16OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: White farmers and rival Black protesters engaged in a tense standoff in the South African town of Senekal ahead of a court hearing related to the murder case of a white farm manager.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian authorities have ordered a national security review of Chinese mining company Shandong Gold Mining’s bid to acquire a gold mine in the country’s Arctic region.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rejected protesters calls for him to resign, as his government stepped up efforts to prevent student protesters from staging rallies in the capital city Bangkok in defiance of a strict state of emergency.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel reported “some movement” in talks between EU leaders about an agreement with the United Kingdom on their post-Brexit relations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US has sentenced Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, founder and CEO of an Iranian financial-services firm, to almost two years in prison for helping people in Iran evade US sanctions.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Twitter has softened its policies against the sharing of hacked material after facing a backlash over its decision to block a New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son.

Top Story

  • Americas: Former Mexican Defense Minister arrested in the US.
    • Former Mexican Defense Secretary General Salvador Cienfuegos has been arrested in the US on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
    • Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard made the announcement on Twitter, saying US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau had informed him about the retired general’s detention.
    • General Cienfuegos was reportedly arrested at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a corruption investigation involving drug traffickers.
    • Cienfuegos had served as Mexico’s Defense Minister under former President Enrique Peña Nieto between 2012 and 2018.
    • If the charges are confirmed, he will be the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be taken into US custody in connection with drug-related corruption.
    • Reporting: Reuters, WaPo, AP, NYT, BBC, AFP, WSJ

Africa

  • Nigeria: Hundreds of protesters marched to the country’s Parliament building after the army said it was ready to step in and restore order as anti-police brutality protests continue in the country. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The foreign lawyers of “Hotel Rwanda hero” Paul Rusesabagina say they have been denied access to their client who is currently detained in the country. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: White farmers and rival Black protesters engaged in a tense standoff in the town of Senekal ahead of a court hearing related to the murder case of a white farm manager. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Argentina: The government said it wants energy companies to make an investment of around $5 billion to boost hydrocarbon production and generate jobs in the country’s Vaca Muerta shale formation. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Authorities have ordered a national security review of Chinese mining company Shandong Gold Mining’s bid to acquire a gold mine in the country’s Arctic region. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: The National Assembly has voted in favor of a controversial law that gives President Daniel Ortega increased powers to monitor people, businesses, and organizations that receive foreign funding. (AP)
  • United States: Thousands of people in the Northern California remain without power after a utility cutoff service to prevent the sparking of wildfires amid a fall heat wave. (AP)

Asia  

  • Japan: The country is reportedly set to release treated radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor into the sea. (BBC)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov has become the country’s acting President in the wake of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s resignation after a disputed parliamentary election. (AP)
  • South Korea: The US has told Seoul that it will put nearly 9,000 South Korean workers on unpaid leave from April if a cost-sharing agreement related to the US troops stationed in the country is not finalized. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rejected protesters calls for him to resign, as his government stepped up efforts to prevent student protesters from staging rallies in the capital city Bangkok in defiance of a strict state of emergency. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain issued a joint statement condemning Israel’s approval of new settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, calling it a “counterproductive” move that undermines regional peace efforts. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia joined the Netherlands in condemning Russia over its withdrawal from consultations over the case of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel reported “some movement” in talks between EU leaders about an agreement with the United Kingdom on their post-Brexit relations. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: The Russian Interior Ministry said that the country had placed opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on its wanted list for allegedly making calls to overthrow the constitutional order in the country. (Reuters)
  • Slovenia: The government is enforcing a partial lockdown in an effort to curb an explosion in the number of new coronavirus cases in the country. (DPA)

Middle East

  • Iran: The US has sentenced Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, founder and CEO of one of the country’s financial-services firms, to almost two years in prison for helping people in the country evade US sanctions. (RFE-RL)
  • Israel: Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said he will not pursue a criminal investigation into an opaque company share deal conducted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that provided PM Netanyahu a steep return on investments. (AP)
  • Yemen: Prisoners involved in the recently agreed prisoner exchange between the government and Houthi rebel forces are traveling back to their homes, as the prisoner exchange continued into its second day. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Twitter has softened its policies against the sharing of hacked material after facing a backlash over its decision to block a New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son. (Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 16OCT20: 38,971,792
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 16OCT20: 26,918,980
      • Deaths as of 16OCT20: 1,098,937
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10OCT20: 119
      • Probable Cases as of 10OCT20: 9
      • Deaths as of 10OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (17OCT20)

  • Global: The UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 1993
  • Global: The IMF and World Bank will hold their joint annual meetings virtually. (to 18OCT)
  • France: A night-time curfew will be imposed in capital city Paris and other major cities in a bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis will host the Global Compact on Education. (to 18OCT)
  • New Zealand: Parliamentary elections will be held.
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit a drilling vessel in the Black Sea and announce the total size of gas reserves found in the country’s largest-ever gas reserves discovery.
  • United Kingdom: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will speak at the World Bank’s ‘End Poverty Day 2020: Surmounting Setbacks’ online event.
  • United States: Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who had been blacklisted by the US in the past over alleged human rights violations, will visit and meet with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. (to 19OCT)
  • United States: The State Department and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology will jointly hold the 11th U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology.

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15OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s military warned “subversive elements and trouble makers” to desist following a week of anti-police brutality protests.
  • AMERICAS: Amnesty International said Chilean authorities should investigate the allegations of police force leaders playing a role in human rights violations during last year’s protests in the country.
  • ASIA: Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said he was resigning to end the post-election chaos after the country’s recent disputed parliamentary elections.
  • EUROPE: Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic all reported record daily increases in new coronavirus cases, as Europe stands on the precipice of its second coronavirus wave.
  • MIDDLE EAST: More than a thousand prisoners are set to be exchanged by the Yemeni government and the opposing Houthi rebels.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Hong Kong police conducted raids on the private offices of pro-democracy activist and media mogul Jimmy Lai.

