudi Arabia of the murder case of Jamal Khashoggi.

END

05APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: South Africa announced the ending of Covid restrictions, two years after they were imposed.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced a curfew in the capital Lima and neighboring port city Callao, after demonstrations across the country over fuel prices caused roadblocks and “acts of violence”.
  • ASIA: Twenty Ukrainians arrived in Tokyo on a government plane with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi after his trip to Poland.
  • EUROPE: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the country expelled 30 Russian diplomats because of security concerns and Russia was set to retaliate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Kuwaiti government resigned three months after it was sworn in amid escalating disputes with parliament.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The NGO Business for Social Responsibility issued a report promoting Meta’s planned expansion of end-to-end encryption on its messaging apps.

Top Story

  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky to Address the UN Security Council on War.
    • Britain’s diplomatic mission announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the UN Security Council today.
    • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to speak to UN Security Council diplomats outraged by growing evidence that Russian forces deliberately killed civilians.
    • Zelensky said that at least 300 people had been “killed and tortured” by Russian forces in Bucha, near Kyiv, before troops pulled out of the besieged town.
    • The UN Security Council speech from the Ukrainian president marks the first to the body since Russia’s invasion and comes after an emotional trip to Bucha.
    • The council remains paralyzed on taking any action on Ukraine because Russia has veto power, but the 193-member General Assembly condemned Russia’s invasion and demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of Russian forces and protection for civilians.
    • AFP, AP, NBC, Arab News, WaPo

Africa

  • Region: Aid agencies said that West Africa is facing its worst food crisis on record driven by conflict, drought, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on food prices and availability. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Authorities summoned opposition politician Oumar Mariko after he criticized the ruling junta and suggested the army “was murdering people.” (AFP)
  • Somalia: The National Intelligence and Security Agency (Nisa) warned about an alleged plot by al-Shabab militants to attack the president and the prime minister. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The country announced the ending of Covid restrictions, two years after they were imposed. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The International Criminal Court will open its trial against Ali Muhammed Ali Abd-al-Rahman, the first person to be tried for atrocities committed in Darfur. (BBC)

Americas

  • Colombia: Victims of landmines rallied outside the Special Jurisdiction for Peace tribunal to demand investigations into the rebel groups that planted them. (AP)
  • El Salvador: President Nayib Bukele said that more than 6,000 gang members have been detained in the first nine days of a state of emergency in the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party announced they would not support President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s proposed power market reforms. (Reuters)
  • Peru: President Pedro Castillo announced a curfew in the capital Lima and neighboring port city Callao, after demonstrations across the country over fuel prices caused roadblocks and “acts of violence”. (AFP)
  • United States: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a plan to strengthen and revamp itself. (Reuters)

Asia

  • Australia: The government is urging Vietnam to free on health grounds a 72-year-old Vietnamese-born national serving a 12-year prison sentence for supporting a pro-democracy group. (AP)
  • China: More than 10,000 health workers, including 2,000 from the military, have been sent to Shanghai to address the rapidly growing COVID-19 outbreak in the city. (AP)
  • Indonesia: An appeals court sentenced an Islamic boarding school principal to death for raping at least 13 students over five years and impregnating some of them. (AP)
  • Japan: Twenty Ukrainians arrived in Tokyo on a government plane with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi after his trip to Poland. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong-un, warned her country would retaliate with nuclear weapons if provoked by South Korea. (AP)

Europe

  • France: Paris called for an international investigation into reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed by government troops and Russian mercenaries in Mali. (BBC)
  • Hungary: Police said a train struck a vehicle in the south and derailed, leaving five people dead and others injured. (AP)
  • Italy: Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the country expelled 30 Russian diplomats because of security concerns and Russia was set to retaliate. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Deputy Security Council head Dmitry Medvedev warned of a “symmetrical” response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several western countries. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the UN Security Council today, council president Britain announced. (AFP)

Middle East

  • Iran: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in Tehran that the country Iran will only return to Vienna in order to finalize an agreement to revive its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (Al-Monitor)
  • Israel: Police arrested eight suspected of throwing rocks, bottles, and fireworks at officers in a third consecutive night of unrest in Jerusalem. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The government resigned three months after it was sworn in amid escalating disputes with parliament. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Lawyer Salah Hamouri, who is in Israeli detention, filed a complaint in France against surveillance firm NSO Group for having “illegally infiltrated” his mobile phone with the spyware Pegasus. (Times of Israel)
  • Yemen: Warring parties traded accusations of violating a ceasefire agreement, three days after it went into effect at the start of Ramadan. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: The NGO Business for Social Responsibility issued a report promoting Meta’s planned expansion of end-to-end encryption on its messaging apps. (WaPo)

