30AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) stressed the need for an inclusive return to the country’s political process.
  • AMERICAS: The United States’ top intelligence official has told lawmakers it will largely stop holding in-person briefings on election security, signaling that it does not trust lawmakers to keep the information secret.
  • ASIA: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is expected to run in the ruling party leadership race to replace Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kyodo news agency reported, citing an unnamed source.
  • EUROPE: Voters in Montenegro are casting ballots in a tense election pitting the long-ruling pro-Western party against the opposition that desires closer ties with Serbia and Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel hopes to hold a signing ceremony in Washington for its normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates by mid-September, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet stated.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival as a company, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Protest and fighting between Pro-BLM and Pro-Trump groups continue across the nation 
    • One person is dead after a shooting in downtown Portland Saturday night in the aftermath of fighting between pro-Trump and Black Lives Matter protesters, the city’s police department confirmed in a statement.
    • Approximately 1,000 people joined a march in Kenosha, Wisconsin, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” as U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to visit the affected city next week.
    • Police said they are not releasing suspect information on the Portland shooting at this time and are asking anyone who was a witness or had the first-hand video of the shooting to contact investigators.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, CNN,

 

Africa

  • Libya: The United Nations Support Mission in the nation stressed the need for an inclusive return to the political process in the country. (Xinhua
  • Sudan: The government called for raising the negotiation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) from the ministerial level to the head of state. (Xinhua
  • Tanzania: The ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi held a rally to mark the launch of President John Magufuli’s re-election bid in the country’s capital Dodoma. (Xinhua)

 

Americas

  • Argentina: National health authorities said that 401,239 COVID-19 cases have been reported nationwide, with 8,353 deaths. (Xinhua
  • United States: President Donald Trump visited areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Laura. (DPA
  • United States: The United States’ top intelligence official has told lawmakers it will largely stop holding in-person briefings on election security, signaling that it does not trust lawmakers to keep the information secret. (The Guardian)

 

Asia

  • India: The nation reported the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus infections of any nation in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the epicenter shifts to the South Asian country. (Reuters
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will join the race to replace Shinzo Abe as prime minister, Kyodo news agency reported, citing an unnamed source. (Reuters
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, thanked Aucklanders who came out of lockdown for their commitment to suppressing the latest COVID-19 flare-up after two cases were confirmed in the city. (The Guardian
  • Taiwan: The president of the Czech Senate arrived in the nation on a visit that has caused sharp criticism from China. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Germany: The Bundestag, or lower house of the parliament in Berlin, will step up its COVID-19-related security measures after the summer break because of its increasing number of infections. (DPA
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 785 to 241,771, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters
  • Montenegro: Voters in the nation are casting ballots in a tense election that is pitting the long-ruling pro-Western party against the opposition, which desires closer ties with Serbia and Russia. (AP
  • Russia: More than 211,500 people remain under medical supervision over a suspected COVID-19 infection, the sanitary watchdog reported. (TASS)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel hopes to hold a signing ceremony in Washington for its normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates by mid-September, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet stated. (Reuters
  • Egypt: The nation reported 212 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total infections in the country to 98,497, the Health Ministry announced. (Xinhua
  • Israel: The army said it has retaliated against explosive balloons launched from Gaza by firing at Hamas facilities. (DPA)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival as a company, the Financial Times newspaper reported. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Bavi
      • Location:39.1N 124.8E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location:18.4N 129.1E
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:85 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 30AUG20: 24,765,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 30AUG20: 16,212,865
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 837,700
      • 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 23AUG20: 98 
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (31AUG20)

  • Malaysia: National COVID-19 recovery movement control order to conclude.
  • Philippines: COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine measures to expire in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
  • Romania: Parliament to hold a no-confidence vote against the government
  • Europe/MENA: French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Lebanon.
  • Lebanon: Parliamentary consultations to begin to decide on the next prime minister.
  • MENA: Navtex for Turkish exploration with Oruc Reis vessel to end.

 

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29AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped two South Korean citizens off the coast of Ghana.
  • AMERICAS: At least 14 people were killed after Hurricane Laura slammed into the southern U.S. states of Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media reported.
  • ASIA: Wuhan, China, the first city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, will reopen all its schools and kindergartens, local authorities announced.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of Russians took to the streets in Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law boycotting Israeli goods and allowing trade and financial agreements between the two countries, the state news agency WAM reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: North Korea broadcasted a set of mysterious numbers, presumed to be an encrypted message to its spies in the South, for the first time on YouTube.

Top Story

  • Japan: Reactions from within Japan and worldwide continue in the aftermath of prime minister Shinzo Abe resigning. 
    • U.S. President Donald Trump said he considers Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a great friend, and is worried about his decision to step down for health reasons.
    • Abe told reporters that it was “gut-wrenching” to leave because many of his goals remain unfinished.
    • The Chinese government offered praise to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his ability to get China-Japan relations back on track and wished him a speedy recovery.
    • Japan’s ruling party will choose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor around Sept. 15, the Kyodo news agency, after Abe announced his resignation for health reasons.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, Xinhua, Reuters,

Africa

  • Ghana: Two South Korean citizens have been reportedly kidnapped by unidentified gunmen off the coast of the nation. (YNA)
  • Somalia: The Security Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in the nation (UNSOM) for another year, till Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The nation has imposed a curfew in Kef province in the northwestern part of the nation after recording an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • United States: At least 14 people were killed after Hurricane Laura slammed into the southern states of Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media reported. (AFP)
  • United States: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has discovered 233 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at one of its facilities in Arizona. (AP)
  • United States: Protesters stayed in the lobby of the Portland mayor’s office as Oregon protests against racial injustice continued. (AP)

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: At least 44 militants have been killed in northern Kunduz province over the past couple of days as security forces stepped up operations in the area, said an army statement released. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Victoria state reported its lowest rise in new COVID-19 cases in almost two months, but authorities warned they would be no rush to lift social distancing restrictions. (Reuters)
  • China: Wuhan, the first city stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic, will reopen all its schools and kindergartens, local authorities announced. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The number of COVID-19 cases in the nation remained in the 300s for the second straight day, but sporadic cluster infections connected to churches and a rally in the greater Seoul area are still putting the country’s virus fight at risk. (YNA)