Top Story

  • Thailand: Government declares state of emergency but protests continue.
    • The Thai government issued an emergency order following a night of unprecedented protests in the capital city Bangkok.
    • The emergency order effectively bans protests and restricts media content, as the government seeks to clamp down on largely pro-democracy and anti-monarchy protests.
    • A student-led protest heckled a royal motorcade earlier in the day, with protesters later converging outside Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s office.
    • The protesters demanded the resignation of PM Chan-ocha, constitutional reforms and reforms of the country’s once untouchable monarchy.
    • Riot police cleared out the protesters and arrested several leaders of the protest, one of whom posted on Facebook that he was denied access to a lawyer and was forced onto a helicopter to be taken to a city in the country’s north.
    • Reporting: AFP, Reuters, WaPo, AP, NYT, BBC, DPA 

Africa

  • Guinea: Internet monitors are concerned about social media curbs ahead of the country’s upcoming presidential election in which President Alpha Conde will seek a controversial third term in office. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Campaigning for this month’s upcoming presidential election started, which will see incumbent President Alassane Ouattara bidding for a controversial third term in office and the opposition urging civil disobedience in response. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The European Union accepted the country’s request for assistance in dealing with rebels in the country’s north who have links with the Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The military warned “subversive elements and trouble makers” to desist following a week of anti-police brutality protests. (BBC)
  • Somalia: At least 13 soldiers died during an army operation against al-Shabaab militants near the district of Afgoye northwest of the capital Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Chile: Amnesty International said authorities should investigate the allegations of police force leaders playing a role in human rights violations during last year’s protests in the country. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The UN envoy for the country, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, called for more protection for former combatants who are being killed “in alarming numbers,” since the 2016 peace accord in the country. (AP)
  • United States: The White House appointed Robert Destro, currently Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, as the new Special Coordinator on Tibet. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: Singapore and Hong Kong are set to open a travel bubble in an agreement that will reopen the links between Asia’s two major financial hubs. (Bloomberg)
  • China: Senior officials in the region of Tibet, which is administered by the country, urged Tibetans not to “overdo” religion and defended Beijing’s vocational training program that opponents have called coercive. (Reuters)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said he was resigning to end the post-election chaos after the country’s recent disputed parliamentary elections. (DPA)
  • Malaysia: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was summoned by the police to aid an investigation into a viral list of federal lawmakers allegedly backing his bid to be the country’s next Prime Minister. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Armenia accused Turkey of not allowing flights carrying aid to Armenia to use Turkish airspace, as the continued fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh pushes the region towards a potential humanitarian crisis. (Reuters)
  • Region: Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic all reported record daily increases in new coronavirus cases, as Europe stands on the precipice of its second coronavirus wave. (AP)
  • France: The police conducted a search on Health Minister Olivier Veran’s house as part of an inquiry into the government’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: New MI5 Chief Ken McCallum said while Russia poses the biggest state-based threat to the country currently, China will pose a bigger threat in the future. (VOA)

Middle East

  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun delayed the parliamentary consultations to settle on a new Prime Minister by one week. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch called for sanctions against the top commanders of a government-Russian campaign that saw attacks on civilian targets in the Idlib region, adding that the attacks may amount to crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Yemen: More than a thousand prisoners are set to be exchanged by the government and the opposing Houthi rebels. (AFP)

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Hong Kong police conducted raids on the private offices of pro-democracy activist and media mogul Jimmy Lai. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14OCT20: 38,180,468
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 14OCT20: 26,495,369
      • Deaths as of 14OCT20: 1,086,996
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10OCT20: 119
      • Probable Cases as of 10OCT20: 9
      • Deaths as of 10OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16OCT20)

  • Global: The UN’s World Food Day – 1981
  • Global: The IMF and World Bank will hold their joint annual meetings virtually. (to 18OCT)
  • Asia: US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will visit India and Bangladesh.
  • Europe: An EU summit will be held with Brexit negotiations and possible sanctions on Russia for Alexei Navalny’s poisoning expected to be discussed.
  • Bulgaria: A major demonstration marking the 100th day of continued anti-government protests is expected to be held.
  • China: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will meet. (to 17OCT)
  • Haiti: The mandate of the UN Security Council’s mission to the country is set to expire unless an extension is approved earlier.
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis will host the Global Compact on Education. (to 18OCT)
  • Morocco: French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will visit.
  • Pakistan: Opposition parties will stage the first in a series of anti-government protests and rallies.
  • United States: Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who had been blacklisted by the US in the past over alleged human rights violations, will visit and meet with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. (to 19OCT)

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14OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The UN says Islamist insurgents in Somalia appear to be investing in businesses and real estate and shifting millions of dollars through formal bank systems.
  • AMERICAS: The Lima Group of countries rejected the planned parliamentary elections in Venezuela, which are already boycotted by most opposition parties within the country, as the elections lacked “the most minimal democratic guarantees.”
  • ASIA: Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government took to the streets of capital city Bangkok and were met with a counterdemonstration and a heavy police presence.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said his country’s Oruc Reis survey vessel reached its intended destination in the Eastern Mediterranean and is set to take readings.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel and Lebanon reportedly started unprecedented US-mediated talks on their disputed maritime border at a UN base on the land border between the two countries.
  • GLOBAL: Human Rights Watch’s UN Director Louis Charbonneau criticized the UN Human Rights Council’s voting system, as China, Russia, Cuba and Pakistan were elected to the Human Rights Council.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: NASA’s Kate Rubins and Russia’s Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed successfully at the International Space Station for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the station in just three hours.

 

Top Story

  • Europe: Azerbaijan claims to have struck targets within Armenia.
    • Russia issued a fresh appeal to Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt their fighting over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region as the recent ceasefire agreement continues to falter.
    • Russia’s appeal took place as Azerbaijan claimed to have struck targets inside Armenia, and not just the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region, for the first time.
    • Azerbaijan claimed it struck two missile launch sites inside Armenia in areas bordering the separatist Kalbajar district. Azerbaijan also alleged that Armenia is using the missile launch sites to target civilian areas.
    • Meanwhile, Armenia’s Defense Ministry confirmed that sites within Armenia had been struck.
    • However, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said its military was not directly firing into Azerbaijan previously but claimed it now felt justified to do so.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle

 

