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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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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20AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Army colonel Assimi Goita claimed leadership of Mali’s new junta, as the junta’s spokesman reassured the public that daily life could now resume.
  • AMERICAS: US Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President.
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in January aimed at addressing policy “shortcomings” and establishing a new five-year plan for his country’s stagnant economy.
  • EUROPE: Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz submitted his resignation, which marks the fourth high-level departure this week from the country’s ruling government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian authorities inaugurated a new cruise missile, as well as a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 km.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: China said Taiwan’s recent allegations of being hacked by groups linked to the Chinese government were “malicious slander”.

 

Top Story

  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny allegedly poisoned.
    • Opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma after being “poisoned by something mixed” in his tea, Navalny’s spokeswoman said. 
    • Navalny, who also led anti-corruption campaigns and is one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, lost consciousness during a flight which then had to make an emergency landing in the city of Omsk.
    • Navalny was then admitted to a hospital in Omsk, where he currently remains in a stable but serious condition.
    • Doctors at the hospital say they are considering a variety of diagnosis, including poisoning, but refused to give any further details.
    • Meanwhile, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported that police were not considering deliberate poisoning.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, WSJ, Reuters, WaPo, AFP, NYT

 

Africa  

  • Region: The Kenyan Foreign Ministry said it secured the release of journalist Yassin Juma from an Ethiopian prison, where he was being held without charge for over a month, and had fallen ill with COVID-19. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the vast majority of declared seats in the newly created Senate, official first round results and media reports showed. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The UN’s refugee agency said at least 45 migrants and refugees, including five children, died in the deadliest shipwreck off the country’s coast this year. (BBC)
  • Mali: Army colonel Assimi Goita claimed leadership of the country’s new junta, as the junta’s spokesman reassured the public that daily life could now resume. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The army said it remains in “full control” of the northeastern town of Kukawa, where some reports say hundreds of people have been taken hostage by jihadists. (AFP)

 

Americas  

  • Brazil: Airline magnates German and Jose Efromovich, who are the biggest shareholders in Colombian airline Avianca, were arrested by authorities as part of the country’s sweeping anti-corruption “Operation Car Wash” probe. (AFP
  • Colombia: Former FARC rebels started testifying before a special court over allegations that FARC recruited child soldiers to fight its guerrilla war against the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the government told Russia it would like to carry out phase 3 testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine in the country. (Reuters)
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Keith Rowley started his second term in office after he and his revamped Cabinet were sworn in. (VOA)
  • United States: Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for Vice President. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • China: The Foreign Ministry says Hong Kong will suspend its agreement on mutual legal assistance with the United States, in response to Washington ending some agreements with Hong Kong. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country’s leader Kim Jong Un called for a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in January aimed at addressing policy “shortcomings” and establishing a new five-year plan for the country’s stagnant economy. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Health authorities say the coronavirus is back “in full swing” and spreading nationwide after members of a church attended a political demonstration. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police arrested seven pro-democracy activists as the authorities crackdown on a growing protest movement against the government. (AP)

 

Europe

  • France: The country recorded 3,776 new COVID-19 infections marking another post-lockdown spike in cases, but President Emmanuel Macron ruled out imposing another national lockdown. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The country recorded its highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since April, with official figures showing 1,707 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Greece: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis dismissed the reports of Athens illegally pushing back asylum-seekers at sea and accused neighboring Turkey of peddling “misinformation” about Athens’ “tough but fair” border management policies. (AFP)
  • Poland: Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz submitted his resignation, which marks the fourth high-level departure this week from the country’s ruling government. (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Authorities inaugurated a new cruise missile, as well as a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 km. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The army says their tanks shelled Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to continued waves of incendiary balloons being launched from the territory. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country could reportedly buy F-35 fighter jets from the US in a side agreement to its recent overtures towards Israel. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cyberwarfare: China said Taiwan’s recent allegations of being hacked by groups linked to the Chinese government were “malicious slander”. (Reuters)

 

World  

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Higos
      • Location: 67 nautical miles W of Hong Kong
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: NW at 10 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Genevieve
      • Location: 190 miles S of Baja California
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20AUG20: 22,427,054 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20AUG20: 14,349,473
      • Deaths as of 20AUG20: 788,015 
      • 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 (21AUG20)

  • Global: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism – 2018
  • Europe: EU and British officials to hold Brexit discussions.