Europe

  • Belarus: Around 50 journalists, including six from RFE/RL, were arrested while covering the post-election protests in Minsk in the latest intimidation of the press in the country as authorities increase the crackdown. (RFE)
  • Germany: A protest against COVID-19 restrictions can take place in Berlin after a second court ruled to overturn a ban that had enraged protesters. (DPA)
  • Russia: Thousands of people took to the streets in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The government announced 111 people had died from new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, increasing the official death toll to 17,025. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for beheading his 14-year-old daughter in what has been referred to as a so-called “honor” killing that prompted widespread outrage in the country. (RFE)
  • Lebanon: The Security Council adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Interim Force in the nation for an additional year, till Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)
  • United Arab Emirates: The nation’s president has issued a decree canceling the law boycotting Israeli goods and allowing trade and financial agreements between the two countries, the state news agency WAM reported. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: North Korea broadcasted a set of mysterious numbers, presumed to be an encrypted message to its spies in the South, for the first time on YouTube. (YNA)

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Iselle
      • Location: 19.7 N 115.1 W
      • Movement: N at 5 mph
      • Wind: 45mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Iselle
      • Location:19.7N 115.1W
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Maysak
      • Location: 16.8 N 129.2 E
      • Movement: NNW at 6 mph
      • Wind: 65mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Bavi
      • Location: 39.1 N 124.8 E
      • Movement: N at 23 mph
      • Wind: 75mph
      • 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 28AUG20: 24,765,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 28AUG20: 16,212,865
      • Deaths as of 28AUG20: 837,700
      • 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 23AUG20: 98
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (30AUG20)

  • Montenegro: Parliamentary Elections

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28AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Egyptian authorities say they arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s acting leader Mahmoud Ezzat in an apartment raid in the capital Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican party’s nomination for the country’s upcoming election.
  • ASIA: The US Navy said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, prompting a warning from the Chinese military.
  • EUROPE: Russia announced the expulsion of one of Norway’s diplomats in the country in response to a similar move by Norway last week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An El Al flight taking off for Abu Dhabi from Israel is set to become Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates since the two countries agreed to a US-brokered deal to normalize relations.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority asked YouTube to block “vulgarity and hate speech” for viewers in the country, stoking fears of censorship.

Top Story

  • Japan: PM Abe resigns for health reasons.
    • Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will “step down from the post of the Prime Minister,” after almost eight years in office, due to health problems.
    • Abe, who is 65-years-old, said he was suffering from a recurrence of ulcerative colitis, which previously ended his first term as Japan’s Prime Minister.
    • Abe stated he was receiving a new treatment for the ulcerative colitis which would not leave him with sufficient time to carry-out his duties.
    • Abe is likely to continue as Prime Minister until his ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s lawmakers and members vote for a new leader of the party, with a final vote expected in two or three weeks.
    • Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida already expressed interest in for the PM’s office, with Abe’s close aide Yoshihide Suga and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso also being considered as contenders to succeed Abe.
    • Reporting: AP, WSJ, NYT, BBC, Reuters, AFP, WaPo, DPA

Africa

  • Egypt: Authorities say they arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s acting leader Mahmoud Ezzat in an apartment raid in the capital Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A drone operated by the United Arab Emirates was reportedly responsible for the deaths of 26 unarmed cadets at a military academy in the capital Tripoli in January of this year. (BBC)
  • Tanzania: Multiple opposition parties allege that their candidates for the country’s upcoming elections were dubiously disqualified from participating. (VOA)

Americas

  • Cuba: Havana’s governor announced an overnight curfew and travel restrictions on the country’s capital due to a new surge in coronavirus cases. (Reuters)
  • Peru: The Economy Ministry said the country’s economy is expected to contract 12% this year, its largest contraction in three decades, as it deals with the fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican party’s nomination for the country’s upcoming election. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Human Rights Watch says Nicolas Maduro’s security forces are using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for their “full force” campaign against dissenters. (Guardian)

Asia  

  • Region: The US Navy said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, prompting a warning from the Chinese military. (AFP)
  • Region: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he is open to the idea of New Zealand sending the Australian-born gunman behind the Christchurch mosque attacker back to Australia to serve his life sentence. (AFP)
  • India: Amnesty International accused the police of violating human rights during deadly religious riots in capital New Delhi earlier this year. (AP)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen unveiled a new US-backed maintenance center for the island’s fleet of upgraded F-16 fighters. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters scuffled with police in capital Bangkok as 15 leaders of the movement turned themselves in to the police in response to a summons linked to a demonstration last month. (AP)

Europe

  • Region: Russia announced the expulsion of one of Norway’s diplomats in the country in response to a similar move by Norway last week. (AP)
  • Belarus: Foreign Ministers from the European Union member-states agreed to impose sanctions on 20 senior government officials suspected of election fraud and the crackdown on protesters. (AP)
  • France: Capital city Paris made the usage of facemasks in public mandatory amid a surge in new coronavirus cases in the country. (BBC)

Middle East

  • Region: An El Al flight taking off for Abu Dhabi from Israel is set to become Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates since the two countries agreed to a US-brokered deal to normalize relations. (AP)
  • Israel: The country’s tanks and warplanes attacked Hamas positions in Gaza once again as Islamists in the territory retaliated with rockets as a three-week-old flare-up between the country and militants in the territory continue. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution that will extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping forces in the country’s south for a year but reduce troop numbers to 13,000 in response to US pressure. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority asked YouTube to block “vulgarity and hate speech” for viewers in the country, stoking fears of censorship. (DPA)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Hurricane Laura
      • Location: 95 miles W-NW of Memphis, Tennessee
      • Wind: 30 mph
      • Movement: NE at 11 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 28AUG20: 24,487,569
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 28AUG20: 16,012,641
      • Deaths as of 28AUG20: 832,378
      • 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 23AUG20: 98
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (29AUG20)

  • Global: The UN’s International Day against Nuclear Tests – 2010
  • Asia: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam.
  • Germany: Potential anti-coronavirus protests to be held in capital Berlin.
  • Switzerland: Potential anti-face mask protests to be held in Zurich.
  • Nigeria: International flights will resume.
  • United States: Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono will visit Guam and meet with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to discuss missile defenses in Asia.