Africa

  • Mozambique: Health Minister Armindo Tiago tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation at home. (Reuters)
  • Namibia: Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila announced plans to organize special courts to deal with cases of physical and sexual violence against women. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Public reaction to the police’s decision to unveil a new police unit replacing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, that allegedly carried out rights abuses, is negative. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The UN says Islamist insurgents in the country appear to be investing in businesses and real estate and shifting millions of dollars through formal bank systems. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Argentina: Thousands of people took to the streets of cities across the country to stage anti-government protests over the government’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo survived a no confidence motion in the Chamber of Representatives, with lawmakers voting overwhelmingly against the motion. (DPA)
  • Mexico: Police and the country’s federal anti-money laundering agency have frozen more than a thousand bank accounts that allegedly moved around $125 million for 14 crime gangs, including some of the country’s largest drug cartels. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Lima Group of countries rejected the planned parliamentary elections, which are already boycotted by most opposition parties within the country, as the elections lacked “the most minimal democratic guarantees.” (DPA)
  • United States: The Supreme Court ruled that the White House can order an end to census field operations early. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: Acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid is visiting the Helmand province after the country’s security forces launched a counter-offensive against Taliban insurgents who have battled their way near to the province’s capital. (Reuters)
  • China: President Xi Jinping pledged to promote the development of Shenzhen, the country’s biggest tech center, and promised to ease regulations to spur the growth of new industries. (AP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Un visited the typhoon-struck northeastern Komdok area where he criticized government agencies for “defeatism,” according to state media reports. (AP)
  • Thailand: Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government took to the streets of Bangkok and were met with a counterdemonstration and a heavy police presence. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Region: Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said his country’s Oruc Reis survey vessel reached its intended destination in the Eastern Mediterranean and is set to take readings. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Czech Republic and the Netherlands are the latest countries in the continent to impose fresh coronavirus restrictions, amid a new wave of coronavirus infections. (BBC)
  • Germany: The country reported more than 5,000 new cases of the coronavirus in one day for the first time since April. (DPA)
  • Russia: The European Union reportedly finalized sanctions against one organization from the country, as well as six of the country’s security officials, over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. (DPA)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel and Lebanon reportedly started unprecedented US-mediated talks on their disputed maritime border at a UN base on the land border between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Health officials admitted that the country is facing a third coronavirus wave as it reported its largest number of deaths in in one day since the outbreak first started in March, as well as its largest number of new infections. (Guardian)
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh presided over a virtual global interfaith forum as part of its G20 presidency, with participation from Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis, Christian priests and others religious figures. (AP)

 

Global

  • UN: Human Rights Watch’s UN Director Louis Charbonneau criticized the UN Human Rights Council’s voting system, as China, Russia, Cuba and Pakistan were elected to the Human Rights Council. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Space: NASA’s Kate Rubins and Russia’s Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed successfully at the International Space Station for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the station in just three hours. (AP)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Nangka
      • Location: 59 nautical miles SE of Hanoi, Vietnam
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14OCT20: 38,180,468 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 14OCT20: 26,495,369
      • Deaths as of 14OCT20: 1,086,996
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10OCT20: 119 
      • Probable Cases as of 10OCT20: 9 
      • Deaths as of 10OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (15OCT20)

  • Global: The IMF and World Bank will hold their joint annual meetings virtually. (to 18OCT)
  • Global: The UN’s International Day of Rural Women – 2008
  • Asia: US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will visit India and Bangladesh. (to 16OCT)
  • Europe: An EU summit will be held with Brexit negotiations and possible sanctions on Russia for Alexei Navalny’s poisoning expected to be discussed. (to 16OCT)
  • Europe: The Digital and Telecommunications Ministers of EU member states will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Middle East: The UN Security Council will hold meetings on Yemen and the Middle East, with a prisoner exchange between Yemen’s warring parties also reportedly set to take place.
  • Middle East: Israel’s Knesset will vote on the recent diplomatic normalization agreement with the UAE.
  • China: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will meet. (to 17OCT)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron will meet with the country’s police unions.
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis will host the Global Compact on Education. (to 18OCT)
  • Italy: The government’s coronavirus state of emergency is set to expire.
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun will hold parliamentary consultations to choose the country’s next Prime Minister.
  • Morocco: French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will visit. (to 16OCT)
  • Thailand: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit and meet with Prime Minister Wang Yi.
  • Ukraine: The government will close the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint with occupied Lugansk. (to 31OCT)
  • United States: Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who had been blacklisted by the US in the past over alleged human rights violations, will visit and meet with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. (to 19OCT)
  • United States: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud will speak at the Washington Institute.
  • United States: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina.

 

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13OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Guinea’s FNDC opposition coalition says more than 90 people died in a crackdown on the protests against President Alpha Conde’s controversial bid to win a third term in office.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally since his coronavirus infection.
  • ASIA: China’s imports rose by 13.2% in September compared to the same period last year, including an increase in imports from the US, while its exports also increased by 9.9% compared to the same period last year.
  • EUROPE: The WTO is reportedly set to rule in favor of the European Union in its bid to impose tariffs on US goods in response to subsidies to the plane company Boeing.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Bashar Assad took a rare public trip as he traveled to the coastal Latakia province that was affected by wildfires in recent weeks.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook launched a new policy that explicitly prohibits “any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust”.

 

Top Story

  • Europe: Greece says no to talks with Turkey until survey ship is withdrawn.
    • The Greek government said it will not hold any talks with Turkey until Ankara withdraws its Oruc Reis research vessel from Greece’s continental shelf waters.
    • Greek Minister of State George Gerapetritis said Athens will “emphatically” raise the Oruc Reis issue at this week’s European Council meeting.
    • German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass is scheduled to visit Greece today, where he will discuss the rising tensions between Athens and Ankara with the Greek government.
    • Foreign Minister Mass already pledged “full solidarity” with both Greece and Cyprus in their dispute with Turkey, but also urged an “honest effort on all sides” to find a solution to the rising tensions in the Mediterranean.
    • Reporting: AFP, AP, Reuters, DPA

 

