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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19AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held phone discussions with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz over stabilizing and rebalancing global oil markets.
  • AMERICAS: Former US Vice President Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic party’s presidential candidate for November’s election.
  • ASIA: Chinese authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people due to floods on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river, which are also threatening the 1,200-year-old world heritage site of the Leshan Giant Buddha.
  • EUROPE: A man caused a series of motorway accidents in Germany, wounding six people in the process, in what prosecutors described as an Islamist act.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s airforce bombed the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip overnight after rockets were launched into the country’s south from the territory.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Taiwan says hacking groups linked to China attacked a minimum of 10 Taiwanese government agencies and around 6,000 email accounts of government officials in an attempt to steal important data.

 

Top Story

  • Mali: Coup leaders promise fresh elections.
    • The military officers who staged a coup in the country and forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita out of power pledged to form a civilian transitional government to quickly organize new elections.
    • Speaking at the announcement, Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, who was the deputy chief of staff of Mali’s airforce prior to the coup, said those behind the coup formed the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP) to help facilitate the new elections.
    • Wague also announced the closure of Mali’s borders and instated a curfew between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • There have been several anti-President Keita protests in Mali in recent months, with the public angry over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and a dispute over legislative elections.
    • Reporting: Reuters, Deutsche Welle, AP, BBC, DPA, WSJ

 

Africa  

  • Mauritius: Police arrested the captain and first officer of the Japanese vessel that spilt 1,000 metric tonnes of oil off the country’s coast and caused potentially irreparable damage to coral reefs. (VOA)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari held phone discussions with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz over stabilizing and rebalancing global oil markets. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The country’s officials made contradictory statements on whether they were planning to normalize relations with Israel. (AFP

 

Americas  

  • Region: The lawyer of former Colombian paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso filed an emergency petition in a US federal court to force Attorney General William Barr to deport the former warlord to Italy after he completed a long drug sentence. (AP)
  • Brazil: Health authorities approved Johnson & Johnson’s experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus for the final stage of clinical trials, becoming the fourth coronavirus vaccine to have received approval for testing in the country. (AFP)
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Chrystia Freeland as the country’s new Finance Minister. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The military said that vessels that are part of a predominantly Chinese fishing fleet operating near the Galapagos Islands turned off their tracking systems to prevent any monitoring of their activities. (Reuters)
  • United States: Former Vice President Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic party’s presidential candidate for November’s election. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: The government agreed to a deal with drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply a potential COVID-19 vaccine to its entire population free of charge. (CNN)
  • China: Authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people due to floods on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river, which are also threatening the 1,200-year-old world heritage site of the Leshan Giant Buddha. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismissed concerns about his health following his recent hospital visit, saying he went to the hospital only for a checkup. (AP)
  • Nepal: The country’s capital Kathmandu is set to once again go on lockdown in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus. (DPA)
  • South Korea: The country recorded its highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since March, as health authorities reported a total of 297 new cases. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged EU leaders to not recognize what she called the country’s recent fraudulent election results, saying longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko has lost all legitimacy. (Reuters)
  • Finland: The government removed most EU countries from its coronavirus-related  “green travel list”, with only arrivals from Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia and Lithuania will now be allowed entry to the country under certain conditions. (AFP)
  • Germany: A man caused a series of motorway accidents in Berlin, wounding six people in the process, in what prosecutors described as an Islamist act. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government is set to introduce legally binding targets on air quality, waste reduction, biodiversity and cleaner water as it looks to combat climate change, improve the environment and rebuild the economy. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: The Health Ministry said the coronavirus death toll in the country surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths. (AP)
  • Israel: The country’s airforce bombed the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip overnight after rockets were launched into the country’s south from the territory. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is on a 4-day visit to the country to provide support to the survivors of the recent port explosion in capital Beirut. (VOA)
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai loosened its regulations on alcohol sales and possession of liquor in a bid help ease its way out of an economic depression worsened by the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cyberwarfare: Taiwan says hacking groups linked to China attacked a minimum of 10 Taiwanese government agencies and around 6,000 email accounts of government officials in an attempt to steal important data. (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
    • Indonesia
      • Location: 126 km W-SW of Bengkulu, Indonesia
      • Magnitude: 6.9
      • Depth: 26 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 19AUG20: 22,161,889 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 19AUG20: 14,131,798
      • Deaths as of 19AUG20: 781,466 
      • 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 (20AUG20)

  • Europe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his Mediterranean summer retreat to discuss a number of EU and foreign policy issues.
  • Europe: EU and British officials to hold Brexit discussions. (to 21AUG20)
  • Hungary: St. Stephen’s Day – 1083
  • Sri Lanka: The country’s Parliament will hold its first post-election session.
  • United States: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to visit the White House and meet with President Donald Trump.