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27AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Angola’s government unveiled a new 2020-2025 energy roadmap which foresees oil discoveries of up to 57 billion barrels of crude oil and 27 trillion cubic feet of gas.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada has offered to join Lebanon’s investigation into the recent Beirut port blast on the condition that any such probe will be credible and transparent.
  • ASIA: White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch last year, was sentenced to life in jail without parole, becoming the first person to receive a life sentence in New Zealand, as well as marking the country’s first terrorism conviction.
  • EUROPE: Turkey has accused France of stoking tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, where NATO allies Turkey and Greece are locked in a stiff standoff over disputed offshore energy exploration rights.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia has accused the US of trying to hinder a Russian patrol in Syria after the US said its troops were injured in a collision with a Russian vehicle.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer has quit his job after just around three months, as the social media platform comes under increasing pressure from US President Donald Trump over its ties to China.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Hurricane Laura now a Category 2 storm, still extremely dangerous.
    • Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana, with high-speed winds triggering flash floods in the state.
    • The hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 storm, with the National Hurricane Center calling the expected storm surge “unsurvivable,”.
    • The hurricane has now been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but forecasters say the storm will cause lethal flooding and widespread wind damage.
    • Forecasters additionally say the storm could push a massive wall of water 40 miles inland from the sea.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, WSJ, NYT, BBC

 

Africa

  • Angola: The government unveiled a new 2020-2025 energy roadmap which foresees oil discoveries of up to 57 billion barrels of crude oil and 27 trillion cubic feet of gas. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: The Allied Democratic Forces militia group killed at least 24 civilians in the country’s Beni region. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The government extended its coronavirus evening curfew and is preventing movement in and out of the Rusizi region after a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Region: Panama’s government abandoned its plans to bring-in doctors from Cuba to help combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic due to pressure from local unions and the United States. (AFP)
  • Argentina: The Health Ministry reported 10,550 new coronavirus cases, marking a new record increase in the number of daily coronavirus cases in the country. (Reuters)
  • Canada: Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Ottawa has offered to join Lebanon’s investigation into the recent Beirut port blast on the condition that any such probe will be credible and transparent. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Former President Abdala Bucaram, who has been under house arrest over suspected links to organized crime, was hospitalized after a heart attack. (AFP)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a proposed new law, which would give the federal government the power to cancel any agreements local authorities and public institutions make with foreign countries, is not aimed at China. (Reuters)
  • China: Beijing traded jibes with the US amid growing military tensions between the two countries, as it accused Washington of risking soldiers’ lives after US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pledged not to “cede an inch” in the Pacific to Beijing. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch last year, was sentenced to life in jail without parole, becoming the first person to receive a life sentence in the country, as well as marking the country’s first terrorism conviction. (BBC)
  • South Korea: The country’s Parliament was shut down and a group of lawmakers went into self-quarantine as the country recorded more than 400 new coronavirus cases over the last day. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Region: Turkey has accused France of stoking tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, where NATO allies Turkey and Greece are locked in a stiff standoff over disputed offshore energy exploration rights. (AP)
  • Region: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he was bemused by Russia not taking a transparent approach over the possible poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and said EU foreign ministers would discuss the matter this week. (Reuters)
  • Region: EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan resigned after days of pressure over allegations that he breached Ireland’s coronavirus restrictions by attending a golf dinner last week. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A citizen who allegedly helped spearhead a far-right group that posted pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic material online has been extradited from the Netherlands. (AP)
  • Russia: The country’s police have started a preliminary examination of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s illness after the Kremlin dismissed German doctors’ findings that Navalny was apparently poisoned. (AFP)

 

Middle East

  • Region: German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi agreed that an effort must be made to extend a weapon embargo on Iran, while stressing Germany still sees the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers as the best way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. (AP)
  • Iran: The government has agreed to give inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency access to two suspected former nuclear sites. (BBC)
  • Syria: Russia has accused the US of trying to hinder a Russian patrol in the country after the US said its troops were injured in a collision with a Russian vehicle. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer has quit his job after just around three months, as the social media platform comes under increasing pressure from US President Donald Trump over its ties to China. (WSJ)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Bavi
      • Location: 176 nautical miles SW of Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Movement: N at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Laura
      • Location: 30 miles N-NW of Lake Charles, Louisiana
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Movement: N at 13 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27AUG20: 24,194,501 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 27AUG20: 15,816,813
      • Deaths as of 27AUG20: 826,158 
      • 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 23AUG20: 98 
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (28AUG20)

  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold adoption meetings for the UN forces mission in Lebanon, sanctions on Mali, and the UN’s Assistance Mission in Somalia.
  • Asia: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam. (to 29AUG)
  • Europe: The Foreign Ministers of EU member-states will hold informal talks.
  • Europe: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and France to hold military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Argentina: The deadline for creditors to accept the government’s latest debt restructuring proposal.
  • Egypt: Friday prayers will be allowed once again following a temporary ban on them due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Germany: Latvian President Egils Levits will visit and meet with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to hold a press conference following his two recent hospital visits.
  • Sudan: The transitional government and four rebel groups are expected to sign a peace agreement.
  • Ukraine: The government will reimpose a 30-day border closure for foreigners due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • United Arab Emirates: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue his travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • United States: President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • United States: The National Action Network and the family of George Floyd will hold the ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ Commitment March on Washington.