Africa

  • Guinea: The FNDC opposition coalition says more than 90 people died in a crackdown on the protests against President Alpha Conde’s controversial bid to win a third term in office. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A civilian and a police officer died during protests against police brutality in the city of Lagos, with some protesters accusing the police of using live ammunition against them. (BBC
  • Tunisia: The country’s trade deficit fell to $3.7 billion for the first time in nine (09) months due to declining imports and exports. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Colombia: Thousands of indigenous people took to the streets of the city of Cali to demand an end to violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The government relaxed its coronavirus restrictions across the country, with the exception of capital city Havana, in a bid to spur its economy. (AP)
  • Ecuador: The country’s largest indigenous organization accused authorities of crimes against humanity during last year’s protests over fuel prices, and filed a lawsuit against President Lenin Moreno and other officials over the matter. (AFP)
  • Panama: International flights are now allowed to arrive and depart the country after almost seven (07) months of restrictions due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (VOA)
  • United States: President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally since his coronavirus infection. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: The US is reportedly set to move ahead with three (03) sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was investigating the recent media reports of China halting coal imports but urged caution saying it was “important not to get ahead of ourselves here”. (Guardian)
  • Cambodia: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly plans to create an office at the national headquarters of the country’s police forces. (Reuters)
  • China: The country’s imports rose by 13.2% in September compared to the same period last year, including an increase in imports from the US, while its exports also increased by 9.9% compared to the same period last year. (DPA)
  • India: The country recorded its lowest daily increase of new coronavirus cases in two months. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Region: Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to trade accusations of violating a recently agreed ceasefire. (DPA
  • Region: The WTO is reportedly set to rule in favor of the European Union in its bid to impose tariffs on US goods in response to subsidies to the plane company Boeing. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: The Interior Ministry said it will now allow police to use combat weapons in the streets if needed, as security forces and protesters demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko clashed once again. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The unemployment rate increased sharply in August, with the trend expected to continue due to the government’s salary-support scheme ending this month, as well as the new lockdowns across parts of the country. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Tehran said a drone from an unidentified source crashed near its border with Azerbaijan. (AFP)
  • Israel: Rights group B’Tselem said Palestinian hunger striker Maher al-Akhras, who started his hunger strike after being arrested and placed under administrative detention without any charges over suspected militancy, is “on the verge of death”. (AFP
  • Syria: Syrian President Bashar Assad took a rare public trip as he traveled to the coastal Latakia province that was affected by wildfires in recent weeks. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook launched a new policy that explicitly prohibits “any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust”. (BBC)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Nangka
      • Location: 264 nautical miles Southwest of Hong Kong
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: W at 7 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 13OCT20: 37,838,286 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 13OCT20: 26,299,485
      • Deaths as of 13OCT20: 1,081,295
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03OCT20: 119 
      • Probable Cases as of 03OCT20: 9 
      • Deaths as of 03OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14OCT20)

  • Global: Freedom House will release its annual “Freedom on the Net” report.
  • Global: The IMF and World Bank will hold their joint annual meetings virtually. (to 18OCT)
  • Global: The 71st International Astronautical Congress will be held virtually.
  • Global: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold meetings on the Western Saharan region and Colombia.
  • Asia: US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will visit India and Bangladesh. (to 16OCT)
  • Europe: The European Council and the European Parliament will resume EU budget negotiations following their suspension last week when European Parliament negotiators walked-out of ongoing negotiations.
  • Middle East: Israel and Lebanon will hold UN & US mediated talks over the disputed maritime border between the two countries. (to 14NOV)
  • China: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will meet. (to 17OCT)
  • China: President Xi Jinping is scheduled to deliver a speech in Shenzhen to mark 40th anniversary of the establishment of the city’s Special Economic Zone.
  • Kazakhstan: A Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft will launch and transport one US and two Russian astronauts to the International Space Station.
  • Malaysia: New coronavirus restrictions will take effect across some regions of the country.
  • Russia: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will visit and meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Thailand: A student-led protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be held in capital city Bangkok.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit Iowa.
  • United States: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. (to 15OCT)
  • United States: South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook will visit and meet with Defense Secretary Mark Esper to discuss North Korea and the transfer of wartime operational control.
  • United States: The government will extend its National Emergency with respect to Syria.

 

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12OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tanzania’s National Parks services say they are working to contain a fire that sparked on the continent’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian drug crime boss André Oliveira Macedo went on the run after being released from prison briefly for an impending house arrest.
  • ASIA: India’s financial capital Mumbai was left reeling after a rare power outage across the city, due to issues with “incoming supply to the main grid”.
  • EUROPE: The Foreign Ministers of EU member states are set to meet and discuss a host of ongoing issues, including possible sanctions on Russia over the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The recent Israel-UAE normalization deal was approved by the Israeli Cabinet, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced that he and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince agreed to meet soon.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s petition calling for an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s media monopoly in Australia is signed by more than 100,000 people.

 

Top Story

  • China: 9 million people to be tested for coronavirus after a new outbreak.
    • Authorities in the city of Qingdao said they will test all nine million residents of the city for coronavirus over the next five days.
    • The mass testing was announced after dozens of new coronavirus cases emerged and caused concerns of a new mass outbreak of the virus.
    • All of the new cases have links to a hospital treating coronavirus patients arriving from outside China.
    • China previously carried out mass testing in the city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, with Beijing reportedly bringing the virus under control, apart from sporadic and isolated outbreaks in cities.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, AFP, CNN

 

Africa

  • Malawi: Doctors in the country say a lack of specialist support and a rise in unemployment caused a drastic rise in suicides in the country amid a coronavirus-induced economic downturn. (Guardian)
  • Tanzania: The country’s National Parks services say they are working to contain a fire that sparked on the continent’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: At least 11 migrants died during their attempt to cross the Mediterranean and into Italy after their boat sank off the country’s coast. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: Drug crime boss André Oliveira Macedo went on the run after being released from prison briefly for an impending house arrest. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Mexico City officials took down a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus in anticipation of protests against it. (DPA)
  • United States: President Donald Trump said he was ready to return to the campaign trail, amid concerns and questions over his health following his recent bout with coronavirus. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: Chinese security personnel said they uncovered a range of espionage cases and captured people who were spying on behalf of rival Taiwan. (AP)
  • India: The country’s financial capital Mumbai was left reeling after a rare power outage across the city, due to issues with “incoming supply to the main grid”. (BBC
  • Kyrgyzstan: Pro-Russian President Sooronbai Jeenbekov renewed a state of emergency in the capital city Bishkek due to ongoing unrest after a disputed parliamentary election. (Reuters)
  • Tajikistan: The country’s leader Emomali Rakhmon is on course for a win in the country’s presidential election in which he only faced token opposition. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Region: The recent Russia-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to end fighting as both countries accused each other of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. (AP)
  • Region: The Foreign Ministers of EU member states are set to meet and discuss a host of ongoing issues, including possible sanctions on Russia over the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. (RFE-RL)
  • Region: Turkey is set to deploy the Oruc Reis research vessel to the eastern Mediterranean once again, in a move likely to raise tensions between Ankara and Greece. (AFP)
  • Germany: The Polarstern research vessel returned to its home port in Bremerhaven after a landmark year-long research expedition to the Arctic circle. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to impose a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions across parts of England amid a surge in cases. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Philippe Lazzarini, said Palestinians in Gaza are searching through garbage to find food as they face unprecedented levels of poverty. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: Iran-backed militias in the country said they will halt their rocket attacks on US presence in the country on the condition that US-led coalition forces depart the country in line with a parliamentary resolution from earlier this year. (AP)
  • Israel: The recent UAE normalization deal was approved by the Cabinet, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced that he and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince agreed to meet soon. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s petition calling for an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s media monopoly in Australia is signed by more than 100,000 people. (BBC)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Linfa
      • Location: 48 nautical miles South of Da Nang, Vietnam
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: W at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression Eighteen
      • Location: 287 nautical miles NW of Manila, Philippines
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: W at 10 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06OCT20: 35,511,291 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 06OCT20: 24,770,288
      • Deaths as of 06OCT20: 1,044,490
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03OCT20: 119 
      • Probable Cases as of 03OCT20: 9 
      • Deaths as of 03OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (13OCT20)