 

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Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 08 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) urged the African continent to increase compliance with the public health and social measures as COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent. 
  • AMERICAS: White House negotiators and Democratic lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package, as the economy reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ASIA:  A traditional Afghan council is planning to meet again on August 8 in Kabul to decide if the government should release 400 Taliban prisoners that have been convicted of involvement in high-profile attacks in the country.
  • EUROPE: France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington, the White House announced, hopefully showcasing a turnaround in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook Inc reported that it recently removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that had been promoting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign with stories about his support from conservatives, Black Americans, Christians, and followers of the QAnon web of baseless conspiracy theories.

 

Top Story

    • Lebanon: The International community is rallying to give aid in the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut. 

 

  • U.S President Donald Trump said that he told President Aoun that three large aircraft filled with medical supplies, food, and water is being sent for assistance. 
  • More than 60 people are still missing in Beirut, four days after a massive explosion at the port left more than 150 people dead, a health ministry official said Saturday.

 

    • Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit announces he will seek to mobilize Arab efforts to support Lebanon after a massive explosion in the port of Beirut destroyed parts of the capital this week.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron will host a donor conference for Lebanon via video-link on Sunday, his office said, as countries mobilize to help rebuild Beirut after this week’s massive blast.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, Reuters

 

Africa  

  • Region: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) urged the African continent to increase compliance with the public health and social measures as COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent. (Xinhua
  • Burkina Faso: Twenty people were killed, and many others injured as gunmen randomly fired on a crowd in a livestock market in the east, official news agency AIB reported. (Xinhua
  • Morocco: The country recorded 1,018 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 30,666. (Xinhua

 

Americas  

  • United States: U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will watch closely for possible interference in the upcoming November presidential election by Russia, China, and Iran, but he said he believes the last thing that any of the three countries would desire is for him to win a second term. (RFE
  • United States: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) traveled to Delaware to meet with Joe Biden to be interviewed as a candidate while the democratic nominee is deciding on a running mate. (WaPo)
  • United States: White House negotiators and Democratic lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package as the US economy reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: A domestic court sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for participating in a failed beach attack aimed at removing President Nicolás Maduro from power, prosecutors announced. (AP

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: A traditional tribal council is planning to meet again on August 8 in Kabul to decide if the government should release 400 Taliban prisoners that have been convicted of involvement in high-profile attacks in the country. (RFE
  • China: Director at the Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, said U.S. sanctions showed him that he was doing what he “should be doing for my country and Hong Kong,” a statement on the liaison office’s website noted. (Reuters
  • South Korea: The total deaths from weeklong heavy rains in the nation rose to 21, officials noted. (YNA
  • Thailand: Dozens of protesters gathered in front of a Bangkok court to demand the release of activist leaders, promising to escalate anti-government demonstrations with a call for a protest in the Thai capital. (Reuters

 

Europe

  • Region: France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters. (Reuters
  • Ireland: The country announced its first localized reimposition of some COVID-19 restrictions seeking to control outbreaks in three of the country’s 26 counties, one of which borders the most populous, Dublin. (Reuters
  • The United Kingdom: The nation is facing an “unacceptable” rise in the number of small boats carrying migrants across the English Channel from France and would act to send “illegal” entrants back to France, immigration compliance minister Chris Philp noted in an opinion piece for The Telegraph newspaper. (Reuters

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation registered 141 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total infections in the country to 95,147, said the Egyptian Health Ministry. (Xinhua
  • Iraq: President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington, the White House announced, hopefully showcasing a turnaround in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power. (AFP
  • Syria: The nation reported 61 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections to 1,060 in the country, the health ministry announced. (Xinhua

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook Inc reported that it recently removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that had been promoting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign with stories about his support from conservatives, Black Americans, Christians, and followers of the QAnon web of baseless conspiracy theories. (Reuters

 

World  

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 08AUG20: 19,387,937 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 08AUG20: 11,748,567
      • Deaths as of 08AUG20: 721,549
      • 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 26JUL20: 63 
      • Probable Cases as of 26JUL20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 26JUL20: 31
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09AUG20)

  • China: National People’s Congress Standing Committee to meet in Beijing.
  • Belarus: Belarus presidential elections, opposition protests likely to follow.
  • Taiwan: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to travel to the disputed island.

 

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