 

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26AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant for a former military official Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is currently being investigated by France over his role in the country’s 1994 genocide.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the release of two of the country’s citizens currently detained in China is a “top priority” for Ottawa, during a meeting in Italy.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials said flooding due to heavy seasonal rains in Afghanistan’s northern and eastern regions has killed at least 70 people and injured dozens of others.
  • EUROPE: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and France are conducting military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean, amid rising tensions between Greece and Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fighting between the Emirati-backed separatists in Yemen’s south and Yemen’s internationally recognized government has resumed after the southern separatists suspended participation in negotiations to implement a Saudi-brokered peace deal.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the government will continue to take action against online content that breaks its laws, just two days after it forced Facebook to block a group that was critical of the country’s monarchy.

 Top Story

  • Middle East: Israel attacks Hezbollah posts in Lebanon after taking fire.
    • Israel’s military said its attack helicopters hit observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group at Israel’s border with Lebanon overnight.
    • The military said it took the action after shots were fired at Israel’s military from Lebanon earlier in the day, adding that the incident did not result in any casualties.
    • Just hours before the incident, Lebanon rejected an Israeli call to reform a UN peacekeeping force patrolling the border before the UN Security Council votes on renewing the mandate of the peacekeeping force. 
    • Israeli authorities had also ordered residents of nearby communities to stay in their homes and temporarily closed roads near the border.
    • Following the military’s announcement, Israel’s Prime Minister warned Hezbollah “not to test Israel’s strength.” and that the militant group was endangering Lebanon due to its aggression.”
    • Reporting: AFP, WaPo, Reuters, AP, AFP2

Africa

  • Ivory Coast: A court supported the country’s electoral commission’s decision to strike off former president Laurent Gbagbo from the electoral list for the next presidential election. (AFP)
  • Republic of Congo: Authorities have jailed notorious poacher Guyvanho for 30 years over ivory trafficking and attempted murder charges, in what is being seen as a landmark case in the fight to hold wildlife criminals to account. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The government has issued an international arrest warrant for a former military official Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is currently being investigated by France over his role in the country’s 1994 genocide. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Nearly 8,800 people have been displaced by floods following rising water levels in Ugandan lakes as a result of torrential rains. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Region: Hurricane Laura is now headed towards the US states of Texas and Louisiana, after having left at least 20 people dead in Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. (AP)
  • Canada: Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the release of two of the country’s citizens currently detained in China is a “top priority” for Ottawa, during a meeting in Italy. (AFP)
  • Chile: Campaigning for the referendum on amending the country’s Pinochet-era constitution has started. (AFP)
  • United States: The family of Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by police, said he was left paralyzed, as protesters and authorities clashed for a third night of civil unrest in Wisconsin. (Reuters

Asia  

  • Region: Vietnam accused China of violating its sovereignty by conducting military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea and said Beijing’s actions were “complicating” negotiations on establishing a code of conduct in the region. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Government officials said flooding due to heavy seasonal rains in the country’s northern and eastern regions has killed at least 70 people and injured dozens of others. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong police has reportedly arrested sixteen people, including two lawmakers, for staging anti-government protests in the city. (BBC)
  • North Korea: State-media showed the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un chairing a top committee meeting issuing warnings about the coronavirus and Typhoon Bavi, following the recent international speculation over Kim’s health. (AFP)

Europe

  • Region: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and France are conducting military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean, amid rising tensions between Greece and Turkey. (AFP)
  • Belarus: Rights groups say authorities rounded-up dozens of protesters heading home from peaceful protests, ahead of Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s expected questioning as part of a criminal investigation into an opposition council, two of whose leaders were jailed this week. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Ivan Zhdanov, an ally of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny claimed that only President Vladimir Putin could have authorized the suspected poisoning of Navalny. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Iran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised the UN Security Council’s decision to dismiss a US request to trigger snapback sanctions on Tehran. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: The value of the country’s oil exports was down 55% year on year, a drop of $8.7 billion, according to government data. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Fighting between the Emirati-backed separatists in the country’s south and the country’s internationally recognized government has resumed after the southern separatists suspended participation in negotiations to implement a Saudi-brokered peace deal. (AP)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the government will continue to take action against online content that breaks its laws, just two days after it forced Facebook to block a group that was critical of the country’s monarchy. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Bavi
      • Location: 176 nautical miles SW of Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Movement: N at 12 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Laura
      • Location: 315 miles S-SE of Lake Charles, Louisiana
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Movement: NW at 13 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Papua New Guinea
      • Location: 141 km S-SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
      • Magnitude: 6.1
      • Depth: 25.2 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26AUG20: 23,918,447 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 26AUG20: 15,596,584
      • Deaths as of 26AUG20: 819,945 
      • 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 23AUG20: 98 
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (27AUG20)

  • Africa: The African Development Bank will hold its annual meeting virtually.
  • Asia: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam. (to 29AUG)
  • Europe: The Defense Ministers of EU member-states will hold informal talks.
  • Europe: The Foreign Ministers of EU member-states will hold informal talks. (to 28AUG)
  • Europe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • Europe: The European Parliament is expected to start budget deliberations.
  • Europe: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and France to hold military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean. (to 28AUG)
  • Europe: Romania and Moldova to commission the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline.
  • Europe: WHO will hold a press conference and discuss how Europe is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Austria: US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun concludes trip to Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and Austria.
  • China: The Ministry of Defense is expected to hold its monthly press conference.
  • Colombia: Capital city Bogota’s coronavirus measures will end.
  • Germany: Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is expected to speak about government aid to companies hit by the global coronavirus pandemic.
  • Moldova: Independence Day – 1991
  • Norway: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit the country. 
  • Syria: The UN Security Council will hold a meeting and discuss recent developments in the country.
  • United Arab Emirates: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue his travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. (to 28AUG)
  • United Kingdom: The country’s Liberal Democrats will announce their new leader.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will give his acceptance speech for the Republican Party’s nomination for the upcoming election from the White House.
  • United States: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to speak on monetary policy. 