  • Global: The IMF and World Bank will hold their joint annual meetings virtually. (to 18OCT)
  • Global: The Finance Ministers of G7 countries will hold a teleconference.
  • Global: The G24 Ministers and Governors Meeting will be held virtually.
  • Global: The International Energy Agency will release its annual World Energy Outlook report.
  • Global: The IMF will release its World Economic Outlook, as well as its Global Financial Stability Report.
  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold meetings on the African Great Lakes region.
  • Global: Transparency International will release its Exporting Corruption 2020 report.
  • Global: The 71st International Astronautical Congress will be held virtually. (to 14OCT)
  • Global: OPEC will release its Monthly Oil Market report.
  • Global: The UN’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – 2010
  • Americas: Most charter flights between the US and Cuba will be suspended from this date.
  • Europe: Ministers from EU countries will discuss the state of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
  • China: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will meet. (to 17OCT)
  • China: The government is expected to release export data for both September as well as Q3 of this year.
  • Germany: The country’s Central Bank will its Financial Stability Review report discussing the stability of the country’s financial system.
  • Ireland: Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will present the budget to parliament.
  • Malaysia: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will meet the country’s ruling monarch Sultan Abdullah to discuss ending the country’s incumbent government and the formation of a new one to replace it.
  • Poland: The Senate will deliberate over a controversial animal rights bill that has already been approved by the lower house of parliament.
  • Thailand: The fourth anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death will be marked amid a recent wave of anti-monarchy and anti-government protests.
  • Ukraine: President Andrzej Duda will visit.
  • United States: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. (to 15OCT)

 

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11OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Tunisian Health Ministry reported 3,137 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 31,259 and the death toll to 456 in the country.
  • AMERICAS: The White House doctor stated that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of spreading COVID-19 but did not say whether Trump had tested negative for it
  • ASIA: India confirmed the COVID-19 case toll crossed 7 million, with a number of new cases decreasing in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of the mask and distancing fatigue setting in.   
  • EUROPE: A fragile cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh is at risk of collapse over allegations that each side continued attacks despite the agreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates has stated, adding that it contributed to negative polarization.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: President Trump is behind former vice president Joe Biden by twelve points, being affected by distrust on the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

 

Top Story

  • North Korea: New ICBM missiles have been spotted at North Korea’s military parade. 
    • New intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) were showcased during a military parade marking the ruling Workers’ Party’s 75th founding anniversary. 
    • Supreme leader Kim Jong-un said that his country will continue strengthening its military for self-defense and “deterrence.”
    • South Korea urged the North to adhere to agreements that ban armed clashes between the neighbors, in comments, made a day after North Korea showcased new strategic and tactical weapons at a predawn military parade.
    • The United States government finds it “disappointing” that North Korea still seeks to prioritize its weapons development, a senior U.S. official said, asking the communist state to return to denuclearization talks.
    • Reporting: YNAEFE. Reuters, YNA

 

Africa

  • Algeria: Five people were killed, and 16 others injured in a gas explosion in the northwestern part of the country, the official APS news agency reported. (Xinhua
  • Libya: The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it was lifting force majeure on the Sharara oilfield. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The Health Ministry reported 3,137 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 31,259 and the death toll to 456 in the country. (Xinhua

 

Americas

  • Colombia: COVID-19 infections in the country rose to 902,747 after tests detected 8,447 new cases in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported. (Xinhua
  • United States: A private security guard working for a TV station was in custody after a person died from a shooting during dueling protests in downtown Denver. (AP)  
  • United States: The White House doctor stated that President Donald Trump was no longer at risk of spreading COVID-19 but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.  (AP

 

Asia

  • China: Mainland China reported 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 10, up from 15 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority reported. (Reuters)  
  • India: The nation confirmed COVID-19 toll crossed 7 million with a number of new cases decreasing in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of the mask and distancing fatigue setting in. (AP
  • South Korea:  The nation’s daily new COVID-19 cases rose by double digits for the fourth straight day Sunday, yet health authorities are still on alert over a possible spike in infections amid back-to-back holidays. (YNA)
  • Tajikistan: The Central Asian republic is expected to re-elect its long-time, authoritarian President Emomali Rahmon in a nationwide vote regarded mainly as a formality. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Region: A fragile cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh is at risk of collapse over allegations that each side continued attacks despite the agreement. (RFE)
  • Region: The EU risks capitulating “hostage” to authoritarian member states if it fails to agree to a system that defends the rule of law within its borders, Slovakia’s president has warned. (FT)
  • Bulgaria: The nation reported 448 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 24,319, official figures reported. (Xinhua)
  • Lithuania: Polls opened for the first-round parliamentary election, where voters will choose 141 federal lawmakers, and the ruling four-party coalition is facing a stiff challenge from the opposition. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates has stated, adding that it contributed to negative polarization. (Reuters)  
  • Egypt: The nation recorded 125 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 104,387. (Xinhua)  
  • Saudi Arabia: The Saudi-led coalition said that it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the kingdom’s Najran city, the state news agency announced. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: President Trump is behind former vice president Joe Biden by twelve points, being affected by distrust on the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. (WaPo)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:31.8N 141.4E
      • Movement: ESE
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Linfa
      • Location:15.2N 108.3E
      • Movement: W
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map 
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report 
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11OCT20: 37,246,627
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 11OCT20: 25,912,335
      • Deaths as of 11OCT20: 1,073,348
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118 
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (12OCT20)

