20SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

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

 

Top Story

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

 

Africa

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

 

Americas

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

 

Asia  

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

 

Europe

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

 

Middle East

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

 

Tech & Communications

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

 

World

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

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21SEP20)

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

 

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15SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

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

 

Top Story

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

 

Africa

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

 

Americas

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

 

Asia  

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

 

Europe

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

 

Middle East

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

 

Tech & Communications

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

 

World

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

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16SEP20)

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

 

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13SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

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

 

Top Story

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

 

Africa

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

 

Americas

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

 

Asia

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

 

Europe

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

 

Middle East

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

 

Tech & Communications

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

 

World

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

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14SEP20)

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

 

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06SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. 
  • ASIA: The next Japanese prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said. 
  • EUROPE: Germany will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The heads of the two biggest Israeli banks will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Protests over police brutality continue throughout the United States
    • Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, WI, asked for calm from a hospital bed in a video appeal released by his lawyer. 
    • Protesters in Portland threw fire bombs at police and at least one person was injured, police said, on the 100th day of demonstrations in Oregon city over racial injustice and police brutality.   
    • New York’s attorney general moved to create a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died earlier this year after Rochester police placed a hood over his head and forced him down.
    • Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky gathered to  demand justice for Breonna Taylor as Derby day, the most famous day in American horse-racing, takes place in the city.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, AP, The Guardian  

 

Africa

  • Region: The African Union (AU) Commission disclosed an urgent need to collect illicit weapons in possession of civilians in Africa. An estimated 40 million weapons are presently under the possession of civilians across the continent. (Xinhua)  
  • Mali: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment. (AP)  
  • Tunisia: Three Islamist insurgents stabbed two policemen in the coastal resort city of Sousse, killing one of them, and were killed by police. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Colombia: The nation registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. (Xinhua
  • United States: The California Independent System Operator (ISO) announced a “Stage 2” power emergency, warning that rotating power outages were possible during a record heat wave. (Reuters)
  • United States: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is alleging in a new book that Trump made insulting remarks about Black world leaders including former South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as about U.S. minorities in general. (Reuters

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan;  Eight insurgents have been confirmed dead as military planes attacked a gathering of Taliban militants in Charbolak district of northern Balkh district. (Xinhua)  
  • Japan: The next prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on Sunday. (Reuters)  
  • Japan: Haishen, the second powerful typhoon to hit the nation in a week, unleashed intense winds and rain on southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it moves northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. (AP)  
  • South Korea: The country is planning for “tailored” support for some of the country’s households and self-employed that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, top government and ruling party officials reported. (YNA

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Large numbers of protesters are expected to gather in the nation to call for longtime President Alexander Lukashenko to resign, nearly a month after disputed elections. (DPA)  
  • Germany: The government will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported. (The Guardian
  • Russia: The nation reported 5,195 new COVID-19 cases taking its total to 1,025,505, the fourth largest in the world. (Reuters)  
  • United Kingdom: The Brexit negotiations will end soon unless the EU realizes the country is serious about no-deal, government sources have warned. (Telegraph

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 130 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total infections in the country to 99,712. (Xinhua)  
  • Israel: Domestic chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor (TSEM.TA) said some of its systems were affected by a cyber attack and it is now putting on hold some servers and manufacturing operations. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The heads of the two biggest banks in the nation will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. (Reuters

 

Tech & Communications

  • Space: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Super Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 29.3N 130E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Julio
      • Location: 17.6N 106W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Map 
  • Earthquakes
    • M 6.6 – central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
      • 2020-09-06 06:51:19 (UTC)7.700°N 37.239°W10.0 km depth
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 26,906,338
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 06SEP20: 17,963,927
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 880,008
      • 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 30AUG20: 103 
      • Probable Cases as of 30AUG20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 47
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07SEP20)

  • Asia-Pacific/South Asia: Malaysia to ban the entry of citizens from Indonesia, India and the Philippines in light of COVID-19 infections uptick.
  • Europe: Serbia-Kosovo negotiations to be held in Brussels.
  • Europe: Brexit talks to be held in London.
  • MENA/Europe: Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis to visit Iran.
  • China: to reveal export figures for August
  • Israel: The nation will implement new lockdowns in ‘red zone’ cities with high COVID-19 mortality rates.
  • Pakistan: The government will decide whether or not to re-open schools after COVID-19 related closure