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25AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The WHO is set to certify the continent’s wild-polio free status, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: The Republican party nominated US President Donald Trump as their candidate for the country’s upcoming elections.
  • ASIA: Thai police arrested human rights lawyer Anon Nampa for a third time this month, and said they plan to charge him for sedition over his role in a political rally where calls were made to reform Thailand’s powerful monarchy.
  • EUROPE: One patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium were confirmed to have been re-infected with the new coronavirus, months after their first coronavirus infections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran said it held “constructive” talks with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi during his visit to the country.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: General Paul Nakasone, the Commander of US Cyber Command and the Director of the National Security Agency, is set to defend the US government’s shift toward a more aggressive strategy in cyberspace to keep pace with new threats.

Top Story

  • United States: US-China signal progress on trade deal discussions.
    • Senior US and Chinese and government officials held discussions over the phase-one trade agreement that the two countries struck in January.
    • US officials taking part in the video conference included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, while Chinese Vice Premier Liu He attended on behalf of Beijing.
    • Both sides agreed to “push forward” the phase one economic deal, with the US later releasing a statement saying both sides “see progress and are committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure the success of the agreement”, and China releasing a statement saying there had been “constructive dialogue” during the talks.
    • The discussions were held as part of a six-month appraisal on the trade agreement between the two countries.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AFP, WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, CNN

Africa

  • Region: The WHO is set to certify the continent’s wild-polio free status, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria. (AFP)
  • Mali: Three days of talks between the country’s new junta and ECOWAS mediators failed to result in any decision on the make-up of a new transitional government for the country. (VOA)
  • Sudan: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the country becoming the most senior US official to visit the country since the ouster of its previous leader and autocrat Omar al-Bashir last year. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi introduced his cabinet which is made-up of independent technocrats without parties, as he seeks to distance his new government from political conflicts and focusing on economic issues. (Reuters)

Americas

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro accused journalists of “malevolence” and “debauchery,” a day after threatening to punch a journalist who questioned him about corruption accusations involving the First Lady. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Ivan Duque announced that the country will take part in trials of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and enter a period of “selective” quarantine when its coronavirus lockdown ends this month. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: China’s Ambassador to Quito, Chen Guoyou, told the country’s Congress that the Chinese fishing ships operating near the Galapagos Islands were complying with international fishing regulations on the high seas and none have been reported for illegal activities. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Republican party nominated President Donald Trump as their candidate for the country’s upcoming elections. (WSJ)

Asia  

  • Region: Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh held a “silent protest” to commemorate the third anniversary of clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar’s security forces that resulted in the huge movement of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government blocked Chinese company Mengniu Dairy from purchasing Kirin Holdings’ Australian subsidiary Lion Dairy and Drinks as it “would be contrary to the national interest.” (AP)
  • Philippines: The army said two Islamic militants were responsible for yesterday’s suicide bombings in Jolo town that killed at least 14 people and wounded 75 others, in the country’s worst extremist attack this year. (AP)
  • Thailand: Police arrested human rights lawyer Anon Nampa for a third time this month, and said they plan to charge him for sedition over his role in a political rally where calls were made to reform the country’s powerful monarchy. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Region: One patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium were confirmed to have been re-infected with the new coronavirus, months after their first coronavirus infections. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey and Greece are set to hold rival naval exercises off the Greek island of Crete, amid rising tensions over oil and gas claims in the Eastern Mediterranean. (BBC)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: The hearing of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic’s appeal against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity at The Hague started after several delays. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Police in Istanbul say they detained a suspected Islamic State group militant who they allege was planning a “sensational” attack on the city. (AP)

Middle East

  • Region: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will ensure that Israel retains its military advantage in the region under any US arms deal with the UAE. (VOA)
  • Iran: Tehran said it held “constructive” talks with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi during his visit to the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military said it bombed militant positions in the Gaza Strip in response to incendiary balloons once again being launched into the country, this time into its southern farmlands. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia’s Defense Ministry says a Russian armored vehicle was attacked during a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in the country’s Idlib province. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Cyberwarfare: General Paul Nakasone, the Commander of US Cyber Command and the Director of the National Security Agency, is set to defend the US government’s shift toward a more aggressive strategy in cyberspace to keep pace with new threats. (AP)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Laura
      • Location: 175 miles E-SE of Cayo Largo
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 18 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 25AUG20: 23,676,599
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 25AUG20: 15,358,319
      • Deaths as of 25AUG20: 813,789
      • 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 15AUG20: 84
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (26AUG20)

  • Asia: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam. (to 29AUG20)
  • Europe: The Defense Ministers of EU member-states will hold informal talks.
  • Europe: A pan-European commission headed by ex-Italian leader Mario Monti will begin work on how countries have responded to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Bahrain: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue his travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. (to 28AUG20)
  • Greece: Parliament is scheduled to vote on economic zones in the Mediterranean amid tensions with Turkey.
  • Singapore: The government will release its July manufacturing data.
  • United States: US Vice President Mike Pence to address the Republican National Convention.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will meet with medical professionals to discuss coronavirus pandemic.

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24AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwe’s government summoned the Vatican’s representative to Harare following the growing criticism by Catholic bishops of the government’s human rights record.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura tore through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents in Louisiana and the island nation of Cuba, as well as causing floods in Haiti, with damage expected to increase through the week.
  • ASIA: A prosecutor told the Christchurch High Court that Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand last year, planned to burn down the mosques following the attack.
  • EUROPE: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is set to arrive in Ukraine to discuss how to accelerate the fragile peace process in the country’s troubled east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s government blamed unspecified “terrorists” for the explosion of a main gas pipeline traversing the Middle East, as the United States said it suspected Islamic State militants of carrying out the sabotage.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook agreed to pay more than 100 million euros in taxes, as well as a penalty, to the French government.