  • Global: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting, held virtually
  • Global: U.N. Security Council meetings on Western Sahara
  • Global: ECB President Christine Lagarde speaks at a Governor Talk virtual meeting
  • Eurasia: Delegations from Russia and Uzbekistan to meet in Bukhara for the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
  • Europe: France, the U.S, and Russia to hold OSCE Minsk Group meeting in Moscow.
  • Europe: Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan to visit Russia, meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Belarus: Joint Belarus-Russia drills take place in the nation
  • Israel: The country will ratify the Abraham Accords
  • United States: Columbus Day

 

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10OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Security Council welcomed the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement by the government of Sudan, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Delta weakened after hitting a corner of southwestern Louisiana, which has repeatedly been battered by storms this year.
  • ASIA: China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer, John S. McCain, as it sailed near islands claimed by the nation in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: British foreign minister Dominic Raab announced that London is temporarily recalling its Ambassador to Belarus, Jacqueline Perkins, to discuss the situation in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two explosive-laden drones towards the Kingdom by Iran-aligned Houthis, state news agency SPA reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Pakistan banned the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company did not fully comply with the instructions to establish an effective system to control unlawful content.

Top Story

  • Caucuses: Ceasefire was enacted in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. 
    • Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire starting on Saturday to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the fighting, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, announced.
    • Canada made clear to Turkey that it and other nations should stay out of the conflict between Armenian and Azeri forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, said Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
    • France welcomed a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and said now it had to be fully implemented to guarantee conditions were in place to end the conflict permanently.
    • Less than an hour into the truce, which came into force at midday local time (08:00 GMT), the warring sides have accused the other of breaking it.
    • Reporting: The Guardian, Reuters, Reuters, BBC,

Africa

  • Libya: The east-based army denied any intention to launch attacks on cities in the western part of the nation. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced he had spoken by phone with President Uhuru Kenyatta about two Cuban doctors abducted in the nation last year. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The Security Council welcomed the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement by the central government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Mexico: At least six people died, and two were injured after an explosion, and a resulting fire occurred at a farm following a shootout in the municipality of Tonala in Jalisco, Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Hurricane Delta weakened after hitting a corner of southwestern Louisiana, which has repeatedly been battered by storms this year. (Reuters)
  • United States: New cases of COVID-19 in the United States hit a two-month high with over 58,000 cases of COVID-19 reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest at record levels for five straight days, according to a Reuters analysis. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • China: The nation said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer, John S. McCain, as it sailed near islands claimed by the nation in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • India: The nation’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are closing in on 7 million, with another 73,272 reported in 24 hours. (AP)
  • North Korea: Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed efforts to further develop his country’s relationship with the nation and support its struggle to advance its socialist agenda, state media reported. (YNA)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Parliament was set to meet on Saturday and potentially vote in a new government to end a power vacuum in the strategically important Central Asian nation which has been gripped by unrest since a contested Oct. 4 election. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Europe has surpassed the 100,000 mark for the first time, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO). (DPA)
  • Belarus: British foreign minister Dominic Raab announced that London is temporarily recalling its Ambassador to Belarus, Jacqueline Perkins, to discuss the situation in the country. (Reuters)
  • Lithuania: Voters are preparing for choosing a new parliament for a nation that has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and whose center-right coalition government has faced increased criticism over soaring virus-related unemployment. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the nation has exceeded 100 for the first time since the pandemic began, jumping to 108, the national security council reported. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed that his country desires “immediately” to bring over some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews. (AP)
  • Jordan: The nation imposes a 48-hour curfew to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two explosive-laden drones towards the Kingdom by Iran-aligned Houthis, state news agency SPA reported. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Pakistan banned the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company did not fully comply with the instructions to establish an effective system to control unlawful content. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:32.1N 136.8E
      • Movement: E
      • Wind:60 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location:31.8N 91.8W
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10OCT20: 36,916,137
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 10OCT20: 25,678,242
      • Deaths as of 10OCT20: 1,068,674
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (11OCT20)

  • Europe: Russian Foreign Minister meets Armenian counterpart in Moscow
  • Belarus: Protests expected against President Lukashenko
  • Cyprus: Northern Cyprus presidential elections first round
  • Lithuania: Parliamentary elections first round, followed by second-round 25 Oct
  • Tajikistan: Presidential elections

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09OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: A security official in the Western Benishangul-Gumuz region reports an attack this week that killed 14 civilians, and security forces responded by killing 14 militia members.
  • AMERICAS: The COVID-19 pandemic could raise the poverty rate in Peru by up to 30 percent, Minister of Development and Social Inclusion Patricia Donayre reported
  • ASIA: China will join a World Health Organization initiative tasked with ensuring the fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide as part of Beijing’s latest effort to do positive PR during the global battle against the pandemic.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s economy grew by a lower-than-expected 2.1% in August from July, the fourth consecutive month of growth as the country tries to recover from its record economic decline during the COVID-19 lockdown, official data reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon’s leading Sunni Muslim politician, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, called for the restoration of a French plan to lift the country out of its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O has invested 7 billion rupees ($95.51 million) in its Indian payments unit, ahead of the festive season, data from business intelligence firm Tofler noted.

Top Story

  • United States: Uncertainty continues over the state of President Trump’s health after his COVID-19 diagnosis. 
    • Donald Trump, who is still recovering from Covid-19, has suggested he might organize a rally in Florida despite not confirming if he has yet tested negative for the disease.
    • US President Donald Trump has completed his prescribed treatment for Covid-19 and can return to campaigning, his physician has said.
    • The public is losing faith in the president in handling the pandemic according to a  poll taken Tuesday through Thursday, after Trump’s COVID-19 infection and weekend hospitalization found 37% of American adults approved of the president’s handling of the pandemic and 59% disapproved
    • The next debates between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden might be canceled as the President refuses to participate in any debate that is not in person.
    • Reporting: The Guardian, BBC, ReutersAP,