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 05APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (06APR22) 

  • Event: CFR discussion on international economics with former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
  • Global: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
  • China: Qingming Festival
  • Europe: NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels (to 07APR)
  • Ireland: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to virtually address parliament
  • Moldova: Visit by USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
  • Thailand: Chakri Day
  • United States: House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on ‘restoring U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific’.

END

04APR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Clashes between armed men and security forces have been reported in the southern Ethiopian town of Moyale close to the border with Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Former Finance Minister Rodrigo Chaves is set to be Costa Rica’s next president after a scandal-tainted runoff vote.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not seek a second term in office after a controversial tenure that has seen many of the territory’s civil freedoms eroded.
  • EUROPE: The Kremlin denied accusations that Russian forces were responsible for killing civilians near Kyiv and suggested images of corpses were “fakes”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson blamed the United States for the pause in talks between Tehran and world powers in Vienna aimed at reviving their 2015 nuclear deal.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has built a 9.2% stake in Twitter potentially making him the biggest stakeholder in the micro-blogging site.

Top Story

  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court hears arguments on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Dissolving of Parliament. 
    • The Supreme Court began hearing arguments on the legality of Prime Minister Imran Khan calling a general election after his party blocked a no-confidence vote and he dissolved parliament to prevent an opposition attempt to oust him.
    • The opposition is challenging the latest moves by Khan as a ploy to stay on as prime minister and has also accused him of economic mismanagement.
    • The move to dissolve parliament and call for early elections has sparked anger among the opposition, with some politicians accusing Mr. Khan of “treason” for not allowing the vote to go ahead.
    • Many legal observers expected the Supreme Court to overrule Mr. Khan, but it could also agree to allow elections for a new assembly to go ahead, which would give Mr. Khan a window to rally support for his leadership.
    • Khan had claimed the vote was part of a US-led conspiracy to remove him, but the US has denied this.
    • Reuters, AP, BBC, NYT, AFP

Africa

  • Ethiopia: Clashes between armed men and security forces have been reported in the southern town of Moyale close to the border with Kenya. (BBC)
  • Kenya: A nation-wide fuel shortage continues with major towns reporting long queues at the few filling stations that have the commodity. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: One week after shooters attacked a train with explosives in the country’s northwest, the whereabouts of 168 passengers are still unknown. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rivals have signed an agreement on the formation of a unified armed forces command, a key pillar of a peace agreement signed in 2018. (BBC)
  • Sudan: Authorities say a boat sank last week on the Blue Nile and at least 23 women are believed to have drowned. (AP)

Americas 

  • Canada: The country will support General Motors Co’s multi-billion-dollar investment in two plants, including one that will produce electric commercial vehicles (EVs). (Reuters)
  • Costa Rica: Former Finance Minister Rodrigo Chaves is set to be the country’s next president after a scandal-tainted runoff vote. (DW)
  • Ecuador: At least 12 prisoners died and another 10 were injured during a gang confrontation in a prison. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: A group of migrants traveling by foot from the south to the US disbanded after authorities agreed to expedite immigration procedures following clashes. (AFP)
  • United States: Democrats are launching a week of votes and procedural maneuvers with the goal of confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court by Friday. (AP)

Asia

  • China: Shanghai health officials defended a policy of separating babies and young children from their parents if they test positive for COVID-19. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not seek a second term in office after a controversial tenure that has seen many of the territory’s civil freedoms eroded. (BBC)
  • Japan: Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi condemned the “exceptionally cruel” violence against civilians near Kyiv in an apparent reference to killings in the town of Bucha. (AFP)
  • South Korea: A team of foreign policy and security advisers to president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is visiting the United States this week, seeking to help prepare an early summit with President Joe Biden. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked opposition parties to form a unity government on Monday. (AP)