 

Top Story

  • Japan: Worries grow over PM Abe’s health.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a second trip to the hospital within days, sparking concerns over if he will continue as the Japanese Prime Minister.
    • His second visit to hospital took place just as he surpassed the record for longest consecutive tenure as Japanese leader.
    • PM Abe remains reticent about the hospital visits as he told reporters he would provide more information about his health at a later date.
    • He also told reporters that his second hospital visit in a week was for “additional tests.”
    • Abe had cut short his first term in office in 2007 in-part due to health problems linked to his ulcerative colitis. 
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, AFP, DPA, Guardian

 

Africa

  • Mali: The country’s new military junta reportedly wants a military-led transitional body to rule the country for three years, and reportedly also agreed to release ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least two people died in a clash between the country’s security forces and members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra group, which is campaigning for the secession of a part of the country’s southeastern region previously known as Biafra. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The government summoned the Vatican’s representative to Harare following the growing criticism by Catholic bishops of the government’s human rights record. (Guardian)

 

Americas

  • Region: Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura tore through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents in Louisiana and the island nation of Cuba, as well as causing floods in Haiti, with damage expected to increase through the week. (Reuters)
  • Canada: The Conservative Party chose military veteran and former cabinet minister Erin O’Toole as its new leader for the country’s next federal election. (WaPo)
  • Colombia: The Supreme Court called upon former President Álvaro Uribe to testify in an investigation into three massacres that could prove if he had ties to violent paramilitary groups. (AP)
  • United States: Three wildfires continued to blaze through California, causing nearly a quarter-million people to be placed under evacuation orders and warnings. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Embattled President Nicolas Maduro said he was considering buying Iranian missiles, just days after Colombian President Ivan Duque accused him of doing so. (Bloomberg)

 

Asia  

  • New Zealand: A prosecutor told the Christchurch High Court that Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch last year, planned to burn down the mosques following the attack. (AP)
  • Philippines: At least 11 soldiers and civilians died in the southern Jolo town in Sulu province after suspected Islamist militants set-off two bombs in the town. (AP)
  • Thailand: The police issued summonses to five activists who spoke at an anti-government rally in front of army headquarters last month, accusing the activists of violating a coronavirus-related emergency decree prohibiting public gatherings. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Region: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is set to arrive in Ukraine to discuss how to accelerate the fragile peace process in the country’s troubled east. (DPA)
  • Region: EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan apologized “fully and unreservedly” for attending a golf event and dinner in Ireland with more than 80 people, despite Ireland’s strict coronavirus restrictions. (BBC)
  • Austria: Police made one arrest over a string of anti-Semitic crimes in the city of Graz after the incidents sparked condemnation from President Alexander Van der Bellen. (AFP)
  • Denmark: The head of the country’s foreign intelligence service, Lars Findsen, and two other senior intelligence officers, were suspended by the government. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted a compromise to end a budget dispute, thus preventing the government from collapsing and triggering another general election in the country. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Saudi Arabia: Two rights groups reportedly filed a complaint to the UN over the “arbitrary” detention of philanthropist Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who was detained during a crackdown on some members of the country’s royal family in 2018. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government blamed unspecified “terrorists” for the explosion of a main gas pipeline traversing the Middle East, as the United States said it suspected Islamic State militants of carrying out the sabotage. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook agreed to pay more than 100 million euros in taxes, as well as a penalty, to the French government. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Laura
      • Location: 175 miles E-SE of Cayo Largo
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 18 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24AUG20: 23,454,467 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 24AUG20: 15,154,569
      • Deaths as of 24AUG20: 809,333 
      • 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 15AUG20: 84 
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (25AUG20)

  • Asia-Pacific: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam.
  • Europe: Poland’s flight ban to 45 countries to expire.
  • MENA: Deadline for Israel’s Knesset to pass a budget, budget delay or face early elections.
  • United States: U.S. Republican National Convention. (Until 27AUG20)

 

END

23AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese Prime minister announced that the country was ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), so those accused of war crimes in Darfur have tribunals, a list that includes ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
  • AMERICAS: Tropical storm Laura produces heavy rain over the Dominican Republic, the United States National Hurricane Center reported.
  • ASIA: Pakistan has granted new orders enforcing financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban, just as the militant group is in the midst of a U.S.-led peace process in the neighboring country. 
  • EUROPE: Russian state media reported that opposition leader Alexey Navalny was under constant surveillance by federal security agents during his Siberian trip, where he was hit with suspected poisoning.
  • MIDDLE EAST: United States-led international coalition troops withdrew from Iraq’s Taji military base and handed it over to Iraqi security forces, Reuters witnesses reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The Chinese social networking company TikTok confirmed that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration fighting an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with its parent company ByteDance.  

 

Top Story

  • Belarus: Protests continue to intensify as the regime seeks to crack down on them. 
    • Protests continue, although authorities are blocking more than 50 news media websites that were covering weeks of demonstrations demanding that President Alexander Lukashenko resign. 
    • Belarus is expecting more protests against the disputed reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko in the face of the country’s armed forces putting the nation on “high alert.”
    • NATO officials state that allegations by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that “foreign powers” are organizing a build-up of troops on the country’s border are not true.
    • Reporting: AP, WaPo, BBC,

 

Africa  

  • Region: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has urged the continent to avoid COVID-19 “prevention fatigue.” (Xinhua
  • Mali: A key meeting between the nation’s coup leaders and mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc seeking a return to civilian rule ended after just 20 minutes. (Reuters
  • Sudan: The Prime minister announced that the country was ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), so those accused of war crimes in Darfur have tribunals, a list that includes ousted President Omar al-Bashir. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Brazil: About 2,000 people in the northeast were living away from their homes after a pipe in a water diversion project ruptured, damaging a dam, and flooding the project’s power plant, authorities reported. (AP
  • Dominican Republic: Tropical storm Laura produces heavy rain over the island nation, the United States National Hurricane Center said. (Reuters
  • United States: Oregon’s biggest city appeared to have a quiet night after months of consistent protests downtown near its federal buildings. (AP)

 

Asia

  • Afghanistan: Four policemen of the National Police (ANP) were killed and two others wounded during clashes in southern Kandahar province, a provincial police spokesman announced. (Xinhua
  • India: The nation’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 3 million cases, reaching 3,044,940, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry. (Xinhua
  • Pakistan: The nation has granted new orders enforcing financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban, just as the militant group is in the midst of a U.S.-led peace process in the neighboring country. (AP)
  • South Korea: The nation’s daily new virus cases increased to 397, and infections were reported in all major cities and provinces across the country, health authorities said. (YNA)