Africa

  • Ethiopia: A security official in the Western Benishangul-Gumuz region reports an attack this week that killed 14 civilians, and security forces responded by killing 14 militia members. (AP)
  • Morocco: The nation announced that its navy had rescued 231 Sub-Saharan migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The Health Ministry recorded 2,357 additional COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 26,899. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Peru: The COVID-19 pandemic could raise the poverty rate in the nation by up to 30 percent, Minister of Development and Social Inclusion Patricia Donayre reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: An attorney for the family of a Black teen killed by a suburban Milwaukee police officer promised to keep fighting and working to prove racism pervades the officer’s department after a prosecutor declined to file charges in the case. (AP)
  • United States: Americans are rushing to vote before the Nov. 3 election at an unprecedented pace, early voting numbers show, indicating a possible record turnout for the 2020 election. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: A senior Afghan politician said that the nation needs time to analyze the U.S. troop withdrawal announcement but added that premature withdrawal would have negative consequences for the country. (RFE)
  • China: The nation will join a World Health Organization initiative tasked with ensuring the fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide as part of Beijing’s latest effort to do positive PR during the global battle against the pandemic. (RT)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Sooronbai Jeenbekov says he is ready to resign once a new cabinet is appointed to end the power vacuum in the Central Asian country, he announced. (RFE)
  • South Korea: The nation reported 54 new cases of COVID-19, the second straight day of fewer than 100 cases, with health authorities on alert over a possible spike in infections following the Chuseok holiday. (YNA)

Europe

  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 4,516 to 314,660, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases recorded. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Police in heavy riot gear began removing residents from a Berlin leftist squat, encountering minimal resistance from residents as they carried them individually down a firetruck’s ladder. (AP)
  • Spain: A Spanish court has ended government curbs on entering and leaving Madrid, plunging policy in the COVID-19 hotspot into chaos and raising the possibility that Prime minister Pedro Sánchez will use emergency powers to take control. (FT)
  • United Kingdom: Britain’s economy grew by a lower-than-expected 2.1% in August from July, the fourth consecutive month of growth as the country tries to recover from its record economic decline during the COVID-19 lockdown, official data reported. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 121 additional infections and seven deaths of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 104,156, including 6,017 deaths, the Egyptian Health Ministry announced. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: The nation’s leading Sunni Muslim politician, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, called for the restoration of a French plan to lift the nation out of its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: A worsening global oil demand outlook will prompt OPEC to reverse a planned easing of oil cuts in 2021 with Saudi Arabia offering deeper cuts below its current quota, J.P. Morgan announced a research note. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • E-Commerce: Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O has invested 7 billion rupees ($95.51 million) in its Indian payments unit, ahead of the festive season, data from business intelligence firm Tofler noted. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:30.7N 133.6E
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:80 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location:26.9N 93.7W
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:120 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 09OCT20: 36,554,915
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 09OCT20: 25,477,352
      • Deaths as of 09OCT20: 1,062,533
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (10OCT20)

  • Czech Republic: Senate and regional elections second round continues
  • Fiji: Independence Day
  • Nigeria: Ondo State, governorship election.
  • Taiwan: Double Tenth National Day

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08OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Eighteen Algerian protesters who took part in banned anti-government gatherings were ordered Wednesday to stand trial next week, with nine defendants confined to prison in the meantime, a lawyer said.
  • AMERICAS: Louisiana is dealing with another in a record-breaking series of violent storms as Hurricane Delta heads toward a region still recovering from the last storm.
  • ASIA: The U.S. negotiator seeking to end Afghanistan’s war voiced hope on October 7 that the Kabul government can reach a side deal with Pakistan, whose historic support of the Taliban has long tested relations.
  • EUROPE: The French economy rebounded 16% in the third quarter after a devastating 13.8% slump in the previous three months.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli cabinet extended regulations that limit anti-government protests, citing a need to limit gatherings amid a COVID-19 resurgence.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook will ban political ads indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3, as a way to deter tension in the election’s aftermath.

Top Story

  • United States: The Vice-Presidential debate happened with the media reacting to Vice President Pence and Senator Harris’s performance. 
    • The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Senator Kamala Harris happened largely free of the chaos that affected last week’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
    • Sen. Harris claimed that Trump and Pence had “forfeited their right to re-election” by downplaying the virus, which has caused more than 211,500 deaths in the nation.
    • The vice-presidential candidates had a tense exchange over racial justice and law enforcement at the debate, showcasing the Republicans’ and Democrats’ differing views on the issues.
    • More Americans said Sen. Kamala Harris won the vice presidential debate, according to a CNN Instant Poll of registered voters who watched saying  6 in 10 (59%) said Harris won, while 38% said Vice President Mike Pence had the better night.
    • Reporting: Reuters, The Guardian, DPA, CNN

 Africa

  • Algeria: Eighteen protesters who took part in banned anti-government gatherings were ordered Wednesday to stand trial next week, with nine defendants confined to prison in the meantime, a lawyer said. (AFP)
  • Libya: The National Center for Disease Control in the nation reported 1,045 additional COVID-19 infections, bringing the national tally to 39,513. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: The country’s electoral commission confirmed the suspension of by-elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Colombia: President Iván Duque called for two former FARC rebel commanders be expelled from Congress over the 1995 assassination of a former presidential candidate. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The number of COVID-19 cases in the nation rose to 877,683 in the past 24 hours after tests detected 7,875 additional cases, the Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Trump is scheduled to appear in his first TV interview since revealing last Friday he had contracted COVID-19 with Fox Business Network saying an interview will air October 8th. (Reuters)
  • United States: Louisiana is dealing with another in a record-breaking series of violent storms as Hurricane Delta heads toward a region still recovering from the last storm. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: The U.S. negotiator seeking to end Afghanistan’s war voiced hope on October 7 that the Kabul government can reach a side deal with Pakistan, whose historic support of the Taliban has long tested relations. (RFE)
  • Australia: Eight cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 have been identified in New South Wales, prompting the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to say she is on “high alert” as her state remains under pressure to open its borders. (The Guardian)
  • Japan: Sentiment among smaller businesses about the current state and outlook of the economy is “really good”, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura announced. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Defense Minister Suh Wook and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper held phone talks and reaffirmed their commitment to a strong alliance and a firm combined defense posture, the defense ministry reported. (YNA)

Europe

  • France: The economy rebounded 16% in the third quarter after a devastating 13.8% slump in the previous three months. (Reuters)
  • Slovakia: The country’s daily number of new COVID-19 cases rose to 1,037, the highest since the pandemic reached the country, Prime Minister Igor Matovic reported. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Police detained at least 17 suspects in Istanbul over their alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a local media outlet reported. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The nation registered a record 5,397 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the national security council announced, up from a previous record of 4,753 new cases. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 133 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 104,035. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The cabinet extended regulations that limit anti-government protests, citing a need to limit gatherings amid a COVID-19 resurgence. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A huge explosion was heard in the Southern city of Deraa, state TV said citing its reporter. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook will ban political ads indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3, as a way to deter tension in the election’s aftermath. (.NYT)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:26N 134.8E
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Norbert
      • Location: 28.8 N 132.8 EMovement: N at 9 mph
      • Wind: 90mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location:23.4N 91.8W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:100 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 07OCT20: 36,170,478
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 07OCT20: 25,244,323
      • Deaths as of 07OCT20: 1,056,000
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09OCT20)