Europe

  • Poland: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany is the main roadblock to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Kremlin denied accusations that forces were responsible for killing civilians near Kyiv and suggested images of corpses were “fakes”. (AFP)
  • Serbia: An early official count of the Balkan country’s national election confirmed the landslide victory of President Aleksandar Vucic and his populist party. (AP)
  • Spain: US federal agents and the Civil Guard are searching a yacht owned by a Russian oligarch in the Balearic Islands. (AP)
  • Sweden: The government is recommending a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to people over 65 and those living in nursing homes or getting home care. (AP)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan: Security forces launched a clearance operation in Jalalabad city, and the surrounding districts as the latest preventive measures to ensure a high level of security. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The foreign ministry called for a halt to the ongoing escalation in the Palestinian territories during the holy month of Ramadan. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A foreign ministry spokesperson blamed the United States for the pause in talks between Tehran and world powers in Vienna aimed at reviving their 2015 nuclear deal. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: Former crown prince, Hamzah, who was implicated in a coup plot against his half-brother King Abdullah II, gave up his royal title. (Al-Monitor)
  • Palestinian Territories: Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said there is a need for an international initiative to fill the current political vacuum in light of Israel’s destruction of the possibility of establishing a state. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Technology: Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has built a 9.2% stake in Twitter potentially making him the biggest stakeholder in the micro-blogging site. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 04APR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (05APR22) 

  • Event: CSIS hosts US-Indo-Pacific Conference. (to 06APR)
  • Event: Wilson Center discussion on the Syrian conflict.
  • Asia: Taiwan and China to celebrate the Qingming (tomb sweeping) Festival.
  • Europe: EU finance ministers to discuss global minimum level of taxation for large corporations and financial aid for Ukraine.
  • Japan: Japan to ban sale of various luxury goods and precious metals to Russia.
  • North Korea: Chungmyung Festival.
  • Panama: Unions continue strike efforts to increase worker wages.
  • United States: Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

END

31MAR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Supreme Court of Kenya is due to rule on a controversial government-backed proposal aimed at amending the country’s constitution and potentially expanding the executive and legislature
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian Authorities said they would comply with a request from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to halt former President Alberto Fujimori’s release from prison.
  • ASIA: Former Australian intelligence chief Richard Maude warned it may be too late to stop China’s proposed security deal with the Solomon Islands
  • EUROPE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba could meet within two weeks for talks, after Turkey hosted negotiators from both sides earlier this week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Security Forces raided a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, setting off a gun battle that killed two Palestinians and wounded fifteen others.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook parent Meta revealed that last year they released user information to hackers impersonating law enforcement.

Top Story

  • China: The Search and Rescue Crash Search of a China Eastern Airlines is Complete.
    • China has completed the main search and rescue work at the site of a China Eastern Airlines plane crash last week and plans to complete a preliminary report within 30 days of the event.
    • The two “black boxes” — the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder — have been found and sent to Beijing for examination and analysis.
    • More than 40,000 pieces of wreckage have been transferred for investigation near where the Boeing Co. 737-800 NG jet nosedived into a hillside on March 21.
    • Investigators will try to piece together the plane’s final moments from images reviewing trajectory, altitude, the force of impact and air-traffic data.
    • The head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Zhu Tao said both black boxes of the crashed plane are being decoded, preliminary analysis is being carried out at the crash site, and debris distribution has been located and photographed.
    • Reuters, AP, SCMP, Bloomberg, CGTN

Africa

  • Region: US Ambassador to the AU Jessica Lapenn said the US hopes for “a strong African response” to Russian aggression and has plans to mediate the conflict’s economic effects in Africa. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Parliament voted to remove Economy Minister Jean-Marie Klumba, blaming him for rising prices and mismanagement of the fishing industry. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The Supreme Court is due to rule on a controversial government-backed proposal aimed at amending the country’s constitution and potentially expanding the executive and legislature. (BBC)
  • Mali: The junta government has taken delivery of combat helicopters from Russia to help its army fight a bloody jihadist insurgency. (AFP)
  • Niger: Authorities announced a plan to recruit 5,000 soldiers into the national army to boost its fight against various armed groups unleashing violence in the country. (BBC)