 

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02SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan can be  linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in neighboring Chad, just one week after it declared the continent free of wild polio.
  • AMERICAS: The US announced they will not join a global effort to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, partly since the World Health Organization is involved in the process.
  • ASIA: Australia’s economy fell into its first recession in almost 30 years, as it deals with the economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic.
  • EUROPE: Prosecutors in Russia asked Germany to provide information on the medical tests conducted on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Amnesty International accused Iran’s government of “a catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against detained demonstrators and others involved in the November 2019 antiestablishment protests.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook and Twitter say the FBI warned them of Russian state-backed Internet Research Agency setting up networks to spread disinformation on the social media websites.

 

Top Story

  • France: Trial of suspected accomplices of the Charlie Hebdo attack begins.
    • The trial of 14 suspects related to the January 2015 terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine started. 
    • The suspects are accused of being accomplices to the attack by providing help to the militant Islamist attackers who carried out the attacks, by buying weapons, cars, and helping with logistics
    • Eleven of the defendants are being tried at a court in Paris itself, while the other three defendants, who traveled to areas of Syria under the Islamic State’s control in 2015 and are possibly dead, are being tried in-absentia. 
    • Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo marked the start of the trial by reprinting a series of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked protests in several Muslim countries in the past.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, Reuters, DPA

 

Africa

  • Region: The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan can be  linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in neighboring Chad, just one week after it declared the continent free of wild polio. (AP)
  • Mauritius: The government demanded up to 34 million dollars from Japan as compensation to the country’s fishermen affected by the recent oil spill that was caused by a Japanese vessel. (DPA)
  • Tunisia: Parliament approved Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi’s new politically independent and technocratic government, making it the country’s third government in less than a year. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Region: Mexico will “seek to find mutually satisfactory solutions” with the US, after Washington asked for discussions over the imports of perishable goods to protect US farmers. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Deltan Dallagnol, the prosecutor leading the “Operation Car Wash” corruption probe, resigned after six years in the role. (AFP)
  • Chile: Strikes by truck drivers in the country have affected the exports of salmon, fruit, meat and wine from the country to the US, Europe and Asia. (Reuters)
  • United States: The country announced they will not join a global effort to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, partly since the World Health Organization is involved in the process. (WaPo)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: The country’s economy fell into its first recession in almost 30 years, as it deals with the economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. (BBC)
  • Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge senior figure Comrade Duch, who was convicted of crimes against humanity in the country, has died. (BBC)
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced he will contest for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and is now being seen as the favorite to become the country’s next Prime Minister. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The country is set to make changes to its passports due to instances of the country’s citizens being mistaken for Chinese citizens and facing restrictions that Chinese citizens face, according to Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Prosecutors in Russia asked Germany to provide information on the medical tests conducted on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. (Reuters)
  • Region: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz rejected refugee distribution among EU countries as an option and said EU asylum reform should focus on protecting the bloc’s external borders, fighting against traffickers, and localized aid to prevent migration flows to EU countries. (DPA)
  • Bulgaria: Thousands of people staged a demonstration in front of the parliament building in capital Sofia, marking one of the biggest anti-government protests so far in two months of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Government officials confirmed the first coronavirus case in the country’s largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, where nearly 13,000 asylum seekers live in unsanitary conditions. (AFP)
  • Norway: The government’s quarterly public spending was more than the government’s overall income between April and June, marking the government’s first deficit in 25 years. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Amnesty International accused the government of “a catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against detained demonstrators and others involved in the November 2019 antiestablishment protests. (RFE-RL)
  • Iraq: French President Emmanuel Macron landed in the country for an official visit. (DPA)
  • Israel: The police said one of their officers shot and wounded a Palestinian driver who attempted to run over and stab security personnel in the West Bank. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook and Twitter say the FBI warned them of Russian state-backed Internet Research Agency setting up networks to spread disinformation on the social media websites. (NYT)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 336 nautical miles South of Iwo To, Japan
      • Wind: 75 mph
      • Movement: W at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location: 236 nautical miles S-SW of Busan, South Korea
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N at 11 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Nana
      • Location: 210 miles E-NE of Limon, Honduras
      • Wind: 60 mph
      • Movement: W at 16 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Chile
      • Location: 95 km NW of Vallenar, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.5
      • Depth: 14.3 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 02SEP20: 25,773,958 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 02SEP20: 17,088,314
      • Deaths as of 02SEP20: 857,552 
      • 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 30AUG20: 103 
      • Probable Cases as of 30AUG20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 47
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (03SEP20)

