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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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.

 

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Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 10 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Germany, France and Italy reportedly plan to push ahead with a bid to use EU sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to the war-torn country.
  • AMERICAS: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they were open to restarting coronavirus aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress.
  • ASIA: China has sanctioned 11 Americans in retaliation for similar measures imposed by Washington, including on Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, but did not sanction any members of President Donald Trump’s administration.
  • EUROPE: Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya refused to concede Belarus’ presidential election after results handed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory, saying the election had been rigged and that protests which turned bloody on Sunday would continue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Protests demanding the resignation of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun are planned for today as well, with three more ministers announcing their resignations from the country’s embattled government, including the Justice Minister.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who covered the country’s “Hirak” protests throughout last year, was sentenced to a three-year prison term for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity”.

 

Top Story

  • China: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested.
    • Hong Kong police have arrested seven people, including media tycoon and high-profile critic of the Chinese Communist Party, Jimmy Lai, on charges of violating Beijing’s new national security law related to the territory.
    • The offices of Lai’s outspoken pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper have also been raided by the police, who accuse it of colluding with foreign forces.
    • The others arrested include his sons Timothy Lai and Ian Lai and several senior executives at the company which publishes the newspaper, in what is being seen as the most high-profile arrest so far under China’s new national security law for the territory.
    • The arrests also mark the first time the new law has been used against the media, which has stoked fears that Chinese authorities will increasing suppressing press freedoms.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, WSJ, DPA, BBC, NYT

 

Africa 

  • Libya: Germany, France and Italy reportedly plan to push ahead with a bid to use EU sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to the war-torn country. (DPA)
  • Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani appointed a new government after the names of several former government ministers appeared in a report on the financial dealings of ex-leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. (AFP)
  • Niger: A group of gunmen of unknown affiliation attacked and killed a group of aid workers, resulting in the deaths of two of the country’s citizens and six French aid workers. (BBC)

 

Americas 

  • Ecuador: The navy is surveilling a massive Chinese fishing fleet operating near the protected waters of the Galapagos Islands, where the presence of the Chinese fleet has raised concerns over its environmental impact. (Reuters)
  • Peru: A group of indigenous people angry over the government’s response to the pandemic assaulted a settlement for oil workers deep in the Amazon, triggering a clash with police that left three natives dead. (AFP)
  • United States: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they were open to restarting coronavirus aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress. (Reuters)

 

Asia 

  • Region: Taiwan’s government said Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, as US health chief Alex Azar visited the island. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Peace talks between the Taliban and the government are expected to begin within days after the Loya Jirga approved the release of hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of brutal attacks including on foreigners. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing has sanctioned 11 Americans in retaliation for similar measures imposed by Washington, including on Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, but did not sanction any members of President Donald Trump’s administration. (Bloomberg)

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya refused to concede the country’s presidential election after results handed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory, saying the election had been rigged and that protests which turned bloody on Sunday would continue. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The centre-left Social Democrats party has chosen Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as its candidate for next year’s election which is expected to be when longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats party retires. (DPA)
  • Spain: Protesters called for an end to the country’s monarchy after the sudden departure of former king Juan Carlos from the country this week amid a corruption scandal. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran has rejected as “unrealistic” a call by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Tehran that ends in October. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Protests demanding the resignation of President Michel Aoun are planned for today as well, with three more ministers announcing their resignations from the country’s embattled government, including the Justice Minister. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The country’s Houthi rebels said floods in the territories they hold have left over 130 people dead and caused significant damage to more than 260 homes. (Deutsche Welle)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who covered the country’s “Hirak” protests throughout last year, was sentenced to a three-year prison term for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity”. (AFP)

 

World 

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Jangmi
      • Location: 48 nautical miles South of Chinhae, South Korea
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N-NE at 23 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Mekkhala
      • Location: 332 nautical miles S-SW of Taipei, Taiwan
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes:
      • Sinabung, Indonesia
        • Second eruption in two days, ash spewed as high as 5,000 meters into the air
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
          • Confirmed Cases as of 10AUG20: 19,876,302
          • Total Recovered Cases as of 10AUG20: 12,127,599
          • Deaths as of 10AUG20: 731,570
          • 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 (11AUG20)

  • Europe: The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Sevres between Turkey and Allied Forces after WWI.
  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960
  • China: The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, will end its 21st session.
  • China: The government to publish inflation figures for July.
  • Czech Republic: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit. (to 12AUG)
  • Egypt: Senate elections are expected to begin.
  • India: The country’s main opposition Congress party holds a meeting which could potentially lead to new leadership of the embattled party.
  • Malawi: Rwandan President Paul Kagame to visit and meet with President Lazarus Chakwera.
  • Russia: German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Parliamentary elections will be held.

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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