  • Global: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
  • Global: United Nations Security Council reports due on the Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)
  • Global: IMF managing director participates in a virtual Civil Society Townhall
  • MENA: Possible start date for land and maritime border demarcation talks between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Czech Republic: Senate and regional elections second round
  • Israel: End of Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which has prompted extra COVID-19 related restrictions in Israel.
  • United States: Hurricane Delta forecast to hit Louisiana coast

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07OCT20 Gobal Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: French lawmakers unanimously voted to return historical artifacts to Benin and Senegal more than a century after they were stolen by colonial forces and sent to Paris to be displayed in museums.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Delta weakened becoming a category three (03) hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
  • ASIA: Military tensions continue between the two Koreas over North Korea’s killing of a South Korean fisheries official as Pyongyang issued threats over Seoul’s search operations without answering calls for a joint probe, South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook stated.
  • EUROPE: The Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General’s Office reported that Armenia targeted a pipeline during the fighting between the two countries forces in and nearby to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an accusation immediately denied by Armenia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for binding consultations with members of parliament next week to name a new Prime Minister, his office reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook classified the QAnon conspiracy theory movement as dangerous and started removing Facebook groups and pages and Instagram accounts that declare themselves representatives of the movement.

Top Story

  • Kyrgyzstan: Factions continue to fight for power in the aftermath of the disputed election. 
    • Melis Myrzakmatov, the former mayor of Osh, returned to the nation and immediately addressed supporters, telling them Kyrgyzstan is “in a very dangerous situation” after opposition parties claimed the October 04 parliamentary elections were fraudulent.
    • The People’s Coordination Council, which is made up of several Kyrgyz opposition parties, says it is taking on all state powers and dissolving parliament in a rift with its former allies who wanted a power transfer through the legislature.
    • Dozens of unidentified people tried to break into the office of Canadian-owned Kumtor Gold Company in the capital city of Bishkek, the Russian news agency TASS reported.
    • Protesters held a rally in the capital of Bishkek and demanded a change in the composition of the new Cabinet, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
    • China hopes Kyrgyzstan will restore stability quickly, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson reported.
    • Reporting: RFE, Reuters, Reuters, TASS, Xinhua

Africa

  • Region: French lawmakers unanimously voted to return historical artifacts to Benin and Senegal more than a century after they were stolen by colonial forces and sent to Paris to be displayed in museums. (AFP)
  • Libya: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that 11 corpses of migrants washed on the coast over the past week. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Authorities in the unstable northeastern part of the country encouraged thousands of people displaced by jihadist violence to return home, even as terrorist attacks persist. (AFP)

Americas

  • United States: Donald Trump sowed confusion over stimulus talks, breaking off negotiations with congressional Democrats on a new aid package before changing course by trying to draw lawmakers back into discussions. (FT)
  • United States: Hurricane Delta weakened becoming a category three (03) hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Reuters)
  • United States: The US Surgeon General Jerome Adams was reported for breaking Hawaiian COVID-19 rules by taking photos in a closed park in August. (AP)

Asia  

  • Region: Military tensions continue between the two Korea’s over North Korea’s killing of a South Korean fisheries official, as Pyongyang issued threats over Seoul’s search operations without answering calls for a joint probe, South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook stated. (YNA)
  • Australia: The nation risked a potential backlash from China by joining with nearly 40 countries to express grave concerns about “gross human rights violations” in the Xinjiang region and asked for independent observers to be granted unfettered access. (The Guardian)
  • Japan: The nation will continue a strong emphasis on strategic ties with India under the new administration of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi explained to his Indian counterpart. (Reuters)
  • Singapore: The nation’s unemployment rate increased to 3.4% in August, official data showed, the highest since the middle of 2004 as businesses were affected by layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny suggested that the European Union increase sanctions on Russian oligarchs who are Kremlin allies by banning them from entering the EU. (RFE)
  • Region: The Defense Ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region reported another 40 deaths among its military, pushing the military death toll to 280 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27, the Interfax news agency reported. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: The Prosecutor-General’s Office reported that Armenia targeted a pipeline during the fighting between the two countries forces in and nearby to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an accusation immediately denied by Armenia. (RFE)
  • Germany: A 55-year-old Russian man went on trial in Berlin for a shooting in the city last year described by the nation’s attorney general as a hit ordered by the Russian state. (DPA)

Middle East

  • Israel: Police fought with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they sought to enact restrictions on public gatherings during a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the police reported. (AP)
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun called for binding consultations with members of parliament next week to name a new Prime Minister, his office reported. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinians are installing a video surveillance system in a remote village in the West Bank to record nearby Israeli settlers who they accuse of frequent attacks. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook classified the QAnon conspiracy theory movement as dangerous and started removing Facebook groups and pages and Instagram accounts that declare themselves representatives of the movement. (Reuters)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Chan-Hom
      • Location:26N 134.8E
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Norbert
      • Location:14N 107.1W
      • Movement: SW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Delta
      • Location:21.6N 88.4W
      • Movement: SW
      • Wind:35 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes:
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 07OCT20: 35,841,357
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 07OCT20: 24,996,732
      • Deaths as of 07OCT20: 1,050,371
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26SEP20: 118
      • Probable Cases as of 26SEP20: 6
      • Deaths as of 26SEP20: 50
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (08OCT20)

  • Global: OPEC launches annual World Oil Outlook, providing ‘an in-depth review and analysis of the global oil industry’ and offering ‘a thorough assessment of various scenarios in the medium and long-term development of the oil industry,’ via videoconference
  • Global: IMF World Economic Outlook analytical chapter published
  • Global: WHO coronavirus update expected
  • Americas/Asia-Pacific: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit South Korea.
  • Europe: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to meet the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, in Brussels
  • Europe: EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting
  • Denmark: C40 World Mayors Summit
  • Indonesia: The Confederation of Indonesia Trade Unions plans to hold a nationwide strike-through Oct. 8 to protest planned labor reforms.
  • India: Air Force Day
  • Morocco: The nation will begin regular parliament sessions.

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