  • Global: Senior Chinese foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi will visit Myanmar, Spain and Greece. (to 04SEP)
  • Global: G20 Foreign Ministers will hold a virtual extraordinary meeting.
  • Global: Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to hold a meeting in Russia. (to 04SEP)
  • Europe: European pharmaceutical industry leaders are expected to deliver a briefing over their efforts to develop anti-coronavirus drugs.
  • Europe: EU’s top court is expected to deliver a ruling in the case of a French bid for Berlusconi family’s media firm’s shares.
  • Europe: The WHO is expected to hold a press conference on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Argentina: Former Spanish minister Rodolfo Martín Villa is expected to testify online over crimes against humanity related to the 1976 Vitoria massacre in Spain. 
  • Belarus: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit.
  • France: The government will introduce its coronavirus economic recovery plan.
  • Germany: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will visit and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Jamaica: Parliamentary elections will be held in the country.
  • Qatar: Independence Day – 1971
  • San Marino: Founding of the Republic/Feast of Saint Marinus – 301
  • Slovakia: A verdict is expected in the murder trial of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in 2018.
  • United States: President Donald Trump to visit Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
  • Zimbabwe: The corruption trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to be held. (to 04SEP)

 

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01SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s Parliament is set to vote on Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s proposed politically independent, technocratic cabinet.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was diagnosed with a kidney stone and is set to undergo surgery to remove it.
  • ASIA: Ethnic Mongolians in China’s north staged rare protests against government measures reducing the teaching of the Mongolian language in favor of Chinese.
  • EUROPE: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit and meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and is expected to be met with protests against China’s Hong Kong policy in capital Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman fired Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Said from his role as the Commander of Joint Forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, as part of a corruption probe.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who has been openly critical of President Xi Jinping, was detained in China without any charges.

 

Top Story

  • Hong Kong: City begins mass coronavirus testing amid criticism.
    • The city’s government started a free universal Covid-19 testing program which was criticized for being ineffective by a health workers union and is facing a boycott after activists raised concern it could be misused for surveillance.
    • The program is the first direct help from China’s health officials to the city, and will see a team of 60 workers from mainland China conducting the coronavirus tests.
    • More than 500,000 people in the city of 7.5 million have currently signed-up for the program that has become another political flash point in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
    • The number of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong remains comparatively low, with the city reporting just under 5,000 confirmed infections until now.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, BBC

 