 

Europe

  • Austria: Top politicians pledged support to the Jewish community in the city of Graz after its leader was attacked, and its synagogue was damaged in two incidents this week. (DPA
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 782 to 232,864, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed. (Reuters)
  • Russia: State media reported that opposition leader Alexey Navalny was under constant surveillance by federal security agents during his Siberian trip, where he was hit with suspected poisoning. (WaPo)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told allies that “failure to reopen schools is not an option,” the Sunday Telegraph newspaper stated. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iraq: United States-led international coalition troops withdrew from Taji military base and handed it over to Iraqi security forces, Reuters witnesses reported. (Reuters
  • Lebanon: An Israeli military reconnaissance drone has crashed inside the nation’s borders, Israel’s army reported. (Xinhua
  • Yemen: Coalition forces in the country said they intercepted and destroyed a bomb-laden drone launched at a city in southern Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen. (DPA

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: The Chinese social networking company TikTok confirmed that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with its parent company ByteDance. (Xinhua

 

World  

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Laura
      • Location:18.8N 70.9W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Pressure:1005 MB
      • MAP
    • Tropical Storm Marco
      • Location:23.7N 87W
      • Movement: NNW
      • Wind:70 mph
      • Pressure:994 MB
      • 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 23AUG20: 23,218,911
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 23AUG20: 14,936,957
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 804,688
      • 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 15AUG20: 84 
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (24AUG20)

  • Asia-Pacific: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam. 
  • Asia-Pacific: The Japan-South Korea intelligence-sharing pact will automatically renew on Nov. 24 unless either side notifies by this day.
  • Austria: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to visit the nation.
  • Nigeria: The government to release Q2 GDP data.
  • South Africa: South African schools to reopen.
  • Pakistan: Karachi opposition groups in Sindh province to hold a three-day strike.
  • United States: U.S. Republican National Convention.

 

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22AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Authorities in Somalia reported that a U.S. drone strike killed a high-ranking member of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab, hours before the country’s leaders agreed on a plan for upcoming elections in which national security will be a pivotal issue.
  • AMERICAS: Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested this week for defrauding donors to a Mexico border wall fundraising campaign, has said he is the victim of a “political hit job.”
  • ASIA: President Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser Suh Hoon reported he had “very good” and “enough” dialogue with Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese official, during their meeting in Busan.
  • EUROPE: Two Moscow based correspondents for RFE/RL’s Russian Service have been expelled from Belarus after being detained by police in Minsk on August 21.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expressed their support for a ceasefire in Libya, the UAE news agency WAM reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: A group of WeChat users in the US sued the Trump administration, challenging its ban on the messaging app, claiming that it had become an essential digital service for millions of Chinese-Americans.

Top Story

  • Germany: Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in the nation for treatment.
    • Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has landed in Berlin’s Tegel airport for treatment after being transferred from a Siberian hospital, his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh noted on twitter.
    • Navalny is in stable condition after a flight from the Siberian city of Omsk to Berlin, where he is due to receive medical treatment, activist Jaka Bizilj told German tabloid Bild.
    • The Wife of Navalny claims there has been a coverup by Russian doctors, with them saying there were no traces of poison in his system.
    • Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin wished Navalny a “speedy recovery.”
    • Reporting: DPA, Reuters, CNN, BBC,

Africa  

  • Tunisia: The nation welcomed cease-fire announcements made by the UN-backed Prime Minister of Libya, Fayez Serraj, and Speaker of the eastern-based parliament Aguila Saleh. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Authorities in the nation reported that a U.S. drone strike killed a high-ranking member of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab, hours before the country’s leaders agreed on a plan for upcoming elections in which national security will be a pivotal issue. (VOA)
  • South Africa: The nation has so far recorded a total of 603,338 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 3,398 new cases reported over the last 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. (Xinhua)

Americas  

  • Panama: The country will suspend all international flights for another month from Aug. 22 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Central American country’s civil aviation authorities announced. (Reuters)
  • United States: Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested this week for defrauding donors to a Mexico border wall fundraising campaign, has said he is the victim of a “political hit job.” (AFP)
  • United States: BHP (BHP.AX) reported it is going to evacuate non-essential staff from two offshore facilities as a pair of tropical storms take aim towards the Gulf Coast in a rare hurricane season event. (Reuters)

Asia  

  • Region: President Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser Suh Hoon reported he had “very good” and “enough” dialogue with Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese official, during their meeting in Busan. (YNA)
  • Australia: The nation’s second-most populous state, Victoria, confirmed 13 new COVID-19 deaths, authorities reported, while further infections in the hotspot state stayed below 200 for the second consecutive day. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: There were six newly reported cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health announced in a statement. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea:  Typhoon Bavi, forming off the east coast of Taiwan, is expected to hit the nation in the next week, the national weather agency reported. (YNA)

Europe

  • Belarus: Two Moscow based correspondents for RFE/RL’s Russian Service have been expelled from Belarus after being detained by police in Minsk on August 21. (RFE)
  • Germany: The interior ministry reported that at least 40 new cases of alleged extremism, mostly right-wing, were found among federal and state police forces in the first half of 2020, according to a recent news survey. (DPA)
  • Germany: National health authorities across the country reported 2,034 new cases, bringing the total number of infections so far to 232 082, the government’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control reported. (DPA)
  • Russia: The Emergencies Ministry’s team has completed search and rescue operations in Yaroslavl, where the entrance of a residential building collapsed in the aftermath of a gas explosion, Oleg Bocharov, head of the regional department of the ministry, told reporters. (TASS)

Middle East

  • Region: The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expressed their support for a ceasefire in Libya, the UAE news agency WAM reported. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The defense minister will soon travel to Moscow for talks with Russian officials over issues of mutual interest, IRNA news agency said. (Xinhua) 
  • Israel: The army’s artillery bombed two lookout posts that belong to the Islamic Hamas movement’s militants in the Gaza Strip, Hamas security sources reported. (Xinhua)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media:  A group of WeChat users in the US sued the Trump administration, challenging its ban on the messaging app, claiming that it had become an essential digital service for millions of Chinese-Americans. (FT)

World  

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Laura
      • Location:17.3N 64.4W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:45 mph
      • Pressure:1008 MB
    • Tropical Storm Marco
      • Location:19.1N 85.2W
      • Movement: NNW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Pressure:1005 MB
  • Hurricanes: Northing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22AUG20:22,968,146
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 22AUG20: 14,725,638
      • Deaths as of 22AUG20: 799,625
      • 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 15AUG20: 84
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (23AUG20)

  • Asia-Pacific: ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Vietnam.
  • Belarus: Opposition leaders to hold a massive demonstration in the capital Minsk.
  • MENA: Bulgaria Air to resume flights to Israel.
  • MENA: Qatari schools to begin online enrollment.