Americas 

  • Brazil: Federal police conducting a probe of alleged police interference by President Jair Bolsonaro concluded that he committed no crime. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: A man who staged a rare protest over the detention of a dissident rapper has been slapped with a five-year prison term for disobedience and “enemy propaganda.” (AFP)
  • El Salvador: The country experienced its first homicide-free day since imposing a state of emergency on Sunday. (AP)
  • Peru: Authorities said they would comply with a request from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to halt former President Alberto Fujimori’s release from prison. (AP)
  • United States: President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to 1 million barrels of oil per day from the national strategic petroleum reserve. (AP)

Asia

  • Region: Former Australian intelligence chief Richard Maude warned it may be too late to stop China’s proposed security deal with the Solomon Islands. (The Guardian)
  • China: President Xi Jinping strongly backed Afghanistan at a regional conference, while making no mention of human rights abuses by the country’s Taliban leaders. (AP)
  • Hong Kong: Chief Executive Carrie Lam rejected claims that the city’s judiciary was losing its independence after two British judges resigned from the courts in the semi-autonomous territory. (AP)
  • New Zealand: A man was sentenced to one year in prison for threatening to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (AP)
  • Philippines: A doctor accused of being a leader of a Maoist rebel group and held in jail for 40 days has been freed after a judge threw out the case. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba could meet within two weeks for talks, after Turkey hosted negotiators from both sides earlier this week. (AFP)
  • Armenia: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels on April 6 to lay the groundwork for peace talks to end the decades-long conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP)
  • Russia: Former US Marine Trevor Reed, imprisoned in the country since 2019, has begun a hunger strike, his parents said. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The Popular Party (PP) will formally hand the reins to Alberto Nunez Feijoo, an experienced politician who will become Spain’s main opposition leader. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia is planning a new offensive in the east after suffering setbacks near Kyiv. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss the nuclear talks, regional issues, and bilateral relations. (Al-Monitor)
  • Afghanistan: The UN’s aid coordination agency is launching its biggest-ever appeal for funds in hopes of collecting $4.4 billion to help the country. (AP)
  • Israel: Security Forces raided a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, setting off a gun battle that killed two Palestinians and wounded fifteen others. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Turkish prosecutor asked a court to halt the trial in absentia of 26 suspects over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the consulate in Istanbul and transfer the case to the kingdom’s authorities. (AlJazeera)
  • Yemen: Houthi forces said that they “regret” that Saudi Arabia has not given a “clear” reaction to their ceasefire offer, but said they were open to “any positive response.” (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Facebook parent Meta revealed that last year they released user information to hackers impersonating law enforcement. (AFP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Tadine, New Caledonia
      • Magnitude: 7.0
      • Depth: 10.0 km
      • Map
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 31MAR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (01APR22) 

  • Global: United Kingdom takes over from the United Arab Emirates as President of the UN Security Council.
  • Cyprus: National Day.
  • Europe: European Union-China Summit, virtual.
  • Hong Kong: COVID-19 travel restrictions eased.
  • India: Visit by Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
  • Iran: Islamic Republic Day.
  • San Marino: Investiture of Captains Regent.
  • Taiwan: Halifax International Security Forum Taipei.
  • United States: Norwegian-American Defense Conference in Arlington, VA.
  • United States: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the March job report.
  • United States: National Emergency continues with respect to ‘significant malicious cyber-enabled activities’.
  • Vietnam: Gasoline and diesel taxes to be halved to offset rising fuel costs.

END

30MAR22 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The M23 rebel group denied shooting down a UN helicopter that crashed on Sunday while carrying peacekeepers on a reconnaissance mission in northeastern DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands protested a surge in kidnappings and lack of action by the Haitian government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
  • ASIA: A drug trafficker was hanged in Singapore’s first execution since 2019 despite appeals for clemency from the United Nations and rights groups.
  • EUROPE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in China in his first visit to the key ally since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last month.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A Saudi-led coalition battling rebels who hold Yemen’s capital Sanaa began a unilateral cease-fire in the yearslong war.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Hackers infiltrated the blockchain Ronin Network, allowing them to steal $625 million in cryptocurrency from the video game Axie Infinity.