Africa

  • Guinea: The country’s ruling party confirmed that President Alpha Conde will seek a controversial third term in office after months of speculation. (AFP)
  • Namibia: The country’s flagship Hosea Kutako International Airport reopened and is making preparations for the resumption of international flights. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Parliament is set to vote on Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s proposed politically independent, technocratic cabinet. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The country’s state-owned companies, the Post Office and broadcaster SABC, requested billions of rand in financial support citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro was diagnosed with a kidney stone and is set to undergo surgery to remove it. (AFP)
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government reached an agreement in principle with both Novavax and Johnson & Johnson for supplies of their experimental coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Embattled President Nicolas Maduro said he was pardoning more than 100 people including dozens of political opponents who are either in prison or in exile. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • China: Ethnic Mongolians in the country’s north staged rare protests against government measures reducing the teaching of the Mongolian language in favor of Chinese. (BBC)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said the country will continue with its infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by the United States, as the country is “not a vassal state of any foreign power”. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Visiting Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil said “‘I am a Taiwanese’,” as he quoted former US President John F. Kennedy’s defiance of Communism in Berlin in 1963 in his speech to the country’s Parliament, in remarks likely to further anger China. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Turkey extended its Oruc Reis exploration vessel’s seismic survey mission into a disputed region of the Eastern Mediterranean to September 12, earning a rebuke from neighboring Greece. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: Several election workers told the media that they saw ballot fraud or were pressured to falsify results in favor of President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP)
  • Germany: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and is expected to be met with protests against China’s Hong Kong policy in capital Berlin. (DPA)
  • Russia: The country is the fourth to have passed a million confirmed cases of Covid-19, as schools across the country reopened for the new academic year. (Bloomberg)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the UAE betrayed the Islamic world and Palestine by striking a deal toward normalizing relations with Israel. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman fired Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Said from his role as the Commander of Joint Forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, as part of a corruption probe. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Region: Israel’s military reportedly fired missiles on areas south of Syria’s capital Damascus, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others. (AP)
  • Lebanon: French President Emmanuel Macron warned the country’s politicians of sanctions if they do not make reforms in the next three months. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who has been openly critical of President Xi Jinping, was detained in China without any charges. (Deutsche Welle)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location: 144 nautical miles South of Kadena Air Base, Japan
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 18 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes
    • Chile
      • Location: 78 km NW of Vallenar, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.8
      • Depth: 23 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 01SEP20: 25,500,870 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 01SEP20: 16,833,727
      • Deaths as of 01SEP20: 850,879 
      • 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 (02SEP20)

  • Global: The 75th anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender.
  • Global: Senior Chinese foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi will visit Myanmar, Spain and Greece. (to 04SEP)
  • Middle East: Qatar will speak at the International Court of Justice on the case it brought forward to the court that the UAE’s measures against Qatar after the Gulf diplomatic crisis amounted to racial discrimination.
  • Europe: Turkey to conduct military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Europe: The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will hold an extraordinary meeting and meet with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
  • Brazil: The Supreme Court will examine the corruption case that led to the dismissal of Rio de Janeiro’s governor Wilson Witzel.
  • Bulgaria: Protests expected as Parliament debates and votes on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and party’s proposed constitutional changes.
  • France: The trial of those accused of being accomplices to the 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper will begin.
  • Germany: Germany’s Federal Bank Chairman Jens Weidmann is scheduled to deliver a speech.
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis will resume his weekly general audiences with the public in-person, with coronavirus measures and restrictions.
  • India: A parliamentary panel will question Facebook executives on hate speech rules.
  • Iraq: French President Emmanuel Macron will visit.
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is being viewed as a top contender to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will hold a press conference.
  • Mauritius: Japan will dispatch a third relief team to assist in the country’s clean-up efforts following an oil leak from a Japanese freighter that ran aground near the island country’s coast.
  • Poland: The country will ban flights from 44 countries due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina.
  • Zimbabwe: The corruption trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to be held. (to 04SEP)

 

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31AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s power-sharing government signed a peace agreement with the country’s five key rebel groups, taking a significant step towards ending the deep-rooted conflicts that raged under the country’s former leader Omar al-Bashir.
  • AMERICAS: Firefighters made progress against two of the largest of dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires raging in the US state of California, but 60,000 people still remain under evacuation orders.
  • ASIA: India’s army says it foiled a Chinese army attempt to encroach over the disputed border between the two countries in the western Himalayas.
  • EUROPE: Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek says he will summon China’s envoy to Prague after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued threats against Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil, who is currently visiting Taiwan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon’s former Ambassador to Germany, Mustapha Adib, was appointed to form a new government in the crisis-hit country.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Prominent Russian opposition blogger and radio host Yegor Zhukov says he was beaten outside his home in Moscow, becoming the latest Kremlin critic to report an attack.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: Historic Israel-UAE direct flight takes off.
    • The first direct commercial airline flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates took off from Tel Aviv with a delegation of high-ranking officials from the US and Israel.
    • The delegation includes US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, as well as his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat, among others.
    • The El Al flight marks the implementation of the recent historic US-brokered agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations.
    • The flight will also make aviation history as it flies directly across Saudi Arabian airspace, which is normally blocked-off to any Israeli air traffic. 
    • Reporting: BBC, Reuters, AFP, DPA, AP, Guardian

 