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21AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The United Nations gained access to Mali’s ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, while the country’s rebel troops say they have released two other detained leaders.
  • AMERICAS: Former US Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for November’s election.
  • ASIA: The Philippines filed a diplomatic protest after China seized fishing equipment set up by Filipinos in a disputed South China Sea shoal.
  • EUROPE: Allies of stricken Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused the Russian authorities of thwarting his medical evacuation to Germany deliberately.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian militants launched 12 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight, nine of which were intercepted, resulting in Israel retaliating with three airstrikes on targets linked to the territory’s militant Hamas rulers, Israel’s military said.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: The popular messaging app called Telegram has become an indispensable tool in coordinating the unprecedented anti-government mass protests that were recently sparked in Belarus.

Top Story

  • Iran: US officially triggers ‘snapback’ sanctions against Iran.
    • The US formally notified the United Nations of its demand to reimpose all UN sanctions on Tehran using the “snapback” mechanism that is part of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which President Trump already withdrew from two years ago.
    • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo filed an official complaint with the President of the Security Council, blaming Iran for violating the 2015 nuclear deal, triggering a 30-day countdown before the sanctions are re-imposed.
    • The complaint subsequently sparked an immediate confrontation with Russia, China and other Security Council members, including America’s European allies such as the UK, France and Germany, who branded the US move illegal.
    • The UK, France and Germany all said the US did not have the legal right to trigger the “snapback” sanctions as Washington had already withdrawn its participation in the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
    • In response, Secretary Pompeo accused European allies of “siding with the ayatollahs”.
    • Reporting: Reuters, WaPo, BBC, AP

Africa  

  • Kenya: Doctors at most public hospitals in the capital Nairobi went on strike due to delayed salaries and and a lack of protective equipment when handling patients who may have the coronavirus. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The United Nations gained access to the country’s ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, while the country’s rebel troops say they have released two other detained leaders. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The National Salvation Front claims to have killed six bodyguards assigned to Vice President James Wani Igga in an attack on the village of Lo’bonok, nearly 90 kilometers from the capital Juba. (VOA)

Americas  

  • Region: The US said Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro is blocking US citizens from leaving Venezuela, rebuffing efforts by Washington to arrange humanitarian evacuation flights. (Reuters)
  • Bolivia: The Bolivian Justice Ministry filed a criminal complaint against exiled former President Evo Morales for statutory rape and human trafficking. (BBC)
  • Brazil: The lower house of Congress voted in favor of upholding President Jair Bolosonaro’s veto blocking pay increases for civil servants. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the country will receive at least 2,000 doses of Russia’s potential vaccine against the coronavirus for testing among the country’s population. (Reuters)
  • United States: Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Presidential nomination for November’s election. (AP)

Asia  

  • Region: The Philippines filed a diplomatic protest after China seized fishing equipment set up by Filipinos in a disputed South China Sea shoal. (AP)
  • Papua New Guinea: The government prevented the arrival of a group of Chinese workers after Chinese mining company Ramu NiCo Management claimed to have immunized its employees against the coronavirus in an apparent vaccination trial. (AP)
  • Singapore: Researchers in the country discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus that only causes milder infections. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Daily coronavirus infections increased by 324 new cases health authorities said, marking the country’s highest daily rise in new coronavirus cases since early March. (DPA)

Europe

  • Belarus: Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called upon her supporters to step up their strikes despite “intimidation” from the authorities, as prosecutors start questioning her allies. (BBC)
  • Ireland: Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigned after facing criticism for attending a social event, which may have breached the country’s COVID-19 regulations. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Allies of stricken opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused the authorities of thwarting his medical evacuation to Germany deliberately. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered another ancient Orthodox church in Istanbul to be turned back into a mosque from its current usage as the Kariye Museum. (AFP).
  • United Kingdom: The country’s public debt rose above 2 trillion pounds for the first time due to a fall in tax revenues and an increase in government spending to help deal with the economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

Middle East

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen reportedly Intercepted a missile and drone  launched by Yemen’s Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia’s southern region close to the border in Yemen. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Palestinian militants launched 12 rockets at the country from the Gaza Strip overnight, nine of which were intercepted, resulting in the country retaliating with three airstrikes on targets linked to the territory’s militant Hamas rulers, the military said. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Government officials warned they could reinstate a de-facto overnight curfew in some areas of the country if those areas have a high amount of coronavirus infections. (Reuters)

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: The popular messaging app called Telegram has become an indispensable tool in coordinating the unprecedented anti-government mass protests that were recently sparked in Belarus. (AP)

World  

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Genevieve
      • Location: 130 miles W-SW of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes:
    • Indonesia
      • Location: 220 km S-SE of Katabu, Indonesia
      • Magnitude: 6.9
      • Depth: 627.3 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 21AUG20: 22,697,162
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 21AUG20: 14,554,625
      • Deaths as of 21AUG20: 794,021
      • 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 15AUG20: 84
      • Probable Cases as of 15AUG20: 4
      • Deaths as of 15AUG20: 36
      • Sourcing: WHO

Tomorrow’s Outlook (22AUG20)

  • Asia: 52nd ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting. (to 29AUG)
  • Denmark: Face masks will become mandatory on public transport.

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