 

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Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 09 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: At least eight gunmen have been killed in a combat operation by police in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina, a police spokesman reported.
  • AMERICAS: President Donald Trump signed executive orders partially restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ASIA: Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Sri Lankan prime minister after a landslide victory for the ruling party in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections.
  • EUROPE: Russia reported 5,189 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its nationwide tally 887,536 cases, the fourth largest caseload in the world.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Riot control police needed to enact special formations to push protesters out of the center of Lebanon’s capital Beirut and regain control of the area.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Realme, a low-cost Chinese smartphone maker, has secured a leading position in Asia’s emerging markets, with the company’s sales growing 157 percent year on year.

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Top Story

  • Belarus: With elections approaching, the government increases the crackdowns of the opposition.
    • Voting has started in Belarus, where five-term President Alexander Lukashenko is facing his toughest challenge in years from opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
    • Law enforcement detained the campaign chief of presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and two other campaign staff members were summoned to the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption for questioning and have gone missing.
    • Lukashenko says the opposition protesters are working with foreign backers, including a group of 33 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in July and accused of plotting “acts of terrorism.”
    • EU member states France, Germany, and Poland, issued a joint statement before the election, stating “great concern.” About more than a thousand people have been reportedly detained in protests throughout Belarus in recent weeks.
    • Reporting: BBC, RFE, Reuters, DPA,

 

Africa

  • Libya: The chairman of the National Oil Corp (NOC) warned against the risk of a disaster at the country’s oil ports due to a growing military presence with storage tanks held at capacity for months due to a blockade. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: At least eight gunmen have been killed in a combat operation by police in the northwestern state of Katsina, a police spokesman reported. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The nation’s central bank governor has defended its response to the COVID-19 economic downturn in Africa’s most industrialized country in the face of more calls from politicians and trade unionists to increase its rate cuts and buy up more government bonds. (FT)

 

Americas 

  • Brazil: The nation surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths and three million cases of infection, crossing the grim milestone after President Jair Bolsonaro said he had a “clear conscience” on his response to the outbreak. (AFP)
  • United States: Protesters returned to the streets of Portland, Oregon, as violent demonstrations have continued in the city that had hoped for a decrease in violence after federal agents and city police tried to diminish the unrest. (AP)
  • United States: Seven months after the United States and China signed a preliminary agreement to reduce trade tension, Beijing’s purchases of US agricultural goods have yet to achieve the deal’s target. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump signed executive orders partially restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters)

 

Asia

  • Australia: The nation’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, although new infections showed signs of easing. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The nation’s economic sluggishness has eased on diminishing negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a state-run think tank reported. (YNA)
  • South Korea: The nation’s death toll from heavy rain, which continued over the past seven days, rose to 30, with 12 missing and eight wounded as of 10:30 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn as the new prime minister after a landslide victory for the ruling party in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Armenia: Former National Police Chief Vladimir Gasparian threatened two RFE/RL (Azatutyun.am) journalists and obstructed their work on a report about government plans to dismantle private houses illegally constructed near Lake Sevan by attempting to run over them in a car. (RFE)
  • Czech Republic: Three children were among 11 people killed in a fire at an apartment block that police believe was arson. (Telegraph)
  • Germany: A resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the country entered its third day as authorities confirmed another 24 hours with more than 1,000 cases. (DPA)
  • Russia: The nation reported 5,189 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its nationwide tally to 887,536 cases, the fourth largest caseload in the world. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation confirmed 167 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total infections in the country to 95,314, the Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Riot control police needed to enact special formations to push protesters out of the center of Beirut and regain control of the area. (TASS)
  • Saudi Arabia: The state oil group Aramco reported a 73.4% fall in second-quarter net profit, a steeper drop than analysts had expected, hit by lower crude oil prices and declining refining and chemical margins, as the pandemic hit demand. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: Realme, a low-cost Chinese smartphone maker, has secured a leading position in Asia’s emerging markets, with the company’s sales growing 157 percent year on year. (FT)

 

World 

  • Cyclones:
    • TROPICAL STORM ELIDA
      • Location:15.8N 104.1W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:40 mph
    • TROPICAL STORM JANGMI
      • Location:25.4N 126.3E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:40 mph
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
        • Confirmed Cases as of 09AUG20: 19,660,500
        • Total Recovered Cases as of 09AUG20: 11,948,058
        • Deaths as of 09AUG20: 727,258
        • 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 (10AUG20)

  • Trinidad and Tobago: General elections
  • China: The National People’s Congress Standing Committee to meet in Beijing.
  • Asia-Pacific/Europe: South Korean Foreign Minister Kyung-wha Kang to visit Germany, meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
  • Eurasia/MENA: COVID-19 related flight ban from Russia to Turkey to end.
  • MENA: COVID-19 law granting Israeli government expanded powers to enforce lockdown measures to go into effect.
  • Morocco: Morocco’s state of emergency to begin and will continue through September 10.
  • Nigeria: Government to offer savings bonds after COVID-19 related suspension
  • Pakistan: The government to lift remaining COVID-19 related restrictions.

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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