Africa

  • Chad: At least ten people died after clashes between nomadic herders and farmers in the country’s southern region. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The army said it killed more than 70 alleged jihadists in the North Sinai region, which is the location of an insurrection affiliated to the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The power-sharing government signed a peace agreement with the country’s five key rebel groups, taking a significant step towards ending the deep-rooted conflicts that raged under the country’s former leader Omar al-Bashir. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Region: The White House reportedly blocked the scheduled deportation of former Colombian paramilitary boss Salvatore Mancuso to Italy and now plans to deport him to Colombia where he’s been found responsible for hundreds of war crimes. (AP)
  • Canada: Protesters marching in support of police defunding in the city of Montreal toppled the statue of the country’s first Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald. (Reuters)
  • United States: Firefighters made progress against two of the largest of dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires raging in the state of California, but 60,000 people still remain under evacuation orders. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Region: India’s army says it foiled a Chinese army attempt to encroach over the disputed border between the two countries in the western Himalayas. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: The coronavirus lockdown over the city of Auckland ended, but social gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people in the city for the near future. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Halsey, transited the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait, marking the second such US operation in the region over the last two weeks. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Czech Republic: Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek says he will summon China’s envoy to Prague after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued threats against Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil, who is currently visiting Taiwan. (AFP)
  • North Macedonia: The country’s Parliament approved a new left-wing coalition government led by the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev. (AP)
  • Romania: Parliament is set to vote on a no-confidence motion against the government over its response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (DPA)

 

Middle East

  • Jordan: The country recorded its highest daily tally of new coronavirus cases as the Health Ministry reported a total of 73 new cases. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The country’s former Ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib was appointed to form a new government in the crisis-hit country. (AP)
  • Yemen: The government-allied Saudi-led coalition said it foiled two attacks of the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group, including one involving an explosives-laden boat dispatched into the Red Sea near international shipping lanes. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Prominent Russian opposition blogger and radio host Yegor Zhukov says he was beaten outside his home in Moscow, becoming the latest Kremlin critic to report an attack. (AFP)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location: 144 nautical miles South of Kadena Air Base, Japan
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 18 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 31AUG20: 25,245,930 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 31AUG20: 16,626,677
      • Deaths as of 31AUG20: 846,655 
      • 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 (01SEP20)

  • Global: Representatives of JCPOA signatory countries France, China, Russia, Germany and the UK, will meet with Iran’s representatives in Vienna, Austria.
  • Global: Niger takes over the UN Security Council’s rotating presidency for the month of September.
  • Europe: Agriculture Ministers of EU member-states will hold discussions.
  • Europe: The EU will release Eurozone unemployment statistics for the month of July.
  • Europe: Turkey to conduct military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean (to 02SEP).
  • Algeria: Negotiation deadline for the country’s trade deal with the European Union.
  • Australia: The country’s cruise ban due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to expire.
  • Brazil: The government will release its GDP statistics for Q2 2020.
  • Egypt: All travelers entering the country will now have to provide documentation certifying they do not have COVID-19.
  • French Guiana: A European Vega rocket carrying 53 satellites is scheduled to launch, barring adverse weather conditions.
  • Germany: Bundestag’s finance committee will hold a special session on the Wirecard scandal and insolvency.
  • Ghana: The country’s Kotoka International Airport, located outside the capital Accra, will re-open with new coronavirus regulations.
  • Hungary: The country will close its borders due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Japan: The government is scheduled to release unemployment data for July.
  • Japan: The entry ban for foreigners will end.
  • Lebanon: French President Emmanuel Macron will visit.
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to deliver a State of the Nation address.
  • Namibia: Foreign tourists will be allowed to start re-entering the country.
  • Qatar: Public transport services will start functioning in capital Doha once again.
  • Singapore: The government will ease its coronavirus travel restrictions.
  • Sudan: The trial of the country’s former autocratic leader Omar al-Bashir will resume.
  • Tunisia: Parliament is expected to hold a confidence-vote for Prime Minister-designate Hisham Mechichi’s proposed technocratic government.
  • United States: President Donald Trump is expected to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • United States: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will testify to the House of Representatives’ Select Subcommittee on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Vietnam: Independence Day – 1945.

 

END

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.

 

END

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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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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