Top Story

  • China: Beijing hosts Russian, American, and Pakistani Officials for Talks on Afghanistan.
    • Officials from the United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in China this week to discuss Afghanistan.
    • The dialogue is expected to promote the Afghan side to build an open and inclusive political structure, pursue a moderate and stable domestic and foreign policy, and effectively fight terrorism.
    • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, where China was set to host two days of meetings on Afghanistan.
    • Afghan acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi is attending the two-day meeting to be attended by foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s immediate neighbors – Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
    • US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West will attend the troika plus meeting in Tunxi.
    • The talks come against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and as Afghanistan suffers an economic and humanitarian crisis worsened by a financial aid cutoff following the Taliban takeover as U.S.-led troops departed in August.
    • The Hill, CGTN, Reuters, AlJazeera, VOA,, SCMP

Africa

  • DR Congo: The M23 rebel group denied shooting down a UN helicopter that crashed on Sunday while carrying peacekeepers on a reconnaissance mission in the northeast. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: The country started a new drive to repatriate tens of thousands of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. (BBC)
  • Liberia: Laye Sekou Kamara, an accused rebel leader during the civil war, was arrested in New York City. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The United States called on all parties to respect the 2018 peace agreement following the opposition SPLM/A-IO party’s withdrawal from monitoring and verification bodies. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appointed new heads of 30 public universities. (BBC)

Americas 

  • Colombia: Eleven rebels suspected of formerly belonging to FARC were killed in military operations near the Peruvian border. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Under the new state of emergency, security forces intensified operations against gangs with mass arrests, cordoning off of neighborhoods, and house-by-house searches. (AP)
  • Guatemala: A Guatemalan court sentenced eight people to long prison sentences for the 2019 murder of three soldiers in an Indigenous community after the soldiers arrived to investigate drug trafficking. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Thousands protested a surge in kidnappings and lack of action by the government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. (AFP)
  • United States: Officials, already coping with record numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, said they are making contingency plans for an even larger surge should pandemic-related restrictions be lifted. (WaPo)

Asia

  • China: Authorities are planning new restrictions on the country’s $30 billion live-streaming industry. (Reuters)
  • India: Prominent activist and writer Rana Ayyub was prevented from flying to Europe to speak about intimidation of journalists and rights in the world’s largest democracy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s future looked increasingly in doubt after a key coalition partner switched allegiance ahead of a parliamentary no-confidence vote that could be held as early as this weekend. (AFP)
  • Singapore: A drug trafficker was hanged in the city-state’s first execution since 2019 despite appeals for clemency from the United Nations and rights groups. (AFP)
  • South Korea: President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol proposed a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at an early date after the end of the war with Russia. (Yonhap)

Europe

  • Region: European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said that the continent is facing slower growth and higher inflation as the war in Ukraine is pushing up energy prices. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The government raised the alert level under its emergency gas plan as fears rose that Russia could cut off supplies if Western countries refused to make payments in rubles. (AFP)
  • Russia: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in China in his first visit to the key ally since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last month. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed a Russian military pullback near Kyiv as a ploy to refit troops after heavy losses. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The government said that it is withdrawing its judges from Hong Kong’s top court because keeping them there would “legitimize oppression” in the former colony. (AP)

Middle East

  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereign Council in Sudan for talks focusing on ties between the two neighbors. (AP)
  • Iraq: Lawmakers will try to elect a new national president for a third time after the two previous attempts failed because of boycotts by a Shiite coalition. (AFP)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian headed to the eastern Chinese city of Tunxi to attend a summit of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors. (Al-Monitor)
  • Israel: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation of the terror attack that left five dead in Bnei Brak. (Times of Israel)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led coalition battling rebels who hold Sanaa began a unilateral cease-fire in the yearslong war. (WaPo)

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers infiltrated the blockchain Ronin Network, allowing them to steal $625 million in cryptocurrency from the video game Axie Infinity. (WaPo)

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 30MAR22)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (31MAR22) 

  • Event: AEI discussion on ‘Latin America’s inflation challenge’.
  • Global: OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, virtual.
  • Global: International Transgender Day of Visibility.
  • Australia: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses Parliament.
  • Brazil: Deadline for candidates for office to leave current positions.
  • China: Ministerial Conference of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries in Tunxi.
  • Europe: NATO Annual Report.
  • Germany: Visit by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.
  • Italy: COVID-19 state of emergency to end.
  • Malta: Freedom Day.
  • Russia: Deadline for gas payments in Roubles.
  • Thailand: King Nangklao Memorial Day.
  • United States: President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi to virtually address the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on COVID-19 in Africa.
  • United States: Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on China’s role in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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